It’s good people recognize the Fountain Square; but, news to Grant Catton: this is not the “birth” of its music scene. Although live country music seemed to fade from local bars in the late 90s, historically Ft. Sq. is associated with this genre. Don’t forget the 40’s and 50’s. Local and now nationally and internationally famous original rockabilly artist Lattie Moore played the Fountain Square Tavern (1132 Prospect St.) regularly in the 1950’s. The Round Up Tavern in the 700 block of Virginia Ave. was also “live” back then.
In the early 1980’s, Ft. Sq. had 5 “honky tonks” within about a mile of each other where folks could listen and dance to country music played by local bands: 2001 Lounge (2001 Shelby St.), Charlie Boggs CB Lounge (1835 Shelby), Woodcutter’s (1300 block of Prospect), Doug’s (State & Prospect), and Ray’s Place (1021 Virginia) next to where Naisa Pan-Asian Café is now.
Then there was Flo’s Cardinal Bar (936 Virginia) where Flo served an iced mix of Wild Irish Rose and Saki. Wow! What a drink. I played piano for Darry and the Blue Lights there. Siam Square now occupies the building.
Young folks and those new to the city need to know the rich history of country music in Indy, a place known for its Appalachian culture, proud working-class history, let alone the national popularity of WFMS.
For more info call 788-6604.
John Harris Loflin
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