Friday, October 30, 2009

Broad Ripple Gazette, vol 6. no 22

Gary Wasson’s open stage
Sundays 6:00 pm
The Wine Cellar (the Corner Wine Bar)
6331 Guilford Avenue

I’m excited that Gary Wasson’s open stage moved closer to my house! Gary has run the well-respected open stage for years, first in Noblesville and most recently in Fishers. Open stage shows are a great way to see several musicians play in one evening. And you never know what you’ll hear --everything from new to playing in public folks to established musicians trying new songs. Bonus: Gary plays an opening and closing set, often joined by other stellar folks.

The food at the Corner Wine bar is available in the Wine Cellar also – I’m a big fan of the Sunday – Thursday filet special. I’ll see you there soon.

Hero House - Comics, Anime and Pop Culture, grand opening
Shawn Crystal, artist of Deadpool (Marvel Comics) 

Friday, November 6, Saturday, November 7, 2009 

1112 E. Prospect Street (Fountain Square)

There is a new store full of comic books and coolness in Fountain Square. The owners are two talented guys – artist, Wayne Bertsch and musician Mike Shimmercore (Red Light Driver). You might recognize Wayne’s work from the Barfly comix in NUVO – I like his cartoon version of Nora – he draws me a little curvier than I am in real life.

The store carries comic books, Anime and other pop culture goodness. What is Anime you ask? I thought I knew, and that it had something vaguely to do with the Hello Kitty style of comic drawing. Anime is the abbreviated pronunciation of the Japanese word for animation. It does not just apply to Japanese work, but it is a blanket term for all types of animation.
The Hero House is celebrating its grand opening with the super-star artist Shawn Crystal, of the Marvel Comics’ Deadpool series. He’ll be making a rare Midwest appearance to meet fans and sign autographs.

D tour documentary
November 10, 2009, 10 pm
Network premier
WFYI TV(20.1)

The tag line for the film is: A rock ‘n roll film about life, death and bodily functions. The film movie follows Indiana musician Pat Spurgeon in his quest to find a living kidney donor as his band, Rogue Wave, starts to find success. The film examines Pat’s choice to keep touring while focusing on this health and finding a potential organ donor. The movie is racking up awards at film festivals all over the country. I can’t wait to see it.


Johnny Socko
October 16, 2009

I can’t tell you how excited I get by seeing a line out the door of the Vogue for live music –it’s a beautiful thing! The kickoff show for the Broad Ripple Music Fest had feeling of a college Homecoming weekend – lots of nostalgia and catching up with old friends.

I arrived just in time to catch the Johnny Socko reunion show. The band was just as remembered: danceable ska silliness. There were plenty of not-so-subtle reminders that we’d all aged in the fourteen years since the original lineup of the band had been together. Lead singer Mike Wiltrout made his entrance on a Rascal wearing a banana suit and sang “The Girl from Ipanema” in a wobbly voice. The crowd was enthusiastic and sang and danced along. I squished down in front of the stage for a few songs and got pulled in to several groups of dancers.

It also loved connecting with out of town folks. Monumental Marathon founder Carlton Ray was visiting from D.C., where he’s in charge of cleaning the Potomac River. Jeff Zuckerman and Carrie Sloo Zuckerman were visiting from the other coast. Jeff is embracing his California-ness with zest. He’s sporting longer hair, a bit of a beard and sandals. My little sister, Ann, was in town from Phoenix and tagged along to say hello to lead singer, Mike Wiltrout’s parents. One of Ann’s first jobs was with the Wiltrouts (in the wire biz, if you’re wondering).

I’d like to give hearty congratulations to the organizers of the Broad Ripple Music Fest. It has turned in to an amazing event in only three years.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Broad Ripple Gazette, vol 6. no 21 - Broad Ripple Music Fest 2009

Broad Ripple Music Fest
Saturday, October 17, 2009
(preview shows Thursday and Friday)
Broad Ripple Venues
$10 for festival wristband (good for all but Friday Vogue show)
wristbands can be purchased at the venues or at

This is the third year for the Broad Ripple Music Fest and it just keeps getting better and better. Here is the schedule and lowdown on this great weekend of music. Several of the shows are free and all-ages. Proceeds benefit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Thurs. October 15, 2009
Local's Only - 2449 E. 56th St.
Butler Scion / Twin Peaks Showcase 8:00 / 21+ / FREE

The Right Now
Xenobia Green
Twin Peaks DJ's

Fri. October 16, 2009
Vogue Theatre - 6259 N. College
Nuvo / WTTS Presents BRMF Kickoff!
8:00 / 21+ / $10 adv / $12 door

JOHNNY SOCKO (original lineup)
Mab Lab
Nightjar (Virtual Battle of Band Winner)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Luna Music Showcase
5202 North College Avenue
All Ages / Free

The show is all-ages, but Luna has a one-day beer permit. Shows at Luna are always great! And there is a good chance you’ll see me there before my Red Key (and possibly during) shift.

Noon - Caleb McCoach
12:45 - Bolivant
1:30 - A Caesar Holiday
2:15 - Holy Ghost Canyon
3:00 - Norman Oak
4:00 - Abner Trio
4:30 - pons
5:00 - Imaginary Friends
5:45 - America Owns the Moon

Indy CD and Vinyl Showcase
806 Broad Ripple Ave.
Noon / All Ages / FREE

There is always fun stuff going on at Indy CD and Vinyl. Look for fun surprises there all day. And you can’t go wrong with Wolfy, Sanuk and Elsinore.

12:00 - Spirit Spine
1:00 - Matt Mitchell Project
2:00 - Wolfy
3:30 - Sanuk
4:30 - Elsinore
5:30 - Mary Claire
7:00 - Eric Radoux
8:00 - The Post Script

Birdy’s, 2131 E. 71st Street
Midwest Emerging Artists Showcase
6:30 / 21+ / $7 (without wristband)

This is a great lineup. You wouldn’t be disappointed if you parked yourself at Birdy’s.

Hey Hey Melodica
Eisenhower Field Day
Beta Male
Stranger Lazy
Harley Poe

Tru Nightclub (formerly Seven) - 6235 N. Guilford Ave.
Sidetrack presents the INhouse Showcase
9:00 / 21+ / $6 (without wristband)

I’m a big fan of Jackola – anything he’s involved in is always a blast!

9:00 - Rudy Kizer
10:00 - DJ Starsteady
11:00 – Jackola
midnight- Bryan Jones
1:30 am - DJ Deanne - 1:30am

Locals Only - 2449 E. 56th St.
Transpanther / Joyful Noise / Standard Recording Showcase
Noon / 21+ / $8 (without wristband)

Between the great music and the wonderful food at Locals Only, you could easily spend the whole day there. In fact there is a good chance that I’ll wind up there after my Red Key shift.

12:00noon - Japatucky
1:00 - Stationary Odyssey
2:00 - Light Pollution
3:00 - Lucky Pineapple
4:00 - I Need Sleep
5:00 - Hermit Thrushes
6:00 - Prayer Breakfast
7:00 - Everything, Now!
8:00 - Thunderhawk
9:00 - Marmoset
10:00 - Early Day Miners
11:00 - Prizzy Prizzy Please
12:00 - Dead Beats
1:00am - Jookabox

La Jolla's Wasted Space - 921 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis Songwriter's Cafe
5:00 / All Ages / Free

Join the Indianapolis Songwriter’s Café folks at Broad Ripple’s newest listening room. Can’t go wrong with Cara Jean and Deep Cricket Night.

5:00 - The Weakest Suit
6:00 - Tony Marshall
7:00 - Cara Jean Wahlers
8:00 - Bears of Blue River
9:00 - Deep Cricket Night

and later that night:
La Jolla's Wasted Space - 921 Broad Ripple Ave
La Jolla Showcase
10:00pm / All Ages / Free

Catch Tim Wilsbach in one of his increasing rare projects. His record with Paging Raymond has a permanent spot in my CD player.

10:00 -Sara Myers - 10:00
11:00 - Whoa Tiger - 11:00
midnight - Tim Wilsbach and the Wuss Rock Renegades

Alley Cat - 6267 Carrollton Ave
Dude Fest Showcase
8:00 / 21+ / $6 (without wristband)

I think Dude Fest says it all. And say hello to my favorite Dude, Tom Esterline while you’re there.

9:00 - Drogas
10:00 - Slam Dunk
11:00 - Phoenix Bodies
12:00 - Demiricous

Casba - 6319 Guilford Ave
A Squared Industries / MOKB Showcase
8:00 / 21+ / $5 (without wristband)

Any collaboration between A Squared and My Old Kentucky Blog has got to bring good things! This will be a great mix of DJs and bands.

8:00 - A Squared DJ's
10: 00 - Heavy Hometown
11:00 - Johnny 23
midnight - Ryan Reidy -
12:45 - Andy D
1:30 - Black Heat

Connor's Pub Showcase
6331 Ferguson St
7:00 / 21+ / $6 (without wristband)

A chance to hit Connor’s before last call. Check out Odyssey Favor (and the ever fashionable Jenny Elig).

8:00 - Soft Speaker
9:00 - Alull
10:00 - We Landed on the Moon
11:00 - The Odyssey Favor
midnight - Coolidge

ES Jungle - 6151 N. Central Ave.
Piradical Productions Showcase
5:00 / All Ages / Suggested Donation

You can’t go wrong with this lineup. I’m a big fan of Sanuk and I adored Rodeo Ruby Love when I saw them at the BRMF last year. And The Last Domino is good stuff!

6:00 -The Working Hour
7:00 - Highway Magic
8:00 - Sanuk
9:00 - Rodeo Ruby Love
10:00 - The Last Domino

Northside News Café
Heavy Gun Blog Showcase
3:00pm / All Ages / FREE

Northside News Café is turning in to a hip-hop joint for the day. And there is a Beat Battle too. Pull up a Cuban sandwich and make a day of it!

3:30 - Cyclopean Superhero
3:50 - Deeg of Blank Space
4:10 - Dirty Thirty
4:30 - Beat Battle 1
5:25 - Oreo Jones
5:45 - Com Dot
6:05 - Beat Battle 2
6:35 - The Proforms
7:10 - Beat Battle
7:25 - Grey Granite
7:45 - Yeti One
8:05 - Beat Battle Finals
8:15 - Mudkids

BAR (BR Steakhouse) Showcase
929 E. Westfield Blvd (Next to Boogie Burger)
6:00 / 21+ / FREE

The music will be in the BAR bar in Broad Ripple Steakhouse building. Another stellar lineup!

6:00 - Christian Taylor
6:45 - Jesse Lee
7:30 - Jascha

Monon Coffee Company Showcase
920 E. Westfield Blvd
5:00 / All Ages / FREE

The Monon Coffeehouse is warm and cozy and a great place to enjoy music.

5:00 - Blue Cut
6:00 - J Cameron Hall
7:00 - The Bonesetters
8:00 - The Working Hour - 8:00

Broad Ripple Steak House Acoustic Stage
929 E Westfield Blvd
6:00 / 21+ / FREE

Enjoy a delicious beer and some poppy music goodness.

6:00 - Christian Taylor
6:45 - Sloth Pop
7:30 - Jesse Lee
8:15 - Jascha

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 6, no 20

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

I’m headed to the Austin City Limits Festival! I had a blast last year and this year promises to be even more fun! Indianapolis’ own Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are playing Sunday, October 4. I have a photo pass and bought a fancy new camera lens for the festival. I’ll try not to take too many pictures of my feet.

Butler Scion Free Music Thursdays
Locals Only
2449 E. 56th Street
21+, free, 8:00 pm

Music on Thursdays at Locals Only is taking a little turn starting in October. The shows are free and back to smoking. October 1: Mardelay. October 8: Win With Willard. October 15: The Right Now and Xeno Bia Green.

The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange
Friday October 2nd 2009 6PM-9PM
Saturday October 3rd 2009 10AM-6PM
Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 N Delaware Street
free, all ages, non-smoking

I hate it that I will be out of town for this. The INDIEana Handicraft Exchange is to highlight local crafters and artisans as well as to expose Indianapolis to some of the best vendors on the national indie craft fair circuit. From their press release: Most of the products sold by IHE artists serve the dual purpose of art and function and range from the beautiful to the irreverent, from the adorable to the slightly sinister, from the hysterical to the just plain bizarre. Vendors may use traditional crafting techniques but they express contemporary themes and design. Vendors offer a range of unique handmade goods from wooden jewelry to fanciful undergarments, from custom vintage-inspired western wear to stationery, from plush animals to natural bath and body goodies, from hand-screened rock ‘n' roll poster art to pop culture icon finger puppets and much, much more.

IHE will feature 70+ vendors, live roller girls, live music by the Shirtless Biddles, Mandy Marie Luke & Mo Foster, The Jack Davies, Julia Schafer & D. Mark Conway, Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun, and A Squared DJs, as well as giveaways of many fantastic raffle prizes donated by our vendors and sponsors.

Admission into the fair is FREE to the public. Raffle tickets are sold for $2 each, three for $5 or 7 for $10. Patrons may obtain additional raffle tickets by bringing children's arts and craft supplies, or children's art books, for donation at the door the day of the event. Money made from raffle ticket sales is used to purchase arts and craft supplies for select Indianapolis area public school art programs. Prizes for the raffle are donated by our vendors and local, independent business sponsors. The event is kid-friendly, but some artists’ work features the occasional dirty word or sexual image, so parents might want to take a gander before their little ones get an eye full.

Mike Stagliano (from The Bachelorette), Todd Carey, Tyler Burgardt, Jovian Mons
Sunday, October 4, 2009, 7:30
2131 E. 71st St
21+, $12

I’ve only watched one season of the The Bacherlor/Bacherlorette series, but I find it fascinating. Michael Stagliano was on the on the last season and from everything I read he was a charming as could be. Now is your big chance to see the singer-songwriter up close.

Julie Neumark, Dave Carducci, Chad Mills, Carrie Pietz
Monday, October 5, 2009
2131 E. 71st St

Continuing with Birdy’s musicians you’ve seen on television….actress singer-songwriter Julie Neumark is performing. You might recognize her from the Gilmore Girls and Mad About You. She’d been secretly writing songs since her childhood in Cincinnati, but it wasn’t until a role called for her to play guitar that she picked one up and gave herself a crash course. Soon touring won out over acting parts and she’s been on the road ever since.
David Carducci is touring the Julie, is also based in Los Angles. He’s played everywhere from busking in Santa Monica to jamming with Loudon Wainwright III for a documentary.

Chad Mills has a steady stream of gigs, but I was happy to see his name the Birdy’s lineup – closer to home. Carrie Pietz is an Indianapolis based singer-songwriter. I think this will be a solo gig for her, but her band includes former Gazette writer, Ashley Plummer (the Peggy Sues).

Jeff's Birthday Bingo Bash w/ The Playboy Psychonauts and Charlie Krone
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
2131 E. 71st St
21+, 6:00 – 8:00 beer tasting, 8:30 –ish for the birthday fun.

Jeff Sample (music booker extraordinaire and Upper Room bartender) is celebrating his birthday with bingo, beer and music. The Playboy Psychonauts and Charlie Krone of the Born Again Floozies will play. Cavalier Distributing is hosting a beer tasting from 6-8pm.

Broad Ripple Music Fest
Friday, October 16, 2009
The Vogue
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Broad Ripple Village venues

I’ll have a full schedule in the next issue, but I want you to save the dates. And you should probably buy a ticket now for the Friday night kickoff at the Vogue. The concert features the original lineup of Johnny Socko, The Pieces and Mad Lab.

I also want to put a bug in your ear about the Emerging Artists stage at Birdy’s on Saturday. I’m a huge fan of Matthew (Dirty Matt) Aaron’s photography. His band, Endiana, is playing. The band is made up of Matt (vocals), Scott Manning (guitar), Tim Fuller (bass), Tim Gray (drums) and Nick Jones (keyboard). The rest of the lineup looks great too: Eisinore, Stranger Lazy, Harley Poe, Dorsey, Eisenhower Field Day, Beta Male and Hey Hey Melodica.

Cari Ray CD release concert
- also a benefit for The Project School
October 17, 2009
Basile Auditorium ,Indianapolis Art Center
820 E 67th Street
7:00 pm, all-ages, non-smoking, $15

I’ve been listening to Cari Ray’s new CD, Always On, for a few weeks now. Cari is an excellent songwriter and storyteller, not to mention singer and guitar player. She writes songs that speak to any heartbreak and joy in relationships and families that we’ve all experienced, yet are uniquely her own. Listening to the record reminds me a bit of another outstanding singer-songwriter, Carrie Newcomer.

The ReachArounds
Locals Only
Thursday, September 24

I always have a blast when I see these guys play. The play a fun mix of Scott Sanders originals, and rock and bluesy covers. I can guarantee a danceable good time every time you see The ReachArounds.