First Fridays have blossomed into some of Indianapolis’ most exciting summer evenings for local art lovers. Originally established to bolster the city’s under-appreciated visual arts scene, First Fridays have grown to encompass a variety musical events as well. Two intriguing offerings will take place at Fountain Square’s Murphy Building this evening.
The new Do317 Lounge will play host to local singer and multi-instrumentalist KO Noel. Formerly of Slothpop, KO has quickly established herself as one of my favorite new Indy artists of 2012. It has been fun to watch her confidence as a solo performer quickly grow since her Record Store Day debut at LUNA Records. Listen to “i will run while it’s dark” for a taste of the sensational vocal loops that will be on display in the intimate new space. The show is free, and Upland Brewery will be on hand serving frothy beverages, and work by local artist Mandy Steinbeck will be on display. Find more info at Do317.
Just down the hall, local label Joyful Noise Recordings will double as a performance space for singer-songwriters Richard Edwards, of Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, and Adam Kuhn. Edwards always puts on a terrific show. The show will also feature artwork from Kat Johnson. Check out Edwards’ acoustic take on Margot track “New York City Hotel” from 2010 below. Both shows kick off at 8 and space is limited. Visit Do317 for more info on the show.
Written by Rob Peoni
Indianapolis songwriter Adam Kuhn was featured on FM Roots Radio yesterday. Folly Moon Music President, Mike Martin promotes his brand as a platform that provides independent artists with the tools and resources that will allow them to make a living from their passion. This “dream big” mentality shines through all of the conversations that I have seen with FMM.
Kuhn is currently inked to Indianapolis label GloryHole Records. He just recorded his new album at Queensize Studios here in town. Kuhn brought in a backing band and this release will go under Adam Kuhn and the Hardcore Cutouts. I am really excited to listen to this release and I think it will help promote that country / Americana independent vibe that is becoming increasingly popular in Indianapolis venues.
Kuhn went on a brief tour with local legends, Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos which gives him instant credibility in my book. Watch this video to hear about Kuhn’s ex-wife, truck driving days, a new song, and the story behind Pepto-Bismol whiskey shots. Kuhn performs his latest track with his good friend Gabby. Congrats to FMM for their vision and my introduction to Adam Kuhn. I hope there are more Chicken Pot Pie in the Sky moments like this to come.
Written by Brett McGrath