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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: May 28, 2010

Buzzing Around Town

Broad Ripple Farmer's Market
Saturdays 8:00 - 12:30 behind Broad Ripple High School
Be sure and give a little love to the musicians donating their time to perform at the Market.
May 29, 2010: Jared Rust
June 5, 2010: Joe Peters
June 12, 2010: Cara Jean Whalers


Reviews:
I've been crazy busy even by my liberal standards and I'm way behind on writing about the music I've seen. So with the constraints of space and time here are mini-reviews of my musical consumption in the last month.

Record Store Day - Saturday, April 17, 2010 - Midtown
My first stop was Indy CD and Vinyl to see Sanuk. I spent too much time chatting with folks walking through Broad Ripple on the sunny day that I missed the big announcement and presentation - Sanuk won the national Record Store Day Battle of the Bands! They won a fabulous prize package including instruments and recording time. I think it is terrific that Rick Ziegler and the gang at Indy CD and Vinyl nominated them. Sanuk played a great in-store set and I scooped up the official Battle of the Bands record and some other Record Store specials.
I walked over to the Underground Record Store behind the Village Pantry just in time to catch some music and buy a compilation record of country stars singing Christmas music. The record store is set up in a garage - the perfect location for an underground store. I was bummed to miss Art Adam's set but lucky enough to walk down the sidewalk and chat with the amazing musician leaving the record store.
My next stop was Vibes Records at 54th and the Monon Trail. DJ Marvin Goldstein was just finishing up his set, but I did purchase a great record of Johnny Cash covering Kris Kristofferson tunes.
I just had a quick second to run by LUNA music before my Red Key shift started. The staff looked a little dazed - not only was it a busy day with music inside and out, the Handmade Promenade was set up outside and a sidewalk sale - there was a horse in the store! Check out their Web site for photos.
I appreciate that all of the stores made it fun for the customers and I love that people turned out in droves. Well done everyone!


Otis Gibbs - Saturday, May 1, 2010 - The Vogue
The Vogue did a special seated early show for Otis Gibbs' CD release concert. Otis was in fine form playing many songs from his new release, Joe Hill's Ashes. He played a few songs solo and brought out his band made up of Indianapolis and Nashville, TN-based musicians. Good rock fun. We all loved it when Miss Amy Lashley joined him for a duet. You heard it here first - Amy headed to the studio that week to record her own songs. I can't wait to hear her record!

Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
image courtesy of Nora Spitznogle
Quan




Truth and Salvage Co. - Thursday, May 6, 2010 - Birdy's
Man was this show good. And loud! In an awesome, foot-stompin' rock and roll way. Tim Jones (Chevy Downs) brought his Los Angeles-based band to his hometown and we were happy to see him. Truth and Salvage Co. boasts four singer-songwriters and a boatload of talent. Tim, come back anytime - I'll have my dancin' boots and earplugs ready.

Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
image courtesy of Nora Spitznogle
Quan




Prizzy Prizzy Please - Friday, May 7, 2010 - Radio Radio
The formerly Bloomington-based indie band moved to Chicago six months ago. They were kicking off their longest tour to date (two months in the van) at Radio Radio. Their midnight show was energetic and awesome and the closest I've been to getting sucked into a mini mosh pit in years.


500 Festival Mini Marathon - Saturday, May 8, 2010
In retrospect I should have gotten more than four hours sleep before I strapped on my camera and carried a notepad for 13.1 miles. Thanks to all of the bands and musicians and spirit squads (that's what they call cheerleaders these days) that stood in the cold and played for us. It does make a huge difference!


Butch Walker and the Black Widows - May 11, 2010 - Birdy's
Talk about not knowing what I was getting in to! When Jeff Sample suggests that I need to see something, I listen. The fact that he dropped a ticket off at the Red Key was icing on the cake! Butch Walker played in several critically acclaimed bands and struck out on his own in 2002 releasing several albums. He's now touring with his band, the Black Widows.
The show was loud and fun and had a tinge of glam-rock. Butch knows how to charm the audience, with or without his shirt on. I was standing next to a woman from Australia who comes to the States for the sole purpose of catching as many Butch Walker shows as she can - five for this tour. Hi Nikki!

Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
image courtesy of Nora Spitznogle
Quan




Brian Deer, Tad Armstrong, Tim Wilsbach
Friday, May 14, 2010 - Radio Radio
Three of my favorite singer-songwriters all in one spot! It was wonderful. Brian Deer was the hardest working musician of the night - playing in Tim and Tad's bands and his own, of course. And Brian delivered hundreds of meals for Second Helpings that morning!
I hadn't had the chance to see Tad Armstrong perform for quite awhile and I was not disappointed. If anything he sounded better than ever - and I didn't think that was possible. It was an awesome show all the way around!

Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
image courtesy of Nora Spitznogle
Quan




The ReachArounds - Saturday, May 15, 2010 - Daddy Jack's
I took advantage of a rare Saturday night off to catch a set of The ReachArounds. As always they were big fun. I jumped up and down and giggled when I saw that Bill Constable and his piano were on stage. It took everything I had to wait until they took a break to give Bill a big hug.


Fredericks Martinez - Thursday, May 20, 2010 - Birdy's
The Lafayette-based band caught my ear on the Mini Marathon route. They were stationed around mile 10, they were special enough for me to stop and listen for a minute. They just happened to be playing their song, "Kevin Bacon Blues," which included lyrics about bacon and wine. What's not to like? I'm happy to report that I thought they were great even without the endorphins the Mini Marathon put in my brain.
This was Fredericks Martinez (the band is the maiden names of two band mothers) first not-playing-outside-on-the-side-of-the-road gig in Indianapolis and I hope to see them here again soon. They were clever and talented and fun. The four-piece band, brothers Travis and Greg Depaw, James Morrow and Ryan King all contribute to the music. I wish I had room for a longer review, but my guess is you'll be seeing more of those guys.




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




nora@broadripplegazette.com
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