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
Friday marked the beginning of a fresh addition to the music scene in Indianapolis, the opening of the Do317 Lounge. Do317 owners Josh Baker and Craig “Dodge” Lile along with the LaundroMatinee team and many others are to thank for this new space in Indianapolis. The room sits a top the Murphy Building off Virginia Avenue, right in the heart of Fountain Square.
Opening day for the lounge brought a private show by Denver band, The Lumineers. The band offered a four-song set sandwiched in between their sold-out Thursday and Friday shows at Radio Radio. While the band highlighted some of their more “popular” songs, b-side track “Morning Song” played well to the intimate setting. Free samples from Upland Brewery along with photo opportunities with the band helped add to the private experience.
The Do317 Lounge is another sign of growth for the music scene in our great city. I continue to notice many new faces at live shows and feel a growing excitement to the acts that come through Indianapolis. Sold out back-to-back shows indicate that Indianapolis is getting ready to burst at the seams as we continue to grow as a legitimate stop for bands passing through. Keep your eyes glued to Do317 for your next opportunity to check out the new space and show your appreciation for those who keep the ship sailing here in Indianapolis.
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Written by Brett McGrath
Sure, the bulk of the city spent last week enjoying an early February spring break courtesy of the NFL’s biggest spectacle, but now is not the time to recede into the proverbial tortoise shell. On Friday, Fountain Square will host a pair of buzz worthy concerts.
Local band Everything, Now! will celebrate the release of their album Do It on the Moon at Radio Radio. Fellow Naptown natives America Owns the Moon, Vacation Club and Learner Dancer will be on hand to lend support. The event should be a nice showcase of some of Indianapolis’ strongest independent acts. Admission is free, and the festivities kick off at 9 PM. Listen to “Fire and the Stone” by Everything, Now! below.
Across the street, White Rabbit Cabaret will play host to Louisville’s Cheyenne Marie Mize and Andrew Combs. Mize released her latest album We Don’t Need at the end of January. The six-song effort is arguably her strongest material to date, built around lively rhythms and Mize’s stellar voice. Watch a live video of “It Lingers” for a sampling of what Friday promises.
Though I’m thrilled to see Mize, I’m just as excited by the opportunity to catch Combs. We featured a video from his Live & Reel session a while back. Combs is a Nashville singer-songwriter with tremendous potential. His debut EP, Tennessee Time, represents the best of what country music has to offer – bringing to mind some of Music City’s founding fathers. Tickets are $10 and available from MOKB Presents.
There is no sense in stumbling into a Super Bowl slump now that the nation’s eyes have returned to the coasts. A steady stream of good shows are on the way. Join me this Friday as I bounce back and forth between The Rabbit and Radio Radio. With a double dose, how can we lose?
Written by Rob Peoni