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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: May 04, 2007
Even I am stunned by the amount of music I've seen recently. Here is the rundown - and this does not even include the five shows I attended outside the Broad Ripple area. No wonder I'm so dang tired!
Friday, April 13, 2007, at The Vogue
Times New Viking / Yo La Tengo
New Times Viking opened the show. My first thought was "pocket band." Maybe I've been playing with my niece's Polly Pocket dolls too much. When there is more than one band on the bill the stage can be set up a couple of ways. Sometimes the equipment is layered. The last bands stuff is at the back and the first band sets up in front of it. As each band plays the gear is moved forward. Or the bands share backline equipment; amps, drum kit, and monitors. The band playing just plugs in their stuff and plays. In this case the band was tucked in the small space between Yo La Tengo's equipment that was already set up on stage.
New Times Viking hails from Columbus, Ohio. Their sound is very post-punk - the songs are high-energy and short.
Yo La Tengo have been indie rock darlings since 1984, which is remarkable longevity for a band. The also play amazingly long and lovely shows. They played for over two hours. They took questions from the audience and lamented the lack of Ma and Pa's BBQ sauce. I was tired and came very close to leaving at midnight. I try never to leave a concert or sporting event until it is over. You just never know what will happen. I'm so glad I stayed.
YLT played "Can't Stand the Midwest," a Dow Jones and Industrials song. Dow Jones and the Industrials was a West Lafayette punk-rock band in the early 1980's - and they were my roommates. I was off-the-charts giddy as I skipped out of the Vogue.
Times New Viking
Yo La Tengo
Saturday, April 14, 2007, at The Wellington
Mark Kocher's last bartending shift
What does Mark Kocher have to do with music? Tons. Mark is the former manager of Flat Earth Records, bass player for several bands and recording engineer. You could always count on hearing the best music when Mark was tending bar at the Wellington.
Liza, Mark And Elizabeth At Corner Wine Bar.
image courtesy of Nora Spitznogle
I stopped by the pub after my Red Key shift. At 1:00 am the Wellington was full of Mark's fans and friends. Mark poured me my ceremonial first Bell's Oberon of the season. Mark has worked there since 2001, when Liza and Elizabeth purchased the Corner Wine Bar. I first met Mark when we worked together at CATH in 1999. Mark is so full of energy that we started using his last name as a verb, "I'm going to Kocher on out of here." I asked Mark what he was going to do with all of his free Saturdays; he replied, "Music." I can't wait to see him out and about - oh, wait I'm still working on Saturday nights.
Monday, April 16, 2007. at The Vogue
Josh Rouse - Rock for Riley
Okay, I'll admit it. I had to be talked in to going to see Josh Rouse. Which is a switch - I'm usually dragging people to singer/songwriter shows. I saw him a few years ago at Radio Radio, but didn't remember being that impressed. And it would be my third trip to the Vogue in one week (Tuesday, Neko Case and Friday, Yo La Tengo). Not that I don't love seeing shows at the Vogue, but writing this column can get a little pricey. And Monday was a very busy day for me. How do you dress for giving a talk at a high school in the morning, speaking to bankers at noon, attending a Jr. League dinner and concert at the Vogue? Skirt, black top and tights. Add a denim jacket for the high school, as-is for the bankers, hair up for the dinner, put the denim jacket back on and accessorize with a beer for the Vogue.
I'm so glad the Northside Newsstand guys talked me in to going. I met everyone at The Broad Ripple Brew Pub and we walked over. Do you know what pressure it is to order a beer in front of Kevin Mataluchi, the Brew Pub brew master? We got to the Vogue in plenty of time to get a table - another new experience for me. The crowd was very diverse, which spoke to the talent of Josh Rouse. Terry Considine was there with his daughter Jessie. Radio Radio owners David and Roni were in the front row; Luna music darling Maggie and lots of musicians were in the audience.
Josh Rouse was amazing -- thoughtful songs, beautiful voice and easy on the eyes. I'm now a fan. Dan the Soundman let me stand behind the soundboard for a bit. I try not to abuse the privilege, but it really is cool to see the musicians that close.
I also got a chance to meet Greg Berman, the founder of Rock for Riley. Greg has done a great job with the fundraiser. There was a great line-up of musicians this year - congratulations.
Thursday, April 19, 2007, at Music Mill
Here is Emi Wright-Steczyk's review of the show:
I was a little worried reviewing Will Hoge for a weeknight show as opposed to a weekend show, but there was no exception to the talent Will Hoge puts out in to his performance. Hoge opened with his sultry, southern voice on "The Man who Killed Love". With that and the vibration of the band behind him, he was able to transform effortlessly into a soulful ballad mode as he performed "Baby Girl" (a personal favorite). Closing the show with a ravishing version of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man", Hoge ended his show with an acoustic solo version of "Carousel", which left the audience in the mellow mood state they needed to be in to leave such a great show.
Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Gingko
Leigh Standley - Curly Girl Design
I'm a big fan of artist Leigh Standley. Boston-based, she was in town to personalize her work. The newest piece in my collection reads "We must absolutely do what we love or we run the risk of doing nothing at all."
Monday, April 23 at Verizon Wireless Music Center
Verizon /Live Nation 2007 Preview Party
This was way out of the greater Broad Ripple area, but my invitation came as a result of writing for the Gazette. I took fellow columnist Tammy Lieber (my +1, in guest list lexicon) so I'm going to tell you about it.
Verizon Music Center (or Deer Creek to us oldsters) invited the media and VIP's to a preview party to announce the 2007 line-up. I felt like I was invited to the big kids' table, and I tried to behave accordingly. There was valet parking and a red carpet. Of course, I missed all that -- next year I'll know and not trudge through the parking lot. The bar was set up on stage (it is occurring to me that I'm writing a lot about beer this week - I'm a responsible drinker and don't drink at every show, I swear!), there was great food, Ritter's ice cream, and the summer line-up was flashed on big screens.
The big questions was, how much longer will the out-door music venue be around. No one had a clear answer. The property has not been sold, but is still for sale. 2007 is the 19th year for the venue.
I loved peeking at the dressing rooms and seeing all of the great photographs lining the backstage walls. The dressing rooms were very nice, but not too wild. No chandeliers or swings. I was very geeked out about being on stage. I made poor Tammy take a picture of me playing air guitar.
Oh, and the line up for May/June is:
May 26, 2007: X-103 May Day featuring Chris Cornell
June 2, 2007: Gwen Stefani, Akon
June 7, 2007: Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift
June 8, 2007: Fall Out Boy, Paul Wall
June 30, 2007: John Mayer, Ben Folds
image courtesy of Nora Spitznogle
Lieber rushes the stage.
image courtesy of Nora Spitznogle
Friday, May 4, 2007, at City Natives Fine Art & Tattoo Gallery
874 Virginia Avenue (Fountain Square) 6:00-11:00
HEROES & VILLIANS part 1
This is also outside the Broad Ripple area, but it is chock full of Broad Ripple artists. The BRIDGE collective is an organization of artists committed to create works of art that make a statement larger than a personal expression. Their mission is to create an environment where arts flourish.
The show is a series of characters out of comic books giving them life on the canvas in an interactive gallery setting. Matt Lawrence was the organizer of the Midwest Graffiti Expo in Broad Ripple in September 2004.
From Matt: Urban Artist Network, which I founded, along with help of the BRVA and the Indianapolis Art Center, created an alternative to Broad Ripple's long standing illegal graffiti problem by incorporating legal aerosol murals with the help of graffiti artists from all over the Midwest. I proposed the project to the BRVA, and the Indianapolis Art Center helped fund it. After holding this event Broad Ripple started to see a steady decrease, up to 80%, in illegal graffiti because of this project. For my brian child, efforts, and dedication, the BRVA graffiti task force presented me with an award. This award recognized my dedication to the beautification of one of Indianapolis's cultural districts. This award was followed by an outstanding citizen award from the Mayor's office..
The show will hang through May 31, 2007.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at The Indianapolis Art Center
Suzuki and Friends in The Best of Amadeus Concert Series
doors 6:30, show 7:00 $15 members/$18 non-members
820 E. 67th Street 317.255.2464
The Art Center is celebrating Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 251st year with this concert. Maestro Raymond Leppard will make the introduction. The musicians are: Quintet Series -- world renowned violinist Hidetaro Suzuki, Dennis McCafferty (cello), Byron Plexico (violin), Beverly Scott (viola), and Nancy Agres (viola); Sonata -- Zeyda Ruga Suzuki (piano).
There are only 200 seats available. You can purchase a ticket in advance through the Web site or at the Art Center.
Friday, May 11, 2007, at Indy Hostel
4903 Winthrop Ave 6:00-9:00 317.727.1696
Mike Graves - Gallery Opening
John Newton (or Hostel John, as I'm fond of calling him) is formally kicking off his gallery series. He has been showcasing local artists since opening the hostel in 2004.
The first show, appropriately enough, is called "Hostel Environments." Artist Mike Graves describes his work: "It is a collection of works meant to induce a feeling of movement within a closed space." The evening will also feature live world music by the El Floundero Dub Club.
*There will not be a Midwest Music Summit this year. Look for a new improved summit in 2008.
*Musical Family Tree is planning a Fall Music Festival. Pencil in September 22, 2008.
*Not quite music news, but the most fascinating thing I heard at a show: Soundman Dan was the first person to eat his way through the sandwich list at the Northside News Café.
*I'm helping coordinate the musicians for the Broad Ripple Farmers Market. Let me know if you're interested in playing for a few hours on a Saturday morning. email@example.com
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