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
Tonight marks the tenth annual Tonic Ball in Indianapolis’ historic Fountain Square neighborhood. This year’s festival promises to be the largest in its history, showcasing more than 40 artists at three separate venues. All money from ticket sales supports Second Helpings – a charity organization that provider over 3,000 meals to Indy’s hungriest citizens each day.
The event will kick off with a silent auction at New Day Meadery from 5 – 8 PM. From there, guests will wander toward the tunes. Each of the three venues will feature local artists attempting to create a unique version of songs not their own. Fountain Square Theatre will play host to the Michael Jackson stage, White Rabbit Cabaret will serve as the David Bowie stage and Radio Radio will feature songs by recently disbanded R.E.M.
Indy’s latest and greatest event site Do317.com is powering a nifty schedule that allows attendees to easily map out their scheduled listening for the evening. The music will continue into the wee hours with Hitchhike playing closer at 1 AM at Radio Radio. Tonic Ball promises to be one of the parties of the fall in Indianapolis, and its support of Second Helpings adds another worthwhile reason to attend.
Online sale of tickets are now closed, but a limited number of tickets will be made available at the event itself. Claw, scratch, and elbow folks. Do what you must to get into this event. Just don’t miss it!
Written by Rob Peoni
Alex Zhang Huntai is the mind behind Dirty Beaches. His project has captivated me upon arrival. If I had to describe Huntai I would give him the title of Enigmatic Nomad. He has built his vision by evacuating his homeland Taiwan and migrating to Montreal. Badlands, is a story of travel and experience. Dirty Beaches is a project that performs smooth, but breeds uncertainty as we continue to search for an answer to Huntai’s message. Is he lost? Is he in love? Did he fall out of love?
Huntai embraces Elvis Presley as an influence. I am pulled to an obscure story coming from a roaming thinker. Paul Simon’s Graceland hooked with a mystery. Listen to Bandlands. Also check out Dirty Beaches / Ela Orleans 12’’ double feature:
MOKB Presents: Dirty Beaches (support: Frankie Rose), September 26, White Rabbit Cabaret. 1116 Prospect Street. $8 ADV / $10 Door. Buy your tickets HERE.
Written by Brett McGrath.