Thursday, November 8, 2012

broad ripple gazette vol 9, no 23

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Born Again Floozies, Vess Ruhtenberg, Party Lines
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Deluxe at Old National Centre
502 N. New Jersey St.
all-ages, $10 ($20 VIP), 8:00

I’ve been playing the heck out of the Born Again Floozies’ new record, The Voluptuous Panic. And as we’ve come to expect from the Floozies, the album is excellent. Not only does the band sound great, they are big fun to watch. Songwriter and vocalist Joey Welch has an unusual guitar technique. His fingers fly across the strings almost like he’s playing piano on his guitar. Add in tap dancer/percussionist Michele Long, turntablist Mike Graves, drummer Vincent Jackson, and bassist Brett Cantrell and you’ve got a show!

I’m a sucker for unusual percussion and great lyrics, and this record has both. Welch wrote the majority of the songs and his words are layered with hip-hop, lovely instrumentation, and lush horns. And I have a special place in my heart for CDs that come with liner notes and the words to the songs – thank you for both. 

The band is celebrating the release of record with a big show at Old National Centre. The lineup includes the iconic Vess Ruhtenberg, and the band Party Lines. 

Tonic Ball, Tonic Gallery, Tiny Tonic
Friday, November 16, 2012
Fountain Square

The Friday before Thanksgiving is always my favorite day of the year. Hundreds of musicians and artists come together for a great cause. The fact that I am Director of Programs for that great cause - Second Helpings – is icing on the cake. This will be Tonic 11 – I’ve been lucky enough to have attended the first ten and I don’t intent to break my streak now. 

This year’s tonic features the music of Stevie Wonder, U2, and the Kinks. I’m excited – I’ve actually seen all of those musicians live and can’t wait to hear my favorite local band’s renditions of the music. 

Tiny Tonic
Friday, November 16, 2012
SECS Youth Center, 924 Shelby St.
5:30 – 7:00, all-ages, free

Tiny Tonic features musical fun for the youngest Tonic fans. Ruditoonz (Scott Rudicel) will be performing child-friendly versions of our featured artists: U2, The Kinks, and Stevie Wonder, as well as original music. Kids will also enjoy musical crafts and food, compliments of Gordon Food Service.

The event is free; donations to Second Helpings are encouraged. Kids who attend Tiny Tonic are welcome at the Fountain Square Theatre for free (over 12 will need to purchase Tonic Ball tickets). 

Tonic Gallery
Friday, November 16, 2012
New Day Meadery
1102 E. Prospect Street

5:00 – 8:00, free

Artwork by Joey Ponce 
Tonic Gallery features art work by more than 25 of the city's best visual artists -  all for sale at a limited silent auction and available for as little as $100. Many of the artists created work especially for the Gallery using the music of the featured bands as their guide. 

Tonic Ball
Radio Radio
Fountain Square Theatre (all-ages)
White Rabbit Cabaret (21+)
Fountain Square (21+)
$25, 7:00 

Here is the tentative lineup:

8:00 PM          Blue Collar Bluegrass
8:20 PM          KRS + 1
8:40 PM          CW and the Working Class Trio
9:00 PM          Vess Von Ruhtenberg
9:20 PM          The Haters
9:40 PM          Brian Deer & The Achievers
10:00 PM        Yoko Moment
10:20 PM        Phyllis
10:40 PM        Red Light Driver
11:00 PM        Everything, Now!
11:20 PM        Cocaine Wolves
11:40 PM        Pravada
12:00 AM        Red Rash
12:20 AM        Coolidge
12:40 AM        Odyssey Favor
1:00 AM          Deezen
1:20 AM          The Founders
7:40 PM          South Six Five
8:00 PM          Vertigo, Joe Welch
8:20 PM          ROOMS
8:40 PM          Sudo
9:00 PM          Everest
9:20 PM          Kaliedostars
9:40 PM          The Common
10:00 PM        Mars or the Moon
10:20 PM        We're Not Squibnocket
10:40 PM        Gabriel Harley Band
11:00 PM        Circle City Steel
11:20 PM        Byrdhouse
11:40 PM        Buster Eagle

Stevie Wonder - ACLF 2011

8:00 PM          Pink Boyd
8:20 PM          Crackhead Patty
8:40 PM          Motorboat Mary, Dave Harrison
9:00 PM          Freddie T. & The People
9:20 PM          Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine
9:40 PM          Ty Causey Band
10:00 PM        Scott Kline and the Illusion of Control
10:20 PM        Goliathon
10:40 PM        Tad Armstrong
11:00 PM        Bill Mallers
11:10 PM        Matt Mays
11:30 PM        Household Guns
11:50 PM        EchoMaker
12:10 AM        Chad Mills & the Upright Willies
12:30 AM        Randy King & the New Positions
12:50 AM        Bat Tattoo
1:10 AM          Old Truck Revival
1:30 AM          Born Again Floozies
Tuck & Patti
Friday, November 23, Saturday, November 24, 2012

Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave
8:00 & 10:30, $25, 21+

I’ve been hearing about Tuck & Patti for years from my Aunt Ann and Uncle Jim. The Jazz Kitchen seems like a great venue to be able to really listen to their music – and a nice respite from your Thanksgiving activities. 

Onstage and off, guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist/arranger Patti Cathcart might, at first impression, strike you as an odd couple. With 29 years of performing together, and 26 years of marriage, the devotion forged by this extraordinary couple shows no sign of dimming from the pressure of familiarity.

This unique vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell. Patti exudes the soft, centered yet powerful graciousness of a gospel singer; Tuck almost wears his brain on his skin, anticipating the thousands of musical decisions he’ll have to send to his ten fingers during the course of a performance. Seeing the virtuosity and complexity of Tuck’s guitar work, most are surprised to learn that Patti is the actual writer, arranger, and producer. Without even blinking, Tuck-the-problem-solver brags, “Patti writes and arranges; I am just the orchestra.”