Rock the Ripple
Thursday, May 26
$5 in advance; $8 at the door
Rock the Ripple, as it was originally constructed in the '90s, was an annual event that overtook the venues of Broad Ripple Village by celebrating the live, local music renaissance of the time. After a hiatus, this Thursday RTR makes its return with a new mission: to get this city's music fans revved up to pound the pavement during the fifth annual Midwest Music Summit.
Breezy of The Big Damn Band will be a participant in Thursday's Rock the Ripple.
Event organizer and Midwest Music Summit kingpin Josh Baker himself remembers attending Rock the Ripple as a fan. "My friends and I all looked forward to the event as our annual live music bar hopping party. So many memories ... Birdmen of Alcatraz at the Patio, bands like Fambooey, All Day Suckas. It was a giant live music party and it was during that time the scene was having one of its live music heydays."
Unlike the history of the previous organization of the event, the main focus of reviving Rock the Ripple, according to Baker, was to try and get the general public excited and aware of the Midwest Music Summit. "If you like Rock the Ripple, a name many folks are familiar with, then you will obviously be blown away by the MMS, which is like a giant citywide three-day version. If the first tag-teaming of these two events goes as well as forecasted, Rock the Ripple will be resurrected once again as an annual event."
Indianapolis isn't exactly known for being a live music or industry hub on the national radar and the MMS has had its ups and downs garnering large attendance outside the music community. Baker's vision of Indianapolis and enthusiasm for the mission, however, is undaunted.
"We need the support of everyone in the city for MMS this year; this is one event on our promotional calendar to try and bring as many new music lovers into the MMS fold," he said.
Baker is confident that it's only a matter of time before a collective of artists start to put it all together and draw some attention to this area of the Midwest. "The thing I like most is that the city as a whole embraces music and the arts and Indianapolis is a musically diverse town and has been spawning lyrical prodigies for years. [Which is why] I continue to fight the good fight for music in this town, and will continue to until something happens for the better."