This Friday from 6 to 9 pm, art gallery 5547 Project, located in Irvington, will be opening an Earth Day themed event for 18 local and emerging artists. These artists will get a chance to reveal their perspective of our planet Earth and share them with the world.
The all-age and pet friendly art show is a free event which will include live musical performances from Thea and Thieves, Wesley Moore and Katie Garringer. Along with live music, there will be a fire dancing show put on by Haley Challies and Sarah Hoffman. The event will also feature local businesses from Beast Irvington who will provide free appetizers, and free beer tasting from BIMP(Beer Is My Passion). Another local business, Smokey Meat Sweats will have food for purchase. And our team from Indy Mojo will be at the opening reception as well to promote Mojo Mongrels, their Humane Society Mutt Strut team. Puppy chow will be available for purchase.
5547 Project is a unique art gallery that has been open for about a year. The garage-turned-gallery has a coffee shop inside, Coal Yard Coffee – your one stop shop for a daily fix of caffeine and art all in one! The gallery’s comfortable atmosphere allows anyone to come in, look, discuss, and purchase artwork to support local artists and businesses any day of the week. 5547 Project wants to be all about the artist and do not receive commission for displayed work. After renting out a wall, the artist will receive all of their profit.
In addition to First Friday art exhibitions at the 5547 Project, Coal Yard Coffee hosts different events every Friday which include comedy, spoken word and open mic night. Come out and support your local artists and businesses in Irvington!
5547 Project (5547 Bonna Ave 46219)
Friday April 3, 6 – 9 PM
Editor’s note: If you haven’t yet, check out our preview of the Good Luck in Your Dreams Tour. Below, correspondent Jackie Dee recaps the ups and downs of tour life.
Day 1: Take off
After a two hour delay of the original 9pm departure time, the tour van finally makes its way to my house, so I hop in with Freddie Bunz and tour driver/master chef, Carmen. A pit stop later we find ourselves at Casa de Stamps and greeted by the rest of the anxious crew who had been eagerly ‘celebrating’ the kick off. A few extra bags, two couch cushions, and a foam noodle later the crew finally takes off towards Augusta, GA at 1am.
So far we’re rolling nine deep between a van and a car. Bored’s crew of nine took a jump start earlier that day. “Enjoy this while it lasts,” chuckles Stamps for this was as comfortable as it was going to get for the rest of the trip. We were to add three more people, meeting us in St. Petersburg, FL.
This tour is the fourth runaround for all in the Ghost Gun van except for me. Stories recalling their last experiences start to surface and roll right off of their slurring tongues as they exhale clouds that would later drift us all into slumber land. Lucky for me I found myself cozied up upon Stamp’s couch cushions that smoothed out the four naps I tucked in amidst the 17 hours it took for us to finally arrive to Augusta due to extended rest stops.
First stop: Soul Bar, which just so happens to be the bar where James Brown made his debut performance. The historical dive bar was long and narrow with strategically placed Christmas lights and old concert posters all around. Guests hit the action first thing when they walk in with the stage to the left and with the bar following closely behind.
Pre show jitters get swilled away with open bar access, but one drink in particular was said to set you off right and hold you down through the night. This drink is called Ace One’s Magic Elixir. It consists of whiskey, honey, eucalyptus, lemon, ginger, and Echinacea (an immune boosting vitamin). Boy did that honey and eucalyptus soothe the wash.
Speaking of wash, I didn’t anticipate having to pursue a laundromat after the first stop of the tour. Why, you might ask? Let me answer that with another question: What, or who rather, could possibly go wrong on the first day of tour? Let’s just say some important items were lost and someone pulled a Houdini and made the liquor reappear on the gravel.
Unfortunately my pillow, blanket, and part of my backpack were in the way of the golden stream of one’s slumber. Lucky for me, I was not. But I wasn’t irritated at the least. As much as it sucked I couldn’t help but laugh. I actually should’ve seen this coming, as I watched him stumble and swerve his way into the van. That’s when the couch cushions came in handy, for they were the perfect barrier between us and the soiled seats. Thus concludes day one.
Things I learned from the first day of tour:
- You will never leave on time
- ‘packing light’ does not exist in John Stamps’ vocabulary
- Homemade granola is a traveling staple
- I should have inquired about Indymojo stickers to slap everywhere along the way
- Rest stops take minimum 25 minutes
- Always have a spray bottle of Febreeze handy
Day 2: Portobello Sunrise
After attempting to recall the shenanigans of Day 1, the crew collects themselves and we’re off to Jacksonville. Before long, we ended up at Kona Skate Park where they were hosting a weekend long rollerblading tournament. Kona Skate Park marks two-for-two as the second epic landmark of the tour, for this skate park was featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 video game. After exploring the grounds there was no doubt as to why: It was skate paradise.
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Bored’s crew took the stage in the tower box for a brief moment. After their performance we stuck around to see the contest for freestyle tricks. Here was one of the most epic tricks that I was luckily able to capture.
Nobby’s venue was a petite, DIY space of a house-turned-dive bar. The stage was only able to fit tour DJ Jason Brown aka DJ Friday the Thirteenth so the rest of the crew had face level interaction with the audience. After closing time, the crew still packs the house for a celebratory shot for Carmen’s (aka Chef’s) birthday. A bottle of Jameson later, we make our way back to the hotel to keep the party going. Shenanigans kick off the hotel party with rowdy and rambunctious boys showing off their man hood with choke holds and clothes lines.
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(St. Augustine hip-hop native, Wes Seefried aka MF Goon is pushed off the bed by Kenton Caldwell resulting in the clothes lining of Dereck of Cold Sprite)
Shortly after, we were greeted with dehydrated vegetables that would make the 4am trail down to the beach all the more “magical”. We had the whole beach to ourselves. The way the stars and the moonlight kissed the ocean view at the end of the pier was enchanting. For a moment we sat in silence, captivated by breadth of the waves.
As most of us were absorbing the beauty of the night sky, Dereck of Cold Sprite Gang fell into an Atlantic Ocean trust fall with absolutely no f*cks given. Jaws dropped followed by several other bodies and uncontrollable laughter. The commotion carries on throughout the night and we surprisingly received only one single noise complaint from the neighbors upstairs. That only lasted for a good twenty minutes in a sardine packed room of fifteen guys. One by one snoring replaced the sounds of laughter as the sun took place of the moon.
Before I decided to ‘call it a night’ I made my way to greet the Portobello sunrise myself, embracing the cool wind and exhaling a sense of what I call a splendid evening.
The 16th annual Polar Plunge at Eagle Creek Reservoir was a huge success this year as it always is. More than 700 participants were “Freezin’ For a Reason” as they jumped into a foot and a half of frigid ice water in 10-degree weather. $137,000 was raised to support the Special Olympics. And while the water may be cold, The Polar Plunge always warms our hearts.
Many jumpers dressed up in an array of costumes to show off their team spirit before taking the plunge. A few entered the costume contest that was hosted by Kyle and Rachel of RadioNOW 100.9. Contestant themes included Dunkin’ Donut girls wearing sprinkle-clad inner tubes, waddling penguins and hunky pharmacists from Walgreens. An intimidating zombie hunter fought his way to third place, our own Indy Mojo team placed second in their Super Mario getup while preforming a short skit. Taking the lead were the retired super heroes and villains of Gotham City, perennial attendees supporting Johnson County Special Olympics, who played the part so well that they were barely able to make their way on stage.
After the intense costume contest, participants were ready to take the plunge into the frigid reservoir one group after another. Jumpers sprinted out of the water after the dive searching for warmth and towels!
First time jumper and street team member Kaleigh Bowers talks about her experience when diving into the water:
“My first jump was amazing! When we walked up to the water and waited for the countdown, my heart was racing! As soon as they yelled “GO”, I was neck deep in the water. It definitely took my breath away, but the rush of adrenaline afterwards was totally worth it! My advice for first time jumpers is going to be the same thing my group told me: “Don’t panic about jumping in the water. It’s not the jump that’s the bad part… It’s the two hour wait before you jump.” My toes were frozen before I even hit the water.”
The Polar Plunge won’t be back for another year, but it’s never too late to make a donation.
For video footage from The Polar Plunge, check out the latest episode of Mojo Minute below:
It’s that time of the year again when many of the citizens of Indiana forgo common sense and jump into the Eagle Creek Reservoir in the cold of winter. But put your mind to ease; there is a good reason for this temporary departure from sanity. The event is the annual Polar Plunge supporting the Indiana Special Olympics.
This year is the 16th year for the Polar Plunge and it continues to grow larger and larger each time. Last year was a record-setting year in terms of number of participants and money raised. The Mojo team has also been pushing to improve their personal fund-raising efforts as well.
First time participant Kaleigh Bowers talks about her thoughts going into Saturday.
Since I HATE the cold, I’m terrified for this. I keep telling myself, “It’s for a good cause.” I’m really excited for it, though. I’ve been wanting to do it for years, but I always chicken out. So this year, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and going all out. I’m even dunking my head under!
This previous Sunday, March 1st, the group hosted a Mario Kart tournament at Moon Dog Tavern. The event saw twenty participants battling it out old-school style on the Nintendo 64. Braving the snow in making the trek out to support the Mojo Team, the racers raised over $200 to add to the team total raised for the Special Olympics.
For the new jumpers I say don’t stress out about the temps. I’ve seen people get all out of shape – from nervous energy to straight fear – before the jump. They need to try and relax and enjoy the party because that’s what it is
– Jim Alley, veteran jumper
Special Raffle – This Thurzday Only!
There have also been numerous raffles leading up to the event to help raise money. It is my pleasure to be able to announce a new raffle this Thursday, March 5th only.
For $1 a ticket (or six tickets for $5) you will be entered into a drawing for a ticket to MojoStock 2015, with 2nd, 3rd and 4th place raffle participants winning a ticket to Infected Mushroom, Excision, or a custom-etched lighter from Naptwon Etching.
This is sure to be a big drawing, so make sure to grab a couple of raffle tickets to increase your chances of winning. Also, it’s for the kids!
How you can help (while staying warm and dry)
Last year the Mojo Team wore dresses and beards as they made plunge. This year, keeping with their Nintendo fundraising theme, the group will be going as characters from Super Mario Brothers, with a wide-variety of confirmed characters.
This year the team is hoping to get more support the day of the event and need YOU present to help cheer them on in the costume contest.
Get up a bit earlier than normal this Saturday, the morning of the Plunge, to support your team. No need to get wet or cold; just show up! Besides donating money to one of the team members, your support the morning of the event is the best way to keep the team warm on their aqueous trek.
This is the kind of event that is important to Indy Mojo. We know how to put on a good party and entertain the masses, but we do not stand isolated merely as a music and event promoters. We are part of this community and strive to do our part to give back to it. So whether it is – through your time, money, or presence at Eagle Creek Reservoir on Saturday – get out and give back!
Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Indiana
Saturday March 7
Eagle Creek Reservoir
Schedule of events:
Registration: 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Eagle Creek Beach
Early Bird Plunge: 8:30 A.M. (First 100 Plungers to designate online)
COSTUME CONTEST: 9:45 A.M. (MOJO NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT – COME CHEER US ON!)
Opening Ceremonies: 10:00 A.M.
power Plunge: 10:30 A.M. Eagle Creek reservoir (MOJO WILL JUMP AT THIS TIME)
power After Splash Bash: rick’s boatyard
champions together high school Plunge: 12:30 P.M. Eagle Creek reservoir
champions together After Splash Bash: colts pavilion
Dust off your red shells, polish up those bananas, and stretch those thumbs. This Sunday IndyMojo is hosting a Mario Kart 64 tournament at the Moon Dog Tavern. This is a fund-raising event for the Special Olympics’ Polar Plunge, all money raised will be added to the IndyMojo team’s total donations. Doors open at noon on Sunday, entry fee for racers is $7. The actual tournament will start at 1 pm.
The tournament will consist of two brackets with the winner of each bracket going head to head in a championship that will be sure to shake the hollowed halls of the Rainbow Road. Players will face off for a chance to win a number of prizes including; gear from the Magic Bus, Tickets courtesy of the Vogue, and more!
Fans are welcome to come cheer the karters on free of charge, but of course donations are welcome to support the cause. The games will be projected throughout the tavern for all to view and enjoy. There will also be music provide by G-9 Collective DJ’s. So make sure you stretch your thumbs, practice your timing on the starting block, and be ready for lots of laughs and possibly a bit of smack talk.
What: Mario Kart 64 Tournament
When: Sunday March 1st from Noon-5pm
Where: Moon Dog Tavern, 4825 E 96th St.
Why: Support the IndyMojo Polar Plunge team as they raise money for the Special Olympics
Celebrate Indy CD & Vinyl’s Anniversary February 15-21
To celebrate Indy CD & Vinyl’s 14th year on Broad Ripple Avenue, and their 1st full year under ownership of Andy, Annie, and Eric, they want to party with all of their patrons for an entire week. That’s why Sunday February 15th through Saturday February 21st is Indy CD & Vinyl’s Anniversary Celebration Week.
- 10% off all used vinyl and CDs all week
- 5% off all new vinyl and CDs all week
- awesome all-ages events
It was in the basement venue, The Casba that I first saw FIGURE. It was dark, no cover, and the place was packed. The sound that came out of the speakers that night cannot be described and neither can the energy of the crowd. I realized then I was witnessing a mad scientist of beats at work.
Figure went on to play IndyMojo’s Identity After Party and was signed to AM Only (largest EDM talent agency) that same week. His career instantly exploded into a welcomed chaos of shows around the world and tons of releases. Since then, he has only played in Indy twice, at The Amber room which he headlined and at Wheelhouse Music Festival.
This coming Altered Thurzday, we can finally announce his return to playing his home state. At none other than the infamous Mousetrap and for only $8 at that. He is bringing his Terrorvision, which is a collaboration of the most terrifying visuals alongside his Monster tracks. This show is years in the making, let’s kick off the year with a bang, bang!
Josh Gard has had a long history in music. Just a few short years ago he donned the name Figure and began making electro house, but has since become a regular name in all realms of electronic and dance. Scoring positions among the charts may have gotten him recognition, but a hefty amount of praise has been raining down on him lately as some of the leading artists in electronic music have valued his live performance skills as some of the best in the business.
In 2011, his Monsters of Drumstep series married his love of horror with his immense production skills to become the soundtrack for the Halloween season. Figure created his own imprint, DOOM Music to house the Monsters series which has now become an annual release. In 2013 FIGURE’s monsters series became the official soundtrack to Universal Studio’s Hollywood Horror Nights theme park.
Figure recently signed with OWSLA to release “Horns of the Apocalypse”. Horns of the Apocalypse showcases FIGURE’S evolving sound and take on 4/4 dance music with his lead single Eagle. War Call & Beast Mode will remind fans of FIGURE’S signature sound. The EP features DEL The Funky Homosapien (Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, Hieroglyphics) Mr Lif (Definitive Jux) & Nick Thayer (Owsla).
“The direction and influence for the production came from being on tour all of last year and a good chunk of of 2013 so far. The entire EP was written on the road but mastered at my home studio in Indiana using my Neve Racks and Abelton. I’m really looking forward to seeing my fans on tour this fall and hope they all love this release as much as I do.” – FIGURE
October 2013 saw the return of FIGURE’s highly acclaimed Monster’s series, with the release of Monsters Volume 4. Monster’s vol. 4 quickly shot up the iTunes/Beatport worldwide charts with key tracks like Are You Afraid Of The Dark ft. Lexi Norton, Living Dead & The Center of Hell ft/ Helicopter Showdown. All in all the album takes listeners on a 13 song trip through the dark world of FIGURE’s monsters, and showcases another side of Josh Gard’s sound design that ties the LP together with dark interludes like Symphony of the Damned & Death’s Gospel.
When he’s not recording in his hometown studios in rural Indiana, Gard is touring worldwide, with packed tents at festivals like EDC, SnowGlobe, Starscape, The Bounce, Creamfields Australia, Tomorrow World, Global Dance, and Belgium’s Dour. He just ended his 14 city Terrorvision Tour in November and Indy will be the 15th city on January 8th!
Local Suport From
IndyMojo // G-9 Collective // NAP DNB
IndyMojo // G-9 Collective
IndyMojo // G-9 Collective
You and a guest will get free entry to the show and a Riot Pack signed by FIGURE.
1. Comment below and tell us why you should win!
2. Share this page to a public post on Facebook tagging 5 friends including Indymojo.com.
3. If you don’t follow both rules you LOSE!
Winners will be announced January 7th!
Mousetrap Bar and Grille
Do you always know where the most happening event is in town?
Do your friends look to you for input when they’re searching for something fun to do?
Do you like to try new things?
Do you appreciate live art and music?
Do you seek out good food, stiff cocktails and heady beer?
If you answer yes to some or all of these questions (and you have experience in journalism or digital content creation), I’d like to discuss the possibility of adding you to our editorial staff at IndyMojo.com. Here are some details about what that might entail.
These are examples of the type of content we produce:
- Event previews
- Artist interviews
- In-depth feature articles (2,000+ words)
- Concert & festival reviews
- Music and event news
The majority of our content is related to music, but we do venture into other relevant topical areas, such as:
- Judging performances at the Acoustic LIVE Challenge
- New in 2015: the launch of a local food series
If you have firsthand knowledge of Indianapolis culture and would like a platform to have your voice heard, contributing to IndyMojo.com could be a fun and rewarding experience. The gig pays in concert tickets, endless networking opportunities and increased exposure for your work. Additional benefits include one-on-one mentoring, enhanced communication skills, collaboration opportunities with other writers & a built-in, loyal network of supporters, friends, and family.
Indy Mojo is the perfect outlet for anyone who the loves art, music, and culture scene rapidly expanding here in Indianapolis. Filled with motivated and friendly individuals, working with Indy Mojo not only helps you spread Indy’s flourishing entertainment scene, but also encourages you to participate in it, too. Go Mojo!
– Rachel Hanley, contributing writer
I like being part of Indy Mojo because I am passionate about my local music scene. At Indy Mojo you are welcome to be as involved as you like; there’s no pressure to meet quotas. We are also a little family at Mojo; we all have the same interests and passions, so it’s easy to fit in here. You get to meet a lot of people that make things happen around Indy, and you get to know about stuff before it’s public knowledge!
– Cassidy Maley, contributing writer
Getting involved with Indy Mojo as a part of the writing team has been a hands-down great experience for me. My favorite parts of the role are free tickets to shows/festivals that I cover and getting to interview some of my favorite artists: Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident/EOTO) and Datsik are a couple personal favorites to date. It’s a great team with solid opportunities that’s led by our editor, Danielle Look. Moral of the story… if you like to write and love music, especially live music, come join the team!
- Wes Ogden, contributing writer
If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining how you’d like to contribute and what expertise you have that qualifies you no later than February 20th, 2015.
Looking for an internship? Let me know!
Reflecting on an entire year’s worth of memories is always fun, but never easy. Rather than writing lists of the “best” of anything and everything that happened this year, we simply asked our staff what their favorite memory is from 2014.
What follows is a list of favorite concerts, festivals, artists, events and local releases that stand out as incredible memories in the minds of the Indy Mojo editorial staff. We hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane, but are equally excited for all that 2015 will bring us.
On behalf of everyone at Indy Mojo – Thank you for a great year!
Read our full review: Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival, a Look Back at the Last Festival of the Season
Read our recap of all our fundraising efforts for the 2014 Mutt Strut in this article, Mojo’s Mongrels run the Trap.
Read the full profile here: Young, Artistic Talent – Julie Young
This performance was just one of our top 10 moments at The Werkout. See the full list here: Don’t Miss a Werkout – the Top 10 Recap of The Werkout Music and Arts Festival
Read our recap of the 2014 Special Olympics Polar Plunge recap,
Read our full review here:
Learn about the curriculum, the staff, and what the students have to say in this deep interview with the co-founders: MOJO IN SESSION – Deckademics DJ School
‘Tis the season for screams and scares!
The IndyMojo.com Spook Staff have been busy checking out central and southern Indiana’s best haunted attractions to help you find a haunt that matches your intensity preference and budget.
Here’s a summary of our 2014 reviews; click through to read all the details.
Unlike many local haunts offering combo tickets for multiple themed attractions, Fear Fair is one single haunt, but it’s so damn good you won’t need to seek anymore thrills… if you even make it out alive.
- Seymour, IN
- Actors DO touch
- General admission: $20; fast pass (WORTH IT!): $25
Consistently ranked one of Indy’s premier haunts, if not the top-dog, NOEW offers a smattering of freaky frights that will probably hit home with even the bravest soul. Ranging from demented clowns to cannibal butchers, this haunt promises certain fright to anyone who enters.
- Indianapolis, IN
- Actors DO touch
- General admission: $20; fast pass: $30
Tall stalks of corn offer adequate cover for the countless actors wielding chainsaws throughout, waiting to jump out when you least expect it. Different types of indoor stations along the way create a sense of smothering stuffiness, contrasted by the vulnerability of walking through a corn field – something you simply can’t experience in the city. If you run from a monster in a corn field, you really have nowhere to go.
- Franklin, IN
- Actors DO NOT touch
Scarevania upholds a no-touch policy but that doesn’t mean they won’t interact with you. Those who aren’t scaring are clearly pissed off or mentally disturbed and they’re keenly aware of your presence.
When we entered the haunt an immediate assault of all senses immediately began: blaring death metal music, shrill screams from all angles and enduring performances that felt authentic as we stumbled by, totally in shock of our surroundings.
- Muncie, IN
- Actors DO NOT touch
Set back in the woods and over a mile long, this haunted trail and its two other attractions really created an immersive and erie experience with plenty of scares and surprises. It was thrillingly nerve-wracking sliding down narrow, winding hallways with the Walking Dead theme playing loudly on loop and zombies growling in my ear the entire time. The maze isn’t hard, but that’s a good thing since it’s a real challenge to solve puzzles with a biter breathing down your neck.
- Jamestown, IN
- Actors DO touch
- $25 combo ticket; $17 haunted trail only; $36 fast pass
With a whopping five haunted attractions (three indoors and two outdoors), Hollywood-quality props and production, and a carnival-themed Monster Midway Indy Scream Park is a haunt enthusiast’s playground.
- Anderson, IN
- Actors DO NOT touch
- General admission $28; fast pass $44
The Haunted Angelus House is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it is also relatively family friendly. There were terrifying moments that may, or may not, have involved evil clowns. Also, some of Hollywood’s scariest bad guys were seen thoughout the place. However, it was not pants-wettingly horrifying, so take that into consideration when planning.
- Indianapolis, IN
- Actors DO NOT touch
- General admission $20; child’s ticket $10; unlimited entry for one night $30
The first half of Twisted Darkness lives up to its name, winding attendees through dimly lit hallways, tunnels and dungeons. Some actors stalked us as we moved about in the haunt, while others played their role from their distinct room. We especially loved one particularly flexible patient in the psych ward portion of the haunt.
- Kokomo, IN
- Actors DO NOT touch
- General admission $15; fast pass $25
The aptly-named Hooded requires a signed acknowledgement of the risks involved in the unique do-touch haunt that puts patrons in an opaque hood, robbing them of their ability to see. Stumbling blindly through a possessed dungeon of death, victims must feel their way out via a rope that leads the way.
- Indianapolis, IN
- Actors DO touch in Hooded; DO NOT touch in all other attractions
- Combo pass – $29.00 at door or $27.00 online; fast pass – $40.00 at door or $38.00 online
- We recommend taking advantage of Hanna Haunted Acre’s online-only tickets for a single pass to Hooded or the haunted hayride.