Thursday, April 29, 2010

broad ripple gazette vol 7, no 9

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette 


Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market Music
Behind Broad Ripple High School
1115 Broad Ripple Avenue
Starting May 1, 8:00 – 12:30

Yay! It’s Farmer’s Market season! Be sure and stop by and enjoy the music.

May 1 – Chad Mills (read more about Chad below)
May 8 – Dave Duvall
May 15 – Caleb Hawkins 

Otis Gibbs
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Vogue Nightclub
6259 N. College Ave.
21+, nonsmoking, seated show, doors 6:30, music 7:00, $10. 

Otis Gibbs is coming home for the release of his newest album, Joe Hill’s Ashes, and I couldn’t be more excited. The record has already spent time on the Euro Americana Chart -- it is currently at number two, right behind fellow Broad Ripple guy, John Hiatt.

Otis is a folk singer-songwriter in the Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg and Pete Seeger sense. He writes heartbreakingly beautiful songs about tragic events and everyday observations. He is also a terrific storyteller – he is one of the few musicians that I’ve seen the whole room get quiet when he speaks.

The Vogue is opening early for this show and will kick us all out by 9:30 so they can get ready for their Saturday Dance Night. The show is early, nonsmoking and seated. I can’t imagine why anyone would not be there (unless they’re under 21).

I’ve helped work his merchandise table for the last two CD release shows and I wrote to him to ask if I could help with this one – it’s my not-so secret dream to be in charge of merch sales for a world touring musician. Come by and say hello and buy a CD or tee shirt while you’re there. 

Soul Bus
Every Monday
Daddy Jack’s (Après Jack’s)
9419 N. Meridian St.
21+, nonsmoking, free, 8:00

Soul Bus is awesome – the band is made up of some of the most talented musicians in Indianapolis. Even though the band could technically be called a cover band, they are not your dad’s VFW band. Often they’re covering the songs of one of band members and they always keep it fresh.

You can’t go wrong with Jes Richmond, Tad Robinson, David Murray, Jeff Chapin and Gordon playing for you.

The vibe in Après Jack’s is grown-up without being stuffy. The food is good – I had a delightful grilled chicken and fresh fruit salad the last time I was there. You’ll feel comfortable alone or with a group. Insider tip – Dave Murray almost always has a stash of chocolates on him. Just ask.
There is music almost every night – you can check out the calendar on their Web site. See you there!

Shelly Miller and LVNMUZIQ
Friday, May 7, 2010
Urban Element
901 N. Pennsylvania
8:30, $7.00
all-ages, nonsmoking, reservations recommended

Urban Element is a great place for dinner and drinks and it will be even better on Friday, May 7. Chicago’s Shelley Miller has not played in Indianapolis for five years. In that time she’s recorded two critically acclaimed records and made a name for herself teaching guitar and songwriting lessons at the acclaimed Old Town School of Folk Music.

Shelley is a CATH coffeehouse alumnus and played the Midwest Music Summit in 2004, where she met fellow crashers-on my floor NYC musicians Dave Golden and Jeremiah Birnbaum. They did an impromptu Sunday morning show at CATH that was amazing and let to collaboration and friendship between the three of them – and goes down in CATH history as one of my favorite things.

Shelley also did something awesome when she heard that CATH was closing. She drove out of her way on tour to personally deliver a sweet note and made-me-giggle pink furry purse. Don’t you just love her from that story?

She is opening for Hoosier by birth, Liz Snavely. Liz is an urban folk, acoustic singer-songwriter (LVNMUZIQ) She has been playing out since 2006 and has logged over 300 shows in 25 states. Some of her influences include Tracy Chapman, Damien Rice, and David Gray. 

It promises to be a fun evening!

Chad Mills CD Release Show
Saturday, May 8, 2010
2131 E. 71st Street
21+, doors 8:00, music 9:00, $10 (includes CD!)

I’m not quite sure why I wandered into Chad Mills’ last CD release show at Birdy’s in 2006, but I sure was glad I did. He brilliantly included a CD with the price of admission (as he is this time). I’m sure I would have bought one anyway after hearing him that night. Two Places @ Once has found a permanent home in the player in my truck and at some point I bought a second copy for work. (I can’t seem to remember to move CDs back and forth and I might possibly be the last person in the city to have an iPod – even my mother has one!). The record is perfect for singing along driving with the windows down and for my nonprofit office – and trust me – that’s a fine line.

I have not heard the new record, Make the Door, yet but Chad is really proud of it so I’m sure it’s wonderful. Jenn Christy will open the show and Finest Grain will play after Chad. Do you think anyone would miss me if I snuck out of my Red Key shift for an hour or so?

As disappointed as I am that I have to miss the show I’ll get to hear a little snippet as I walk the Mini Marathon route that morning. Chad will be playing in his usual spot in front of the Hi Neighbor Tavern. It is always fun to see Chad play and see his beautiful family nestled on blankets and in strollers among the Harley’s parked in front of the bar.

This will be a great show – put it on your calendar. Seriously.

I’ll review all four of my record store stops for Record Store Day in the next issue.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 7 no 8

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Record Store Day updates
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Broad Ripple CD and Vinyl
LUNA music
Underground Record Shop

I profiled Record Store Day in the last issue but wanted to pass along this update. Underground Record Shop has been forced even further underground but you can find them on Saturday celebrating in the alley behind the Village Pantry (63rd Street and College Avenue) in Broad Ripple with live music and vinyl record sale.
1:00 PM - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame member Art Adams and his band.
2:30 ~ Country folk music with Mr. Terry Lee Hickman
3:00 ~ Bluegrassy sounds from The Blue Moon Express
4:30 ~ Bluesy acoustic duo Rich Hynes & Allen Stratyner
All of the record stores will have music and specials. It will be a fun day in Broad Ripple. Promise!

Rousseau McClellan (School 91) Silent Auction and Chili Dinner
Saturday, April 17, 2010
4:00pm - 8:00pm
5111 Evanston Ave.
Indianapolis, IN

The Montessori based school is an IPS magnet and was a National Blue Ribbon winner in 2008 (that’s a big deal!). The proceeds from the event are used to purchase Montessori materials that have not been provided by district in the past. Bidding opens at 4:00 and tables start to close at 5:30. A chili supper will follow. Everyone is welcome and there are some great items in the auction including baskets put together from each class, adult and children’s jewelry hand-crafted by Principal Margaret Higgs, a PEZ starting kit for a budding collector and party at Marigold Clothing store for spring clothes shopping.

Perspektive.Material by Orkestra Projekt
Saturday, April 17
Where: The Earth House
237 N. East St, Indianapolis, IN
7:30pm (doors7:00), all ages, nonsmoking, $9 - $19 (students/adults)

Orkestra Projekt closes its seventh season with an evening of music in by bringing a little SoHo vibe to Earth House with a casual atmosphere, free hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
The cornerstone of this concert will be Smoke, Steel, Stone, Cinder by native Indianapolis composer, Thomas Osborne. They will also perform The Geometry of Sound, a piece by Rodion Shchedrin, a Russian composer, that will split the ensemble into two separate sections that will completely surround the audience. It sounds like you’ll be wrapped in a warm hug of delightful orchestra music.

Tad Robinson CD release show
Friday, April 23, 2010
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317. 253. 4900
8:00 & 10:00, nonsmoking, 21 +, call for reservations

Acclaimed soul-blues vocalist Tad Robinson is celebrating the release of his newest record, Back in Style, with two shows at the Jazz Kitchen. If you’ve never heard Tad sing you’re missing out in hearing one of the greatest vocalists in the genre. Tad travels all over the world performing at festivals and with other soul legends but calls central Indiana home. And we’re damn happy to have him here!
He’ll be performing with equally as talented musicians, Kevin Anker (keyboards), Paul Holdman (guitar), Dave Murray (bass), Jeff Chapin (drums) and a horn section: Michael Stricklin (saxophone) and Marlin McKay (trumpet).

The official release date is not until May 18 but you can beat the rest of the world by putting your hands on a copy of the new CD early -- it will be available at the show.

Russel Settle Memorial Party
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Just Judy’s
2210 East 54th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
starting at 4:00 pm, all ages

The delightfully curmudgeonly Russ Settle died on Easter Sunday, April 4. Russ celebrated 59 years of owning the Red Key on April 2. He is already missed – there is a Russ sized hole in our neighborhood. His family is throwing a memorial party on Saturday, April 24 at Just Judy’s. I’m not sure of all of the details but I can promise laughter and tears and most likely music. The Red Key will be closed that day.
I loved every second of working with him. I was lucky enough to walk him to his car on Saturday night and snap this beautiful photograph of him. The Gazette will be doing a feature on the life and times of Russel in the future. I’ll see you there, I’ll be the one laughing through my tears.

Final Four Friday
Friday, April 2, 2010
The Lawn at White River and the Wholesale District
Downtown Indianapolis

Let me start off with how damn proud I am of our city. They pulled out all stops and the perfect weather didn’t hurt anything. I crashed my brother and his coworker’s party at the Rathskeller and from there we headed to the Lawn. The walk along the canal was beautiful – each time I made it – I had to trek back to the car with my camera. No fancy cameras were allowed in the park and mine with its detachable lens was deemed “professional.”

Stone Temple Pilots played to an estimated crowd of 20,000. I was impressed with STP leader Scott Weiland’s energy and vocals. He’s had well-documented battles with drugs and law enforcement but he seems to be back on his game. I can’t remember the last time I saw Stone Temple Pilots but I can remember the first. Lollapalooza 1992, Montage Mountain, Scranton Pennsylvania. It was the second year for the festival and it was an awesome, although long rainy day. The bill that year was heavy on rock and rage – the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, Cypress Hill and Ice Cube and I loved every second of it.

It was fun to be singing along with thousands of folks (mostly guys my age) to big rock songs. STP opened with hit, Vasoline and ripped though an hour and a half set of eighteen songs including, Sex Type Thing, Creep, Crackerman, Hollywood Bitch and Plush and songs from their new record, Stone Temple Pilots, that will be released next month. They had the whole crowd dancing to their encore song, Doors cover Roadhouse Blues. I loved every second of it although it was a little strange to be standing there in my work dress and sober vs. a beer-soaked music festival on a ski mountain.

After the show was over we ventured to the Wholesale District – when did South Meridian start getting called that anyway? There were thousands of people in the streets and clubs and cars and motorcycles cruising. We popped our heads into the Slippery Noodle tent and caught the end of Big James and the Chicago Playboys. They have a fun funk-y sound and where about as opposite as could be from the Stone Temple Pilots.
The city and venues did a great job entertaining our guests.

Bring it on Super Bowl 2012 – we’re ready!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Russel Settle 1918 - 2010

I had the great honor of working with Russ at the Red Key Tavern. Here is the piece I wrote for NUVO.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 7 no 7

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Record Store Day
April 17, 2010

This is the third annual Record Store Day and I’m so proud of how our local record stores have pulled out the stops. In fact I think it’s remarkable how many record stores we have in town. Thanks for supporting them!

Super-exciting news is that Sanuk is going to be included in a limited edition vinyl record that will be sold on Record Store Day. Which is huge! They were one of nine bands chosen from submissions from all over the country for the Record Store Day High School Battle of the Bands. Thanks to Indy CD and Vinyl for championing them. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

One of the great features of Record Store Day is, you guessed it – records! Several recording artists put out limited releases just for the event. And some are crazy-limited, only 500 copies. Each store handles it differently and not each store will bring in the same titles. Both LUNA music and Indy CD and Vinyl have lists on their Web sites and offers to hold records.

I’m writing this before the Broad Ripple area record stores have posted their set times and final plans. If something is different that what I’m telling you, blame me. I probably made it up.

Indy CD and Vinyl
806 Broad Ripple Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220
free, all-ages

Indy CD and Vinyl is tucked in the heart of Broad Ripple. Last year they threw an all-day party and I assume that it will be just as fabulous this year. The store is chock-full of records, CDs, music DVDs and assorted pop culture goodness.

The confirmed bands are: *Slothpop *Crescent Ulmer *Burnt Ones *Sanuk – winners of the national Record Store Day Battle of the Bands *Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes – I say if you don’t like Mandy Marie, you’re not going to like heaven. *Thunders – power pop goodness, *Bears of Blue River.

I’m sorry I don’t have more details, but I promise fabulousness. Check their Web site for up to date information.

LUNA records
5202 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220
free, all-ages

LUNA founder and cool guy personified, Todd Robinson said he is “throwing a block party that coincides with Record Store Day.” The famous annual sidewalk sale will feature $1 CD and loads of cheap vinyl and other goodies. Upland Brewery will be pouring their hoppy-goodness in a glass and the Standard Recording guys will be grilling free hot dogs and veggie burgers while they last (the hot dogs and the Standard guys).
I’m really excited about the Handmade Promenade shop that will be taking place outside featuring handmade indie crafts.

LUNA will have live music inside – Amo Joy, Beta Male, Burnt Ones, Grey Granite, John Rambo and the Vietnam Wars, Oreo Jones, Thunderhawk and Jookabox – not necessary in that order and the times are to be determined. And DJs outside between sets – Action Jackson, DJ Jessica, Liz Foster, Mrlunatrontoyou, Rusty Redenbacher, Slater Hogan (aka Kid Delicious aka Ian Tate) will be keeping the music going.

Other activities planned: Indie Volumes photo booth, Big Car Gallery doing illustrations behind the bands as they play and My Old Kentucky Blog will be shooting video.

I work next door at the Red Key at 5:00 that day. How many times do you think I’ll sneak out the door to pop over to Luna?

Vibes Music
1051 East 54th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46220

I’m writing this column three weeks before Record Store Day, so I was not able to get Vibes Music schedule. But anything John Zeps does is fabulous so I’m sure great things are on tap. Vibes is right where 54th Street meets the Monon Trail.


Highland Bagpipers
March 17, 2010
Just Judy’s
2210 East 54th Street
Indianapolis, IN

I snuck out of work for forty-five minutes to see my sweet niece walk in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade and thought that was the end of my celebrating – I was helping a friend pack for a move. By a quirky set of circumstances I wound up at Just Judy’s while the bagpipers were there. They were goose-bumpy good. Owner Judy Guerra has hosted the bagpipers for years. She told me that it is one of her favorite days of the year.

Not only does Judy’s have great food but the atmosphere is like a family reunion. I don’t hang out there as often as I should, but I’m always glad I’m there when I walk though the door. You will be too.

And for the record, I drank a Guinness – it wouldn’t be Saint Patrick’s Day without one.