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.
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 Kaledoscope 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.
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).
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.
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.