Friday, June 25, 2010

broad Ripple Gazette, vol 7, no 13

Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 8:00 – 12:30
behind Broad Ripple High School

Saturday, June 26 – Luke Austin Daugherty
Saturday, July 3 – The Last Drop Jug Band
Saturday, July 10 – Robert Bruce Scott

I’ve had the pleasure of booking the music for the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market for the last several years. The hardest part is juggling all of the musicians who volunteer to play – yes, it’s a volunteer gig – in the sun or rain, or sun and rain on early on a Saturday.

I always ask the musicians why they like to play the BRFM and sometimes they answer me! Luke Austin Daugherty Luke wants to support the local community and independent businesses associated with the Farmers Markets. As an indie artist (singer/songwriter) he understands the struggles and challenges of getting people to "buy" locally and the small businesses associated with food production and products have the same issues to deal with. He wants to support the local businesses when he can. Plus it is a good place to meet some new people and perform some new tunes. Be sure to take time to listen to Luke – and all of the musicians.

Gary Walters CD Release Show
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 College Avenue
7:00 and 10:00 shows, $10, nonsmoking, 21+

I can’t believe this is Gary Walters’ first record. Of his own, anyway.  He’s played piano on recordings of many jazz greats over the years and with one of my favorite folk musicians, Carrie Newcomer. Moments in Time will be released at the show, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy.

Gary sat at the piano at Airtime Studios in Bloomington and played as if it were a live show. The songs are a collection of music that is meaningful to him, a mix of ones he wrote and tunes written by others. My favorite song is LauraLauraLaura, written about his beautiful wife. He wrote in the liner notes that the song is a snapshot of his loving wife and he hoped to capture a bit of her personality. I think he did it! I’m really enjoying the record.

Gary will have several guest musicians joining him for the show, including Matt Pizec (saxophone), Rich Dole (trumbone), Dean Franke (violin), Peter Hansen (bass) and Jon Crabiel (percussion)

If you’ve never been to the Jazz Kitchen this is a great chance to start. The atmosphere is swanky, the food is amazing, the staff is wonderful and the drinks are strong. Call the marvelous LuAnn at 317.253.4900 to make a reservation.

Mpozi Celebrations
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Pawn Shop Pub
2222 E 54th Street
9:00pm, $5
Sunday, July 4, 2010
next to the old Patio/Spin
6341 Guilford Avenue
9:00 pm, free, all-ages

I can’t believe it’s been four years since Mpozi Mshale Tolbert died. Mpozi was a guy that just needed one name. Even if you didn’t know him, you probably saw him around town. He was 6’6 and had waist long dreadlocks and a big, easy sincere smile. The only time you didn’t see him with a camera he was behind a turntable spinning tunes.
He moved here from Philadelphia to be a staff photographer for the Indianapolis Star where he covered everything from crime scenes to feature stories, but his real love was music. He was a huge part of the Philly music community, especially The Roots (now Jimmy Fallon’s house band).

There are two events to celebrate Mpozi’s life and memory. There will be two bands playing on the outdoor stage at the Pawn Show Pub on Saturday, July 3. El Floundero & Friends will take the stage at 9:00. Indiana Reggae Band will play around 11:00
On Sunday, July 4 you’re welcome to join the group by the Mpozi mural next to the old Patio/Spin 6341 Guilford Avenue to swap stories starting at 9:00. There will be live music and good vibes floating through the air.

You can see a nice tribute to Mpozi at

78 rpm CD Release Show
Sunday, July 4, 2010
The Slippery Noodle Inn
372 S. Meridian Street

The city is going all out to celebrate 78 rpm’s eponymous record. There will be a big fireworks show to coincide with the band’s show at the Slippery Noodle! True story! 78 rpm is the trio of Indianapolis blues legends. Harmonica player extraordinaire Allen Stratyner, slide guitarist Vince Mullin and drummer (and former Houlihan’s expeditor) Tim Duffy.

The CD is a mix of original tunes and blues standards. I’ve had the chance to listen to the record and it sounds like blues at its best.

They’ve promised to play all of the songs on the album at the show plus some of their favorites.

To keep in tune with the theme of the holiday, this show promises to be red hot and blues.

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