#Indianapolis – In-store performances by artists are a different kind of live performance. The bright lights, the robust stage, the impending encore, all the traditional elements of a live performance are stripped out.
What remains is an intimate experience where the artists perform their craft for onlookers.
No more, no less.
There’s virtually no barrier between the artists and yourself, it’s as if you were watching the artists in their practice space or were in their living room.
In-store performances are certainly ones which stand out when you go back over the shows you’ve seen.
Shara Worden is joking with the audience in between songs and explaining the inspiration behind her song “Before The Words,” a song which explores the themes of information and how “music is universal human experience” among other topics.
My Brightest Diamond, who belongs to Indianapolis record label Asthmatic Kitty Records, is the brainchild of Worden. It’s a rock group who ventures into different genres of music to create a unique sound which is distinct.
My Brightest Diamond’s in-store performance at Luna Music on Thursday was a part of a tour supporting the group’s latest album: “This Is My Hand.” It’s an album which finds Worden expanding her sound with the use of electronics.
The in-store performance at Luna Music popped up suddenly, news of the event appeared on Luna Music’s website and social media account early Thursday morning. Despite the sudden information, the news drew a crowd to the Broad Ripple record store who listened to the group intently.
“Some live performances can pop up sudden like this one or they can be well planned in advance,” Ethan Marosz, employee of Luna Music, said. “Some live performances can be a bit awkward, this definitely wasn’t one of them, because it’s such an organic performance and the artist/audience participation varies, but they’re always great to see nonetheless.”
Performing songs off the groups latest album, such as “Before The Words” and “I Am Not The Bad Guy,” and a cover, the performance can be described as both loud and quite. My Brightest Diamonds’ heavy live sound produced from guitar, bass, drums and Worden’s robust vocal ability rocked the record shop during each of the songs the group performed.
Each song was followed by applause and a quiet exchange between the audience and Worden. During each song the audience remained silent and took in the performance, an audience quality which can lack at shows found at bigger venues.
“Record stores are great places to see performances because the crowd that comes in is one which really appreciates live performances and what the artist is doing,” Marosz said.
A short but powerful performance, My Brightest Diamond thanked the audience and ended their performance in a nonchalant manner urging attendees to come to their performance at the White Rabbit Cabaret in Foutain Square that evening.
If you want to catch an in-store performance at Luna Music be sure to check out their website and social media accounts which update frequently with information about the record store. Luna Music can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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