Saturday, November 1st – NapTown Sounds is proud to bring a new all ages live music experience to the Indianapolis area!

Freakaphonics is an event that shifts the paradigm for common live music experiences. Freakaphonics incorporates active surround-sound mixing of live bands, live “surround” video mixing/projection, and “surround” stage lighting. Audience members will be able to experience their favorite bands while submerged in a professional, multidimensional environment.

Freakaphonics

Featuring music from:
Hyryder
http://www.hyryder.com/

The New Old Cavalry
http://newoldcavalry.com/

Kaleidoscope Jukebox
http://www.kaleidoscopejukebox.com/

Audio: Matt Vice / Malcolm Johnson ( Naptown Sounds )
http://naptownsounds.com/

Lighting Design: Hey Tommy ( Herm Productions )

Video Projection: Jesse Bieber ( Bad Dagger )
Jeff Lowe ( Jeff Lowe’s liquid lights )

Doors: @ 7:00
Show: @ 8:00
Cover: $10 / $15 D.o.S.
All ages (12 & under FREE!)

the Irving

5505 E Washington St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46219


Buy Presale & Bus package tix here: http://freakaphonics2.brownpapertickets.com/

Admission Level Price
*General: $10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee)
Pre-Sale Discount

*Bus Package: $25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee)

The Bus Package includes free transportation from The Mousetrap (5565 N Keystone) to the Irving Theater and back. Entrance to BOTH venues is included.

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We’re less than a week shy from the festival and, man, did it creep up on us. Fall semester has begun, but the leaves are barely changing which means festy season has not reached its conclusion. The weather has been nothing short of perfect lately, and after peeking into next week’s forecast,  temperature forecasts for Pataskala, home of Resonance Festival, are calling for averages in the mid 70’s. Grab a few extra pashminas for the early evening and be sure to layer up later on. Of course, chilly evenings are a solid excuse for mega cuddle puddles. Who doesn’t like cuddle puddles? So let’s talk about this line-up for a second. Two nights of Papadosio and freshly squeezed funk for three days straight?! A dose of Nahko, some Random Rab, and two nights with an Ultraviolet Hippopotamus?!  Forecast also shows that there will be Green skies and bluegrass, and the awesome just keeps on flowing.

Full artist line-up here: http://resonancemusicfest.com/artists

Here’s a few sneak peeks at some of the artists taking the stage next weekend.

Nahko and Medicine for the People FB-ad-Nahko Nahko, an Oregon-native born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. When he took up the piano at age six, the unifying power of music entered his life and brought him harmony.  Armed with his newfound talent, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and communal healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born. Recently, Nahko discussed his successes, his philosophies, his music, and his life with Huffington Post, who called Nahko’s music “beautiful and stirring,” comparing him to Bob Marley and proclaiming him a “musical prophet.”

 

Greensky BluegrassGreensky Resonance If you’re familiar with bluegrass music, then you’re tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They’re also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This quintet from Michigan has been staying up late at all the coolest festivals and stopping to play your favorite clubs and theaters across America for 11 years now. Nearly 175 shows per year has prepared them for the rigorous task of continuity. Greensky Bluegrass isn’t slowing down. “They’re coming to your town to help you party down.” Yeah. Really. Like you never thought possible.

 

PapadosioDosioResonance The information age has a sound. Revolutionary technology meets a evolutionary message in Papadosio. Melding progressive rock with psychedelia, folk with electronica, and dance music with jam, the quintet has amassed a dedicated following of thousands of likeminded individuals sowing the seeds of unity and spreading the sounds of exaltation. Singer-songwriter Anthony Thogmartin’s visionary lyrics,eclectic production, and signature guitar work are anchored by the rock solid battery of drummer Mike Healy and bassist Rob McConnell. The quintet is rounded out by brothers Billy and Sam Brouse, whose virtuosic two-headed keyboard, synth, and programming attack give the band its unmistakable complexity and intensity.

 

It doesn’t stop there. Resonance is offering a pretty sweet VIP deal that includes private sets, t-shirt, limited edition poster, showers, VIP only bathrooms, free firewood, Resonance 2014 limited edition pin and more! 

“Did you say firewood?”

Yes, yes I did. Ground fires are approved for everyone at the festival as long as they are well maintained!!

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Resonance Music Festival: A gathering of like minded, motivated, music loving individuals. 

DATE: October 2 – October 4

LOCATION: Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio.

Tickets: $110 GA, $200 VIP, and $80 Saturday passes.

Purchase tickets!

$110 for 3 days of unforgettable experiences and 40+ sets. What more could you ask for?! So put on your boogie shoes and get cho’ groove on, son! dosio

10506967_10152627004947300_5561443072008087822_o Never miss a Werkout; after all, it’s for your health. The Werkout, a 3-day event filled with music, art, and all things silly, took place from August 7th-9th in Thornville, OH. An oasis of wonder and shenanigans, what more could one ask for?

After spending the time of our lives at Legends Valley, we set upon the task of reviewing the festival, recounting it for those who were there and recapping it for those who weren’t.

How to boil it down? Condensing 72 hours of bliss into simple text on a screen can be a challenge, but we’ve debated and discussed, recalled and reminisced, and this is the result. A list of 10 moments, bands, people, and situations to paint the picture of the Werkout.

10. The Comedy Stylings of Mr. Jesse Brown AKA The Blue Power Ranger

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Jesse Brown (Left) and Johnathan Blackburn (Right) in front of the Furthur Bus at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Gloria Ponciano)

Amusing would be an understatement had you met this gentleman moseying through the grounds on Saturday night. This guy was the real deal from the costume to his swift reenactment of “It’s morphin time!”  He was a true entertainer, as most witnesses would say. His comical gestures and witty dialogue were the perfect way to transition from one set to another.  I walked out of the situation with stomach cramps because I was laughing so hard. Werkout citizen Kenny Beebe went on to describe him as “Eloquent. He just kept on going forever. I didn’t want him to stop talking. This guy had to be a professional; he really put on a show.”

Jesse, if you’re out there and ever decide to go on tour just know that you’ve got yourself plenty of fans.

9. El Fuego

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Enchanting fire breathing displayed during Zoogma’s Saturday night set at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

A non-musical, yet integral, part of the festival were the performance artists throughout the weekend.   Nestled near the stages was a performance area set up specifically for performance artists of all kinds: hoopers, poi spinners, fire breathers and more. Performances of this kind are not uncommon to festivals by any means; in fact, they’re almost as expected as music is. However, Saturday’s events were something special.

As nightfall came and Zoogma tore through their incendiary set, fire performers captivated throngs of audience members with their craft. The performers worked three at a time, joining forces to create choreographed masterpieces of movement and light. Bright flames circled around on smooth trajectories, tearing beautiful patterns into the cool night air. It was mesmerizing. It was unreal.

Honorable mention: Fire cannons. Specifying further, computer-controlled, propane-fueledfire-cannons… with whistles to boot! Who knows what to officially call these contraptions; they shot short blasts of gas through an exhaust whistle and past an igniter. Epic. But… why, you may ask? Because that shit is awesome.

8. Ultraviolet Hippopotamus’ Saturday Night Special

Making the list of incredible performances to hit The Werkout on Saturday night was UV Hippo’s groovy performance. Always blistering and always on point, the band set the evening vibe right with their second set of the extended weekend. Starting out with the soothing and surreal, “Medicine”, Hippo amped up the energy track after track for the duration of their hour-long set. Moving through a 6-song set bordering on an average of 10 minutes a song they jammed their way through as only Hippo can do. The result? A meandering trail of color-clad humanoids dancing their way throughout the venue.

Set List:  Medicine > Verlander, Georgie (w/ Kenn Mogel on guitar), DNT, Tugboat, La Marea

Stream or download the entire set here

7. The Werks’ Two Sets on Saturday

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The Werks getin down Saturday Night at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

The Werks kept fans at attention with every beat of the night, hitting all of the right notes throughout both sets. They even brought the staff and production crew on stage for a solid moment of recognition; a grand round of applause. Zane Kesey and Derek Stevens from the Further bus did a narrative for the Anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. Dave Weissman, the festival’s media organizer, and his son even joined the stage; dressed in galactic space wear (complete with capes), they played air guitar during the last song.

Setlist

Set One
Guido
Drop
Plain White Toast
Hard To Find Jam
Better Half
Fire Eater
Gameplan.

Set Two
For You
Galactic Passport
Cryptical Envelopment
The Other One
Rollin’

Stream or download the entire set here

6. The Furthur Bus

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Furthur bus posted up at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zane Kesey (the son of famed author Ken Kesey), Derek Stevens, and the next generation of pranksters made their way to The Werkout on their 50th anniversary tour. The bus, a beautiful piece of art and history on wheels was a one stop shop for fun, games, merch, and even a wedding! The Werk Out was the 6th official stop on their tour outside of their initial travels in Oregon in June.  I had the pleasure of speaking to Derek over the phone to ask a few questions, detailing their experiences on the road.  

How did the Werk Out become so lucky to be one of the stops of the tour?

“Actually, we were privileged enough to be invited by Rob Chafin of the Werks. I had the pleasure of talking to him over the phone a few times, and he said that they were trying to plan something special for us out there and said he’d appreciate it if we could make it.”

Is it safe to say that the Werks was probably your favorite gig out there?

“Without a doubt. The Werks were on top of it, it was a great gig across the board. They really stepped it up.”

Were there any other bands that caught your attention?

Actually to be honest I didn’t make it out on the grounds to explore very much until late night but hands down Zach Deputy. We had him on the bus, a little private recording session, and he just blew us all away.”

Is there any advice that you want to share with the youth of America and next generation of merry panksters?

“Best thing to keep in mind is that it’s okay to think differently. It’s okay to express yourself with music and art. Whatever it is that brings up your passion…. We’re not saying to tune in, turn on and drop out by any means. We don’t even roll like that anymore, especially right now on tour. You can be high on the hill but you end up missing those little things, you know? Be you and have fun. It’s okay to be yourself. You don’t have to go down any set path to be free and have fun. It’s all about living in the moment and not missing those little things.”

He went on to share a few intimate moments they had along the tour and added, “It’s those stories that color what this entire experience is about. You know, we actually had an opportunity to get – and I’d hate to mention it – corporate sponsors, but we turned it down. It didn’t feel right not having the bus on the road interacting with people. That’s not what this bus was about and we’re glad that we didn’t. We’ve made so many friends – lifelong friends – along the way.”

Next stop on the Bus tour will be in Baltimore, MD at The 8×10 room with special guest John Kadlecik of Furthur this Tuesday, August 19.

Check out more tour dates here

5. The Werks’ Stripped Down VIP Set/Q&A Meet and Greet

This may have not been a part of the main festival, and it wasn’t accessible for everyone, but it definitely deserves to be on the list. As a part of the VIP ticket package for The Werkout, ticketholders were treated with a special set from The Werks in the VIP lounge. Relaxed and laid back, it gave audience members a chance to see the band and interact with them in an uncommonly intimate setting. The session started with a heartfelt thank you from The Werks, detailing how fans and supporters are truly the reason that events like The Werkout exist. It felt good.

Seated among a group of spectators, The Werks played several stripped down songs including a new and yet-to-be released tune. They told stories and joked around. It was comfortable and enjoyable. After the short performance, they moved on to a Q&A session with the audience, prompting us to ask anything about the band, the festival, or whatever else was on our mind.

The shining moment of the Q&A session, you ask? They announced that there were 7 cinematographers filming Thursday’s Dark Side performance. The kicker? The soundboard audio and video of the set will be edited and released, FOR FREE, in several weeks once the project is completed. Another tasty tidbit? Anthony Thogmartin of Papadosio is mastering the audio. The days can’t tick by fast enough.

4. Everyone Orchestra

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Matt Butler in his slick get up during Everyone Orchestra at The Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

For those who don’t know, Everyone Orchestra is the ever changing, improvisational, brainchild of musician Matt Butler. Boiled down to its core, it’s a jam session, but not just any old jam. Featuring a rotating cast of some of the world’s top musicians (past participants have included members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., String Cheese Incident, Taj Mahal, a presidential candidate and more).

For The Werkout’s incarnation, EO was a 14-piece band creating brass-laden funk fusion with Butler manning the helm as the Orchestra’s psychedelic conductor. He guided the group of musicians toward their auditory goal, creating and closing sonic space as he sees fit. As any musician will tell you, that’s easier said than done, especially with 14 people improvising at a time. Butler guided the group through the jam using vocal cues, hand gestures, and a little whiteboard that he feverishly scribbles directions to the musicians on. It truly is an awesome and silly sight of madness and music.

Stream or Download the set here

3. Zoogma’s Saturday Night Set

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WTF is a Zoogma? Saturday night set at the Werkout 2014 (Photo: Aaron Lingenfelter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 4-piece livetronica outfit hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, took no prisoners with Saturday’s set at The Werkout festival, their second overall performance of the weekend. Sandwiched between The Werks’ two sets that night, they had some big shoes to fill. Zoogma pulled through with what may have been the most talked about set of the weekend.

As the last notes of The Werks’ first set tapered off, the bass took hold from the opposite stage… and so it began. Contrasting the stylings of the previous act’s more traditional sound, Zoogma was a swirling synthesis of organic and electronic instrumentation. Wasting no time and starting things off with a bang, they launched into what can only be described as an electro-blues banger. “Let My Shorty Ride (RL Burnside x Young Buck)”, a seamless blend of hip-hop and righteous gritty slide guitar, foreshadowed what was to come over the course of their set: an eclectic mix of originals and reworkings of a slew of other tracks.

Additional highlights of the set were the Michael Jackson and Eagles classics “Thriller” and “Hotel Crunkafornia (Notorious B.I.G. x The Eagles)”, respectively. For those of you who weren’t there, let’s get one thing straight: these were not simply covers, but incredibly solid and innovative rehashes of the original masterpieces. One has never heard such guitar playing like this during a “Thriller” performance, guaranteed.

As “Thriller” climaxed in one final intensifying crescendo, a surprise awaited, the opening notes to “Hotel California” rang out, soon to be layered in with some Biggie vocals. Intriguing? Damn straight. With dueling guitars and saw-bass low-end, Zoogma soared on this one; imagine Joe Walsh and Don Felder duking it out on the famous solo, but only that this time through they had discovered the glory of Ableton before writing the track. Hands. Down. Breathtaking.

Setlist

Let My Shorty Ride
Mirage
Jerry Diesel
Starrey Eyed Thriller
Hotel Crunkifornia
Jaguar
M10

Stream or Download the full set here

2. Zach Deputy

The one-man-band from Savannah, GA that kept on keepin’ on! It was almost impossible to keep from ‘to his funky tunes, even if you were just passing through for that midafternoon delight. Had the dance floor not been made of rocks, people surely would have kicked off their boogie shoes! The guitar was funky with a few flicks of beat boxing here and there and Deputy laid down smooth, soulful, swingin’ vocals. This man would have you down in New Orleans one minute then out with island fever the next.

Deputy made sure to engage the audience throughout his set to enhance the vibe and step up the jive. He kept the loop train going all throughout Friday and Saturday night, even on into Sunday morning. Even the schedule didn’t know what time he would be done! Embracing his collaborative spirit, he also provided  vocals during the Dark Side and Everyone Orchestra sets as well. What ‘chu know ‘bout The Deputy?!

1. And the downright obvious of the all things epic: Dark Side of the Werk Out set!

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Epic Dark Side of the Werkout Set with The Werks, Papadosio, and Dopapod (Photo: Joe Chung)

What an incredible way to bring in the first night of the festival.  There was so much zest and excitement in the air leading up to this set of epic wonder. By the time The Werks ended their last song of their first set the crowd had swelled up. One could feel the intensity and the anticipation for what was about to take place – the fifteen minute set change seemed to take forever.

Finally, each band member took their place and the lights dimmed to their appropriate state. The crowd cheered louder with every pulse that lead into the sudden stroke of “Breathe”, and then the pack got wild! Chills are currently pacing their way up and down this writer’s spine just reliving that moment. And who better to open up the tribute other than the festival director and beat master of The Werks himself, Rob Chafin.

As if the Dark Side set wasn’t enough, more surprises made their way into this grand recital. Kevin Dumont laid down the smooth and saxxy melodies during “Money.” The enchanting vocals of Mr. Zach Deputy were brought in for “Great Gig in the Sky”, and, boy did that man bring a few people down to their knees! Making their way through the crowd at that moment was the full cast of Wizard of Oz, even the Lollipop Guild, as the movie played on the backdrop. Overall, it was an inspiring sight to behold.

There it is, the Werkout in review. While this isn’t an all-inclusive list or even the big picture of what went down that weekend, it’s our little version. Short and condensed, just add water – or beer – to reconstitute. Given the chance, would we go again? Yes. As for you, the reader, should you consider it next year? That’s not for us to say, but, if this article was met with intrigue and a peaked interest, you probably already know the answer to that question.

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The Werkout 2014 with Aaron Lingenfelter
The Werkout 2014 with Joe Chung

Forecastle BannerFrom baby boomers to teenagers, Forecastle Music Festival had something in store for every one of its 80,000 attendees. Spanning the entire vicinity of Louisville’s Waterfront Park, this eclectic festival boasted both a rich lineup up, and an equally gratifying locale. For twelve years in a row Forecastle has romanced disciples of americana, folk, electronic, hip-hop, and good ol’ fashioned rock n, roll, and this year it lived up to its reputation.

Day 1: Friday, July 18

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Andre 300 – Photo by Katie Simpson

A little rain never kilt nobody”, shouted Outkast’s Big Boi as he and Andre 3000 pounced across stage late Friday evening. True, it was drizzling on the mob that hugged the stage as Outkast cranked out hit after hit, but it hardly caused a flinch. For over 20 years this hip-hop dynasty has been tearing up popular culture, and for an hour and a half on Friday night they incited the swampiest dance party Kentucky has possibly ever known.

Big Boi - Photo by Bruce Jason Bonham

Big Boi – Photo by Bruce Jason Bonham

Opening with “Bombs Over Baghdad”, Outkast set the pace for an immeasurably funky and danceable night. They gave the crowd their classics like “Ms. Jackson”, “Hey Ya”, and “So Fresh, So Clean”, but they also shouted out to their long-term fan-base. Deep cuts like “Crumblin’ Erb” and “Hootie Hoo” were shouted across a crowd of young ears who may not have heard them before, but were instantly hooked. By the end of their set, Andre and Big Boi had transformed the Forecastle crowd into a bunch of southernplayalisticadillacfunkymusic fanatics.

Day 2: Saturday, July 19

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Hunter S. Thompson Puppet

As the overcast clouds loomed above the city, many attendees worried that it would start raining any second. However, as the day progressed, the clouds became less of something to fear, and more of something to celebrate. The clouds kept the temperature in the 70’s, a wonderful hiccup in Louisville’s weather which typically hovers around the 90-100 range in mid-July. With a comfortable breeze blowing, Hurray for the Riff Raff came on to kick off Saturday’s line-up. Their folky, acoustic sound coupled with the lead singers raspy vocals were a gentle transition into what would become a boisterous day.

New Orleans based, The Soul Rebels, unleased their blaring brass later in the afternoon. This percussion and brass fueled outfit livened up the afternoon with original tunes, and a fantastic Jay-Z rendition. Their crowd response was pretty exciting due to the fact that they had a large following, and also that they got the whole group up and dancing.

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Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks

Later in the afternoon, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks took up a temporary residency beneath the I-64 overpass. The mastermind of this operation is Animal Collective’s Dave “Avey Tare” Portner, while the other two bandmates hail from Dirty Projectors and Ponytail. Trippy visualizers accented the group’s layered and sometimes feverish instrumentation. Dave’s prowess on the guitar was displayed in all its experimental glory, as he hammered out effects between songs and allowed them to accumulate into the next piece. Their single “Little Fang” got the whole crowd bopping around to their jazzy, distortedness.

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Band of Horses

Later in the evening, the horde of festie-goers stampeded over to the center stage to catch Band of Horses. Clearly a Forecastle favorite that weekend, Band of Horses drew a massive crowd, which would only multiply by the time wonder-rocker Jack White would arrive. BOH slid into “St. Augustine” as their fans twirled and swayed to the solo stylings of lead singer Brian Bridwell. Following the opening tune, the rest of the band came out, and they happily cruised through several fan favorites. “Is There a Ghost” and “No One’s Gonna Love You” had the whole swarm of sweaty fans singing along at the top of their lungs. The energy was tangible, and every fan had a back story for each BOH song. As their set wound down, people scuttled closer to snag a close spot for Jack White.

Jack White- Photo By Lilian Cai

Jack White- Photo By Lilian Cai

Bathed in light blue, Jack White and his company of musicians, including an electric violin, strolled onto deck. His crowd work was impeccable as he played a plethora of solo, White Stripes, and Raconteur material. His latest single, “Lazaretto” rang out brimming with his signature dirty blues sound. The crowd raged along with him and his crew as though they were under some type of rock induced spell. Everyone writhed as “Ball and Biscuit” played. They wailed along with him as he crooned “We’re Going to Be Friends”. In typical Jack White fashion his encore set was almost as long as his scheduled repertoire. Fans grooved to the jazzy “Steady as She Goes”, and when “Seven Nation Army” was unleashed a sing-along commenced. By the end, the appeared fully satisfied by his damn near “Best of” set list.

Day 3: Sunday, July 20

Boat Art Installation

Boat Art Installation

The venue was slow to fill up on Sunday afternoon, because most people were probably still recovering from their Jack attack the previous evening. Sunday’s lineup was a little softer than the first two days, so many people were found recovering on blankets around Waterfront Park. Blue Sky, Black Death played some dubsteppy beats under the bridge as people trickled past the stage. They played a notable remix of Frank Ocean’s “Pyramid”, and the fans finally started to get their groove on a little bit.

Sun Kil Moon - Photo by Lilian Cal

Sun Kil Moon – Photo by Lilian Cal

Towards the evening legendary singer/songwriter Sun Kil Moon took stage, and bellowed his intimate lyrics across the waterfront. Mark Kozelek, a veteran of some 20 odd years in the industry, projected his detailed lyrics to listeners as they heard stories of life, death, and sex.

As the sun began to set, Ray LaMontagne performed some of his newest and oldest hits. His typically acoustic act took a bluesy tone that evening, as his newer record was producer by the one and only Dan Auerbach. As the clock wound down to Beck’s slot, everyone migrated over towards center stage to catch the last headliner of the weekend.

Beck - Photo By Lilian Cai

Beck – Photo By Lilian Cai

Beck’s performance left absolutely nothing to be desired. Since he hardly ever tours, let alone in the Midwest, anticipations were enormous. He started the last set of the festival with “Devil’s Haircut”, and the night only grew more insane. He danced and swerved across stage in his black and white bow tied suit like the magnificent entertainer that he is. The familiar riff for “Bille Jean” broke out across the stage and he whipped out a rendition that would’ve made MJ jealous. He wheezed on the harmonica, and strummed his guitar with his backup crew holding steady to every song he played. When the wobbly guitar riff to “Loser” came on the crowd lost it.  The image of a pixelated pyramid on the backdrop blinked on and off as the entire crowd screamed along to this break through hit. Beck’s showmanship, song selection, and crowd interactions have to place him at the top of Forecastle Festival’s best performances.

As the Forecastle fans filed out of the Louisville, a sad but euphoric feeling emanated along I-65 back to Indy. People were bummed it was over, but could hardly believe all the talented acts they had just witnessed. Whether it was a person’s first dip into the festival circuit, or they were a seasoned vet, it can be certain that each person left with fond memories of a weekend well spent on the Ohio River. Maybe someone discovered an awesome new act, or maybe they had the chance to see an old favorite. Whatever the circumstance, Forecastle Music Festival brought together lovers of music both old and new to share in its wonder.

Gonzo Bar

Gonzo Bar

Fire the rainbow cannons!

Indy Pride once again proves there’s a lot to be proud of in the local LGBT community.

All photos by Lacey Corn of Black Byrd Studio.
Mainstage at Good People Good times

Mainstage at Good People Good times, Lights by Herm Productions

 

If you’re a Midwest local and looking for a festival to call home year and year again, check out Good People Good Times. This was the fourth year for the event, and after the turn out this year, I’m sure we will see it again and again.

This local event was held June 6th and 7th at Explore Brown County in Nashville, Indiana. This is a beautiful venue in the lovely hills of southern Indiana. This venue features a quaint historical cabin village at the front, a small stage area, and a beautiful lake in the back where festival-goers can rent canoes and swim. This is a perfect venue for an event this size, which was capped off at about 800 people and very family friendly.DSC_3380

This two day festival featured many local  favorites- 24 bands for a gate ticket price of $50 and all of the Midwest family lovin’ you could ask for. There were plenty of vendors with all sorts of sparkly jewelry, clothing, and delicious food. The “Shake Down Street” was beautifully decorated and populated with local painters amongst bright tie dye stands and second hand thrift stores.

Friday night was a lovely summer night to spend outside. It was clear and cool, with that summer smell lingering in the air. I arrived just in time to see the brains of this operation play his solo set. Derick Howard is a local one-man-band with a sound and style comparable to Keller Williams. He uses a loop pedal and multiple instruments to create a sound that seems like it should be coming from a full band. Derick Howard is a local musician that plays with Howard, Lewis & Lovins, but his solo sets are really a unique experience. It set the tone for a great night of music that never overlaps and never stops.

Ekoostik Hookah headlined Friday night. This is a band twith roots in Ohio that has traveled throughout the Midwest since 1991. They have a very loyal fan base that has followed them throughout the years that can best be described as a dysfunctional family. Hookah has a gritty rock sound that gets everyone in the space moving to the rhythms and features strong, bluesy guitar rifts and soulful piano solos. The light show accented the music well thanks to everyone’s favorite producer of eye candy, Herm Productions. Not only was the lighting on stage impressive, but also in the forest surrounding the concert bowl. It was definitely one of the highlights of the festival.

Friday night closed with a good ole’ blue grass band, Blue Moon Soup. There’s something about dancing around in the summer nights to twangy blue grass that really makes one’s soul come alive. Blue Moon Soup has a special sound that mixes high powered blue grass with psychedelic break downs; it was a perfect addition to the selection of bands featured over the weekend. After a while I wondered back to the lake to watch the sun rise and enjoy the night with some of the amazing people at the Good People Good Times festival. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful day.

The Mantras, Saturday June 7th.

The Mantras, Saturday June 7

Day two featured some more amazing local artists such as Hyryder, a local Phish and Grateful Dead cover band that frequents The Mousetrap in Indy. They started the night nice and light, before The Mantras took the stage. The Mantras are from the East Coast and definitely brought a rock show. They played into the

Kaleidoscope Juke Box, Saturday Night

Kaleidoscope Juke Box, Saturday Night

sunset as the lights got brighter and the night time vibes set in. Kaleidoscope Jukebox followed The Mantras with a set of eclectic, tribal, electronic songs, as the crowed prepared for rain.  The Rumpke Mountain Boys played into the rain and storm, not letting the weather break the strong blue grass beats. They played late into the night and beyond the rain storm and the crowd never seemed to dwindle. It was a night filled with energy.

Overall, this was a great weekend filled with great friends and great memories. If you are looking for a place where you can really feel the family energy and what it means to be part of the Midwest community, I suggest you look into Good People Good Times!

 

 

 

Check out Good People Good Times on Facebook or visit their website.

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Greensky Bluegrass

IndyMojo & The Vogue present:

* GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
Kalamazoo, MI

Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass

If you’re familiar with bluegrass music, then you’re tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They’re also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This quintet from Michigan has been staying up late at all the coolest festivals and stopping to play your favorite clubs and theaters across America for 11 years now. Nearly 175 shows per year has prepared them for the rigorous task of continuity. Greensky Bluegrass isn’t slowing down. “They’re coming to your town to help you party down.” Yeah. Really. Like you never thought possible.

At the start of the millennium,some of these guys met, then they met more guys. They thought Greensky was a clever name for a bluegrass band. Fast forward to 2011 when they recorded their fourth studio record, called Handguns. Among them, words like, “proud,” “killer,” and “damn right!” have been spoken in regards to the music of Handguns.

While they all may be accurate, we hope you’ll find far more than you expected, hell – even more than we expected contained in this piece work that may well come to define one of 21st Century America’s hardest working musical ensembles.

http://www.greenskybluegrass.com/
http://www.facebook.com/greenskybluegrass
http://www.twitter.com/campgreensky
http://www.instagram.com/greenskybluegrass
http://www.youtube.com/greenskybluegrass

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Local Support:

* FLATLAND HARMONY EXPERIMENT
Indianapolis, In

Flatland Harmony Experiment

Flatland Harmony Experiment

Flatland Harmony Experiment is a non-traditional vocally driven bluegrass string band based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. FHE started in the summer 2011. Since then the Flatland Harmony Experiment has worked relentlessly across the midwest and has been received with open arms. Flatland Harmony Experiment is Scott Nelson on upright bass, Kris Potts on Mandolin, and Johnny Plott on Banjo.

www.facebook.com/pages/Flatland-Harmony-Experiment/195406290515120
http://flatlandharmony.com/

 

Get tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1cFauJw

$17 Advance
$20 Day of

Friday, Jan 17th
Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

21+

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1234070_10201888221546748_1844178251_nThe perfect way to bring in the looming colder seasons is with good music, good people and good beer. Fountain Square Brewery is an Indiana brewery that began in 2010 and is dedicated to supporting local arts. This weekend they are hosting the second-annual Hop Your Face Festival in Fountain Square in Indianapolis. Hop Your Face is an all day music festival to kick off fall, tap their imperial IPA for the season and celebrate local arts.

This year, the headlining act is a jam band from Carmel, Ind. called Funky Junk. Funky Junk is a four-piece collaboration of Jake Dugan and Andrew Trefny on the electric guitars, Troy Wingert on the bass guitar and Chandler Pickard on the drums. Funky Junk are dedicated to giving the crowd a fun and rowdy show anywhere they go– just be prepared to drink their whiskey with them!

What is Hop Your Face?

Drummer Chandler Pickard of Funky Junk talks about Hops Your Face.

Drummer Chandler Pickard of Funky Junk talks about Hop Your Face.

Chandler Pickard: It’s a celebration of Fountain Square Brewery tapping their fall beer, the imperial IPA Hop Your Face. It’s the second year they are doing the Hop Your Face festival and it’s christening of the season of fall. It’s called Hops Your Face as a play on words from the Grateful Dead. There are some other bands playing before like El Guapo. We’re headlining the event and it’s all day. It’s outside Fountain Square Brewery and we go on at 9pm. Last year Strange Arrangement played. They were the headliner and they killed it. There was a great turn out. This year they expect to have more. It is a really local thing. It is all about keeping your beer drinking local.

The beer is great there; it is delicious craft beer. They are bringing Fountain Square back. It has really gotten nice in the last few years. The area of Fountain Square had been a little run down but within the past five years they have made a huge effort restoring what Fountain Square once was. Now it has become a really cool hip little place to come down and have a fun time. They have a lot of good local restaurants, a lot of good local beer at Fountain Square Brewery. It is a really homegrown feel, nothing corporate in that area; it is just all local stuff. I love that about it.

We (Funky Junk) are Indianapolis natives. We want to support Indianapolis in any way possible. It is our hometown and we will always love it. I would much rather play for Fountain Square at a local festival that is all about keeping everything local. I love having the locals that drink there come out for some fun. It’s all of our friends, rather than some corporate shit.

Do you guys have anything special planned?

Pickard: The coordinator asked every band to play a Grateful Dead tune because Grateful Dead’s Steal Your Face is where they got Hops Your Face. So we are going to learn a few new Dead tunes for the festival and it will make it really special and obviously bring our own jest of band that is Funky Junk too!

How did Funky Junk first begin?

Pickard: I have known Trefny since I was five years old. One day we just  realized we should stop playing Sega and start putting songs together and we realized were missing that part of our lives. So we wrote some songs and Dugan ended up calling me up about playing a Phish cover band party in Bloomington. He wanted me to play drums for him. So a few weeks later we met up in Bloomington and played this gig and Trefny was with me. We asked him, “Hey would you want to check out some of our songs?” and he jumped on board. Then a week later we got Troy boy on board, as Dugan insisted that he was a good bass player. And that is how we all got together. We started playing from there and then started booking gigs and ever since then we have been doing what we are doing. That was early spring of last year, so it has only been a little over a year and a half now.

Reflecting back on this past year and a half, how have you guys grown?

Pickard: It has been nothing but happiness and love. This has really shown me that if you really put your love into something, give love to everyone around you and be a positive person, that positivity will come back to you. It has even brought me and my immediate family closer together, it has brought me and my friends closer together and obviously my band the closest together. I have watched so many people be so happy and it is a great thing to see that–we want to bring people happiness.

I really love watching people be happy when they get a drink or dance around and have some fun for the night when they’re off work and they want to go out and do something. We want them to be able to come out, enjoy a few drinks, see their friends, dance around and have fun. That is what we are here for.

When was your realization of, “Wow- this is actually going somewhere”? 

Pickard: This summer is when I realized it. It has always been my dream to play music for a living. But I really felt like this past summer, instead of me calling places, places started calling me about gigs and I started getting gigs by other people calling me. I started realizing there is a demand for what we’re doing.

What is your favorite place to play?

Pickard: The coolest place I have ever gotten play was The Vogue in Broad Ripple because it is a beautiful room to play and it’s big. The sound is like a mile wide and playing on that stage is really nice. But I have to give love to the Mousetrap for giving us our platform and also Plumps. I have mad love for all of them.I also really loved the festivals we played at this summer. But everywhere in Indianapolis are places that really hone in on the music that we’re doing and show us nothing but love and support. They are all super caring and treat us well.

How did you become a drummer?

Pickard: I became a drummer when I was a really young boy and I heard John Fishman of Phish and Jon Bonham of Led Zeppelin play and started thinking, man I really want to do that! I remember when I was a kid and the first time I listened to Zeppelin ‘s Black Dog on my headphones laying in bed, and I was like, “Wow this is crazy. I want to be able to do that.” It seemed fun to me and ever since then my family has never been anything but supportive. I thank them so much because having a nine-year-old kid wanting to play the drums is going to have a time that’s a little obnoxious. So I appreciate them toughing it out.

What future plans do you guys have for your music?

Pickard: We are going to have our EP coming out this month–Mashed Up Vol. 1. We actually recorded it at Ball State. We are really excited about that. Then we are going to keep on doing what we are doing- keep booking gigs and hopefully more festivals for next summer.

Why are you naming the EP Mashed Up Vol. 1?  

Pickard: Well you know, that is just for our friends. Our family of friends is all equally mashed up. They have been so supportive of us and have helped us get where we are at and been so far. It’s to them and how much we care about them.

For more information visit: http://fountainsquarebrewery.com/ 

jfet

The jFET Project began in early 2011 by Producer / DJ “Jangatha.” After over 50 house music releases on some of the most respected labels in both digital and vinyl format, the need to seek fresh sounds was instilled and inspired by the edgy bass music arena. The focus is rather simple, to push fresh hype sounds in any BPM it fits best.  His debut EP reached #15 on the Beatport Dubstep Release charts, and caught the attention of several respected blogs including The Untz. 2012 included a release from Play Me Records as part of the New Blood of Dubstep. With support from international touring acts such as Figure, Ajapai, and Reid Speed, we will be hearing much more to come from this eclectic project.

I recently had a moment to catch up with Mojostock veteran jFET and ask him a couple of burning questions.

AF:  Give me a preview. What can the kids expect to see/hear out of your set this year at MojoStock?

jFET: See: a handsome gay male. Hear: heavy bass music meant to incite riots.

AF:  Describe for me, in a few words, the jFET sound experience; use adjectives.  Be descriptive.

jFET:  Horny, abusive, exhilarating, & cucumbers.

AF:  Give me some history. Give me the ADHD condensed version of your musical voyage thus far.

jFET:  The EDM scene moves so fast now and people are cool that there really aren’t any rules anymore. I’ve enjoyed making and playing music all across the board.

AF:  Give me 5 people who musically rock your world; past or present, any genre, GO!

jFET:  Underworld, Leftfield, Skrillex, Tupac, & Jangatha

AF:  Favorite MojoStock Memory?

jFET: I don’t think I can share that one on here, lol. Next best is watching Reid Speed get down to my set :)

AF:  Where can the kids go to hear some of your bitchin’ tracks?

jFET:  Spotify, beatportiTunessoundcloud.

 

You will not want to miss jFET’s set!  See him Saturday night in the EDM tent at Mojostock less than two weeks from NOW!  General admission tickets are available here for $65. Check your favorite Mojostock artists’ Facebook page for a promo code to save $5 and put some money in their pocket.

jFET’s Beatport tracks can be found here:  http://www.beatport.com/artist/jfet/248109

Check him out on iTunes here:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jfet/id502790833

or Facebook stalk him here:  https://www.facebook.com/jFET.Music

 

 

 

After the attention and what I would call “success” of the last blindly judged mixtape competition, we decided to put a second one together. This time, with a bigger prize at the end – MOJOSTOCK!

It’s no secret that we do a lot of events and book a lot of talent over the course of the year. But we can admit there can be holes in the system in which we use to book said talent, and many budding artists and DJ’s could be getting overlooked. This is why we want to put together a Mixtape Competition, with blind judging, so there’s no playing favorites, no spam, no complaints. (Who am I kidding? There will always be complaints – but you get the idea).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winning Mixtape will be awarded:

- Mojostock Booking (Main stage – Date/Time Slot TBD)
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Headlining slot at Altered Thurzdaze.
(on a mutually agreeable date once winner is selected)
- $100 cash
- Potential to open for a national act at one or more of Indymojo’s events.
(depending on coinciding music genre that makes sense for available headliners, mutual agreeable date, and some restrictions apply)

Second Place Prize:

Mojostock Booking (2nd EDM stage – Date/Time Slot TBD)
– Altered Thurzdaze booking (date TBD)

Runner Up entries will be considered for future bookings as well.

We want to set a few simple guidelines:

1. Create a new mix (50-60 minutes in length).
All genres welcome – PLEASE NO TOP-40 commercial crap. Be creative. Don’t insert anything that will reveal identity, such as a name drop.

2. Put it on a CD/Audio quality disk. (Markings are ok, as I will burn blanks)

3. Give the disk to me (Matt Ramsey – You can find me at any Indymojo event) by March 21st. < ~ Deadline (Extended to the 21st)

*For regional mixes, contact me for mailing information.

Disks will be assigned a number and securely logged in for identification purposes after the judges have ranked them accordingly.

Judging:

- Entries will be duplicated and given to 5 judges of various music tastes and experiences, who have no knowledge of the entry creators. Judges TBD.

- Judges will rank the entries based on track selection, originality, and technical ability.

- Winner will be announced by April 20th.

GOOD LUCK!