Unless you're somehow connected to Butler University, or live in the Butler-Tarkington area, or are a serious indie rock fan, you probably don't know about the Butler Coffeehouse concert series. Which is a shame, because last week you most-likely missed the chance to see two up-and-coming local acts, The Bonesetters and Chandelier Ballroom, for free (and with free coffee and sandwiches, just sayin').Don't feel bad. I live just steps from Butler, I have friends who go to school there, and I still almost missed out on this awesome show. If there hadn't been an announcement scrawled in sidewalk chalk on Butler's quad, I'd have probably missed it altogether. As is, I turned up to see The Bonesetters and was pleasantly shocked to see Bloomington-based Chandelier Ballroom on the bill as well. It was kind of like turning up to the movie theater for a free movie and finding out there's an open bar.
Now, The Bonesetters. Before last week I wouldn't necessarily have grouped these two bands together, except that they're both young and prolific live performers rapidly making their mark on the Indy scene. But every time I see the Bonesetters they seem to unleash their alternative/grunge side a bit more. The first few times I saw them in concert they seemed a like a carefully instrumented, even slightly reined-in, folk rock band. But now, on some of their songs such as "Mama Prays," lead singer and guitarist Dan Snodgrass seems to really belt it out, pushing the songs to new heights. That song, incidentally, is a great example of how they can shift from pensive and poetic rock to outright grunge in the matter of a few beats, sliding into the raucous, bass-heavy "Maypole" just like they do on their album.
The Butler Coffeehouse series is now officially over for the school year, but you owe it to yourself to take a look at what they've got lined up for the Fall. In the meantime, both The Bonesetters and Chandelier Ballroom will be busy keeping indie rock fans in the area entertained, so you'll have plenty of chances to see them.
[A+E] Theater + Dance, Jazz + Blues + R&B
[A+E] Festivals + Parties, DJs + Dancing
[Music] Jazz + Blues + R&B