The best Thursday yet at the Mousetrap Bar & Grill

The Mousetrap Bar & Grill in Indianapolis has been a successful local spot for many years. But it wasn’t until last year that enterprising promoters IndyMojo started hosting a weekly DJ night on Thursdays that the place seemed to really stand out.

The first “Altered Thurzdaze” event launched in August 2010, and quickly became the go-to spot for those interested in the local music scene. Resident DJs include Kodama and Hollow Point and often feature other local DJs from the Indy metro area.

The bar offers drink specials, the most popular being their $3 craft pints (Gumball Head seems to be the local favorite). There is almost never a cover, and when there is, it’s usually no more than $5 and is reserved for special events. This was the case for this show, at what was undoubtedly the largest “Thurzday” at the ‘Trap to date.

A typical Thurzday draws around 100 people; attendance is fairly consistent. The formula for this consistency is simple: Take a few talented local DJs, a couple passionate promoters with their ears open for the latest and best music, and a venue willing to house the whole operation. Add a stellar sound system, friendly staff, those drink specials, and lots of promotion. Lastly, just add people. Watch the party ensue. Repeat.

Thursday Sept. 15, 2011 was a particularly magical Thurzday. The energy was electric as the crowd grew, anticipating the epic performance forthcoming from major headliner Eliot Lipp (featured at Movement 2011, Wakarusa, Electric Forest) and supporting talent Samples, Shy Guy Says and resident Hollow Point, who kicked off the entire night by opening with a drum n bass mix that primed the already excited crowd.

Next, Shy Guy donned his familiar outfit and kept the dance floor grooving, delivering a bass-driven set peppered with hip hop and breakbeat elements, executed with style. Finally, the much anticipated main act took the stage.

Eliot Lipp’s set brought the house down, with a combination of electro funk, broken beats, and a live drummer, emphasizing the already knocking bass. The venue was packed with patrons enjoying the rhythms and their beverages, some bobbing their heads, many dancing. Lasers bounced around and lights pulsated, upping the intensity of the show.

Samples closed the night with a powerful dubstep set, including many remixes and edits of popular ’80s tunes, one in particular being a Bon Jovi remix that sent the masses into a frenzy; a perfect end to an amazing evening.

As sweaty, but satisfied partiers eventually made their way outside into the chilly night air, the consensus seemed to be: This was indeed the best Altered Thurzday yet.