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26Aug/110

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio hosts Thee Pernicious Unicats and a scooter rally tomorrow. Good on 'em.

The Vollrath has Next To Nothing, Thorn4memory, JJ Browning, and The Mustachios tomorrow. Good on 'em, too.

Big Car brings in Slothpop, Way Yes, and Amo Joy tomorrow night. Good on 'em? Yes.

White Rabbit Cabaret comes through for Friday night with the Sleeping Bag CD release show, including Everything Now, DMA, and The Kemps. Good. On. 'Em.

It's Swing Night in Fountain Square this evening, and there's our usual good on 'ems:

  • Live jazz at Maria's Pizza
  • Live lounge at the Brass Ring
  • Live acoustic music at the Red Lion tomorrow

Enjoy!

25Aug/110

New IMN Podcast and The Aristocrats!

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

Bassist Bryan Beller and his new group The Aristocrats (that name always does terrible things to my headspace) have a wonderful free track available on their website in exchange for your email address. I highly recommend making the trade - great small-group fusion stuff from some very tasteful players. Have at it!

19Aug/110

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Nothing going on at Radio Radio this weekend. Have some tacos at Revolucion instead.

The Vollrath gets loud tonight with Belligerant Bendajos, Giraffes Eating Lions, Protected Left, and The Slappies. Tomorrow is a huge happening, including the 1st Vollrath Musician's Equipment Swap Meet at 4pm - bring your old and disused musical gear for sale and trade. The music kicks in later with some form of John Zeps-related hilariousness.

The White Rabbit Cabaret hosts the Songwriters in the Round featuring Otis Gibbs, Richard Edwards, and Cameron McGill tonight. Tomorrow gets eclectic with Brad Real, Oreo Jones, The Post Script, and FINER.

And finally, check out the stalwarts:

  • Live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend
  • Live jazz at Maria's Pizza all weekend
  • Live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House
18Aug/110

New IMN Podcast and SXSW Panel Submission

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

So the panel entries for next year's SXSW conference are up, and one of those panels could include my own darn self if it gets selected. The panel talks about What A Bass Player Can Teach You About Marketing, and it's the brainchild of Austin/Indy bassist and marketer PJ Christie (who's quite good at both things). Also quite good at both things are Rose Marshack and Lindsay Manfredi, and I'll be bringing up the rear. This looks like an exciting prospect to at least talk about bass for a couple of hours, and I'll fly anywhere to do that, so it all works out. We'll know more later this year.

EDIT: Looks like I forgot something - please consider voting for this wonderful panel. πŸ™‚

15Aug/111

Music at Art Squared – September 17th

It's a little over a month away, but I want to tell you right now about Art Squared, taking place in Fountain Square on September 17th of this very year. Art Squared includes the Fountain Square Art Parade, the Fountain Square Art Fair, and Masterpiece In A Day. The best part about the last part is that the music competition is finally returning to Masterpiece In A Day, and I'm proud to be part of organizing this. Feel like coming down to a wonderful neighborhood, writing some music with your randomly paired partner, and playing that music for a chance to win some monetary prizes? THAT'S WHAT WE DO. Registration is now open, and I'd love to see you folks out here for it. Therefore, I present to you the appropriate links:

And here's the press release:

The Fountain Square Arts Council (FSAC) presents, Art Squared, Fountain Square’s premiere event, bringing together three fun, cultural experiences including Masterpiece in a Day, Fountain Square Art Fair and the Fountain Square Art Parade all in one day and free to the public. Taking place on September 17th, 2011 from 11am – 6pm. The event is free to the public and offers an opportunity to experience the arts in a family-friendly environment in the burgeoning, arts-focused Fountain Square neighborhood on the near-southeast side of Indianapolis. The event also offers an opportunity for artists to showcase their work in the art fair, participate in the ever popular one day art competition, Masterpiece in a day and allows an opportunity for both artists and individuals to experiment with their creativity in the Art Parade.

Art Squared

When you come to Fountain Square on Saturday, September 17, you get three great art events for the price of...none! Masterpiece in a Day and the Fountain Square Art fair are free to participate in or to watch. The Fountain Square Art Fair is free to attend (vendors pay a nominal space rental fee).

MAKE ART. Do you have creative chops? Then head southeast of downtown and make art, make music, make up a story or poem, and win cash prizes at Masterpiece in a Day, Fountain Square's one-day art, music, and writing competition. Participating is easy (and FREE)! Bring your art supplies, your instrument, or your favorite pencil (or laptop). Categories this year include Visual Arts, Music, Writing and Youth. The Fountain Square Arts Council is giving away over $3,000 in prizes to wining participants. Registration begins at 9am at Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square. Details and registration information can be found at discoverfountainsquare.com/masterpiece.

BUY ART. Not creative, but love to enrich your life with the creativity of others? Then the Fountain Square Art Fair is where you need to be. It's Indy's hippest urban art fair on Indy's coolest art day! Dozens of artists and crafters will be selling things for you to put on your walls, your coffee table, your lawn, your bed, your back, your neck, your head, your ear, your wrist, your ankle, your hand. There's something for every age and every budget. Are you an artist with something to sell? Register now for one of the cities emerging art fairs with one of the lowest registration fees, $70.00, at discoverfountainsquare.com/artfair. The fair runs from 11am – 5pm.

BE ART. Everybody loves a parade, right? Join the Fountain Square Art Parade and be a part of a moving work of art. Build a float, wear an outfit, and make a statement. Or just watch the art move...and maybe even move you. The parade starts after Masterpiece in a Day, so there's no reason not to participate in both events (and with a little extra help, you can be a vendor at the Fountain Square Art Fair too). The rules are simple: whatever you do has to be family-friendly, and has to be able to move along the entire parade route. And it doesn't cost a thing to participate. Interested? The parade begins at 5pm and concludes with the announcements of the day winners at 6pm. Register at discoverfountainsquare.com/artparade.

Art Squared, a celebration of art in Fountain Square. Three free art events on one fantastic September day, Saturday, September 17, 2011. The Fountain Square Arts Council strives to enhance the presence of Fountain Square as an arts destination, serve as a catalyst between artists and residents and promote art opportunities for all individuals within the funky, eclectic cultural district of Fountain Square. More information about FSAC can be found at fsartscouncil.org.

Art Squared. Make art. Buy art. Be art.

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12Aug/110

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio puts on a great show for a good cause on Saturday when they throw a benefit for the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, featuring Oreo Jones, Beta Male, jascha, and the Bonesetters.

So . . . many . . . bands . . . at the Vollrath this weekend. Tonight, it's Island of Misfit Toys, Warren Franklin, Comasoft, The Grinning Man, The Glass Accident, and The New Guilt. Tomorrow, you can take in Chandelier Ballroom, First Degree Martyr, Emily Poe Project, Yuri, and Stagnant Pools.

It's Swing Night at the Fountain Square Theater tonight - dance away to the Twilites Night Dance Orchestra.

And show some love to the regulars:

  • Live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend
  • Live jazz at Maria's Pizza all weekend
  • Live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House

Finally, as mentioned in NUVO this week, Fountain Square remains under siege by the stalled construction of the Cultural Trail. So, if you're coming down, please let me know - I'll make every effort to hold a parking space for you. Seriously, just get in contact with me via this site, and we'll work something out. Come on down!

11Aug/110

New IMN Podcast and Guts & Groove Bass Clinic!

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

I'm really excited about this upcoming bass clinic pictured in the graphic to the left - the previous session with just Anthony Wellington was one of the best butt-kickings I've received in a long time, and I'm still working out stuff I learned in that lesson. Adding Doug Johns to the clinic brings in a totally different element, and one I'm really looking forward to learning about. Johns plays a ton of shows with just a drummer, so he ends up doing a ton of stuff by himself (and I wish to pick his brain on this). The Lodge is a great place to host sessions like this, and the price is quite reasonable. Thanks to In The Pocket Productions for making this possible, and I'll see you all there in late August.

Guts & Groove Clinic - Anthony Wellington & Doug Johns
Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 2:00pm
The Lodge Recording Studios, Indianapolis, Indiana 46218

5Aug/110

Abbreviated Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Oh, too much to talk about today, so here are my quick recommendations. Neon Love Life, Red Light Driver, Kate Lamont, Devon Ashely, and more tonight at Radio Radio. Tomorrow, there's the revamped Born Again Floozies at White Rabbit Cabaret. And there's great stuff at the Vollrath, Big Car, Red Lion Grog House, Maria's Pizza, and the brass Ring, too. Hell, there's music at the parking lot at Morris and Prospect right now. Go!

4Aug/110

New IMN Podcast and More Bass Design Goodness

The new IMN podcast is up - download it at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

There's more bass design goodness from Jim Toggweiler, maker of the blind-friendly bass amp from last week. In this case, he's looking at the instrument itself and trying some different things, especially with the in-body finger-ramp and the routing of the body to make a thumb rest. The only thing I don't like about this model is that there's no way at all to play a slap-and-pop style. Such is life - not all instruments are for all people. Still, it's good to see this kind of thought and research going into the instrument as opposed to cranking out another clone.

2Aug/110

The Warner Gear on Soundcloud and a Somewhat-Related Upcoming Show

About 4 years ago, the Warner Gear put out an album. Said album has now flown into the cloud, as it were, and you can have it. Check out All My Sins on Soundcloud, where it's all available for free download. Music for the people, as it were. We're also looking at some new material in the nowhere-near-soon extended future.

While there's no Warner Gear show on the horizon, either, I will be appearing onstage with former Gear-head Cara Jean Wahlers this Saturday at Sun King Brewery around 3pm for the NUVO Best Of Celebration. She's getting all kinds of recognition for being the fine folk artist she is, and I'm happy to be included on this show.