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. 

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