Friday, March 30, 2012

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 9, no 7

Indiana Artisan Marketplace
Saturday, March 31 (10:00 – 6:00), Sunday, April 1 (10:00 – 5:00)
Expo Hall, Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38TH Street
$10, under age 15- free 

Showcasing the creations of Indiana's best artists and artisans, the Indiana Artisan Marketplace returns for a second year at one of my favorite places, the Indiana State Fairgrounds. 

More than 100 artisans from Indiana and an additional 50+ artisans from Kentucky will showcase art and food selected as being among the best in Indiana and Kentucky by food and art jury panels created by Indiana Artisan and Kentucky Crafted.

The Marketplace features one-of-a-kind artwork and foods, including some of my favorites – Geoff Davis and his delightful carved birds, Teri Barnett and her colorful paintings, Erin Jones-Edds and her delicious Hoosier Mama products (I can’t wait to try her newest offering, margarita mix), and Elizabeth Garber and her Best Chocolate in Town truffles (a little trivia: she used to sell her truffles at CATH coffeehouse). 

You get to meet and purchase directly from the artisans. You will be able to watch them create artwork, cultivate relationships with your favorite artisans and celebrate exceptional talent and creativity.

If browsing among all of the delightful art is not enough, there will be Indiana musicians, live art and craft demonstrations, and food and drink tastings. In addition to browsing the booths, visitors again will enjoy Indiana music, live art and craft demonstration and food and drink tasting.

Pravada, Goldenboy, & Hotfox
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Melody Inn
3826 N. Illinois
8:00, 21+, free 

Butler Scion has put everyone on the guest list for this show – that means it’s free! I’ve been a fan of the delightful band, Hotfox since their high school days, and they are still making me proud. I look forward to seeing them again. 

Pravada features the very talented trio of Jesse Lee, Casey Tennis, and Hubert Glover. After a stint in Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, the band is back in town and rocking us with their original melodically driven pop-rock. 

Goldenboy is from L.A., so you know they’ll be, well, golden. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Broad Ripple Gazette no 9, vol 6

Saint Patrick’s Day activities
Saturday, March 17, 2012

The parade downtown is Friday, and the celebration continues through the weekend. 

Indianapolis City Market (222 E. Market Street) has an excellent day of family-friendly fun planned. There will be lots of things for the adults, too. The Tomlison Tap will be open, U-Relish Farms is hosting Indiana Ceili. Check out for more details. Nonsmoking, all-ages. 

Union Jack’s Pub, Broad Ripple (924 Broad Ripple Avenue) will have bag pipers strolling through at 6:00 p.m. The Pub has a nice selection of Irish Whiskey and has both Guinness and Smithwicks on tap. Nonsmoking, children are welcome in the family dining room. 

Locals Only (2449 E 56th Street) is hosting the Spud Puppies. The popular bluegrass band only plays occasionally, so catch them when you can. They have added some Celtic tunes for this show, and Locals Only is always a great place to enjoy a whiskey and beer.  Nonsmoking, 21+, 9:00, $5. 

Southern Indiana Tornado Relief Show
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Melody Inn
3826 N. Illinois Street
21+, doors 5:00, music 5:30, $5. donation for Salvation Army

John Barney and Junk Box Mike and the Melody Inn are hosting an evening of music to benefit the victims of the tornados in Southern Indiana. The lineup is seriously stellar, and the show is early enough to stop in on your way home from work. 

5:30 – Chris Wolf. Chris’s music is clever, fun, and heartfelt. It’s always a pleasure to hear him play.
6:00 - Mojo Gumbo. Zydeco, Funk, Blues, and Cajun music mixed into one delicious band.
7:00 – Jeff Beyer. Guitar playing singer/songwriter.
7:30 – John Barney and The Passengers.  County music at its finest.
8:30 – Luis-Miguel. I don’t know a darn thing about Luis-Miguel, but I’m looking forward to hearing him. 9:00 – Bit A Danger. Blues tinged rock, featuring the Red Key’s Jim Settle.
10:00 – John Bowyer. ­Acoustic singer/songwriter with a bit of country. 
10:30 – Mad Wails. Not sure what “soul-rock” is? The Mad Wails will show you.
11:30 – Junk Box Mike. Mike sings about live, love, and fishing. Mostly fishing, really. 

If you’ve never been to the Melody Inn, or haven’t visited in ages, this would be a good chance. The historic Melody Inn features the booths from the Teepee Restaurant and vintage video games – Ms. Packman, anyone? 

You are welcome to donate more than $5 at the door, or visit, to donate online. 

Tim Grimm, Cara Jean Marcy, Bill Price, Evan Slusher
Friday, March 30, 2012
Locals Only
2449 E 56th Street
21+, nonsmoking, $10, 8:00 p.m.

What I great lineup! I’ve had a musical crush on Tim Grimm since the first time I heard him years ago. His shows at CATH coffeehouse were always standing room only. Tim might be the coolest guy I know. Not only has he toured and recorded with Rambin’ Jack Elliott, he’s appeared with Harrison Ford in Clear and Present Danger. His last five records have all reached the top of the Folk and the Americana charts. 

Don’t worry, Cara Jean Marcy is the Cara Jean Wahlers we’ve all come to know and love – except she’s a newlywed. Not only is Cara a wonderful singer and songwriter, she’s a great storyteller. I hope we get to hear tales of her recent wedding and honeymoon. 

Bill Price wanted to be a songwriter as soon as he heard the Beatles, and Bob Dylan. Bill does his influences proud – his original songs weave great stories and music together. 

Evan Slusher is a university student with songwriter abilities that belie his young age. Hearing Evan is always a treat. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Punchlist for the week of March 15

Who doesn't like a good list?

I was thrilled to write this list for Punchnel's of just a handful of the folks that have slept on my sofa.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Broad Ripple Gazette no 9, no 5

 first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Stockwell Road, John Barney & The Passengers, Art Adams
Friday, March 2, 2012
Locals Only
2449 E. 56th Street
21+, doors 7:00, show 8:00

Get your local here. This is a fun lineup of great local songwriters. All three bands have a country influence – except for John Barney & The Passengers – they’re a county band, through and through.

Will Stockwell leads the band Stockwell Road with a good dose of soul mixed in with country. John Barney & The Passengers are a blend of folk, blues, and country sensibility. Art Adams brings 50 years of rockabilly sensibility and fun.
Wear your dancing shoes to this show, and get there early enough to eat dinner. You’ll need the nourishment for this high-energy show.
Girls Rock! Fundraiser with Hero, Jr, Red Light Driver, Neon Love Life
Friday, March 2, 2012
Talbott Street
2145 N. Talbott Street
21+, 8:00, $10 suggested donation

Girls Rock! is a non-profit organization dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. Through music education programs they provide girls with an opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters leadership, encourages social change, and cultivates a supportive community of female peers and mentors. 

They offer a rock camp each summer for girls learn between the ages of nine and sixteen. The girls receive instruction on guitar, bass, drums or vocals. Each camper becomes part of a band, learns how to write songs, and the thrill of performing in front of a live audience at the camp showcase. Campers also take part in various workshops that relate to body image, self-esteem, and empowerment. 

How awesome this that? I wish I could go! I can go to the fundraiser to help with camp costs. The evening will feature music by Hero Jr., Red Light Driver, and Neon Love Life. There will also be giving away gift certificates and a brand new Silvertone guitar courtesy of Vibes Music. 

Rodeo Ruby Love, End Times Spasm Band, Trip N Balls, Romance of Reject
Friday, March 9, 2012
Hoosier Dome
1627 Prospect Street
7:00, all-ages, $8.

Rodeo Ruby Love has been touring their little rocking hearts out and we’re happy to have them back in town. They’ll be playing their hometown show at the Hoosier Dome. You read that right – the Hoosier Dome is an all-ages venue in Fountain Square run by Stephen Zumbrun. Stephen outgrew the ES Jungle space in the basement of Trinity Church at 61st and Central. 

The lineup includes Fort Wayne’s End Times Spasm Band. What is a spasm band you ask? In the early part of last century, a spasm band was a group of street performers who played in a hot style on whatever instruments they could wrangle. From what I’ve heard of the End Times Spasm Band, they wrangle those instruments pretty darn well. 

Colin Hay
Sunday, March 9, 2012
Vogue Theatre
6259 N. College Ave
21+, non-smoking, seated, $25 advance, door 7:00, show 8:00

Colin Hay is playing a solo acoustic show. And the Vogue will be nonsmoking. And there will be chairs. What more could you want? Seriously. This will be great. 

You might know Colin Hay from Men At Work. He also has a great solo career as a singer/songwriter and always puts on an amazing show, full of his famous tenor voice and melodic guitar playing. I love being able to see members of bands that I love play solo shows. The Vogue will turn in to an intimate venue for the evening. If you haven’t been to the Vogue for a while, now is the perfect time to check it out. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012