The fun-loving, rabble-rousing Indianapolis group The Drunken Deacons will be celebrating their two-year anniversary of weekly shows at the Melody Inn this Friday with a good old-fashioned cookout (See Feature on the Melody Inn on page 15).
“It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing a weekly show for two years,” says Deacons singer and head chef Miss Kimmy. “But it’s been so much fun that I wanted to do something to show our fans we appreciate them for coming out. So we decided to feed them."
The show begins at 7 p.m. and will feature “anti-folk” singer/songwriter Jes Valentine and rockabilly bands King Creole and The Wailin’ Elroys from Athens, Ohio. Headlining along with the Drunken Deacons will be local favorites The Fuglees.
The $6 admission includes a buffet of fried chicken, rib tips, baked beans, potato salad and Miss Kimmy’s Ding Dings. “They’re like Ding Dongs, but I can’t call ’em that or Hostess will sue my butt,” Kimmy says.
In their two years as hosts of the Friday night Hellbilly Happy Hour at the Mel, the Deacons have provided a stage for many up-and-coming local acts regardless of genre. “One of the things I like about being in this band is that we all want to promote musical camaraderie in the scene,” Kimmy says. “The guys in the band have gone out of their way to share the wealth. We’ve got this great little showcase and we’re doing our best to showcase talent.”
Semi-finalists in last year’s Battle of the Bands, the Deacons hope to do well in this year’s competition and finally record an album that represents their live sound. “We are more than ripe for an album,” she says. “One of the reasons I’m so pleased to be in this band is that there aren’t a lot of bands that have the direct purpose of entertaining people. Some bands act like they’re doing you a favor when they play. We’re working for the audience.”
The Melody Inn is located at 3826 N. Illinois St.