Friday, December 19, 2008

Broad Ripple Gazette, vol 5. no 26

Hayes Carll and John Evans
Monday, December 8, 2008

The John Evans Band kicked off the show with big tall Texas Rockabilly fun. The band included all of the usual Rockabilly suspects; an excellent pedal/electric guitar player- Billy Beason, a fast playin’ drummer – Anthony Pummil and a stand-up bass player named Reverend Sidecar Sweet-Ass. Band leader John Evans sang honky tonk goodies about BBQ, drinking, pretty girls and “bad thoughts in a good way.”

I’d been looking forward to the Hayes Carll show for a long time, since I first him, actually. I saw Hayes open for Robert Earl Keene three years ago. I’d been listening to Hayes’ Little Rock record a lot since then. And when I say “a lot,” I mean that most of my co-workers at Second Helpings can sing along. His next record, his first on a major label (Lost Highway) Trouble In Mind, quickly became a favorite when it was released this spring.

Hayes was scheduled to come to town in June, but had to cancel. Luckily the Indianapolis Songwriters Café booked him on this swing through town. And I had the pleasure of interviewing him for NUVO (you can find it on

I was happy to see such a great turnout on a Monday night. This was Hayes’ first trip to Indianapolis as the headliner. And he’s touring with a full band. Kenny Smith (of the great eyebrows Smiths) on drums, Scott Davis played guitar, banjo, lap steel and I suspect he could play anything that you could throw at him, Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel and more guitar and John Michael Schoepf on bass guitar.

The show was great. They played a nice mix of older and newer tunes. Hayes’ charm and sense of humor were evident throughout the show, both in his banter and clever songs. He’s Texas born and lives in Austin now, but his time in Arkansas defiantly left an impression. He played a trio of songs “to raise the profile of the beautiful state of Arkansas,” including the title track from Little Rock.

Opening band leader and long-time friend and collaborator John Evans joined him on stage for a few songs as the super-group, The Ego Brothers featuring a tongue-in-cheek song about how great they are. Hayes’ played a song he wrote with Ray Wylie Hubbard called “Chicken.” He said that they might have “overestimated the whole folk poultry rock market.”

Hayes’ played a brand new Christmas tune he’s debuted on the Bob & Tom show earlier that morning. He mentioned that he had to “kill a few people off” to write the progression of who gave the blessing this year. It is a great song; I hope he has the chance to record it soon.

I look forward to Hayes’ next trip through town.

Holiday Party at Locals Only
December 26, 2008
2449 E. 56th Street

I don’t know any details, except that I guarantee it will be a blast. The crew at Locals Only always has fun up their sleeve. And if I know Michele at all there will be great decorations and she’ll be wearing some holiday socks. Hopefully there will be more information on their Web site soon.

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band w/ Harley Poe, Woodstove Flapjacks
Friday, December 26
Doors at 8:00, show at 9:00
$10 advance, $12 day of. 21+

This is their big damn holiday show. They are celebrating the release of their latest record, The Whole Fam Damnily. The country-blues-punk-rock-family-band spends a lot of time in their van, touring the country and making fans. Catch them while you can, they’re headed to Colorado for a show later that week. Check their Web site for great road stories and photographs.

New Year’s Eve Round-Up

Check the venues for more information about start times and cover charges. These are the Broad Ripple-ish shows I could find on the calendar. Whatever you wind up doing, be careful and have a lovely time.

Brenda Williams
The Jazz Kitchen
8:00, 21+, $25.
5377 College Avenue

Brenda Williams is known for her sassy takes on jazz standards and soul classics. She always has the audience in the palm of her pretty little hands.
Call the lovely LuAnn for information on the swanky new private room for New Year's Eve – or any occasion.

Blackberry Jam and Jumbo Shrimp (bands, not a dinner special)
Locals Only
2449 E. 46th Street

Latex Novelties, Atomic Bombay and others
Punk Rock Night New Year’s Eve
The Historic Melody Inn
21+, doors 8:00, $5.
3826 N. Illinois Street

If I told you I had a Latex Novelties button would you think less of me? I’m sure I’ve had the button for at least 25 years. I think it’s kind of sad that I’ve managed to lose every piece of good jewelry I’ve ever owned but my button collection is intact. Come to think of it, the buttons have better memories. And I promise this will be a memorable evening. The Latex Novelties and Atomic Bombay are always good old school punk and surf rock fun

Henry French & the Shameless CD release
Spin Nightclub
6308 Guilford Ave

Chad Mills, Evan Haughey and Matt Martin
The Upper Room (above the Broad Ripple Steak House)
Friday, January 2, 2008
929 E. Westfield Blvd.
21+, 9:30

I can’t think of a better match- one of my absolute favorite musicians, Chad Mills and one of my very favorite nonprofits, School On Wheels. Chad will be joined by the just as talented Evan Haughey and Matt Martin. Start off the new year with good music and a donation to a good cause.

School on Wheels is just that – they provide volunteer tutoring for the nearly 2500 Indianapolis' school-aged homeless children at twelve locations. These kids are living in shelters, on grandparent’s sofas and friends floors. Did you know the average age of a homeless person in Indianapolis is 9 years old?

School on Wheels works to help these students break the cycle of homelessness, by connecting them with tutors, mentors, educational advocacy and link them and their parents to resources’ for a college education. How amazing is all of that?

Since 2001 over 1,000 School on Wheels community volunteers have provided over 17,000 hours of tutoring.

I’ll see you there, for sure.

Elvis Birthday Bash
Saturday, January 10, 2008
Locals Only
2449 E. 56th Street
10 pm

Gather ‘round Elvis fans – the King would be 74 this weekend. And NUVO cartoonist Wayne Bertsch has gathered a group of musicians that celebrates the diversity of Elvis’ music. "I wanted to assemble a line-up that reflected the diverse sound that made Elvis a standout even amongst the other giants in the Sun records stable. Elvis was more than a rockabilly act. His music assembled elements of rock, gospel and R&B in ways that influenced almost every musician that came after him,"

The showfeatures zydeco powerhouse band Mojo Gumbo, The Mess Arounds, Indy's hot rockin' blues trio fronted by Danny Thompson and local rock heroes Mardelay.

Locals Only feature an Elvis-centric menu of items as deliciously bad for you as they were for the King. I see a fried peanut butter sandwich in my future. I wonder how many Weight Watchers points that is?

Is learning an instrument on your New Year’s resolution list? Read on….

Community Steel Band
For all musical levels, taught by Tom Berich
Indianapolis Art Center
820 E 67th Street
317. 255.2464

Come learn how to play the steel drums! Students will learn scales, simple melodies, and specific strumming patterns and groove related playing techniques. This class will also cover the history of the steel drum art form and forms of music generally associated with steel drums, including Calypso, Soca, as well as tunes and musical genres not generally associated with steel drums, such as classical, holiday, and jazz. Students will gain an appreciation for how an art form is started, and how creativity, cooperation, tenacity, and imagination can be utilized to better one’s life. Steel Drums provided. Frank M. Basile Auditorium.

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Session I (SP111e)
- 7 Weeks: January 14-February 25 (register by January 6)

Session II (SP188e)
- 7 Weeks: March 11-April 22 (register by March 3)

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