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Deemed the local hippie bar time and time again, The Mousetrap’s reputation never eclipses its own contributions to our local music scene. Every Friday and Saturday night, the best of the best in local and regional original music can be found at 56th and Keystone.
While the beatnik vibe flows copiously throughout the building, defining The Mousetrap’s clientele with the generic term “hippies” doesn’t do it justice. The laid-back, open-minded atmosphere offers a safe haven for all the nonconformists that never really gave a shit if they “fit in” anywhere else or not. Mousetrappers take pride in their individuality, exploit what makes them unique, and celebrate their differences together over inexpensive drinks and free, quality entertainment.
Recent renovations have only improved the already-hip Mousetrap Bar & Grill. With the stage sunken further into the kitchen and back room, the side entrance now opens to a large, unobstructed dance floor with plenty of room for twirling skirts and raucous body jamming. Clean, but not too clean; dirty, but not too dirty; dark, but not too dark; loud, but not too loud. The Trap is complete with all the standard bar amenities: dancing, pool tables, video games, darts, TV’s, board games, and a patio to catch some fresh air. When it comes to the building blocks of a perfect atmosphere, The Mousetrap has hit every single nail right on the head.
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I love Pogue's Run! They have one of the best deli counters in the city. My favorite is the veggie sandwich; the kalamata olives make it deliciously unique!
Thanks for your comments, Mike. There was no penalization on the scorecards for the presence of an electric bass, but there was certainly a lot of discussion about it at the judges table and in the audience. The Knollwood Boys are not the first to do this (see my write-up of week three) and probably not the last. My point was merely that it's an acoustic challenge and electric bass is very obviously not acoustic. Hope to see you out at The Ugly Monkey again for another Acoustic Challenge; thanks for supporting local music!
Good catch on the date, Ian. I'll take full credit for that mistake- noting the date but overlooking the year.
... and if you'd seen that guy lose it during the last song you would totally see the parallel.
Thanks for reading!
You are correct; however, this was a conscious decision on my part, as Heavy Gun received considerable coverage prior to the festival in the Beat Battle spotlight (http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/anatomy-o…) published on the Wednesday prior to BRMF (including a cover photo of J. Brookinz and two battle contenders). There was also an editor's note included in the print version of this recap acknowledging the winner of the battle.
Thanks for the feedback and continued support of the local music scene.
Love Two Cow Garage.
Saw them last August at The Vollrath: http://www.zaptownmag.com/2009/08/two-cow-…
Would you not agree that the composition of the crowd (and attire of said crowd, such as a Salwar Kameez) is not typical of a downtown club in Indianapolis on a Friday night? As an attendee of countless events at bars and clubs across this city for the last four years, I have never experienced a dance party overflowing with such cultural diversity. In my eyes, this is not negative, but rather a positive movement I encourage others to embrace and support. Hence, my use of the word radical- defined as "marked by a considerable departure from the usual or traditional."
While you are correct that Fela Kuti (the feature of tonight's event) is Nigerian, the 9/24 installment of Cultural Cannibals (which this article was intended to review) was titled "Bollywood Bhangra" and did, indeed, showcase sights and sounds of The Eastern World.
Enjoy the party tonight and please introduce yourself if you make it out. I am looking forward to the Fela tribute and hope to see you there.
Have a great weekend,
Thank you for the notes of concern. To clarify-
The dress code comment was meant to refer to Hyde on an average, non-Cultural Cannibals night when dress code IS enforced. Indeed, there was a range of attire on display last week, further exemplifying the radical vibe of the event.
And by using the phrase "pleasing ethnic variety" I was alluding to the authentic feel Bollywood Bhangra created with an audience comprised predominately of people of eastern descent. The event drew a unique and diverse crowd completely different from what's typically found at a dance party in Indianapolis. It was a refreshing sensation and all individuals I encountered were amicable.
Looking forward to hearing what you've got in store for us this week!
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