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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Apr. 20, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Tad Armstrong CD release show
The Upper Room
Tad Armstrong celebrated the release of his spiffy, shiny and new CD "Start All Over Again" with a great show at the Upper Room. Tad has been part of the Broad Ripple music scene for the last fifteen years with several bands, including All Day Suckas, His Righteous Fold, Middletown, and The Benders.
He performed both solo and with guest musicians. David England, Matthew Williams and Stasia Demos joined him throughout the evening.
"Start All Over Again" is released by Flat Earth Records, and all of the songs are written by Tad.
I believe the "birds of a feather flock together" theory when it comes to musicians. There were some great birds in the audience: Chad Mill, Amy Lashley and Otis Gibbs.
Two of my favorite parts of the evening were seeing photos of baby Evan, brand spanking new son of Jeff and Kelly Sample and Stasia Demos' impromptu accordion playing from her chair.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The Jon Rauhouse Quintet - Live Coloring Show - Neko Case
I adored Jon Rauhouse, but then I'm a sucker for the pedal steel. He played a 1970s MSA Classic, 10 string, single neck, four knee lever, three pedal steel. Not that I was looking. I don't remember seeing knee levers on a pedal steel before. The knee levers are used to raise or lower strings, and often used in conjunction with the pedals. That would require coordination that I don't possess. In doing research on pedal steel knee levers I ran across a lot of technical charts and explanations. It was starting to take the romance out of the instrument for me. From now on I'm just going to close my eyes and listen, and not pay attention to the mechanics of the music.
Jon and his band played a quirky set covering his songs, the Perry Mason theme, and a great song about coffee. Jon and most of his band also play with Neko Case. They were all terrific.
I really enjoyed the "half time" show. Jacinta Bunnell and Michael Truckpile performed a live coloring show on an overhead projector. They colored on slides and the show was set to music. It is really hard to describe how much fun this was. They are part of a group that creates non-gender specific coloring books. The pictures and captions are really fun "We pledge allegiance to all-girl bands. . . and radical coloring books."
Neko Case was fabulous. This was the first time I've seen her live and up close. Her stage presence is great, and she's very funny. Her music is very lush and has been described as "country noir."
I loved how large the crowd was for a work night. Everyone paid attention for both bands and the overhead projector show. I was up front until it got too stuffy. It reminded me of a story I read about Neko. She played the Grand Ole Opry in 2001 and took her shirt off - and was consequently banned for life. When asked about it later she replied, "I had heatstroke. People would love it to be a punk thing. But it was actually a physical ailment thing." In retrospect, maybe she should have gone from the country music swoon. The Vogue show was no smoking and no photographs (like I could take a good picture anyway).
It was a great night to be in Broad Ripple. I met Jeff and Roe for dinner at Bazbeaux. We thoroughly discussed our social lives and summer concert schedules before we walked to the show. Yippee sunshine!
Friday, April 20, 2007
Mudkids 6 pm, free
5202 N. College Ave. 283.5862
In-store performances are a great way to see bands before they play a bigger show. The crowd is small, the store is cozy, and the musicians have more time to chat. The Mudkids are a hipster hip-hop band. They have been performing together for ten years, and have the well-deserved reputation of one of the best hip hop acts in the Midwest.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Chad Mills and Brian Smith 7 pm. $5
Boulevard Place Café
4155 Boulevard Place 283.2233
Singer/songwriter Brian Smith is opening for singer/songwriter Chad Mills. The show promises to be more exciting than that last sentence. I don't know much about Brian, but I do know that a Chad show is always a treat. Boulevard Place Café is family friendly, so Chad's daughter has been known to sing along with her papa. The musical talent runs deep in that family.
Slide Hampton's 75th Birthday Celebration Series
Friday & Saturday: 8:00/10:30 $30
Sunday: 6:00/8:30 $35
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave 253.4900
Indiana native, world renowned trombonist Slide Hampton will be celebrating his 75th birthday with three shows. Friday night he will play with The World of Trombones, seven trombones and a rhythm section. Saturday's show will feature his Brazilian project - Jabacule, with vocalist Fabiana Masili and trumpeter Pharez Whitted.
Sunday's show will feature Mr. Hampton and the Steve Allee Big Band. This show is a tribute to Virtue Hampton.
Mr. Hampton's story is amazing. He grew up in Indianapolis, playing trombone by virtue of a vacancy in his father's group. He came of age during the time the city was bursting with jazz talent, including Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard and David Baker. By the time he was 20 years old he was playing at Carnegie Hall. As you can imagine his career grew from there. I feel honored just to write about him.
Someone else that I'm honored to write about is Mr. Stuart. Stuart's Moving and Storage is a sponsor of the Slide Hampton series. Any day that you run in to Mr. Stuart is a good one. He is quick with a smile and is genuinely concerned about our community. When he would walk in to CATH on Sunday mornings my mood would instantly brighten. Thank you for your support Mr. Stuart!
Thursday, April 26, 2007 6 pm, free
5202 N. College Ave. 283.5862
I sure cannot say it better than this:
"Mix Frank Zappa with Queen. Add a little Rush, some Iron Maiden and a dash of Dr. Seuss. Top that with the drummer from Cheap Trick, and you have the recipe for Witch's Hat." - The Maneater. Their MySpace page asks if they can "sleep on your floor." The answer is yes - and I have air mattresses!
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
, send any questions, comments or suggestions to Nora@BroadRippleGazette.com