Review: The Head and The Heart at Opti Park 

Trampled By Turtles
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The Head and The Heart
Opti Park Broad Ripple
Saturday, June 30

It was a balmy Saturday evening in Broad Ripple, but people were happy to be out and in between thunderstorms. And they were super happy to have their choice of food truck snacks to pair with local Sun King beer. The Night Beds opened early - right around 6 p.m. They hail from Nashville and Colorado Springs, Colo., which makes sense when you hear them; they're from all over -- their sound makes a sort of universal sense. And, they're having fun -- trying new things (literally, right on stage) -- because they're drawn to certain moments. Keep an eye out for these guys in the future.

Trampled by Turtles went on next, and brought a massive energy to the stage. Even if somehow you're not generally impressed by mandolin or fiddle playing (is that possible?) this band's talent will likely drop your jaw. They're from Duluth, Minn., and they do indeed have that refined ache that has earned comparisons to Townes Van Zandt. They opened with "Midnight on the Interstate," followed by several other tracks from their new album, Stars and Satellites, as well as some older songs. It's hard to even call these guys an opening band. They could have easily headlined.

The Head and The Heart kind of feels like Indianapolis' band by now; and, I'd say that has everything to do with the show that the band played at Earth House last August. The group was supposed to open for the Decemberists, who canceled at the last minute due to health concerns, and instead of packing up, The Head and The Heart put together a last minute appearance that made most folks entirely forget about the original opening band that evening. The Head and The Heart has since rocked the Vogue in March of this year, and Saturday was met with a sold-out crowd for the group's largest headlining performance to date.

The Head and The Heart
  • The Head and The Heart

The band opened with "Cats and Dogs." As The Head and The Heart made their way through the songs from its album -- plus a few new ones -- the crowd reacted as if each one was their favorite. No one could hide an absolute crush on Charity Rose Theilen; her voice cuts through everything. "Winter Song" could tame the fiercest storm: it's okay that Theilen got a little choked up at the audience's reaction --everyone was right there with her. The band's time on stage seemed to fly by, and nothing could have pleased Indianapolis more than an encore performance of "Down in the Valley." Indianapolis will, no doubt, continue to welcome and support this band.

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