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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Jul. 21, 2017

Buzzing Around Town

Woo hoo! It is almost Indiana State Fair time. Not only are there gobs of 4-H and Open Show projects to look at and Pioneer Village to visit, there are plenty of free concerts throughout the Fairgrounds. I'll tell you about those below and in the next issue.

Charlie Ballantine CD release party
Saturday, July 22, 2017
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Avenue - 21+, $15, doors 5 pm, show 7:30
The fabulously talented Charlie Ballantine is releasing his third album in three years, "Where is My Mind." Indy's own Charlie has a degree in jazz studies and has been voted "Best Jazz Musician" by NUVO newsweekly readers for the last two years. That said, his music is also influenced by folk, funk, and blues.
Charlie's shows are always a treat - you'll be happy you went!

I.W.I.N Yoga in the Park
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Broad Ripple Park - 1500 Broad Ripple Avenue
all-ages, 8:30 - 10:30 am, $25 presale, $30 day of
This is the fourth year for the I.W.I.N Foundation's (Indiana Women in Need) Yoga in the Park. I.W.I.N supports Indiana women currently receiving treatment for breast cancer by securing and paying for individual services that relieve emotional, physical and financial burdens.
Yoga participants will practice with four different area instructors in the peaceful outdoor setting of Broad Ripple Park. The first 60 registrants will receive a coveted tank top. For more information and to register visit:

Indy Folk Fest
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Indy Hostel - 4903 Winthrop Avenue
all-ages, noon - 10 pm, presale tix $12, $15 day of, family packages available - after-party at the Vogue (21+)
The Indy Folk Fest is a great day of music in a relaxed, family-friendly setting. The focus this year is on farm-to-table foods and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Felege Hiywot Center, serving Indianapolis youth and Ethiopian orphans by teaching urban farming and other hands-on skills (it's a really cool organization).
The musical lineup wasn't available at press time. Performers include: Noble Roots, Sarah Grain and The Billions of Stars, Sweet Poison Victim, Bigfoot Yancy, Jeff Kelly, Vess Ruhtenberg, and more.
Your ticket to the Folk Fest is good for the after-concert at The Vogue (doors 8 pm, show 9 pm) featuring Bigfoot Yancy, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and Restless String Band.

Indiana State Fair Free Concerts
Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 20, 2017
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St. - all-ages, various discounts/promo days
Here is the list of the shows at the Free Stage (in front of the 4-H buildings in the NE corner of the fairgrounds. I love that there are some local bands (marked with an asterisk) on the bill this year.
Friday, August 4, 2017: George Thorogood and The Destroyers 7:30
*Saturday, August 5, 2017: Hotel California "A Salute to The Eagles" with The Gordon Bonham Blues Band, and Terry Lee & the Rockaboogie Band 7:30
Sunday, August 6, 2017: Hispanic Music Festival headlined by Chicas Roland and Carmen Jara 2 - 8
Tuesday, August 8, 2017: High Valley 7:30
Wednesday, August 9, 2017: An Evening with Montgomery Gentry 7:30
Thursday, August 10, 2017: Yacht Rock Revival Tour with Robbie Dupree, Player's Peter Beckett, Matthew Wilder, and Elliot Lurie from Looking Glass 7:30
Friday, August 11, 2017: Blue October 7:30
*Saturday, August 12, 2017: Here Come the Mummies with Hero Jr., and Four Star Edition - U.S. Navy Band 7:30
Sunday, August 13, 2017: Contemporary Christian Music Festival headlined by Danny Gokey with Echoboy, Building Nations, and Jester 2 - 8
Monday, August 14, 2017:Happy Together Tour Starring: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Box Tops, The Cowsills and The Archies Ron Dante 7:30
Tuesday, August 15, 2017: Midland 7:30
Wednesday, August 16, 2017: Dashboard Confessional with The All-American Rejects 6:30
Thursday, August 17, 2017: Patti LaBelle 7:30
Friday, August 18, 2017: Kiefer Sutherland 7:30
*Saturday, August 19, 2017: Indiana Music Festival featuring The Why Store, The Easthills, Bigfoot Yancey, and Against The Clocks 7:30
Sunday, August 20, 2017: Gospel Music Festival headlined by Anthony Brown and Kierra Sheard 3 - 9

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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