Thursday, July 7, 2011

Broad Ripple Gazette no 8, vol 14

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette.
Comix Rock
Indy Web Comics Gallery Show
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Locals Only

2449 East 56th Street
7:00 pm, 21+, $6.00

Get your geek on!  Celebrate comics, science fiction and nerd culture at the second annual Comix Rock show and the opening of the Indy Web Comics Gallery Show. The night kicks off with the Dr. Sketchy Anti-School at 7:00. The Creme de les Femme Burlesque Group will present a special Star Trek themed show, during which attendees can draw the models in various poses and win prizes donated by area comic book stores, although I suspect the main prize for the comic book guys will be getting to see the burlesque women pose in Star Trek costumes. 

The music starts at 9:30 and the lineup includes Five Year Mission, a super-group of Indy musicians. Their music is infectious and pop driven and they’ve created a song list for the night based on the first season of Star Trek. Not kidding. Next up, God Make Robots, a trio of smart cool kids, who make smart cool music. Shammers & Lefthand create hip-hop songs based on Pokemon, role playing games and internet viral videos.  They're based in Bloomington and have played shows all over the country at everything form Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments to Linux programmers conventions. 

The Indy Web Comics Gallery show that will also kick off that night and hang through July.  This show will feature ten Indiana cartoonists displaying their paintings, comic strips and drawings, many with a Science Fiction theme. 

Now might not be the time for me to admit it, but I’ve never watched a whole episode of Star Trek or read a Science Fiction book. What a sheltered life I’ve lived. 

Locals Only has it all. Seriously good food, full bar, great beer selection, plenty of tables and an ample parking lot. 

Christian Taylor Showcase
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The Historic Melody Inn
3826 North Illinois Street
9:00 pm (doors 8:00), $5.00, 21+

I think that Christian Taylor is just delightful. He is a talented singer and songwriter and is part of the band America Own the Moon. He’s put together a showcase of music featuring Caleb McCoach, Davy Long, Peter King, Ryan Puett and Scene Elders and I think you should go see it. It’s an early show for a work night, although I can’t remember the last time I was in the Melody Inn when the sun was still out.

The Historic Melody Inn is well, historic. It is one of the oldest bars in Indianapolis, established in 1935 and the vinyl booths were rescued from the old Teepee Restaurant. The original oak bar is beautiful and the jukebox is award winning and the parking is always free.

The Larroquettes, The Involuntarys, Adventure
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The Historic Melody Inn
3826 North Illinois Street
9:00 pm (doors 8:00), $5.00, 21+

You can hear the Free Zone radio program at midnight on Saturdays on WICR 88.7. Host, Thomas May plays a great mix of punk rock, band interviews and any other music that catches his ear. And he does a great job of putting shows together. The bands for this show include The Larroquettes from Chicago. The trio say they exist to perform loud rock’n’roll with insane energy, and their sole responsibility is to fire up the audience into having a great time, as a proper rock’n’roll band should. Not bad aspirations for a band. 

The Involuntarys are based in Indianapolis (and from what I could find online, based mostly at the Sinking Ship) and play delightfully loud jump around the room music. The punk band, Adventure is based in Dayton and seem like a swell group of guys. 

The Historic Melody Inn not only has an eclectic selection of beers – from Pabst Blue Ribbon and back, they have some classic video games, you know you want to re-live your Galaga high score game again. 

WITTstock 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Knights of Columbus
2100 East 71st Street
7 pm, $10, family friendly

WITT (91.9) celebrating their second year in existence with an evening of music and a fundraiser for the station. The community focused, nonprofit station relies on their listeners to help with operational costs of licensing fees, insurance, tower fees and the various and sundry costs of keeping programming on the air. WITT is staffed entirely with volunteers.

The musical lineup has something for everyone – jazzpop Tonos Triad, Celtic influenced Emily Thomposon, and blues-rockers, CW & The Working Class Trio (the band includes my college roommate, Rick Bossingham. You can ask him for stories, but I was pretty darn boring then).  Hogeye Navvy and The Rhinstones round out the bill.

I’ll see you there!

Ellis, Katie Todd Band
Friday, July 22, 2011
Irving Theater
5505 E. Washington Street
8:00, $10/$12, non-smoking, all-ages

I will totally admit that I usually have a little musical crush on whomever I’m listening to at the time and some of those crushes last longer than others (I’m looking at you, Jeff Tweedy). I promise that these two musicians will charm your socks off. Katie Todd hails from Chicago and has won many awards for her beautiful emotion-filled songs and you’ve probably heard some of her tunes that were featured on television shows and movie soundtracks. She will be joined by the ever-entertaining Ellis.  She’s part folk artist and part comedienne and all lovable.

You’ll also be charmed by the Irving Theater. The theater has been part of the Irvington community since 1913 undergoing many incarnations throughout the years.


Stasia Demos, Cara Jean Wahlers, Danny Flanigan
Friday, June 24, 2011
Indy Hostel

It was the perfect evening for outdoor music. I’m lucky enough to live just a few blocks from Indy Hostel and could hear the lovely sound of Danny Flanigan’s voice as I walked up the street. Stasia Demos, Cara Jean Wahlers and Danny traded songs and stories and laughter. Picking a favorite from the three of them would be really hard. They are all amazing storytellers and great writers and singers.

The Hostel is a wonderful place to see music, check it out – soon.