Thursday, April 24, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 11 no 9

first published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Mark Buselli Quintet CD release show
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave
21+, 5:00 – 9:00 PM, $12

Mark Buselli is celebrating the release of his newest album, Untold Stories. He as recorded several records with his orchestra over the last decade, but this is his first with the quintet in a few years. The record has six of his original songs and his take on Duke Ellington’s “Angelica.” I especially loved the song, “Claude” a tribute to the late Claude Sifferlen, Mark’s long-time collaborator and Indianapolis jazz piano legend. The record features Mark playing trumpet, saxophonist Danny Walsh, pianist Steve Allee, bassist Jeremy and drummer Steve Houghton.  

I have to share this review of the album by Chris Spector, Midwest Records: The unique thing this trumpeter brings to the bandstand is that he sounds like he could have been a student of Miles but he isn’t trying to ape Miles. What a cool fine line to be able to tread. One of those cats with a day job as an educator that doesn’t let the classroom interfere with his ability to swing, this is a sweet, straight ahead listening date that knows you want to groove even if you are sitting down. Well played throughout, this well decorated cat within the halls of academe is well deserving of some more love from the real world. Time to show this cat what Valentine’s Day feels like. 

I need to start writing jazz reviews so I can throw around descriptions like “cats” and “ape” and “groove.” 
Broad Ripple Village Gallery Tour
Friday, May 9, 2014
Various Venues
free, all-ages, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

This year’s Spring Gallery Tour features 20 venues filled with art and goodness. Start at the Broad Ripple Fire Station (6330 Guilford Avenue) to get your official map with the galleries and the artists they are featuring. Here is a sampling:  

Fine Estate Art – Gallery Two (5914 N. College Ave). Gallery Two is a brand new gallery space and is an extension of Fine Estate Art. The work in the new space features nine Indiana and regional artists. 

Broad Ripple Magnet High School (1115 E. Broad Ripple Avenue). The works of middle school and high school students will be on display. And being in a school when you’re not required to be is extra fun! 

Flanner and Buchannan Funeral Centers (1305 Broad Ripple Avenue). First of all pop in to thank them for being the sponsor of the Gallery Tour. Secondly, check out the work of painter John Reynolds work of farm animals. And thirdly, just like high school – it’s a great place to visit when you’re not required to be there! 

VSA Indiana (924 E. Westfield Boulevard). The students of Very Special Arts have been making beautiful items for the Gallery Tours for years – I have a great collection of flower pots, candle holders, tiles, and bowls purchased though participating merchants. Their Urban Artisans interns work will be featured in this show. 

The Bungalow (924 E. Westfield Boulevard). Artist Phil O’Malley’s bold work will be featured. 

Marigold Clothing (6512 Cornell Avenue). The late-nature photographer Bill Brink’s work in the form of prints and notecards will be on sale to benefit his namesake memorial garden along the Monon Trail. Indianapolis jewelry artist Suzanne Bowles will be in the store with her one-of-a-kind textured pieces. 

Broad Ripple Knits (6510 Cornell Avenue). The shop will be showing off their new space and yummy yarns. 

Editions Limited Gallery of Fine Art (838 E. 65th Street). Editions Limited is hosting their annual group show, titled Fresh From the Studio. 

Ashland Gallery & Stu’s Studio (6537 N. Carrollton Avenue). The Gallery is featuring the self-portrait of photography of local artists and photographers including Michelle Merle Pace, Erin Huber, Benaiah Cusak. 

Indianapolis Art Center (820 E 67th Street). The Art Center is hosting their biennial Art from the Heartland exhibition, featuring work from some of the Midwest’s most exciting artists. 

Before or after you visit all 20 galleries – you can do it, I just know it – please pop into the restaurant sponsors, Ambrosia (5909 N. College Avenue) and Corner Wine Bar (6331 Guilford Avenue) and thank them. 

Indiana State Fair Coliseum 

Weeks ago I was thrilled to see the old Indiana State Fair sign hoisted to the top of the building replacing the Pepsi Coliseum neon (nothing against Pepsi – this column is fueled by diet Pepsi and popcorn) and I couldn’t wait for the chance to peek inside the building. 

I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the newly remodeled Coliseum a few days before the public opening and it is grand!  I tend to be suspicious of change and couldn’t imagine how the 75 year-old could be made better. I was wrong. 

I was counting the hours until the open house for the folks that had worked on the building. While I didn’t swing a hammer or run any wire, I do know the guys who installed the beer lines (yes, beer!) so I tagged along as their guest. I was so excited that I arrived before event started. You can ask the editor of this fine paper or any of my three employers – I’m never early for anything.  Ever. 

The renovated Coliseum looks great, with several nods to the old building including a section of the original wooden seats, photographs from old concerts (Beatles!) and the brass deco ticket windows. I did my best to open all of the doors, sit as many places as I could – including the ice hockey penalty box and drink out of every water fountain. Speaking of drinking, I had a delicious locally brewed beer from Outliers. It would have been rude to not test the beer lines after all of the Spencer and Schaun’s hard work, although I think they were pretending like they didn’t know me when I walked down the runway like I’d just been crowned Miss Indiana State Fair. For the record, that was pre-beer sampling. 

The Coliseum Concert Series at the Indiana State Fair has been announced: 

-Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guests Jamey Johnson and Drake White and the Big Fire - July 31 at 7:30; $26, $36 and $60.50
-Robin Thicke with special guest Estelle - Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.; $35, $45 and $75
-Phillip Phillips - Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; $25 and $35
-American Idol Live! 2014 Tour – Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.; $25, $39.50 and $59.50
-Pitbull - Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.; $35, $45 and $75
-Hunter Hayes - Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.; $35 and $45
-Jim Gaffigan - Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.; $25, $35 and $45

For more information, contact the Fairgrounds Coliseum Box Office at (317) 927-7601 or visit

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Broad Ripple Gazette vol 11 no 8

First published in the Broad Ripple Gazette

Record Store Day 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014 

Record Store Day is the start of Spring for me. The streets will be teeming with neighbors that you haven’t seen since you were all shoveling out your driveways in January. 

Indy CD and Vinyl
806 Broad Ripple Ave
free, all-ages

This is the first RSD for Indy CD under new ownership and boy do they have some fun planned. Annie Skinner, Andy Skinner, and Eric Davis purchased the store from founder and owner Rick Ziegler in January. 

They will carry almost all of the RSD special releases, feature a beefed-up used vinyl section, introduce new products, such as turntables from Rega, needles and cartridges from Grado, and headphones from LSTN. 

There will be a live outdoor performance tent sponsored by WTTS 92.3FM, Sun King Brewing Company, Musical Family Tree and Rock Lobster and Sun King will be staffing a bar (for those 21+ with valid ID). 

In the tent:
Noon  Raw McCartney
1:00 PM  The Bonesetters
2:00 PM  Greg Mullen & MaryAnn
3:00 PM  No Coast
4:00 PM  White Moms
5:00 PM  Heavy Gun’s Jay Brookinz producer's showcase
6:30 PM   Sirius Blvck

Indoor stage is sponsored by Deckademics and Just Pop In!
10:00 AM David Peck
11:00 AM  DJ Helicon
Noon DJ Lockstar
1:00 PM Duchess -B2B- Boketto
2:00 PM  Cool Hand Lex
3:00 PM  DJ MetroGnome
4:00 – 8:00 PM  Deckademics DJ School students and instructors

LUNA music
5202 N College Ave
8:00 AM – 9:00 PM, all-ages, free

Record Store Day also means block party at LUNAmusic. The doors open at 8:00 AM, but expect the line for special releases to start earlier. 

All day:
Annual Sidewalk Sale: $2 vinyl LPs and $1 CDs and other goodies
Upland will have their brewed in honor of the day Vinyl Tap available for sale.
Free grab bags

Behind the shop: D.j.s, DMA and Abby Golddust, will be holding down the live performance spot starting at noon.
Noon -  Sedcairn Archives
1:00 PM Sirius Blvck
2:00 PM The Icks
3:00 PM Margot & The Nuclear So and So's
4:00 PM Sleeping Bag
5:00 PM We Are Hex

In addition to the performances, there will be plenty of activity out back — including 'zine-making with General Public Collective, ticket giveaways with the NUVO street team, WB Pizza will be serving pizza, and We Are Hex will be selling test pressings (only 50 exist) of their new 7" single.

Exclusives:  Margot & The Nuclear So and So's, Sling Shot To Heaven vinyl LP. The album will be available a few days before the official street date and the band pressed 75 copies in yellow – five copies of the LP are autographed by Richard Edwards and have been randomly inserted into the mix.

Nat Russell LUNA music RSD 2014 tee-shirt and toes – the first 25 people in line will get a free tote. Kyle Field (Little Wings – the artist responsible for this year’s Grateful Dead RSD artwork) has created a new LUNA music tee-shirt that will be unveiled on RSD.

Little Super (two doors down) will be bursting at the seams with glorious second-hand wares for one and all—no time better to grab that vintage boombox or rad camera! Neighbor, PRINTtEXT, will be on hand with their impeccable range of periodicals. Laundromatinee will be on site shooting video and handing out goodies.  D.J. Indiana Jones will be spinning an all-vinyl set, starting at 11:00 AM.
Vibes Music
GloryHole Records Showcase
1051 E. 54th Street
free, all-ages

D.J. Jewey Ramone will be spinning records in between bands.
Noon Caleb McCoach 12:45 PM The Bloody Mess 1:30 PM Bummer Eve 2:15 PM Skin Conditions 3:00 PM Scanlines 3:45 PM Day Creeper 4:30 PM Benny and the Planes 5:15 PM No Coast 6:00 PM Thee Tsunamis 6:45 PM Ampersand Blues Band 7:30 PM White Moms 8:15 PM Raw McCartney
Lux & Ivy will be showcasing their Spring items as well as sale goodies. United State of Indiana & SNTN COMICS will also have pop up shops in the front of Vibes. 

Installation Nation
Indianapolis Art Center
820 E. 67th Street
Friday April 25 6-10pm
Saturday April 26 12-4pm
free, all-ages

Primary Colours is an Indianapolis based non-profit devoted to integrating visual artists and the community to create and sustain a thriving environment for the arts. They roll all of that together in their annual Installation Nation event.
This year, Primary Colours is leaving behind the shipping containers from past shows and  embracing the artistic opportunities and challenges of creating installations directly in the park. Eleven artists and art groups groups will transform ArtsPark into an outdoor gallery. This is an excellent opportunity to see artists testing the limits of temporary outdoor installation art and a very unique offering in Indianapolis’ annual art calendar.

Each artist’s work presents a different vision of installation art. There will be interactive pieces, pieces in the trees, on the grounds, on the terrace, and hung on sheets. The nature of the layout will allow the viewer to experience pieces individually as well as interacting with each other.

You will have a chance to meet the artists and celebrate the arts in Indianapolis. Attendees will be able to participate in the construction of a collaborative installation. There will be live music from 8:00 - 10:00 PM on Friday by Danny Thompson.  Sun King beer will be available along with food.

Participating artists are Bridgit Stoffer (Indianapolis), Hector Del Campo (Avon), Chandler Ahrens and Aaron Sprecher (Belleville, IL), Leah Schreiber Johnson (Milwaukee, WI), Andrew Ball  (Indianapolis), Heather Brammeier  (Peoria, IL), Linda Vanderkolk  (West Lafayette), Brad MCCombs (Cincinnati, OH), Justin Trapp and Cassie Kobets (Greenwood), Jeff Martin ( Indianapolis), and Indianapolis Art Center Teen Advisory Council with Devin Balara (Indianapolis/Bloomington).