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Fourth Annual Broad Ripple Music Fest Shows Indy Which Cultural District is the Loudest

Ultimately, the six Indianapolis cultural districts are all about community. They were designed to show off the many facets of Indianapolis culture and give residents a unique sense of place. From the Indianapolis art galleries of Fountain Square to the jazz legacy of Indiana Avenue, these cultural districts are active little slices of the city lifestyle, each one with its own contribution to local art, music, and, most of all, community. Broad Ripple Village, located north of downtown Indianapolis, is certainly one of the most hopping Indianapolis cultural districts. The region is full of Indianapolis bars, hip record stores, and plenty of live music venues; it’s the place to go if you’re interested in Indianapolis nightlife. Residents of Broad Ripple Village are proud of their place in the Indianapolis cultural sphere, so every year members of the community, along with an array of sponsors, get together and throw a massive celebration of the Village: the Broad Ripple Music Fest. Now entering its fourth year, the 2010 Broad Ripple Music Fest will take place all day on Saturday, October 16 at venues around Indy’s loudest cultural district.

Video collage of bands featured at the 2009 Broad Ripple Music Fest in Indianapolis

 

Broad Ripple Village is perhaps best known as a hub of live music, so it’s only fitting that the Broad Ripple Music Fest is, you guessed it, all about music. Last year’s Indianapolis festival was incredibly successful: 125 bands performed for over 2,500 people, and the event raised $2000 for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, an Indianapolis non-profit organization that strives to clean up Indianapolis parks and other important areas of the Circle City. This year’s Broad Ripple Music Fest aims to one up last year’s groundbreaking event, bringing in 150 bands that are slated to play on 17 different stages around Broad Ripple Village, from regionally famous clubs (The Vogue) to niche bars (Savvy Salon) and everything in between. The biggest problem will be making compromises about your music viewing; the Indianapolis event will be going on all day, and there will usually be two or three bands playing at one time in different places, so be prepared to make a sacrifice or two.

There will be a pre-party at Locals Only Art and Music Pub on Thursday, October 14 with Gift Horse, Gentleman Caller, and Canasta, but the fourth annual Broad Ripple Music Fest doesn’t really shift into high gear until the kickoff party on October 15. Two Indy classics will be playing at The Vogue on Friday night, along with up and comer Everything, Now!. Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s make a triumphant return to the Circle City after the release of their stripped down, warmed up third album, Buzzard, which they released at an in-store performance at LUNA Music not too long ago. Jookabox, an Indianapolis electronic artist whose 2009 release, Dead Zone Boys, was a ADD driven train wreck of converging styles, samples, and beats, will also be playing at the Broad Ripple Music Fest kickoff party on October 15.

Video of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s performing at the Irving Theater in Indianapolis; Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s will kick off the Broad Ripple Music Fest this year

 

But Friday night’s concert is just an intro into the pandemonium that will sweep the district the following day. From about 11:00 a.m. on, Indianapolis music will be everywhere in Broad Ripple Village. Each Indianapolis music venue that’s participating in the event has its own lineup for the day, similar to Austin City Limits, and more than one venue will be showcasing Indianapolis bands from a specific label or sponsor, like Audio Recon and Roaring Colonel Records. Most of the Indianapolis events at the fourth annual Broad Ripple Music Fest charge a small cover, though there are a few exceptions.

The Indianapolis Art Center‘s contribution to the Broad Ripple Music Fest starts at 11:00; it will feature Hotfox, Indianapolis soul musician Bashiri Asad, and the wares of an Indy craft collective called Handmade Promenade. Indy CD & Vinyl has a full lineup for the day, starting at 12:30 with the Matt Mitchell Project. Other acts at Indy CD & Vinyl will be acoustic singer/songwriter Crescent Ulmer, R&B/soul band The Right Now, ambient post-rockers Chiaroscuro (from Shelbyville, Indiana), another performance by Hotfox, and Lafayette based indie rock group Why I Like Robins. LUNA Music will be hosting the Joyful Noise Recordings showcase, featuring Jookabox (in case you missed them on Friday night), indie pop trio Marmoset, “post-contemporary” rock band Rooms, Household Guns, and DOUG.

Video of Why I Like Robins performing at the Black Sparrow in Lafayette; Why I Like Robins will be playing at the fourth annual Broad Ripple Music Fest in Indianapolis

 

The Melody Inn, which celebrated the 10th anniversary of its weekly Punk Rock Night last weekend, will also be getting in on the Broad Ripple Music Fest action on October 16. Two events will be held at the Melody Inn, Phyllis Daytime Barbecue and a special iteration of Punk Rock Night. The Phyllis Daytime Barbecue event costs $5 and starts at 1; you’ll also get free food here, well worth the $5. 15 year old rock group Phyllis, Indianapolis masters of showmanship Leisure Kings, Lady Magma, and punk outfit Porn-Again Christians will be playing. The Broad Ripple Music Fest Punk Rock Night starts later in the evening and is $7; bands include long time rockabilly artist Art Adams, Them Damned Young Livers, and more rockabilly with Al and the Black Cats.

Video of Them Damned Young Livers performing “Fast Train to Georgia” live; Them Damned Young Livers will be playing at the Broad Ripple Music Fest in Indianapolis

 

There are plenty of other highlights for the massive fourth annual Broad Ripple Music Fest. The Heavy Gun Showcase will take place at Savvy Salon and will feature Mudkids, Grey Granite, Oreo Jones, Mic Sol and Ace One, and plenty more. Connor’s Pub will host the Standard Recording/Indie Volumes Showcase with a huge array of bands, including Neon Love Life, Dead Beats, Amo Joy, Thunderhawk, Slothpop, Jascha, and Accordions. Piradical Productions, the Indy D.I.Y. outfit behind ES Jungle, will host Dr. Manhattan and KDe! at their showcase (at ES Jungle), and The Right Now, Mystikos Quintet, and Kyle Long will be playing at the Jazz Kitchen for the Old Soul/Zaptown Showcase.

Video of Neon Love Life performing at The Vogue in Indianapolis

 

For DJ fans, the Audio Recon Showcase will shake Locals Only at 9:00 p.m. with performances by Serengeti, Twilight Sentinels, TJ Reynolds, Whois Louis, and Merc Versus. If that’s not enough club action, head to TRU Nightclub for the Ontrack/Indy Mojo Showcase, featuring Lady Foursquare, Chocolate the Freaky Afronaut, Jackola, DJ Fate, and many others. Indy indie label Roaring Colonel Records will be showcasing some of their best and brightest at The Casba, including We Are Hex and Red Light Driver. Birdy’s Bar and Grill will welcome back past Battle of Birdy’s champions for the IndyConcerts.com Showcase when Glass Halo, Glass Identity Crisis, and Chiaroscura play at 6:00. Broad Ripple’s jam band haven, The Mousetrap, will feature performances by Ladymoon and One Side Later, and don’t forget the live music going on all day at La Jolla’s Wasted Space. Rugged Russian Bear, Bonesetters, Cara Wahlers, and plenty of other Indianapolis musicians will be playing at the Indianapolis restaurant.

Video of We Are Hex performing at SPIN Nightclub as part of the 2007 Broad Ripple Music Fest in Indianapolis

 

If you can’t find a band to watch at the fourth annual Broad Ripple Music Fest, you must not like music. Over 150 bands, spanning all genres, styles, and generations, will be present at this celebration of community unity. Each show has its own cover charge, but don’t worry: all proceeds go to benefit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The festival wouldn’t be possible without contributions from NUVO Newsweekly, Musical Family Tree, Small Box, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and the event’s other sponsors, so be sure to drink plenty of the hipster’s beer of choice, pick up a copy of NUVO (they’re free), and connect with your favorite bands online to show your support. The WTTS 92.3 FM Kickoff Party is on Friday, October 15, but the Broad Ripple Music Fest itself doesn’t start until Saturday, October 16. Be sure to get there early, stay late, and, above all, experience the variety and excitement of Broad Ripple Village and its environs.

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Participating Venues

Indy CD & Vinyl
806 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.259.1012
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E.S. Jungle (Piradical Productions Showcase)
6151 N Central Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.289.4293
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La Jolla’s Wasted Space
921 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
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The Jazz Kitchen (Zaptown/Old Soul Showcase)
5377 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.253.4900
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Locals Only (Audio Recon Showcase)
2449 E 56th St
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.255.4013
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Savvy Salon (Heavy Gun Blog Showcase)
1430 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.253.9455
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TRU Nightclub
6235 Guilford Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.257.0777
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The Melody Inn (Phyllis Daytime Barbecue, Punk Rock Night)
3862 N Illinois St
Indianapolis, In 46208
317.923.4707
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The Vogue (BRMF Kickoff Event)
6259 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.259.7029
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The Casba (My Old Kentucky Blog/Roaring Colonel Showcase)
6319 Guilford Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.251.3138
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Birdy’s Bar & Grill (IndyConcerts.com Showcase)
2131 E 71st St
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.254.8971
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Connor’s Pub (Standard Recording/Indie Volumes Showcase)
6331 Ferguson St
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.255.5039


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The Mousetrap (Indy Mojo Showcase)
5565 N Keystone Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.255.3189
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LUNA Music (Joyful Noise Showcase)
5202 College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.283.5862
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Indianapolis Art Center
Marilyn K. Glick School of Art
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220
317.255.2464
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