Review: Broad Ripple Music Festival (Part 2)

Broad Ripple Music Festival
October 25, 2008
6:20 P.M.
Monon Coffee
Westfield Blvd & Monon Greenway

Inside: Motif
I’ve been inside of the Monon Coffee Shop plenty of times, but not once have my ears ever been greeted at the door with drum’n’bass. The front room of the coffee shop was packed, forcing me to slide sideways between listeners as I navigated the crowd. Having had mild exposure to d’n’b music, I found it easy to take pleasure in the sounds coming from the spinning records. Moreover, it’s fun to watch the DJ’s at work. The concentration required is impressive and the mixes they create are entertaining to listen to. It’s not something one would expect to find in the CD player of my jeep, but respectable music, nonetheless.

Unfortunately, our schedule was tight and time was of the essence. I was quickly heating up due to the combination of a thick audience in a small space and the hot gingerbread latte I was consuming. Almost as soon as I had gotten there it was time to exit through the back door and check the outside stage.

Outside: Sarah Grain
Outside the air was chilly, a compatible match for a warm coffee drinker. There was much more space for music lovers to congregate. Mild chatter from various groups of people was audible, though not interfering with the performance. A brick wall and lone spot light created a picturesque setting for Ms. Grain and her folky style.

Admittedly, I’m a sucker for anybody with a distinctly unique sound. All too often, musicians make sounds that imitate what somebody else has already made. When it’s truly original, it’s real art, and I can’t help but love it. Sarah Grain’s earthy acoustic music is beautiful, but it’s her voice that is truly amazing. She flirted with yodeling, never actually utilizing the style but adding a distinguishing element to her original folk tunes. This was the first time I ever saw Sarah perform, but certainly won’t be the last.