Wednesday, September 10, 2008
9419 N. Meridian St.
I was working late when my brother J.R. called to see if I wanted to meet him for a drink. Since it was 9:00 and I was still at my desk downtown it was the only sensible thing to do, really. Hanging out with J.R. is always fun, but it felt like a trip down memory lane when I got there – Ribs and Bone were playing. J.R. and I spent an extraordinary amount of time in the 1980s bopping to bands that Zanna and Michael were in.
Ribs – Zanna, grew up playing in the pop-rock band The Starlettes, playing with two of her sisters and brother. I can’t tell you how many times I saw them play, including a memorable Halloween party that J.R. threw in an old school house that involved a beer truck. Since then Zanna has been in bands with Henry Lee Summer and Carl Storie.
Bones - Michael Read has been playing music since he was in the iconic Indianapolis rock band Roadmaster. Since then he has played with Mitch Ryder, Henry Lee Summer and Carl Storie – which just about covers any well-loved rock bands that I can think of. He has shared the bill with ZZTop, Rush and a bunch of other folks that you’ve heard of. Michael plays keyboard and sings and I always love seeing him perform with his bands. No matter who he’s playing with there is always a crowd of dancers, which means that I’m usually standing in the band avoiding eye contact with my friends who spend too much energy trying to get me on the dance floor. I loved getting to enjoy Michael up close at Daddy Jack’s.
You can’t go wrong seeing any band these two are a part of. You can often catch them at Daddy Jack’s. And you can dance; just don’t ask me to.
Monday, September 15, 2008
9419 N. Meridian St.
Even though Soul Bus plays almost every Monday night at Daddy Jack’s, you never see the same show. Jes Richmond, Tad Robinson, David Murray, Jeff Chapin and Gordon Bonham always keep the show fresh and are generous with having guest musicians play. This week the very talented guitar player David Steele joined the band for a set.
David is part of rockin’ country star Gary Allen’s band that was part of the marathon opening concert at Lucas Oil Stadium just a few days before. You can see why David Steele is in hot demand as a guitar player. He’s excellent. Seeing him and Gordon playing together was a special treat.
You can’t go wrong with Soul Bus at Daddy Jack’s. Pinky swear.
Your 33 Black Angels
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Luna Music and the Red Key
corner of 54th Street and College Avenue
As you know, I work most Saturday nights at the Red Key. Occasionally I feel like Cinderella, working when most people are out enjoying music and nights off. But more often I feel like I’m in exactly the right place and so many cool people wind up in the Red Key that I get to be front and center for the action.
I was sorry that I didn’t get to see the band Your 33 Black Angels when they played at Luna Music (although I’ve been known to slip out of the Red Key and catch a peek of bands), and low and behold they came in for dinner. Woo hoo!
The guys were charming and fun to wait on. Anyone who eats two Red Key burgers is a rock star in my book. I asked where the band name came from. Your 33 Black Angels is a line from a song- that they don’t sing any more. The talented band has been favorably reviewed everywhere from Rolling Stone to Harp.
I’m seriously addicted to Facebook. It is like having a big bunch of friends and family at my fingertips at all times. I still like MySpace for music, but all of my Facebook friends are actual friends. One of my Facebook pals in Scot Sedley, who I met at the Red Key and now lives on the east coast. We discovered later, via Facebook that one of Scot’s friends is in the band. It’s a small (cyber) world.
Austin City Limits Festival
Why am I telling you about this you ask? BECAUSE I’M GOING! And I have a press pass, which makes me feel very big time and special. More later.
Tuesday, September 30
Sybris, The Coke Dares and Turnbull AC’s
2131 E. 71st St.
One of the bands on my must-see list at ACLF is Sybris – and they are playing at Birdy’s just a few days later. The lineup for the Birdy’s show is great. Sybris has been compared to Pavement, Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth – all bands I enjoy. You can get a preview of their Indianapolis show by watching http://www.aclfestival.com/webcast on Sunday at 12:45 pm (if I’ve done my Central to Eastern time zone conversion properly).
The Coke Dares are based in Bloomington and are well known for their short, but excellent songs. Cincinnati’s Turnbull AC’s have a well-deserved fan base in Indianapolis ever since they played the Midwest Music Festival a few years ago.
Friday, October 3, 2008
The Queers, The Independents, Up!Scumbag, BoLth and Highway Magic
2449 E. 56th Street
“Punkshots” Tom gathered his favorite touring and local punk bands. The Queers hail from New Hampshire and have been playing since 1982, which makes them pioneers in the American punk rock scene. You know my theory that band years are like dog years, every one equals seven. I think in the case of punk bands you need to double that.
The Independents hail from South Carolina and have been together since the early 1990s playing ska-ish punk. They have a new album coming out in mid-October, so I’m sure you’ll get a preview of it at the Locals Only show.
Indy’s own Up!Scumbag has been together since the early 2000s and have become well-deserved darlings of the Indianapolis punk scene. BoLth’s CD, Short Sighted has received great reviews. Highway Magic is known for happy punk (it’s all happy to me).
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Memoir Writing Workshop
Writers’ Center of Indiana
812 E. 67th Street
I wouldn’t dream to tinker with a press release from the experts at the Writers’Center, so here it is: Join Thomas Larson, author The Memoir and the Memoirist, for an all-day memoir-writing workshop, "Writing the Memoir," on Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at the Writers’ Center of Indiana, located at 812 E. 67th Street, Indianapolis. For registration or for more information log on to www.indianawriters.org or call 317.255.0710.
Many of us have lived fascinating lives whether inwardly or outwardly, during childhood long ago, or as adults in the last decade. But when it comes to writing a memoir, where do we begin? The day of our birth? The day we left home? The beginning or end of a relationship? Memoir is most successful when it is not the "story of a life," but a focused part of that life—a dozen summers spent working on a grandfather’s farm; a long relationship with a dying relative; the first year of law school.
Instructor Thomas Larson is the author of The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative, Swallow Press / Ohio University Press, 2007. His book is the first of its kind to evaluate the dramatic rise of the memoir in the last twenty years and to explore the craft and purpose of contemporary memoir writing. Four months after publication, The Memoir and the Memoirist entered its second printing. Larson also writes personal essays, memoir, nonfiction, and literary criticism. Since 1999, he has been a contributing writer for the weekly San Diego Reader where he specializes in investigative journalism, narrative nonfiction, and profiles. Larson leads workshops and lectures on memoir throughout the United States and facilitates private memoir-writing groups. He lives in San Diego with his partner Suzanna Neal.
In this workshop students will discuss how to plan, focus, and begin a memoir. What makes for good subjects in memoirs? Examples include a relational memoir, one focused on mother and daughter or father and son; a memoir of passionate interest, a love of reading or mountaineering; a memoir of a phase or era, time spent in Mexico, a divorce, the death of a favorite uncle. Participants will also explore the differences between autobiography and memoir and address the idea of self-disclosure. There is time for multiple writing exercises, readings from published memoirs, discussion of the tension between emotional and factual truth, ideas about truth-telling for memoirists, and one-on-one sharing and critique. The goal will be to draft the material for the first chapter of a memoir.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The Bermondsey Joyriders, Atomic Bombay, State and You’re A Liar
2449 E. 56th Street
It must be autumn, ‘cause there is punk rock in the air. This is another lineup of iconic touring and local bands. Good job Tom!
The Bermondsey Joyriders hail from the UK. The power trio plays fast and furious rock – as it should be played, really. Atomic Bombay is a Frankie Camaro project, which means good and fun. Their sounds mixes garage blues with new wave punk (they sounds much better than that description, trust me). State is known for their high on the intense meter shows. You’re A Liar hails from Bloomington and describe themselves as a funk, punk, progressive band. I cannot repeat the only quote that I found on their myspace page in this family newspaper.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Eilen Jewell and Brandon Whyde
doors 7:00, show 8:00, $15/$18 (day of show)
59 S. Washington Street
Danville, IN 46122
The Royal Theater kicks off this season’s live music it's series this with Eilen Jewell. Eilen plays a mix of traditional country, swing, folk, blues and jazz. Special guest Brandon Whyde, arguably the best new emerging artists will open the show.