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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v03n04)
Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Feb. 24, 2006

Buzzing Around Town

The banner of this grand paper includes the line The News from Broad Ripple "Now & Then". I have not done a good job with "then". I need your help.
If you have memories and photos to share please contact me at
I'd also like to know if I'm missing your Broad Ripple area venue. I'm open to suggestions!
And, this week I'm not doing very well with the "now" news either. You'll have to settle for "future".

Dog Talk
The Jazz Kitchen - Friday, February 24th 8:30 & 10:30 $10.
5377 N. College Ave
I'm a big fan of celebrating Shrove Tuesday, or as it's more commonly known, Fat Tuesday. It is traditionally a day of introspection, preparing yourself for the beginning of Lent. It has also turned in to a "smoke 'um if you've got 'um" day, preparing yourself for all of the things you are giving up for Lent. This Friday's show at the Jazz Kitchen will be a good lead-in to the decadence of Tuesday. On the other hand, if you're a sensible adult and don't go out on Tuesdays, this will be even better.
Michael Beck formed the band Dog Talk in 1993, out of necessity. He'd won a slot in the great Rock The Ripple showcase on the basis of a tape he submitted. One minor problem: he'd played all the instruments himself and that would not work for an hour long show! He quickly recruited Cliff White, who became the center of the group. As with all bands, there were a few personnel changes, but by 1994 Jim Litchfield and Bill Lancton had joined the band. Kenny Kipp rounded out the line-up in 1999. Dog Talk became wildly popular with their mambo/world beat/pop sound, playing the biggest and best venues (including my parent's backyard for JR and Anna's wedding reception-Dad bought a tambourine for the occasion, and he's not afraid to use it!).
Cliff White suffered a stroke in July of 2004. As you can imagine, it was hard for the band. Thankfully, Cliff is recovering, and you can sometimes spot him at shows. Dog Talk is still going strong. The lovely and talented LuAnn Lancton has joined the band as a vocalist and percussionist.
This show will be extra special fun. The band will be joined by a horn section, and will be playing on a float for the full Mardi Gras flavor. Costumes and reservations are recommended. Both shows are non-smoking, so smoke 'um.

North Mississippi Allstars
Indy CD and Vinyl - Saturday, February 25th 6 pm Free
Indy CD and Vinyl - Friday, March 3rd 4pm Free
808 Broad Ripple Avenue
"In-store's" are a great way to meet a band and hear their music unplugged. An in-store appearance is just what it sounds like - musicians play their music in a record store. They're generally playing a bigger show later that evening. It's occasionally nice to meet a band before they get all sweaty and tipsy - not that sweaty and tipsy don't have their own charms.
Grammy-nominated trio North Mississippi Allstars are from - you guessed it - Mississippi. Their sound is county blues meets southern rock. They will be playing at the Music Mill later that evening.
I really like what I've heard of the Damnwells. I've been listening to their songs on as I work on this article. Check out She's the NYC Skyline. I've listened to it four times so far. The Brooklyn-based band features ex-Whiskeytown member Steven Terry. Beautiful melodies and spare instrumentation are the heart of this poignant (gives me goose bumps) pop band. They will be playing at Birdy's later that night.

The Lathans $5
Indy Hostel - Friday, March 3rd 8pm
The Czars $10
Indy Hostel - Tuesday, March 7th 8pm
4903 Winthrop Ave, 727.1696
The Indy Hostel Concert series is based on the House Concert model. Musicians play in your living room. It is an intimate setting, everyone is there to listen, and there are not the usual distractions of a cappuccino machine or bar chatter. You have time to meet the artists, and they usually tell the stories behind their songs.
Get in to the Saint Patrick's Day spirit early with husband and wife duo Don and Alberta Lathan. They play acoustic Irish and American music on flute, whistle, banjo, guitar, and bodhran. Their performances include traditional centuries-old songs and tunes. Alberta is a two-time qualifier for the prestigious All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil (traditional Irish music competition) in women's ballads. Come out to hear their jig "Nora Criona." Nora Leona promises not to dance.
The Denver-based Czars have toured the world, and will be playing a special Indianapolis show. The Czars are duo John Grant and Dave Devine. Dave grew up in the Indianapolis area, was a classical guitar major at Butler and IU, and played with the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. Their sound shuffles from west coast pop, alt-county to delicate ballads. I'm really looking forward to hearing these talented guys from just a few feet away.

Not-for-profit director by day, music writer by night, Nora Spitznogle reviews music that happened and previews music and events around Broad Ripple Village. Nora managed CATH Inc coffeehouse at 54th Street and College Avenue for seven years. During that time she hosted hundreds of local and touring musicians, both at the coffeehouse and her home. When CATH closed in 2004 and the music was no longer coming to her, she had to wander from her corner of Broad Ripple to see what is happening elsewhere. You can find her at Second Helpings during the work day, waitressing at the Red Key on Saturday nights and prowling Broad Ripple music venues the rest of the time. Visit Nora's Web site, send any questions, comments or suggestions to
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