The Barn Show #2: Music & Fall Festival

For two years in a row, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and network with a lot of amazing people in the local music scene as a judge at The Acoustic LIVE Challenge. One example of such an encounter is The Emily Poe Project- compromised of singer/songwriter/guitarist duo Emily Hoffman and Austin Scholl. Had I never met them and fell in love with their music, I probably wouldn’t have been invited to a Barn party in Indy this weekend, either.

Read on for my take on this stellar pair of up-and-comers, as well as all the details for their music and fall festival taking place in a barn in Noblesville.


After I saw The Emily Poe Project perform at The Acoustic LIVE Challenge, I began following them online. A few months later, I caught a show at Lazy Daze Coffee House in Irvington, where I described their sound as follows:

Hoffman’s mesmerizing voice is a mystery that I can’t quite solve; it’s light and fragile (like a mother singing lullaby’s to her newborn) but also deep and captivating. Scholl’s whispering vocals harmonize perfectly, radiating a tender warmth and sincerity that makes listening to the pair as comfortable as reading a book by the fireplace on a cold, snowy evening.

They sound the best when they’re completely natural (no microphones, no amplifiers) — preserving the mystique of their beautifully crafted music — but are versatile enough to handle larger crowds when necessary (but only if they’re an attentive bunch). With just two guitars and their own breathtaking voices, The Emily Poe Project are making fascinating music that would work well on the same bill as fellow Indy indie rockers Slothpop or Jascha.

Fast forward several more months to present day and consider going to a Barn Show this weekend, hosted by EPP’s Austin Scholl. The Barn Show will take place on private property in Noblesville beginning Friday evening and running through Saturday night. Camping is available, although I wonder if recent brisk temperatures may prevent many from staying the night.

Although there is an obvious slant toward songwriting and acoustic performers, the full line up varies in age, expertise, and style- complete with Psynapse’s relaxed, digestible dubstep on Friday night and ending the event on Saturday night with the southside’s own promising rockers Midwest State of Mind. It’s a mixed bag of some BRMF 2011 performers, past Acoustic LIVE Challenge participants, bands who’ve played locally at festivals, and many more to be discovered.

It’s also going to be a clean event that’s appropriate and safe for art- and music-lovers of all ages; the event will be alcohol-free (with drugs and weapons, obviously, not allowed either). In addition to nearly 20 hours of local music, there will be a poetry corner for anyone who would like to share; multiple art, photography, and jewelry booths set up by individuals; and an art booth for barn party attendees to paint in when taking a break from the music.

Check out the full line up below and RSVP here on facebook.

–FRIDAY Line-up–

7 – 7:45 p.m. – OPEN

8 – 8:45 p.m. – Ryan Puett

9 – 9:45 p.m. – The Welcome

10 – 10:45 p.m. – Emily Poe Project

11 – 11:45 p.m. – Tax Brandywine

12 – 12:45 a.m. – Whip Cream Wars

1 – 1:45 a.m. – PSYNAPSE

–SATURDAY Line-up–

12 – 12:25 p.m. – Sam Bennett

12:30 – 12:55 p.m. – Austin Scholl

1 – 1:25 p.m. – Hannah Groves

1:30 – 1:55 p.m. – Kara Beth Rasure

2 – 2:25 p.m. – Molly June

2:30 – 2:55 p.m. – Tez

3 – 3:25 p.m. – Outdoor Velour

3:30 – 3:55 p.m. – The Noyokos

4 – 4:25 p.m. – Ryan Brewer

4:30 – 4:55 p.m. – Wilderness, Alive


6 – 6:45 p.m. – Iron Fox Boxer

7 – 7:25 p.m. – Kyra Waltz

7:30 – 7:55 p.m. – KALO

8 – 8:45 p.m. – The Goodnight Fields

9 – 9:45 p.m. – Coy-Koi

10 – 10:45 p.m. – Knollwood Boys

11 – 11:45 p.m. – Lounge Soundsystem

12 – 12:45 a.m. – Midwest State of Mind