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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: May 24, 2019
I'm excited about porch music season. Here is a little roundup of regularly scheduled outdoor music and Josh Kaufman's album release shows. I hope to see you out and about. I'll be the one wearing the attractive orthopedic boot. I broke a bone in my ankle and don't intend on letting it slow me down. As a friend reminded me, at least it's not during State Fair season!
Josh Kaufman NDOXO Vol 1 album release concerts
Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 2019
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Ave - 21+, 7:30 & 9:30 each day, $25-35
Indianapolis's own Josh Kaufman, winner of The Voice season six has released a new album, NDOXO Vol 1, and is celebrating with two nights of shows at the Jazz Kitchen. The album that channels his beautiful vocal work into a gracefully catchy blend of soul, funk, R&B, rock, and classic pop.
I credit Josh with getting me to watch The Voice. I was a doubter, regularly telling people that more talented musicians had played at CATH and slept on my sofa than were on the shows. As it turns out The Voice features musicians that have been paying their dues and playing gigs and sacrificing to continually play - just like Josh has done.
Since he won The Voice he's headlined the Indy Jazz Fest, made his Broadway debut as the lead role in the Tony Award-winning play, Pippin. He sat in with one of my favorite bands, The Roots, on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and lots of other great things.
Josh is playing two shows each night, 7:30 and 9:30. Tickets available through the website and by calling The Jazz Kitchen (317.253.4900).
Flatwater music on the patio
Wednesdays - Sundays
823 Westfield Blvd - all-ages, free, W-Sat 8 pm, Sun 6 pm
Flatwater Restaurant hosts and great variety of music on their patio stage. The food is excellent and the music top-notch. Check their facebook page for the music schedule.
The Jazz Kitchen music on the deck
Wednesdays and Thursdays
5377 N. College Ave - 21+, free
Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine play every Wednesday - weather permitting from 6 - 9:30. They are a great duo, playing a combination of original songs and not-so-standard bluegrass, blues, jazz, and pop covers. They are often joined by their talented musician friends.
The Latin band Grupo Bembe plays from 7-10 Thursdays - weather permitting - on the deck. Join the folks inside to dance the night away with the Latin Dance Party. Free dance lessons with Jen & Austin at 8:30 and full dinner including the Paella service until 10 pm.
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