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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Jul. 22, 2011

Buzzing Around Town


John Barney and The Passengers - Hillbilly Happy Hour
Friday, July 22, 2011
Melody Inn - 3826 N. Illinois
Doors 7:00, show 7:30, $5, 21+
Blues, roots, or county (yes, I said county), no matter what you call their music; John Barney and The Passengers are good solid, tap your feet fun. John and the band will play a mix of original tunes and cover songs.
And don't let the name Hillbilly Happy Hour scare you. The Historic Melody Inn hosts the HHH every Friday, showcasing music with a little bit of twang. The happy hour is a great way to start your weekend.

Songwriter's Circle
Nick Ivanovich, Cari Ray, Tim Wilsbach, Jessi Curtis
Friday July 29th, 2011
The Irving Theater - 5505 E. Washington St.
8:00 pm, nonsmoking, all-ages, $5
Yowza! This promises to be an amazing show. I tend to binge on music. I'll spend stretches of my time listening to folk, then switch to twang - think Pasty Cline and Johnny Cash. I spent the winter immersed in the The Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons, and in April mostly listened to Indiana based punk-rock music from the late 70s and early 80s.
This summer, I'm all about singer-songwriters and if you are too, this show is not to be missed. Songwriter's Circles are a great way to not only hear the music, but for the performers to give the audience an extra snippet about how the songs were inspired and about the songwriting process.
This lineup is making me feel a little nostalgic for my CATH coffeehouse days. Both Nick Ivanovich and Tim Wilsbach played there. Nick's daughter, Rachel worked at the coffeehouse for years, and Nick met his beautiful wife, Beth (with a nudge from Rachel) there. Nick writes thoughtful, gorgeous songs and it's always lovely to see him perform.
Tim Wilsbach was in the band Paging Raymond and I listened to that CD so much that the cover is long gone - now that I think about it, the jewel case might have gone down with the old CATH building. It will be a treat to see him perform solo.
Catch Cari Ray while you can. Seriously. She and her band, The Loaners are touring the country to rave reviews. This is a rare chance to hear Cari perform her original songs stripped down- just a woman and her guitar.
I have not had the chance to hear Jessi Curtis, but if she's playing with this group, she must be awesome! You can't go wrong with this show.

Hotfox CD release show, with Slothpop, The Bonesetters
Friday, July 29, 2011
Earth House Collective - 237 N. East Street
8:00, all-ages, nonsmoking, $7.
Can I tell you how excited I am for Hotfox, and be a little braggy at the same time? You first heard about Hotfox (formally Sanuk) in this column in 2008 when the majority of these talented folks were in high school.
The band was recently voted Bloomington's Best Local Band of 2010 (Indiana Daily Student) in addition to championing the National Record Store Day Battle of the Bands in the spring of 2010. Recent Hotfox accomplishments include opening for Margot & The Nuclear So & So's "Happy Hour at Spriggs" EP release show, and opening for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
They have signed to the Roaring Colonel Records label and are releasing their first CD as Hotfox. You, Me, and the Monster was recorded at Queen Size Twin Air studios and features and 5
Earth House Collective is housed the Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church. The church opened their doors to the collective in 2008 with space for community events, music, dance and yoga. There is parking in the church lot and the Hotfox show will be staged in the sanctuary.
I'm thrilled for Oliver, Duncan, Chris and the rest of the band.

Other stuff:
Look for reviews of Finest Grain, Ted Wulfers, Danny Flanigan, Cara Jean Wahlers, Kris Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett, and Bill Price. I totally ran out of time to write the reviews - mostly because the ten-minute nap went horribly awry. See you in two weeks!
I can't wait to see you all at the Indiana State Fair. I'll have a complete list of the music for Pioneer Village and other goodies in the next issue.

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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