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23May/110

My Humble Request to the Gearheads

Girls Rock Indy graciously accepted my donation of an old SWR Workingman's 200 bass head yesterday - it's a good amp, but it was gathering some dust in my office and needed to find a new purpose in life. Getting some use in teaching young women ages 8-16 how to play music seems like a good enough purpose, hence the new home.

The problem is that I didn't have a speaker cabinet to go with it. And that's why I'm asking for a little help. If you have a cab you're not really using anymore (and can handle 200 watts at 4 ohms), please consider a donation and contact the good folks at Girls Rock Indy to arrange it.

Having good-sounding equipment can make a huge difference in encouraging students to keep progressing. Can you help out here?

26May/100

Won’t Somebody Think Of The Children?

The Girls Rock Indy folks recently announced a tuition drop for their week-long camp in July - instead of $300, you can now send your budding young rock star to this wonderful event for only $200. There's ten slots for bassists, and I'm sure they'll fill up quickly. Why? There's always a gig open for bassists. Think of it as job security. Hop on this fantastic opportunity!

Here's hoping that something like the Urban Collective Project soon joins their efforts to help more kids get into music. It's amazing that more and more of these opportunities are available, and kids can link up with like-minded mentors and peers. No longer do you have to cross the street and try to convince the prog rock/jazz fusion drummer to play your stupid little punk songs, explaining all the while how it just doesn't quite work in 11/4 (true story).

I think I'm more surprised that my hometown tolerated a prog rock/jazz fusion drummer, even if he was isolated in his mother's attic.

Nevermind - just support these activities and make sure your kid is getting some music education somewhere.

13May/100

New IMN Podcast and Helping Girls Rock! Indy

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

Also, even though it's not really Fountain Square-related or on the weekend, consider this a show update for a good cause. Locals Only (56th and Keystone) hosts tonight's benefit for the Girls Rock! Indy organization. Featured bands include Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes, Neon Love Live, and Sugar Moon Rabbit. Your cheapskate ass can get in for free, but you'd better drop some sizable amounts upon entry to support this more-than-worthy cause.

4Mar/100

New IMN Podcast and Girls Rock Indy!

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

Also, please take a moment to head over to Girls Rock Indy and see what you can do to support their cause. Their first benefit show takes place March 5th at Talbott St., and they're looking for some materials to put on the first Girls Rock Indy camp in July. They're getting more bassists out there, and that can only be a good thing.