DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the formation of The Grateful Dead, many deadheads and music lovers alike have been coming together to remember their favorite jam band of all time. Having booked the “Fare The Well” shows in Chicago, the fear of possibly never hearing those sweet tunes in person again has become ever more of a reality for many.

The connection between music and the human soul is a story as old as time itself. The universal connection is something that binds people and their relationships with each other, so to say that music influences our lives is an understatement.

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

Though they are considered a cover band, Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) looks to bend the mold, change the circumstances and be more than just a cover band. Many loyal followers of the music have tried, from day one, to pursue their dreams of covering their favorite band of all time. However none are as acclaimed or accredited as Dark Star Orchestra.

DSO is known for performing shows based on the original set lists of actual Grateful Dead concerts, citing the date and venue at the end of their performance. For steadfast fans, this is a fun opportunity to discover a new favorite Grateful Dead show they might not have known about.

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

Dark Star Orchestra doesn’t just play the specific set list though; they cater each and every show specifically to the era in which they are recreating. From changing their arrangement to musical structure and even instruments, accuracy is a highly-regarded element of every performance.

DSO is also known for the fact that five members of the original Grateful Dead have occasionally sat in on their shows throughout their nearly 15 years and over 2,200 shows on the road. Band members include Rob Eaton on rhythm guitar and vocals, Dino English and Rob Koritz on drums, Skip Vangelas on bass, Lisa Mackey on vocals, Rob Barraco on keyboards and vocals, and Jeff Mattson on lead guitar.

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

DSO, The Egpytian Room, 2014

Dark Star Orchestra

Thursday February 12, 8 PM

Old National Center

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Can’t make it to DSO and not sure if you’ll get the farewell tour tickets you mailed in for? We can’t recommend The Dark Star Jubilee enough. Named Favorite Longstanding Festival in our 2014 Year in Review, The Dark Star Jubilee is your best bet for a family-friendly Midwestern festival free from digitally produced music.

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All photos courtesy of rodgab.com, the official website of Rodrigo Y Gabriela

All photos courtesy of rodgab.com, the official website of Rodrigo Y Gabriela

This past Tuesday, Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela took the stage of the Egyptian Room at the Old National Center. Performing in Indy for their first time in four years, Rodrigo Y Gabriela is currently on tour in support of their newest album “9 Dead Alive.” The sound of Rodrigo Y Gabriela is one that is very difficult to describe, with expertly mixed elements of rock, flamenco and jazz. With just the two of them on stage, they blend the sounds of their individual guitars in ways that sound like a full band is present.

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero grew up together in Mexico where, meeting as teenagers, they began a journey of playing music together that spans over 25 years. Their roots can be seen in covers of Metallica and Led Zeppelin, music that drew them in as kids. They mastered covers to play to tourists, but eventually decided it was time to move. They headed to Dublin, Ireland and as street performers they caught the attention of Damien Rice who helped the duo get a manager and begin booking shows.

All photos courtesy of rodgab.com, the official website of Rodrigo Y Gabriela

All photos courtesy of rodgab.com, the official website of Rodrigo Y Gabriela

What is most notably important about Rodrigo Y Gabriela is their unique style of playing music. With roots in megadeath and rock, they wanted to create a sound that felt like a full band was performing, while keeping their talent to just the two of them.

What stands out as most unique and expressive is the way that Gabriela plays her guitar, not as just a string instrument but also as a percussion instrument. Extremely tight and fast hand movements allow her to simultaneously strum the guitar while plucking at its wooden walls with her fingers, generating a popping sound like a drum. This, when paired with Rodrigo’s intricate guitar playing makes them sound much fuller, richer in sound.

All photos courtesy of rodgab.com, the official website of Rodrigo Y Gabriela

All photos courtesy of rodgab.com, the official website of Rodrigo Y Gabriela

When Rodrigo Y Gabriela took the stage at the Egyptian Room, everybody’s faces lit up. They were last in town about four years ago to play the Vogue and, from what I hear, that show was amazing, but nothing compares to the acoustics at the Egyptian Room. Their sound was so full and unyielding for just two performers.

Scanning the crowd, I noticed that hardly anybody was dancing, but rather standing with their mouth open in complete awe at the skill of these two performers. At several points throughout the show they stopped to talk to the audience, telling us about the tour they have been on and discussing the music they were playing. At the end Gabriela joked about how she has never had time to record lessons on her unique style of playing, something she wished she had the time to do. That being said, she then gave us all a quick demo on one of her signature moves.

At the end of the show, the overall feel from the crowd was much different from any other show I have been too. People often exit with some kind of discontent because the band was off or they didn’t play a favorite song or they played too short of a set. This time, there was nothing but smiles for miles from every fan in attendance, and with good cause.

All photos courtesy of rodgab.com, the official website of Rodrigo Y Gabriela

All photos courtesy of rodgab.com, the official website of Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Though Rodrigo Y Gabriela may not have as big of a US following as they should, their sound is never underappreciated. Considering the duo can fill 50,000 person-capacity soccer stadiums in Mexico, the Wembley arena in London and the Hollywood Bowl in LA, getting the chance to be five rows from the stage in our very own Egyptian Room was a very humbling experience. I certainly hope to catch them again in the near future.

Image sourced from STS9.com; Red Rocks 2014, image is property of Calder Wilson, all rights reserved.

Image sourced from STS9.com; Red Rocks 2014, image is property of Calder Wilson, all rights reserved.

On the heels of losing founding member David Murphy, nationally renowned electronic jam band STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) sets forth on its first full tour in almost a year. The tour opener is set to take place in our very own Egyptian Room at the Old National Center on Oct. 9th 2014 at 8PM.

When founding member and bassist David Murphy announced his permanent departure from the band, STS9 canceled their winter tour and circled the horses. After what we can only assume was a necessary, but planned break, STS9 formally invited Alana Rocklin to replace Murphy as lead bassist.

Image sourced from STS9.com; Red Rocks 2014, image is property of Calder Wilson, all rights reserved.

Image sourced from STS9.com; Red Rocks 2014, image is property of Calder Wilson, all rights reserved.

Her first appearance took place at the McDowell Mountain Music Festival where they debuted two new songs “New Dawn, New Day” and “World Go Round.” Fans seem to love the new addition and reinvigorated spirit STS9 now has and life begins to flow back into songs that previously seemed dead.

Worth noting is that this was not the first time Rocklin performed with STS9; she sat in on December 28th during the band’s 2013 NYE run at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. Rocklin has previously worked with singer-songwriter Ben Sollee, as well as Jim James and his solo band.

Image sourced from STS9.com; Red Rocks 2014, image is property of Calder Wilson, all rights reserved.

Image sourced from STS9.com; Red Rocks 2014, image is property of Calder Wilson, all rights reserved.

Many fans are very excited to see where this new spirit, style and line-up will take the band as they embark on this tour. In previous shows, the band has had a style that lent itself to be much darker, exploring the depths of jam-rock “spaceyness.” Word on the street is the new STS9 is much more funky, less spacey and more of a dance party. I know I speak for many die-hard fans when I say that this show cannot come fast enough.

The last time STS9 was in Indy was around this time last year, but they opened for Umphrey’s McGee and their show took place while the sun was still up. The band is said to be featuring the biggest lighting rig ever, guaranteeing that they set a precedent for what to expect over the next few months of touring.

Image sourced from STS9.com; Red Rocks 2014, image is property of Calder Wilson, all rights reserved.

Image sourced from STS9.com; Red Rocks 2014, image is property of Calder Wilson, all rights reserved.

 

STS9

Thursday October 9th, 8 pm

Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

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In the wake of what some will say was the best, others the worst, first-run music festival the Midwest has seen since Rothbury ’08, there is definitely a lot to discuss about the inaugural Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival.

Widespread Panic - Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

Widespread Panic – Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

As a writer I strive to provide the most honest, and when it comes to music festivals there will always be the lovers, the haters and the in-betweeners. Phases Fest was set to be a dream festival – the be-all, end-all in jam and funk music – and the perfect way to end summer. After two years in the making, founders Barry & Sam Shear took beating after beating, yet came out the other end smiling, looking to the rising sun with thoughts about how next year will be better.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

To recap on the festival: it was set to take place at the Kennekuk County Park, a 3,000 acre park which includes historic buildings, lakes for fishing and plenty of wooded, as well as field, camping. The line up was stacked: two nights of The String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic and single sets from Govt. Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Galactic, just to name a few.

The first unforeseen incident took that struck Phases happened before the festival even got underway when headliner Bob Weir and Ratdog canceled their tour. The open timeslot was filled by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – and it was a wonderful performance – but a disappointment to miss Ratdog nonetheless. Despite the weekend’s chilly weather, the music was amazing and every single band delivered powerhouse sets.

The String Cheese Incident - Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

The String Cheese Incident – Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

Heavy Rain Delays Early Weekend Festivities

As we arrived Thursday morning we knew the festival was going to be tested, as torrential downpours halted Wednesday arrivals and pushed back the Thursday entry time by several hours. What attendees need to understand, and unfortunately the festival staff failed to inform the public about, was just exactly how bad the rain was.

The Big Fun Circus - Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

The Big Fun Circus – Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

Countless backup plans could not have prepared Phases for the inclement weather they received. The venue, as was discussed in a short Q&A with Barry & Sam, is designed to hold up to 25,000 cars, but over half the facility was flooded and thus impassable. If they had allowed cars to enter and park, attendees surely would have been even more angry with cars stuck in the mud, ruined camping equipment and a hefty tow bill (the base fee was $80). This is why festival-goers waited in line for upwards of nine hours to get into the festival. This is why there were low flyovers from a helicopter trying to dry the grounds. This is why campers had to be relocated to the nearby fairgrounds and another park.

With alternate camping and parking plans in place and everybody safely inside the venue, stars finally aligned for Phases fest. The park is beautifully laid out with camp-next-to-your-car access and a short walk to the stage entrance. Once inside, there were a large number of food and art vendors, a farmers market selling local veggies and baked goods, lots of porta-potties and plenty of bars to purchase alcohol (at an astoundingly high $7-$8 per 12oz beverage).

The Sanctuary - Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

The Sanctuary – Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

The stages were close enough that walking between them was very easy, bur just far enough that there was no noise pollution from adjacent stages. The visual art present was awesome, Alex and Allison Grey were in attendance providing fans with endless eye candy. There was non-stop performance art in-between big acts, as well as live painting throughout the festival. Lastly was The Sanctuary, a beautifully constructed area that was isolated from the rest of the festival where they held educational classes on art, meditation and yoga.

Overall there was one thing that put a very uncomfortable and unnecessary vibe on the festival weekend, and that was the policing of outside beverages. We can all agree and understand that festivals must turn a profit, and alcohol sales are a big part of that. But when a festival allowed, what appeared to be private security meets club bouncer, to harass festival patrons all weekend. These people were demanding to look inside backpacks and purses AFTER patrons had entered the festival and passed the general security check point. Disregarding how illegal this is as we as Americans maintain our basic American rights, it was the only part of the festival that felt tainted.

The Lunar Landing Conspiracy - Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

The Lunar Landing Conspiracy – Photo courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter FX Media Solutions

On the whole, Phases of the Moon Music and Arts festival was amazing. The music could not have been better, the food vendors were top notch, they served beer that was not limited to domestic pours, and the overall crowd was very enjoyable to be around. Yes, there were some major flaws, but as my editor likes to remind me – what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger, and we can only hope that for the future these issues will be addressed in advance. I definitely plan to return next year, and I hope the same for everybody that went. Sometimes we have to find it in our nature to accept that some things are out of our control and find it in our hearts to give it a second chance. I am fully confident that this festival will be one to remember… both now and in the future.

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This past Saturday regional powerhouse Umphrey’s McGee came back to Indy for their annual hometown throw down. They took the stage at the Lawn at White River State Park. Local jazz/electronica after locals Cosby Sweater opened in support. The night began as any would in preparation for an Umphrey’s show: cookouts across town, local bars organizing party buses, talks of after parties and – of course – what would the weather be like. With impending rain clouds on the horizon, both bands jumped to social media to inform fans that the show was going to start early, prompting most to cut their pre-show festivities short.

The night started with Cosby Sweater starting almost an hour early, but still managing to bring the heat as usual. Unfortunately a lot of fans still arrived as if they didn’t know about the weather and the venue wasn’t as full as it could have been. As people continued to file in, doing little dance grooves as they swerved in between lawn chairs, many headed straight to the beer tent knowing a cold, albeit slightly overpriced, beer was more then necessary to begin the night. The sky continued to get dark and ominous; we knew it was coming, we also knew the show must go on.

Photo Courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter and FX Media Solutions

Photo Courtesy of Aaron Lingenfelter and FX Media Solutions

As Umphrey’s took the stage everybody pushed forward, crowding the stage and locking most people into their designated dance spots. A new addition to the lawn – a barrier that surrounded what would now be considered the pit – was a perpetual annoyance. It divided the crowd into two sections with the only way into the pit through a bottleneck entrance. Security was unobtrusive, at least no more than usual and the venue staff was helpful once the rain came.

And oh did it come; somewhere in between “Puppet String” (a new track from the new album) and “Tribute” the rain started slow, then it grew and grew. Eventually the band stopped and asked everybody to exit the venue because the show had been postponed. People flocked to the streets looking for the closest place to get shelter from the rain. Many headed under bridges that lined the canal, and the underground parking garage filled quickly as people walked around discussing their individual Umphrey’s experience and looking for trouble to get into.

After about 45 min we got the word that the show would go on. With security temporarily disabled, fans rushed into the venue with full force toward the stage. The real fans headed to the beer tent, then to the stage.

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Umphrey’s came back out in full force and brought a heater of a show. The rain continued for another hour but that did not stop the wild dance moves and sick bass lines. “Miss Tinkles Overture” started things off then delved deep into “Booth Love” followed by a cover of the song “Kinky Reggae”. Saxophonist Nick Gerlach of Cosby Sweater sat in to crush it on a great version of “40’s Theme” then “Linear,” the first song of their new album, Similar Skin.

Then things got serious, Conduit>Yoga Pants>Conduit>Snucka 1 & 2> Hurt Bird Bath. After the show many fans were saying the Hurt Bird Bath was one of the best they’ve seen this tour, and I can say they are right.

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After the show ended, everybody was more than satisfied with what they had. The weather made the whole experience that much more special and nobody was disappointed. Fans filed into the streets of downtown, many headed to the bars, to their cars or to their homes. Our 30-person, neon green school bus took us to our favorite local bar where we got to check out even more live music. An Umphrey’s McGee hometown throw down is never a show to miss, and despite the rain they did not fail us.

Thanks guys, and good luck on your tour.

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As summer draws to a close, residents of the Midwest prepare to settle in for what is sure to be another lengthy winter. Trips to the state fair, mass quantities of sweet corn and late night bonfires are things every Hoosier gets their fix on before the cold hits. But for a select few that ritual also includes one last hoorah, one last big festival to go out with a bang. This year the Midwest welcomes the brand-spanking-new Phases Of The Moon Music and Art music Festival, set to take place in Danville, IL September 11-14.

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One area of camping grounds

Phases Of The Moon (POTM as I’ll refer to it from here on out), is a festival most of us have been anticipating with high regard due to the extensive line-up, the layout of the grounds and of course its proximity to home. Spanning four days, POTM is being held on the historic 3000 acre Kennekuk National Park in Danville, IL. According to their website, Kennekuk National Park hosts an array turn-of-the-century buildings, prairie lands, meandering streams, hiking trails and a 170 acre stocked fishing lake.

Sidebar: An Illinois fishing license is required to fish, so plan in advance if you want to make this part of your weekend experience.

The musical line-up is what has many of us giddy with excitement, as the festival offers “four days of 100% organic, guaranteed feel good music,

John Bell of Widespread Panic

John Bell of Widespread Panic

performed by nationally renowned musicians on four unique outdoor stages.” That’s right: there is not a single DJ, computer or ableton-wielding candy kid set to perform at POTM- a unique experience for a music festival in today’s age. Musical guests include Widespread Panic (two sets!), The String Cheese Incident, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Railroad Earth, Gov’t Mule, Leftover Salmon, Galactic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, JJ Gray & Mofro, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Dumpstaphunk, Toubab Krewe, and the Sam Bush Band just to name a few.

However, the POTM experience does not stop with the music. The whole festival is billed as a music and art festival, offering 14 different performing artists as well as 12 visual artists including the famed Alex and Allyson Grey. All of the artists will be onsite during the whole weekend enhancing the music with their rich visual talents.

Limited Edition poster to be given out at POTM thanks to the Conscious Alliance Food Drive. Just bring 20 Canned goods to get your poster.

Limited Edition poster to be given out at POTM thanks to the Conscious Alliance Food Drive. Just bring 20 Canned goods to get your poster.

The Sanctuary, another aspect of POTM, is set to be an oasis- a place to go to relax, rejuvenate and heal. A diverse line-up of renowned healers and instructors will be on site to provide education and practice in yoga, qi-gong, meditation, sound healing, massage and energy work.

In addition to music, art and healing, POTM will also feature a sober camp ground, the original Furthur bus celebrating its 50th anniversary, a disc golf course, a kids camping and play area for families and festival transportation by Festi Cab. There will also be a beer garden onsite and a wide array of farm-to-table food options, an organic farmers market and plenty of unique craft vendors.

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VIP camping area

Now that we have you hooked on what will probably be the most talked about festival of the summer, let’s see what we can do to get you there.

Tickets are still available for purchase for the whole weekend, set at $250 which does include your camping. Can’t make it for the whole weekend? They offer one- and two- day passes starting at $85. Please remember that these prices will go up the closer we get to the festival, so act fast.

For all general info and to learn about the festival please check out the POTM Website here. To stay up-to-date on all the newest info regarding the festival you can follow their Facebook Page Here.

Setting the stage for what may be the best festival of our region this summer, Phases Of The Moon Music and Arts Festival is sure to be the Midwest’s next hidden gem. Anybody who is a fan of live music owes it to themselves to come check out this amazing opportunity. Grab your ticket, round up some friends and pack the car; I’ll see ya out in the fields.

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Umphrey's McGee, The Lawn, 2013

Umphrey’s McGee, The Lawn, 2013

On the heals of their most recent album release, Similar Skin, Regional prog-rock powerhouse Umphrey’s McGee return to their home state on July 26th for their annual show at The Farm Bureau Lawn at White River State Park. Backed by friends of the band, who also happen to be Indy-based musicians, Cosby Sweater will bring their own version of electronic-jazz fusion as the evening’s opener.

Umphrey's McGee, The Lawn, 2013

Umphrey’s McGee, The Lawn, 2013

Umhpreys’ most recent album has reinvigorated love for the band from fans new and old alike. Bringing together many well-known songs that previously never had a home, Similar Skin is more of a studio up-date on band favorites than it is a shiny, new package of Umph originals.

The new album release has allowed Umphrey’s to continue to re-define the relationship a band can have with their fans: by selling out the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre for their first time; by providing exclusively intimate VIP treatment for fans; by offering Similar Skin packages that include the CD, pressed vinyl, merchandise and other goodies; and by putting on an album release party, the band continues to enhance their unique relationship with fans. Instead of just going out and playing, the band now has more purpose then ever- for themselves and for their fans. This is evident as there is a push to support the tour, the new merch and of course the album itself. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the new Similar Skin album, check it out HERE, listen to the songs and download the album- the best way to get ready for the show.

Cosby Sweater, Electric Forest Festival 2014

Cosby Sweater, Electric Forest Festival 2014

For local fans this show is sure to be one to remember; something some of us haven’t seen since the Live At The Murat recordings. Cosby Sweater is guaranteed to bring the heat, getting the party started early. We can be almost certain that Joel Cummings, keyboardist for Umphrey’s, will sit in with Cosby Sweater as they have toured along side the band on multiple occasions. The addition of Joel – regardless of how old he may be – lends a well-placed sound to the Cosby Sweater line-up. Cosby Sweater continues to release new music, most notably a crowd hit remix of the song “Cocaine Blues” as well as their most recent release of their Party Dad EP which you can listen to, or purchase, HERE.

Umphrey's McGee, The Lawn, 2013

Umphrey’s McGee, The Lawn, 2013

To recap: Cosby Sweater will be supporting Umphrey’s McGee at the Farm Bureau Lawn at White River State Park on Saturday July 26th. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.  The show is set to begin at 7PM, this is a standing event but the venue does offer lawn chairs for rent on a first come-first serve basis. If you plan on attending be sure to purchase your tickets soon as these events tend to sell out and you do not want to be stuck on the wrong side of the fence.

736802_272671102894410_289720905_oThree well-known local and regional bands brought the heat this past Friday at The Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple. Local boys Funky Junk started things off early with a 9PM set time. The venue filled quickly as their local fans (endearingly referred to as “Junkies”) came out to support the rising star of the Indy jam scene. Funky Junk played through an evolving new repertoire of music while touching on some established cult classics. The band continues to gain attention as they head into festival season, recently joining the robust Summer Camp Music Festival lineup after winning a recent battle of the bands competition.

735596_232979293572081_1598628474_oAnother local powerhouse, The Twin Cats, followed Funky Junk. The Twin Cats have been bringing face-melting funk to the Indy scene for close to 10 years, but recently made an adjustment to their lineup as front man Nick Gerlach made a permanent transition to his side project Cosby Sweater. Though many feel that the missing saxophone leaves The Twin Cats with a gaping hole in their arrangement, the opposite is actually quite true. The four-piece band had a whole new air about them- the same funktastic flair that their music has always been steeped in, but with more room to breathe and experiment in jam and rock. Their evolved form evokes memories of Umphrey’s McGee circa 2004 and the Anchor Drops album- a tightly orchestrated and well-rounded group of trained musicians with a drive to push past their old image into uncharted territory.

919523_272770249551162_244660201_oAs evolving bands seemed to be the theme for the evening, Cornmeal headlined with a new front lady on fiddle replacing the notorious Allie Kral. As Cornmeal took the stage, many crazed fans began screaming that Allie was on stage, throwing everyone for a loop at first, until they realized it was, in fact, a new female fiddle player. Slightly timid in her approach, her instrument’s presence was toned down and not as in-your-face as before, leaving Cornmeal’s new sound to be much more like a jam band with a fiddle player, as opposed to a bluegrass band with a jam band feel.

Overall, every band brought a new, developed and impressive sound to The Vogue, giving this writer a newly invested interest in all three. Funky Junk can be seen at various venues around Indy; The Twin Cats have no local shows as of now, but will be playing many local and regional festivals in the coming months; and Cornmeal continues to tour, showcasing their new vibe throughout the country. Look for all three a festival near you this summer!

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The music of the Grateful Dead has been an iconic staple in the fabric of the jam band community, spanning over three decades and more then 35 million albums sold. They have been ranked as the greatest band of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine as well as having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though some would say it’s hard, nay impossible, to recreate the music of the dead, that has not stopped hundreds of bands, many loyal followers of the music from day one, to pursue their dreams of covering their favorite band of all time. However none are as acclaimed or accredited as Dark Star Orchestra (DSO).

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

DSO is known for performing shows based on the original set lists of Grateful Dead concerts, citing the date and venue at the end of their performance. For fans this is a fun opportunity to discover a new favorite Grateful Dead show they didn’t know about. On any given night they will draw from the Dead’s catalog and play an original show, something to appeal to new and old heads alike. This Friday in the Egyptian Room at the Old National Center in Downtown Indy, DSO will take the stage to give us their annual show, while staying true to the bands commitment of “raising the dead.”

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

DSO doesn’t just play the specific set list though, they cater each and every show specifically to the era in which they are recreating. From changing their arrangement to musical structure and even instruments, they hold precision accuracy as a key element to every show played. DSO is also known for the fact that five members of the original Grateful Dead have occasionally sat in on their shows throughout their nearly 15 years and over 2200 shows on the road. Band members include Rob Eaton on Rhythm Guitar and vocals, Dino English and Rob Koritz on Drums, Skip Vangelas on bass, Lisa Mackey on vocals, Rob Barraco on Keyboards and Vocals, and Jeff Mattson on lead guitar.

The show is set to take place this Friday, February 7th; doors open at 8PM. Tickets will all be general admission standing room as is traditional with all shows in the Egyptian Room. Ticket prices are set at $23.50 for the show and can be purchased at the door.

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

Dark Star Orchestra, The Egyptian Room 2/6/2013

For those of you who don’t want to wait in line for will call or to get tickets the night of, you can purchase tickets online here. To try to connect with other fans going, check out one of the many Facebook pages for the event.

I look forward to seeing you out for what is sure to be a wonderful evening full of great music and great people.

Hyperion Music and Arts Festival 2013

Hyperion Music and Arts Festival 2013

For most landlocked Midwesterners, the festival scene takes a break every September through April, leaving us to local and regional shows to get our music fix while we wait for the warm rays of summertime to return. The end of festy season has been rung in for the last two years at the Hyperion Music and Arts Festival, held in nearby Spencer, IN. In an attempt to warm our winter woes, local producers Herm Productions and Hyperion Music Festival are trying something new with HyperiOnICE at The Vogue Theatre on January 31st 2014.

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Kaleidoscope Jukebox, Hyperion 2013

Kaleidoscope Jukebox, Hyperion 2013

Organized as a miniature indoor music festival, HyperiOnICE will set the stage for future multi-venue, single day events in Indianapolis. The main event begins at The Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple with music starting around 9:00 PM. Tickets are $20, which may seem high to some, but the quality of talent and local artistry more than warrant the cost. When the music stops at The Vogue, head to the after-party at local bar, The Mousetrap on 56th & Keystone. Admission to The Mousetrap will be included in your ticket to The Vogue.

Stop #1: The Vogue

The night begins with local DJ/producer Kaleidoscope Jukebox. A one-man army bringing you music spanning Jazz, Dub, hip hop, soul and funk, his music is backed by rich samples, ethnic elements, keyboards and guitar rifts. Kaleidoscope will also be playing a set in between Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band and UV Hippo.

UV Hippo, Hyperion 2013

UV Hippo, Hyperion 2013

Next up in the evening will be will be regional funk band, Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band, hailing from Ashville, NC. They are a powerful funktastic band fueled by heavy saxophone and trombone rifts, high-energy rock, old school rap and soul. Their music is equally matched by their stage presence, known for outrageous behavior and clothing. Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band has been seen at major festivals such as Wakarusa, Bear Creek and Jam Cruise, while taking the stage with bands such as Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. Ending the night will be Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, a band that needs no introduction for most Midwest fans of jam bands. Their progressively improvisational jams fueled by jazz, funk, reggae, space rock and everything in between will leave you dancing well after the music has stopped.

Always careful to feature more of the arts than just music, Hyperion’s organizers have also arranged for  local painters Jenna Mishelow, Benjamin Church and Michael Arbuckle to practice their craft live at HyperiOnICE. There will also be a live model getting painting on stage. Herm Productions, Hoops Of Creation and Jeff Lowe’s Liquid Lights will also be in the house providing rich visual media that will leave you breathless (remember the lights on the pond at Hyperion? That’s Jeff’s work).

Jeff Lowes Liquid Lights, The Pond, Hyperion 2013

Jeff Lowes Liquid Lights, The Pond, Hyperion 2013

Stop #2: The Mousetrap

Once the party at the Vogue ends, head over to The Mousetrap where your admission ticket will get you into the after party, set to run until the bartenders kick you out. For the budget conscious, you can still get into the trap without having been to the vogue, tickets will be $10 at the door. There will be local vendors such as Cultured Crowns selling hand made fedoras, and local food truck 3 Blind Mice will be serving up gourmet grilled cheese and soup. First to play will be local producer Shy Guy Says, bringing us his own version of electronic music comprised of a mixture of glitch hop, hip hop, dubstep and trap. Headlining the after party and closing the night out will be Future Rock, an electronic rock trio from Chicago, IL that brings live loops, heavy bass lines, keyboards and drums together to make rich danceable songs.

Local DJ/Producer Shy Guy Says

Local DJ/Producer Shy Guy Says

HyperiOnICE will be a funktastic, jam-and-electronic fueled night comprised of five different musical acts across two venues. There will be at least 11 different visual artists and performers, live painting, local art, food trucks and vendors. All of this for $20, which again includes the after party. Tickets can be purchased online here or at The Vogue Theatre. For more information please check out the event page. We hope to see all of your shining beautiful faces on January 31st for what is guaranteed to be a very memorable evening.