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. 

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