Friday, February 29, 2008

Broad Ripple Gazette, vol 5. no 5

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette:

Russel Settle’s 90th Birthday Party
Just Judy’s
Sunday, February 10, 2008

Wow! The Red Key’s Russel Settle turned 90 on Saint Valentine’s Day. His children threw him an early celebration at Red Key home away from home, Just Judy’s. The party was full of good wishes – Dan Wakefield sent his greeting via Jane Rulon, former Indiana Film Commissioner, cake, euchre and singing.

Besides the traditional “Happy Birthday” the room was full of singing – Karaoke style. I have an irrational fear of Karaoke. I’m afraid that somehow I’ll be dragged to the microphone. I am not a singer. In seventh grade almost all of the class tried out for the choir. Only two of us didn’t make the cut. I took that as a sign. A big fat sign that I was never to sing in public again.

Luckily there are lots of talented folks out there that are not afraid to stand up and entertain. There were two standouts, Ezra Todd Shelton and Linda Goeke. Ezra sings professionally, you’ve most likely heard him as part of the Bob and Tom band. Linda lends her considerable talents to local theatre production.

Please join me in wishing Russel a happy birthday; I’m honored to know him.

Charlie Smith Tribute
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The Jazz Kitchen

The Jazz Kitchen opened their door for a tribute to jazz musician Charlie Smith. Charlie died unexpectedly, of a heart attack on February 8. He was only 52. Charlie was a fixture on the Indianapolis jazz scene performing with Steve Allee, Frank Smith, the Indy Guitar Summit and his own group the Charlie Smith Project. Charlie's Smooth Jazz CD, "Absolutely," was selected as "Indianapolis' Best Smooth Jazz CD" of 1999 by NUVO Magazine. His second CD "On The Double" was released in 2005. Charlie was also well known for his work with the Bob & Tom Band. Charlie was long time member of the band.

Jamie Ridpath, LuAnn Lancton, Bill Lancton, Kristi Lee

The Tribute was amazing, every jazz musician I could think of was there. I got to hear Ezra Todd Shelton and the Bob and Tom Band perform a song about social activities in prison. Actually I hear him sing that song at Russel’s birthday party also. I can honestly say that I don’t think I’d ever hear “Prison Bitch’ performed live twice in two weeks.

The afternoon was amazing; I got to hear lots of great Charlie stories and some amazing music. Charlie Smith will be missed in the Indianapolis music community.


Spud Puppies Hiatus Show
Saturday, March 8, 2008
9pm, 21 and over.
Locals Only
2449 E. 56th Street

After five and a half years the Spud Puppies are hanging up the leash, at least for a bit.. The bluegrass band formed after the musicians worked a record for Greg Ziesemer and some front porch picking parties.

Greg Ziesemer is calling the gig a “time and space hiatus show. No tellin’ when we’ll do it again, but I’m sure it will happen sometime. We’re just going to give it a rest for a while, a long while. We all really still love each other. That’s a good way to go out, I think, on good terms, with a bang.”

Many of the band members count playing at the Magnolia Festival in Beanblossom and the Music Mill gig opening for Tony Rice and Peter Rowan as their favorite shows. The memory of Gary Wasson mooning Boyd Thaxton to defend the honor of Delmar Lincoln was mentioned by more than one band member. I didn’t ask the necessary questions to find out what prompted it.

Attend this show, you won’t be sorry!

The 50 Years of Music Legends Tour
Friday, February 29, 2008
Mansion at Oak Hill
6:00 pm, $45.

What does the Number One Stage Show in Phoenix for 2007 and the Corner Wine Bar have in common? Pat Brunner! Pat is part of the Gateway Trio. The group played 25 shows in 26 days last February in Phoenix. This February they’re taking it a little easier, but they are taking advantage of the extra day to play a benefit for OASIS educational programming.

Gateway Trio is teaming up with the OASIS Time Steppers to present The 50 Years of Music Legends Tour. The Gateway Trio has been performing for more than 40 years. In the style of a classic folk trio, they play renditions of tunes, ranging from Broadway shows to the music of legendary artists like Rick Nelson, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot and the Kingston Trio. Their knowledge of show-stopping tunes is seemingly endless!

What a great way to celebrate Leap Day! Tickets are available at the Glendale OASIS Center (6101 N. Keystone from 10:00- 3:00, M-F) or by calling 889-0267

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