Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nora no 'H' - Nora Ephron

I wrote a piece about the great Nora Ephron for the fabulous Punchnel's

I love (and am flattered) by the intro: 

"Admit it. You can’t name any famous Noras besides Nora Ephron. You might have mentally blurted out Norah Jones, but she’s a Nora with an 'h,' so it doesn’t count." Huh. Nora Spitznogle is pretty famous in our book. 

Read the essay here:

Friday, June 8, 2012

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 9 no 12

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

BRG June 8 – June 21

Eagle Creek Folk Music Festival
Saturday, June 9, noon – 7:00
Sunday, June 10, noon – 5:00
Eagle Creek Park Marina
7840 E. 56th Street
all ages, free with park admission

The Central Indiana Folk Music &  Mountain Dulcimer Society is hosting two days of music and workshops, with fun for the whole family. Not only can you hear awesome music on the main stage, the kiddos can enjoy the instrument-petting zoo and the Rhythm Kids workshop. 

Saturday’s music includes the Punkin Holler Boys on stage and the Arthur’s Music Irish Tent. Bring your instruments to join the Irish sessions or attend a pennywhistle workshop so you’ll be ready for next year. On Sunday there will also be plenty of music – Gary Kiser and Fred Meyer among others and more workshops.
Bring a picnic lunch, blankets and lawn chairs and settle in for hours of fun.

Steve Poltz with Chris Wolf
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Locals Only
2449 E. 56th Street
doors 6:00, show 7:30, 21+, $12

Woo hoo – it’s Steve Poltz time! I’ve been struggling to write about this show and Steve. Not because I don’t have anything to say about him, but because I don’t know where to start. I finally came to the conclusion that my favorite thing about Steve’s shows is his unabashed love of singing and performing and his connection with the audience. His quirky and funny songwriting is a bonus.

Steve has co-written a chart topping song, “You Were Meant for Me,” with then girlfriend, Jewel. He spends a crazy amount of time touring, both in the States and abroad. We’re lucky to get to see Steve in such an intimate venue as Locals Only. 

I knew that Steve and Locals Only proprietor David Queisser were long-time friends, so I asked David how they met. Here’s David’s story. “Steve Poltz and I met each other in San Diego working as coyotes smuggling people into the United States. After we got busted several times (obviously the back of an El Camino is not the way to do it) I suggested to Steve that he should try his hand at music. His unique sound and quippy antics gained him a following and it grew from there. Owing me his career, he gracefully played my last venue, The Hideaway on Hillside several times and followed me to Locals Only after that. Every show in Indianapolis grew a little more from the previous show and now it has become a spectacle like no other this city has ever absorbed.” Well, there you have it. 

I can’t wait for the show. I’ll see you there!

Otis Gibbs and band
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Vogue Theater
6259 N. College Avenue
21+, $8 advance - $10 day of show, 7:00

Our favorite troubadour has moved from Indianapolis to Nashville, but we’re still claiming him as ours. Otis Gibbs has a new album, “Harder than Hammered Hell.” He’s playing a special early show at the Vogue to introduce us to his new record. 

The Vogue will turn into a listening room with chairs and all. Otis’ shows are always a treat and I encourage you to catch it. The evening is sure to be full of great stores, wonderful music, and the joy of being in the same room as so many other awesome fans.