Grab your whiskey and get to the dance floor because Indy Mojo is taking over the Bluebird once again. Bluegrass is back, this time with Trampled by Turtles Thursday, February 5 (8pm, $20). A five-piece ensemble all the way from Duluth, Minn. gives you a smooth blend of bluegrass with an indie folk twist. Get your tickets soon as this show is on the verge of selling out!

What first attracted me to Trampled by Turtles (TBT) was their fast paced tempo and rasping melodies. They swoon you with their heartfelt lyrics while your toes are tapping violently to the beat.  This fun loving band developed from a not-so-typical background; all band members started off in separate bands playing a variety of electronic, metal, and jam music. Slowly, one by one, they left these bands to form TBT and 10 years later they are still putting out albums and bringing in the crowd.

More recently, they were featured in July 2014 on “Late Night with David Letterman” to sing songs off their latest album, “Wild Animal”.

TBT will be on tour early spring through the summer, with several festival dates already announced including Hangout, Summer Camp, Bonnaroo and Telluride. While we all love festivals don’t miss this perfect opportunity to see them in a more intimate setting at The Bluebird.  The banjo will be plucked, the guitar will be strummed, and the vocals will take you away.

Trampled by Turtles

February 5th, 8pm

The Bluebird

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There is no better cure for the deep winter blues then some good old fashioned blue grass music. Indy Mojo is taking over the Blue Bird in Bloomington, Indiana for the first time, for a knee stomping party with GreenSky BlueGrass! If you’re looking for a great way to warm up this winter, there is no better way then dancing the night away to some bluegrass.

 

Join us at the Blue Bird in Bloomington Tuesday January 13th. This venue has hosted many amazing bands such as Umphrey’s McGee, Bassnectar, and Papadosio and we are so excited to be hosting GreenSky. GreenSky is an all acoustic five piece band, but don’t let the word acoustic fool you, you are definitely in for an intense rock and light show mixed with some awesome blue grass. They will remind you of the summer and warm times in the sunshine.

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So check out tickets and come warm your soul with some lovely BlueGrass in a great town.

 

Check out GreenSky BlueGrass here:

 

http://greenskybluegrass.com/band/

 

The Facebook Event Here:

 

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SavoyLasersCan’t catch them at the Egyptian Room in Indy this Saturday? Well, worry not – you have a second chance to experience a ruthless SAVOY performance in all of its laser-blastin’ glory at the Bluebird in Bloomington this Sunday, September 21, 2014. Not familiar with the SAVOY style? Well, if you like rowdy dancing and over-the-top light shows then don’t miss this stop on SAVOY’s Mo Lasers Mo Problems Tour.

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SAVOY is a Brooklyn-based, Boulder-born trio consisting of DJs Gray Smith and Ben Eberdt and drummer Mike Kelley. Known for fusing electro-house with drum-heavy rock, SAVOY brings a unique combination of soul and bass that crowds across the country can’t get enough of. From their roots as a college jamband to their evolution as dance music pioneers, SAVOY has refined their sound and act to flawlessly mix the grit of rock and bounce of house into a juggernaut of a performance.

What’s more, SAVOY is practically synonymous with lasers. Good luck finding evidence of a SAVOY performance with a less than stellar light show. In fact, their previous tour names include SAVOY Live with Lasers and the Get Lazer’d Tour. Prepare to become one with lasers.

Before the show, check out SAVOY’s recent single, S.C.R.E.A.M., featuring the tour’s special guest, Bright Lights:

SAVOY’s Mo Lasers Mo Problems Tour

The Bluebird

216 N Walnut St

Bloomington, IN 47404

Doors open at 8 P.M. and show starts at 9 P.M.

Tickets are $10 and the show is 21+

 

Preview by Alec Steinmetz and Alex Webster

“This Must Be the Band” is Chicago’s only and therefore best Talking Heads Tribute Band; they only play Talking Heads music, and, if possible, 3 to 4 hours at a time.

They formed in May 2007 on Craigslist and played the coveted pizza joint circuit, the most notable of which was the city-famous Piece Pizza in Wicker Park. Since then, they have expanded east to NYC and west to San Francisco.

They have two main dishes on their menu: the first is a succulent “All-Request Show,” with a generous helping of audience participation, flavored slightly by improvisation. The second is the hailed “Stop Making Sense Re-Creation,” where they perform note-for-note and prop-for-prop the famous Talking Heads concert film from 1984. In 2011, they performed this show to a sold-out crowd at the Vic Theatre in Chicago.

This Must be the Band is extremely happy to play Talking Heads music night after night because the music is just that much fun. Not only has the lead singer (Charlie Otto) been called “the illegitimate son of David Byrne,” but the band boasts its very own Tina Weymouth (Jamie Jay), Bernie Worrell (Matt Gunsaulus), Adrian Belew (Otto), and Ednah Holt (Kasey Foster).

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Saturday May 3rd

Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM

21 and over

$6

Tickets > http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/535927

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Carrying the torch passed on by Bob Marley himself, original guitarist Al Anderson and original keyboardist and background singer Tyrone Downie have united along with a group of handpicked musicians to honor the history and integrity of Bob’s music with The Original Wailers.

Al Anderson (guitar) first joined Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1973, going on to play with Bob until his untimely death in 1981. Al was an integral part of the Bob Marley & The Wailers sound, forever imprinting his guitar solos and production skills on the catalog that has sold more than 75 million records and touched so many around the world.

Tyrone Downie first joined Bob in the mid 70’s as a keyboardist, background singer and producer. Tyrone’s footprint on the music is unmistakable, and his attention to detail as a producer was also a big part of the Bob Marley & The Wailers sound and success. After Bob’s death, Tyrone has stamped his passport in stints with Beenie Man, Black Uhuru, Buju Banton, Peter Tosh, Junior Reid, Tom Tom Club, Burning Spear and Steel Pulse to name a few.

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Saturday May 10, 2014
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
21 and over
$20

Tickets > http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/510937

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GLADIATOR

gLAdiator is a DJ/Production duo from Los Angeles comprised of Danl and Ian. They show their flex and diverse backgrounds by melding their collected musical taste and experience into a sound unique to gLAdiator. Their love of the Lakers and all things Mila Kunis fuels their productive fire with the aim of making a name for themselves in the ever-evolving dance music landscape.

 

TWO FRESH

Two Fresh has travelled a long way with their sound in a short time. Originally from Nashville, TN, and now residing in Denver CO, twin brothers Sherwyn & Kendrick Nicholls have developed into a unique electronic production team.

The twins early work, “The Baker’s Dozen,” was nostalgic of early 90’s hip-hop, using soulful and lo-fi samples, intertwined with classic drum stylings. With their first full length album, “Airmail”, Two Fresh took the sound in a spacey, yet grounded direction that has set the foundation for their more recent works. Having released “Watch This!” in early 2013, the twins’ latest EP showcases the more upbeat side of their musical spectrum.

Sherwyn and Kendrick developed a broad fan base, spanning all across North America, through extensive touring with artists such as Skrillex, Bassnectar,12th Planet, and Daedelus as well as performing at a slew of music festivals including Electric Daisy Carnival, SXSW and Detroit Electronic Music Festival.

Now in their fifth year as a group, be sure to catch Two Fresh out this summer performing new material from their forthcoming full-length release due this fall!

 

SHY GUY SAYS

SHY GUY SAYS is an electronic music producer and performer straight from the Mushroom Kingdom, an 8bit villain ready to destroy any party at any time and somehow leave his victims wanting more. His eclectic, yet upbeat and dance-able sound can best be described as a mixture of Hip Hop, Glitch Hop, Dubstep,Trap, and Drum N Bass.
It’s know for its heavy rhythmic swagger, yet at the same time can be lush and loaded with dirty synth bass sounds, warm ambiance, and 8-bit glitches.

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There aren’t many duos that can put out such amazingly funky music which is also so minimalistic, but BoomBox does just that. The disco house duo features Zion Godchaux (electric guitar, vocals) and Russ Randolph (production). Equally as remarkable as the sound of BoomBox’s music is the sweet and sultry sound of Godchaux’s voice. The group coupled with the dance invoking fusion rock group Signal Path caused so many wonderful people to disregard their own personal safeties and travel considerable distances during such an awful snow/ice storm. Anticipation for the evening rested with the notion of a night of a fun and funky dance party. This was admittedly my first time seeing Signal Path, but from the beginning it was obvious the electronic rock group had exceeded my expectations, causing quite a ruckus amidst the sparsely crowded venue.

Signal Path was truly an amazing opener, creating pleasantly crafted electronic rock dance grooves. Even more remarkable, the group was able to keep the music sounding seemingly improvised while keeping the music tightly held together. The highlight of their set came while noticing bass player Matt Schumacher switching from a normal electric bass to an upright electric bass, a rarity for me to see in my live music endeavors. One might think this transition wouldn’t make a difference, but I assure you it made a huge difference with Signal Path’s music. Also strengthening the group’s set was the incredibly simplistic yet effective play by drummer Damon Metzner. These two combined with production to create crisply sounding fusion rock. The group had an uncanny ability to fuse the sound of hip hop, EDM, and rock & roll into such an incredible cocktail of music. I was honestly blown away as their set came to a close. Signal Path is surely a band I will make a point to see in the future. Luckily it won’t be long and I won’t have to travel far, SP is set to return to Indiana March 29th for an Indy Mojo event at The Mousetrap Bar and Grill in Indianapolis.

After a brief intermission, BoomBox took the stage and attempted to wow the much larger crowd of fans. The music began, but to be perfectly honest the first half of their set started very slowly. I kept waiting for the duo to fully cut loose and they finally did during the song “Stereo”. The song seemed to instantaneously energize the crowd, sending concert goers into a dancing frenzy. Riding the wave of their musical prowess, they delivered again by playing “Midnight on the Run”. The song perfectly captured the essence of BoomBox’s sound, maintaining the funky dance grooves created by Randolph’s production and Godchaux’s guitar play to create seemingly naturalistic sounding music. It was obvious from the reception they received from the crowd that the duo had finally settled into their set of music.
The heart of the set came during the second half, which featured BoomBox relentlessly playing without stoppage. Pure joy enveloped my body when after just a couple of notes “Mr. Boogie Man” began to play. The fun and energetic song does wonders to my soul and perfectly highlighted Godchaux’s smoothly sounding voice. The song is admittedly one of my favorite BoomBox songs, always causing pure joy throughout my mind and body. Easily the highlight of the show was at the very end when they blasted the crowd with their rendition of The Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street”. Fans were presented with a funky and fresh eclectic version of the original of the Dead’s excellent song. As amazing as the original is, I find BoomBox’s interpretation of the song better than the original. The music ended, thus ending the incredible dance party. I found an amazing act I hadn’t seen before with Signal Path and reinvigorated my love for BoomBox. Also, I was left with the lasting impression that despite any adversity music lovers will go to great lengths to see the bands they love. Check out more photos from the show by Wide Aperture Images

Written by: Alex Toy

Photos by: Aaron Lingenfelter, Wide Aperture Images

 


Combining elements of funk, rock, blues, and even electronica Dopapod was able to wow the crowd with their intricately smooth jams. Honestly, I can’t wait for this group to start headlining their own shows, because they are quite worthy of any fame and fortune they come across. It will surely be a treat when Dopapod comes to Indianapolis for an Indy Mojo event on March 8th.  When their shortened set came to an end my excitement to see Dosio was at an all-time high, with the intermission lasting far too long.

When the intermission finally came to a close Papadosio finally took the stage and began to play one of my favorite sets of music I’ve witnessed in my entire life. They started the evening off with an unbelievable version of “The Cue”, a track off of their recent studio album T.E.T.I.O.S, and one which proved to kick the evening off with a bang.  Often times during their initial jam I found myself amazed at the direction of the song. Next, the band took the set in an incredible direction, playing a Dosio class “Oracle” directly into a new song “Taking Turns”. “Taking Turns” was highly impressive, showing the positive direction the band is going, while also showing a stark contrast to their “normal” sounding tracks. As always, Anthony Thogmartin moved me with his heartfelt falsetto singing.  Honestly, I was blown away with this new track, it showing maturation and a positive evolution of direction Papadosio is going toward. The next portion of the set was the heart of their set and easily my favorite throughout the evening. It consisted of an all-out rock improvisation consisting of “Method of Control>Improv>If it Wasn’t For You”. This section of the set was a relentless in-your-face jam that seemingly went on and on. It was truly magical and left my mind and heart fluttering. Also, it featured another new track, “If it Wasn’t For You”, which showed many elements of “old” and “new” Dosio. Another special treat during this period of the set was hearing Robert McConnell step to the forefront and takeover lead vocals.

As the set wound to a close, Mike Healy (drums) completely took over control of the flow of the set. Songs like “Puddles for Oceans” and “Monochrome” typically feature a collaboration of all artists banging out in perfect harmony, but Healy forged through, taking the sound to new heights and making the crowd go bonkers. The set came to a close and in typical fashion the crowd roared for one more song. The encore featured an amazing rendition of “All I Knew”, a lyrically lovely song with amazing music to add the luster. My body tingled as Papadosio blasted the crowd with a final musical bombshell. All in all, this was by far my favorite Papadosio show, no easy feat for my favorite band. My heart and soul yearns for more and I can absolutely not wait to see what these guys have in store for the future. Click here for more photos from their show at The Bluebird.

Written by: Alex Toy

Photos by: Aaron Lingenfelter, Wide Aperture Images

A wickedly cold Thursday evening in the middle of January marked the end of a seemingly long four month hiatus without seeing Future Rock, the electronic rock trio hailing from Chicago. After being lifted to unimaginable heights during their set at Hyperion Music Festival this past September, I was eagerly awaiting an evening of FR pounding out their funky fresh electronica dance grooves. Kaleidoscope Jukebox and Manic Focus were set to open the evening, but due to unforeseen circumstances Kaleidoscope Jukebox was unable to perform. Manic Focus was an utterly forgettable EDM artist who merely provided somewhat ambient background music in the wake of the main attraction. The tracks in his mixes didn’t seem to resonate with the crowd, with much of his mixes sounding like something a DJ in a Miami mega-club would play. It was a very watered down EDM set. It featured just enough dubbing and mixing to give the appearance of electronic music to those who have latched onto the genre only when it gained commercial success and oozed into pop culture, but lacked any ingenuity and depth in comparison with the vast majority of EDM artists I review. As his set waned on, all attention to the music was gladly lost to my growing anticipation of the auditory pleasantries I have come to expect from Future Rock.

After a brief intermission between artists, it was finally time for Future Rock to take the stage and began to play for the nicely intimate crowd of eager fans. Their set began with intensely dark and heavy electronic elements, but the tempo and beat quickly morphed the music into FR’s concoction of modern disco rock. This eclectic mixture of sound was on full display when they played “Tranzmission”, an uppity yet dark track from their most recent studio album One Day. Mickey Kellerman, keys and synth, orchestrated the initial flow in tempo and as always energized the crowd with his infectiously happy stage presence. I have seen FR well over a dozen times and watching Mickey’s combination of energetically playful movement upon stage and hyper-connectivity with the crowd never stops making me smile. Felix Moreno(bassist) and Darren Heitz(drummer) provided the necessary components for the creation of FR’s unique blend of dance rock music, with relentless tempos and tight basslines fueling the dance grooves and crisply popping breaks. This was especially evident during “Midnight Madness”, another track off of their latest release and by far my favorite of the evening and the EP.

The trio seemed to relentlessly push the music harder and faster as they delivered heavier and darker melodies, invoking rowdiness throughout the dance hungry crowd. This is the whole reason my fondness for FR’s music and live shows has not only been sustained over the years, but continued to grow.I was taken aback a little when their music began to sound like a delightfully nutty conglomerate of music reminiscent of workout videos with booty popping bass slapping by Moreno. The music continued to be playfully euphoric during “One Day”, the title track from their most recent album, and also a track featuring both the evolution of Future Rock’s quirky sound and the depth of their music. The song featured a perfect flow of tempo changes, a steady bass line, and the sampling of a track sounding like a mixture of early-90s feel good electronic music being played in a dance club with fading glimpses of New Wave. It was absolutely wonderful. During this portion of the set I literally saw my friends (myself included) shaking their heads with cheesy smiles splattered across their faces while still maintaining their boogie to the funky dance grooves..The dance rock trio kept bringing heavier and heavier dance grooves. The crowd went bonkers when FR rocked out to “Spark”, a track which proved to be both fun and funky. Yep, this was truly a fun spectacle to witness. As the set forged ahead, they inched back toward darker yet funky melodies. The harder Moreno slapped the bass the more the rest of the trio pushed the speed of the tempo. The final song of the evening was “$$$$$”, with the guys jamming out to their classic track. Overall, it was a solid set, the music flowed beautifully and in typical fashion FR delivered fans with hard-hitting dance rock. I have seen far more crowded FR shows, but this intimate show was far more enjoyable than one might expect. The night ended on a very positive note, with Future Rock leaving me euphoric and ready to see them again. Herm Productions provided the excellent lighting for the evening, adding a visually aesthetic quality to the show..

Words by: Alex Toy

Photos by:Aaron Lingenfelter, Wide Aperture Images

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