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!

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