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.
Lighting Design: Hey Tommy ( Herm Productions )
Doors: @ 7:00
Show: @ 8:00
Cover: $10 / $15 D.o.S.
All ages (12 & under FREE!)
Indianapolis, Indiana 46219
Buy Presale & Bus package tix here: http://
Admission Level Price
*General: $10.00 ($11.34 w/service fee)
*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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It’s THAT easy!
Winners will be announced Friday, October 31st!
Seven months ago, The Vogue Theatre put a call to action on Facebook; they needed bands to fill an event because a previously booked band pulled out at the last minute. Fans of the band Funky Junk immediately began posting, sharing and calling. As three local bands saw stars in their eyes, Bloomington based The New Old Cavalry, and Muncie based Glostik Willy, got together with Funky Junk and magic happened. Within an hour of sending an email, The Vogue responded, confirming that these three bands would take the bill, marking their biggest stage to date.
With only a week to promote, friends and family pulled together utilizing social media, grassroots marketing and word of mouth to get as many people out as possible. As the night approached nobody knew what the turn out would be, least of all the venue. After the show, tickets were counted and in under a week these three local bands managed to draw over 500 people. The venue noticed, promoters noticed and the fans noticed.
Seven months later, the boys are back, fueled by more time to promote, a larger fan base and their talents precisely honed and tuned in. The New Old Cavalry, coming off a summer tour, which included 60 gigs, many being weekend festivals, will be headlining the evening. Funky Junk will kick things off, keeping with last year’s tradition of the youngest band playing first. In-between will be heavy rockers Glostik Willy, just returning from gigs in New York and Philadelphia.
This past week, I ran into Chandler Pickard, drummer and self made publicist of Funky Junk. We sat down, had a drink and discussed how things happened last time around and what to expect at this up-coming show on Friday November 1st.
Chris: How did this event first take place?
Chandler: Well, the event first happened because last March I believe, a band canceled at The Vogue and the venue put a call to action to fill the space and we saw it. We then hit up the New Old Cavalry and Glostik Willy, and we all had the night off. I then sent The Vogue an email, and within an hour they got back to us confirming that we could play that night, that’s how we got the gig.
Chris: How much lead-time did you have before the gig was to take place?
Chandler: Last time we had one week. So in one week we were able to get 500+ people out to the show utilizing social media and our friends and family to spread the word.
Chris: Why is this event happening again?
Chandler: Well it’s happening again because the last time all of our fans came out and supported us, with only one week to promote and with such a turn out the venue noticed and realized they had something. So they asked us to come out again roughly 7 months later, this time with more notice to better promote and hopefully we can double our numbers this year.
Chris: How do you feel the first time this event took place increased your presence within the music scene in Indianapolis?
Chandler: First and foremost, within 24 hours after the event we had over an additional 100 followers on our Facebook page and this allowed us to reach to more people then we ever had before as well as increase our rapport with other venues in Broad Ripple. Because of that show we now have played, and continue to play, at almost every bar in Broad Ripple.
Chris: How are Funky Junk and the other two bands connected?
Chandler: We are all bands from Indiana and we all play in similar circles. It was a combination of seeing them live before we were a band, and then them seeing us after we got started and friendships just kind of formed over the course of time.
Chris: How did this event reinforce your friendship with these two bands?
Chandler: It reinforced it because we all realized if we all work together that we are a really strong team, especially since we got so many people out in such a short time. Also more shows have formed since then because they think they can out drink us, but they’re getting older and we’re still the same age.
Chris: So then are there any rivalries between the bands?
Chandler: Yes, there is one and I don’t know if the public is aware of this but Funky Junk started a drinking competition. This competition goes that any band from Indiana can challenge the previously winning team, that currently being the New Old Cavalry, to a drink-off after a show to win our “world champion” belt back. Unfortunately New Old Cavalry has the belt now because they are cheaters and they cheat, but we let them win it last time because we felt bad. This drink-off is a tradition we started at the beginning of the summer, and we plan on winning the title back this Friday.
Chris: So overall what are you most excited about and want people to know about this gig?
Chandler: Over all what excites me the most is seeing local acts get back into The Vogue theatre. I really think that if us three bands work together and keep this going we can continue this tradition and turn it back into what it used to be. This involves seeing more local bands getting back into what is traditionally a nationally recognized theatre that typically only sees nationally touring bands. And really if anything else I just want people to feel the love I feel with these other great musicians from this area, because our community is a great big beautiful thing. The amount of love we get from the community makes us realize this even more. The Indy music scene has a really cool thing going for it and I want to see it blossom and grow as much as possible.
Again the event will take place this Friday, November 1st at The Vogue theatre. Doors open at 8pm, and Funky Junk is estimated to start around 9pm. Glostik Willy will play at 10pm, and The New Old Cavalry starting around 11pm. Each band is set get approximately one hour of stage time. Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the door and this is a 21+ event.
This New Year’s Eve I happily chose to stay close to home and attend a well-rounded lineup of Central Indiana musicians. The night featured an eclectic mixture of Traditional Bluegrass, Newgrass(Progressive Bluegrass), Outlaw Country, American Psychedelia, Blues, and Southern Jam Rock. Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band headlined the holiday event, with The Indiana Boys and The New Old Calvary as supporting acts. Initially, seeing The New Old Cavalry was my sole reason for attending, but proved to be very myopic given the caliber of music on display. The Indiana Boys were the first to take the stage, starting the night with an excellent set. Their set was fun, energetic, and featured a very talented presentation of music. Also, the veteran musicians’ stage presence undeniably displayed a certain sense of swagger. The first half of the set featured two mandolins feverishly plucking away, while Kenan Rainwater(lead vocals, harmonica, and rhythm guitar) added a rich and wholesome element in contrast to the energetic sounds coming from the other members. Barry Todd, mandolin, lived up to the label of a virtuoso on the instrument, owning the stage for most of the set. The second half of the set featured the band inviting other musicians from Dan Bigler’s other group, White Lighting Boys, to join them on stage. This proved to be beneficial and added even more musical depth to their already impressive set.The apex of the set, and easily the crowd favorite, was when The Indiana Boys played their rendition of Snoop Doggy Dogg’s classic gangster rap hit, “Gin & Juice”. It was honestly a well-executed cover, not letting the silliness of the lyrics detract from the quality musical composition. The Boys fed off of the energy of the crowd, taking it up a notch with huge smiles adorned across their faces as they closed their set on a very high note. I was very impressed with the entire set, and those gentlemen are obviously professionals.
My excitement began to rise in anticipation of The New Old Cavalry’s set to begin. After the briefly playful stint of sound adjustments, their set quickly began in a fury. Chris Doller, guitar and vocals, and Alex Wukmer, Dobro and vocals, began the set by energizing the tempo and the amassing crowd with heavy hitting play on their respected instruments. The first portion of the set featured the two trading back and forth between who led the charge. They traded off in perfect sync, forging ahead into seemingly improvised bluegrass-psychedelia jams. Justin Hughey, electric banjo, plucked along in lockstep, providing the hard-hitting music with crisp melodies and the signature bluegrass twang. It didn’t take too long for Hughey cut loose and took control of the music, taking the Psychedelia jam into a Newgrass jam. I absolutely love the hearing a banjo(electric or not) relentlessly push the tempo faster and faster, especially when properly executed, which he did so with ease. Brandon Lee, mandolin, also came to the forefront of the jam, furthering the sound of the Progressive Bluegrass gets down. Chills crept down my spine as the rest of the stage-front attendees and I began to boogie, revival style. I must also point out, Brian Chomka, Upright Bass, was essential in holding the sound together with booming bass lines, well-timed changes with the beats, and tightly held the music together. He was the glue holding the rhythms of the far out jams in tact. I was impressed when the guys took the music down several notches, adding a nice flow to their set with the beautiful track. The abrupt tempo change was all they could do to add some sort of flow to their short forty-five minute set. They finished the set just as they had begun, in a fireball fury. A band like The New Old Cavalry deserves at least an hour and a half to properly deliver their seemingly improvisational Newgrass psychedelic jams. Honestly, I was a little disappointed they weren’t allowed to play much longer, but they most certainly made the best of their allotted time. It’s always a treat to hear their fusion of several genres of music. Every time I see them their music continues to evolve.
After a brief intermission spent with whiskey consumption providing necessary warmth and perfect numbness outside in the freezing cold while chain-smoking, I finally reentered The Bluebird a few moments before Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band took the stage. I stood, uncertain of what was about to transpire, with this being my first Reverend Peyton show(that I can remember). The uncertainty quickly subsided as Washboard Breezy Peyton came out playing a washboard and harmonica with Reverend wailing on the guitar. It was truly a gnarly concoction of sound, in a very good way. His unique voice and edgy guitar play boisterously roared through the venue. I totally get the irony of the band’s name, with Aaron “Cuz” Persinger(drums, vocals) rounding out the trio, but their music does provide an illusion of a big damn band actually playing. Reverend Peyton provides an illusion of another musician by utilizing a Fingerstyle guitar, relying on his thumb to provide the bass lines for their music. Equally remarkable was his commanding stage presence. The undeniably overpowering frontman didn’t deter Washboard Breezy from showing her own skillful stage presence. Their energetic movements on stage and raunchy Country Blues music infectiously spread throughout, causing a rowdy dance latent crowd.
Even after releasing their latest album “Between the Ditches” this past August, they still played a nice mixture of old and new material. “Mud” and “Something for Nothing” were two classics played and both were delivered magnificently. Their new material easily eclipsed both of those tracks, which was no small feat. “Devils Look Like Angels” was a phenomenal track musically as well as lyrically. The Blues element of their music definitely shone through for “Devils”. Another impressive presentation of new material, “Broke Down Everywhere”, showed energetic play by Breezy and Cuz and playfully intoxicating singing by Reverend, delivering a truly fun song. It was possibly my favorite song of the evening, but hard to decide with the entire set being absolutely impressive. Another track off of their latest album, “Big Blue Chevy ‘72″, was another fan favorite worth mentioning. “Big Blue” highlighted the eclectic fusion of their music, this time presenting the crowd with more Country and Southern Rock influence in the music. The set was excellent, ringing in the new year wonderfully and capping off an excellent night of music by talented local musicians. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is musically in their own class of music, impressively producing fun and fresh music and live shows.
Words by: Alex Toy