My inner marching band geek (dormant since high school graduation) got giddy with excitement when this show was announced. This Friday, a collective of nearly 20 musicians (comprised of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, electric bass, and a drum/percussion corps) and 10 dancers (stilt walkers, hoopers, fire dancers, flag twirlers, clown antics, and acrobatics) will invade the White Rabbit Cabaret in Fountain Square.
MarchFourth Marching Band (hailing from Portland, OR) draws inspiration from a variety of influences, including gypsy brass, samba, funk, afro-beat, big-band, jazz, and rock music, as well as television, film, circus, and vaudeville. In addition to covering familiar tunes, the band composes its own music and has released 3 albums and a DVD since its inception in 2003. Furthermore, the members of MarchFourth are also full- or part-time artists, designers, and craftspeople. All their drum harnesses (welded from recycled bicycle parts), stilts, costumes, merchandise, audio, and visual propaganda are designed and produced by members of the band.
This is not the first time that Indianapolis has seen a marching band perform on stage in a club. A little more than a year ago, Chicago-based Mucca Pazza (a thirtysomething-piece marching band) squeezed themselves onto the moderately-sized Vollrath stage, with overflow left to pour into (and weave through) the audience, constantly changing their location throughout the performance. While the close proximity to the musicians made for an exciting show, it was slightly less than comfortable and relaxed.
This will not be the case at White Rabbit Cabaret on Friday. The venue feels more like a banquet hall than a live music location, almost as wide as its across-the-street neighbor Radio Radio is long. Although the club’s lackluster décor leaves something to be desired, the space is also much easier to navigate around a crowd and considerably more spacious than Radio Radio, including more tables and seating. Certainly, this will all make for an accommodating experience for the band, as well as a pleasant encounter for the audience with plenty of room for the cabaret-style antics of this unique spectacle. Surely a show not to be missed!
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