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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Dec. 15, 2006
The Leisure Kings, Red Baron and His Midtown Blowers
December 2, 2006
I wish this were a first hand review of The Leisure Kings show with Red Baron and His Midtown Blowers, but it is not. I was working at the Red Key that night. I did get to hang out with the cool kids though. Several people stopped by the Red Key on the way to the concert. The Born Again Floozies were the first to arrive, and they settled in the back. Jeff Sample (the talent buyer for Birdy's and the Upper Room) and Wick (indianapolismusic.net) sat at the bar. Scott Rudicel (Ruditoonz) and Dusty Privette (The Fabulous Lettuce Monkeys) settled in at a table. Dan McNeal (Indy's Music Channel) tucked in to the corner booth. I felt a little Cinderella-like when everyone rushed out the door to the Jazz Kitchen.
From all accounts it was a great show. Mike Wiltrout and Sean Baker (The Leisure Kings) were in great form. The band, led by Brent Wallarab sounded great. Both shows were sold out, Mike breathed fire (safely outdoors) and they got a standing ovation.
I did not lose a glass slipper at midnight, but I was cleaning the grill at 2:00 am. And I'm still waiting on Prince Charming.
December 5, 2006
The Red Key
I met up with the "First Tuesday" group that meets at the Red Key on (you guessed it!) the first Tuesday of the month. I used to work Tuesday nights at the bar for a couple of years and they now let me sit at the big kids table with them. These guys are a font of Broad Ripple music history. Their conversations are peppered with statements like "Remember when John had a party, his parents came home and Bill was wearing John's mom's bikini?" I need to bring a digital recorder next month so that I can remember all of the music stories they tell.
I ran in to Matt Elliott from Northside Newsstand that evening. He was telling me that he'd been to the Jazz Kitchen the night before and he saw The Frank Glover Quartet. Matt used to bartend Mondays at the club, and has heard the band play hundreds of times.
Finest Grain, Greg and Kriss
December 19, 2006, 7pm Indianapolis Art Center 820 E. 67th Street
The touring collection of short films blends the work of award-winning directors with first-time filmmakers. There are eighty films this year. Finest Grain and Gregg & Kriss are providing live music at the beginning of the festival and during intermission. Proceeds from the festival will go to the Friends of the White River. They work to clean up the White River and take high school students on outings on the river for a day of environmental education.
Birdy's Annual Christmas Party
December 20, 2006, 8:30pm
2131 E. 71st Street 254-8971
This show is always a blast. Last year featured helium-fueled bands, Hawaiian Christmas songs and sing alongs. I'm not sure of the band line-up yet, but I know that Vinyl Shriner will be playing. I can promise that Santa Otis will be making an appearance. And he knows if you've been naughty or nice.
A Very Standard Christmas Party
December 21, 2006
Locals Only 2449 E. 56th Street 255-4013
Standard Recording Company has a great roster of bands, and you can catch them at their annual holiday party. I got a chance to see Arrah & The Ferns last week. They are amazing and cute as buttons. Very young buttons at that. The very energetic Everything, Now! will be performing. They were a big hit at the Midwest Music Summit. Everthus The Deadbeats are terrific, and I'm looking forward to finally seeing Big Big Car, Harley Poe and This Story. Standard Recording promises mistletoe, food and eggnog.
December 30th, 2006, 10 pm
Locals Only 2449 E. 56th Street 255.4013
I'm adding this show to my long list of things I'll miss because I'm working at the Red Key that night. In fact this list is so long that I'm kind of relieved that I'm working, so I don't have to choose between a family Christmas party in Walton, IN and this show. I got to see Phyllis at Midwest Music Summit 2005. They played at the Melody Inn at noon on a Saturday. Let that sink in. Noon, at the Mel. I think it was the first time I'd been there in the daylight. And certainly the first time I'd seen a bagel buffet laid out on the pool table.
Phyllis was energetic and fun. They took me back to the 1980's post-punk days. Except for the daylight and bagels thing.
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 nora-leona.blogspot.com
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