MMS '06: keeping it local 

Midwest Music Summit
Aug. 10-12

The fifth annual Midwest Music Summit will rock Broad Ripple with the sounds of live music Thursday through Saturday. With fewer national acts than in years past, this year’s summit has a heavier concentration on local and regional acts.

Dr. Octagon, also known as DJ Kool Keith, and alt-rockers Local H are the biggest national names booked for the summit, but there’s plenty of Hoosier and Midwestern bands in the spotlight this year.

Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, the current darlings of the music scene, will be performing at 11:50 p.m. Thursday at the Vogue, headlining a bill that also includes post-punkers Those Young Lions.

Thursday’s MMS schedule is highlighted by the talent performing at Connor’s Pub. At 8:30 p.m., Creepin Charley & The Boneyard Orchestra will perform, followed by Hoosier music legend the Otis Gibbs band at 9:30 p.m., and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band closing out the night at 10:20 p.m.

Two Indiana bands with national connections will be headlining Friday’s bill at the Vogue: The Elms at 11 p.m. and Virgin Millionaires at 11:50 p.m.

The Jazz Kitchen will be buzzing with a songwriter’s showcase at 7 p.m. and pop-rock divas Jessica Benge and Jenn Cristy performing at 10:40 and 11:30 p.m., respectively.

The Alley Cat, Indy CD & Vinyl and Luna Music Midtown all have bands performing from the early afternoon to mid-evening Friday. Pravada will close the night at Indy CD & Vinyl at 8:25 p.m.

Over at Locals Only, Friday features an all-star lineup beginning at 5 p.m. with Everest. Later in the evening, the Bloomington all-star bands Gentleman Caller, Mysteries of Life, Brando and the Vulgar Boatmen play consecutively starting at 10:20 p.m. America Owns The Moon ends the evening at 1 a.m.

Saturday features an all-out sonic assault, with an outdoor stage running from noon to 11 p.m., and many other venues scheduling shows beginning in the early afternoon.

In addition to the shows, there are a variety of music-business seminars scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Topics covered include new media, film and TV licensing and artist development. Scheduled guest speakers include executives from several major national labels.

An MMS badge is $150 and allows attendance at all music showcases, industry seminars and VIP parties. A $25 wristband gives entry to all of the music showcases. Admission to single events varies by venue; most are $10.

The complete MMS schedule can be found in our Soundcheck section or at the organization’s Web site,

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