Thursday, February 4, 2010

Broad Ripple Gazette volume 7, number 3

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Tom Fontaine's "All You Need is LOVE" Beatles Exhibit
Friday, February 12, 2010 6:00 kick off party
Saturday, February 13, 2010 noon – 9:00 p.m.
Mother Nature’s Sun
6515 Ferguson Street
$5, all ages

Tom Fontaine, one of the largest Rock and Roll Memorabilia collectors in the world, will be exhibiting items from his rare Beatles collection to celebrating the Beatles 46th anniversary of their arrival in America.

Tom has been featured on everything from CNN to Across Indiana and has published a Beatles signature study.

Memorabilia will also be for sale, here’s your chance to own a piece of Beatles history. Items for sale include:

•Beatles autographs, including Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr.
•Paul McCartney handwritten yrics for “Goodbye”
•Original John Lennon artwork
•John Lennon’s running suit from Denmark 1970
•Guitars signed by Paul McCartney
•George Harrison handwritten first draft for “Bangladesh”
•Beatles stage clothing

I’m excited to see the Beatles at the Indiana State Fair tribute display.

Cara Jean Whalers and Grover Parido, Tad Armstrong and Stasia Demos and Pholly
Northside News Café
Saturday, February 14, 2010
5406 N. College Avenue
7:00 pm, all-ages, non-smoking, $TBA

You know the party game question, “if you could invite six people to dinner who would it be.” To paraphrase that, if I could invite six people to play at in my neighborhood these six would be at the top of the list. If you’ve been reading this column for anytime at all you know that Tad Armstrong is one of my very favorite musicians and that Stasia Demos is just amazing and cute as a button.

As much as I count Cara Jean Whalers as one of my best friends I have to admit that I’d hadn’t heard her do more than two songs in a row ever until last month. Now that I’ve heard her and cellist Grover Parido I’m smitten with her music.

I’ve been looking forward to seeing Pholly for quite some time. Pholly is Phoebe Davis and Molly Grooms. They met in sixth grade, which is not as long ago for them as it is for the rest of us. Phoebe has been playing ukulele practically all of her life and accompanies Molly’s vocals. I’m really looking forward to this show.

Indy Hostel Open House
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
4903 Winthrop Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Ever wondered what happens at Indy Hostel but were afraid to ask? Ever wanted to check out a concert but not quite sure where the hostel was or where to park? Now is your big chance to check out the hostel and poke around to your hearts content. Stop in the hostel on Tuesday, February 16th from 11:00-3:00 for tours, door prizes, snacks, music and information. Contact John Newton ( for more information.

Finest Grain CD release show
Friday, February 19, 2010
2131 East 71st Street
21+, 8:30 pm,

I got a copy of their second and newest record, In the Story – the adventures of kid B, right before my deadline so I only had time to listen to it once, but I give it an enthusiastic two thumbs up! Great melodies, pretty harmonies and smart songwriting. They’ve captured the essence their live show very well. They’ll be celebrating the release of the CD at Birdy’s on Friday, February 19th. I can guarantee it will be a fun time and great show.


The Accordions
Earth House Collective
Sunday, January 17, 2009

First of all – shame on me for not checking out the wonderful Earth House before now. It’s tucked in the church at the corner of New York and East Streets downtown and houses two music spaces, a coffeehouse and Jenxie’s restaurant. I only got a poke around a small portion of the building. I did get an excellent freshly French pressed decaf coffee from the café – yummy.

The Accordions charmed the socks off of me. They are a delightful mix of instruments, musicians and collaboration. Although they played several songs where the accordion was used, this is no Polka band. They weave ukulele, autoharp, saw, violins, guitar and trumpet into poetic and memorable songs.

Mark February 27th on your calendar for their CD release show at Earth House.

Git Down
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Locals Only

I was thrilled at the thought of getting to see music after my Saturday night Red Key Tavern shift. The last band at the Git Down was scheduled for 2:00 a.m.. And a friend was in town from NYC and I was itching to show off our local music scene.

I was able to dart out the door at 1:45 and raced (and by raced, I mean drove at a safe and reasonable speed) to Locals Only. As I dashed to the front of the stage to hear Thunders and snap a few pictures I slid on the dance floor. Puddles of beer. Always the sign of a good party!

The last band of the fourteen-hour marathon, Thunders did a great job of keeping the crowd on their feet and engaged. Good stuff!

There were still lots of cool kids in the room. Annie and Andy Skinner were spinning records. I ran in to Rusty Redenbacher (Mudkids, DJ) who declared the day a great one and told me his Colts anthem was up and ready for download on the Mudkids Web site.
Locals Only co-owner, David Queisser shared with me that the Git Down was a huge success from their end. He applauded the collaboration between the sponsors, organizers, musicians, fans and the venue.

And I got to show John Gernand that Indianapolis has a thriving music scene. Even if it is smoke-filled and beer soaked.

Lucas Oil Stadium
January 24, 2010
Half-time of the AFC Championship game

I was impressed by the logistics of getting the stage with classic rockers Foreigner perched on top out to the middle of the football field to fire out two songs and back to the sidelines in the twelve minute half-time break with no one breaking a hip.

Foreigner played Feels Like the First Time and Hot Blooded to tens of thousands of air-guitar playing, face painted, Colts jersey-wearing guys. I know the running audio must be crazy to get the sound three stories up to the cheap seats but I think they did a decent job with the audio. It looked and sounded like drummer Brian Tichy (Billy Idol and Ozzy Osbourne) was playing live. It was hard to tell with the other guys. Between front man Kelly Hansons mic stand waving and dramatic gestures and bassists Jeff Pilson’s (Dokken) wavy locks I forgot to play attention to their vocals and instruments.

Foreigner was a good band to warm us up for the main show – Super Bowl XLIV half-time entertainment The Who.

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