Review: Broad Ripple Music Festival (Part 3)

Broad Ripple Music Festival
October 25, 2008
7:15 P.M.
Mugshots, 62nd and College

Overall, the Broad Ripple Music Festival was very well executed. As with any festival, strict adherence to the schedule is of the utmost importance. If a show starts late, it can throw off one’s entire game plan. Mugshots came dangerously close to doing just that. While the 30 minute delay was annoying, fortunately, my accomplice and I are huge hip-O fans. We made some slight alterations to our schedule and were able to stick around to catch a few songs.

hip-O released their first album, Dripping Faucet, earlier this year. I have not had the opportunity to purchase my own copy yet, but trust it’s more than worth whatever amount they’re charging. If you like funk, you like hip-O. Bass is the foundation, and often the star, of a good funk band and Eric Hammes easily carries this responsibility. At times, his technique is simply mesmerizing. He plucks the bass like the professional musician he is, letting his audience know the heart of the band beats from within his instrument. The guitarist, Jeremy Bohonos, has an obviously strong influence by the guitar gods of rock’n’roll such as Clapton, Page, and Hendrix. It’s not uncommon to catch him in the middle of a solo with his eyes closed, leaning back with fingers flying. The two of them pair nicely with David Hammes on the keys and Leon Kittrell behind the drums. Adding a jazz element to the band is Anthony Avant, holding down the woodwind section by himself. Every time I see hip-O, I am impressed with the originality of their music. They are excellent composers and very, very talented musicians. WARNING: if you catch them live, you WILL get funked.

Unfortunately, due to the late start, the next show on my agenda had already started and was a 10 minute bike ride away. We had to leave no more than three songs into the set.