Thursday, April 26, 2012

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 9, no 9

First published in the Broad Ripple Gazette
Old Truck Revival, Stella Luna and the Satellites
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Locals Only
2449 E. 56th Street
21+, door 7:00 pm, show 8:30 pm, nonsmoking, $5.
Old Truck Revival is made up of Gary Wasson, John Bowyer, Junk Box Mike and Gary Rakow – that’s too much talent to fit in a regular pick up, they’ll need an flatbed for that. They promise a show of “sweet electrified hillbilly, rockabilly, folk, bluegrass, and rock.” Luna and the Satellites will open the show.
I suggest that you include Locals Only in your dinner plan for the evening, I’m partial to the spinach melt quesadilla. And if you’re offered salsa, order it – it’s delicious. It’s made by the lovely Robin Hudson. Speaking of yummy food– Locals Only is now serving Sunday brunch from noon – 3:00.

Weekly Events
The Corner Wine Bar
6331 Guilford Avenue
free, nonsmoking, 21+
I realized that I don’t do a good job of taking about reoccurring events. The Corner Wine Bar has some great things regularly scheduled on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. And they typically have music on Thursday too.
The music is in the Wine Cellar. You can reach it stairs on either the Corner Wine Bar or the Wellington sides. The Cellar is much cozier then most basements. And unlike most basement bars there is no old Budweiser banner stolen from a college bar – there is actually a great selection of the fine liquor, craft beers, and of course, wine. The full Corner Wine Bar menu is available in the Wine Cellar also. It is a great place to have dinner and hear music.
Every Friday and Saturday (7:00 open for dinner, 9:00 music):  A Touch of 'Grass
…bluegrass, that is. And tom foolery.  There is a core band made up of veteran musicians with weekly special guests. Their music will make your toes tap and their jokes will make you groan. Just how they like it. I always have a great time at their shows.
Every Sunday (6:00 pm show and dinner) Gary Wasson's Open Stage
If you’ve never been to an Open Stage show, don’t be nervous. They won’t make you play. Unless you want to, of course. It is a great chance for musicians to try out new music and a great chance for the audience to be the first to hear something.  Gary Wasson hosts the evening of local music. No two shows are the same, which is most of the fun. You’ll hear musicians just starting to play in public and well-known folks looking for the chance to play a solo acoustic show instead of performing with their band.  No matter who is playing, it is always entertaining.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Joel Henderson's Indianapolis homecoming

Longtime friend and terrific singer-songwriter Joel Henderson is coming back to Indianapolis for his CD release party. I've really been digging the record, Locked Doors & Pretty Fences. 

Read my NUVO interview and hear songs from his new album here.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 9, no 8

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Record Store Day
Saturday, April 21, 2012

Yay! It’s Record Store Day time, which is the day that folks shed their winter blahs and jump feet first into celebrating the fact that we live in a kick-ass community. Independent record stores are a scare bunch around the country and we are lucky enough to have three within a mile of each other. And they are all thriving and a great part of our community. 

All three stores will host live music and have exclusive Record Store Day albums and sales. My suggestion is that you at least wander in to all three of them. I think in-store concerts are a great way to sample the band’s music in a laid-back setting. And the shows are always family friendly, free, and a great way to meet other folks in our community. I’m so excited that I’m taking the evening off from waitressing at the Red Key (thanks Cindi and Leslie!) so that I can enjoy the whole day. 

-Visit to see great videos of bands promoting RSD and for an idea of the exclusive record releases. Read below for a list of bands playing at Indy CD & Vinyl, LUNA music, and Vibes.

Indy CD & Vinyl
806 Broad Ripple Ave

It’s always a party at Indy CD & Vinyl, but even more so this day. I always find something fun when I’m there, whether it’s music, music magazines, any other of the cool things that line the shelves.  The stage is at the back of the store and the fun often spills out to the sidewalk. 

1:00 – Loyal Divide, 2:00 - New Band Cavalry, 3:00 – Brother Nature Band

1051 E. 54th St (54th and the Monon Trail)
GloryHole Records Showcase
11:30 – 6:30

DJ Jewey Ramone will be spinning records between bands, and he’s always got something groovy, and typically vintage on his turntable. There will also be plenty of live music throughout the day. The lineup includes: Homeschool, Adam Kuhn, Dead Frets, Everything, Now!,Ancient Slang, Hank Denim, Humans, Apache Dropout , Crys, Learner Dancer, Punk Talk, Vacation Club< he Kemps, Three Man Band.
All of the bands are fun and worth hearing, but do yourselves a favor and try to catch Everything Now! – they are always a treat. 

LUNA music
5202 N. College Avenue

LUNA music turns the corner of 52nd Street and College Avenue into a block party in honor of Record Store Day. And they start that party early, opening at 8:00 a.m. 

All day you’ll be able to shop their annual sidewalk sale – stacks of $1 CDs, vinyl, and other goodies. They’ll be passing out grab bags, and you can buy a delicious Upland beer to enjoy while you’re shopping and listening to music, they’ll be a special RCD/LUNA merch item, and the joy of being around folks who love music and aren’t afraid to show it. 

The awesome folks behind the website, Laundromatinee will be on site shooting video and handing out goodness. The lovely and talented crafters of Handmade Promenade, will be on hand(made) selling the freshest, single-artisan love. Jolly Tamale will be set up out front, all day, bringing you local tamale love. Mile 44 will be on hand to sell their local, silk-screened show poster badness.

Live performance lineup: noon - Winslow (Indianapolis Debut). 1:00 p.m. – KO  (Kristin from Slothpop's new project), 2:00 p.m. – Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, 3:00 p.m. – Hen, 4:00 p.m. – Sunni Sheets (features members of: Vacation Club, Learner Dancer, and Crys), 5:00 p.m. – Ancient Slang 

National Moto+Cycle (next to LUNA music)
5206 N. College Avenue
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

I know that I’ve pressed my face up to the window of National Moto+Cycle trying to get a better peek at the wonderful looking two wheeled machines inside, and I bet you have to.  The guys behind the glorious bicycles are opening their doors in honor of Record Store Day. You can get an up-close look at bikes, cargo trailers, fleet bikes, and accessories (woo hoo – accessories!) – including leather helmets, vintage goggles, t-shirts, bags, and People for Urban Progress goodies. 

I can’t wait to ask Matty to explain the whole motor bicycle thing to me. Even though I’m not sure what they are, I know I want one!   

Joel Henderson Band, Tad Armstrong, Heidi Gluck
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Radio Radio
1119 E. Prospect Street
21+, nonsmoking, $5

I can’t believe this show is only $5.00! I’d pay way more than that to see all of this talent in one room. All three performers have all played at CATH coffeehouse (RIP) at some point. If you’re a longtime reader of this column you know how much I love Tad Armstrong, his great songwriting and amazing voice. If I could be a musician, I’d choose to be Heidi Gluck. Do I need to say any more? 

The reason for this amazing show is to celebrate Joel Henderson’s CD release. I’ve had “Locked Doors & Pretty Fences” in my player since December and I love it. But don’t take my word for it. The record has already spent time on the top ten of the EuroAmericana charts – sharing the list with Otis Gibbs at one point.  
Not only am I looking forward to hearing his amazing original music live (I promise not to sing along too loud), I can’t wait to see his band. It features Ric Hordinski (Over the Rhine, Daniel Martin Moore) on lead guitars, Byron House (Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, Dixie Chicks) on bass, Heidi Gluck (The Pieces, Some Girls) on guitar and other musical toys, Bill Mallers (Carrie Newcomer) on keys and Dan Dorff (Daniel Martin Moore, Jim James of My Morning Jacket) on drums. How awesome is that? I will certainly see you there!