Not every artist playing downtown will be performing as part of a concert series. The Twin Cats, who frequently pack the Mousetrap in Broad Ripple, will perform live as the house band for ESPN's "SportsNation" every day leading up to the Super Bowl. I spoke to Nicholas Gerlatch, the Cats' excited saxophone and E.W.I. (Electronic Wind Instrument) player.
NUVO: Tell us about your ESPN performance.
Nicholas Gerlach: We have been asked by the ESPN show "SportsNation" to be the house band for their show during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. They will be taping the show every day live at 5 p.m. at the Pan Am Plaza downtown. We will be playing for about 30 minutes prior to the show each day to get the crowd warmed up and then will be playing in and out of commercial breaks during the show. It is similar to role that the band plays on late night network TV shows.
We are also playing two shows on Saturday as well. The first is in the Super Bowl village on the Pepsi stage at 3:15. Later that night we will be playing at the Mousetrap. That show starts at 10:30 p.m.
NUVO: When did you find out you landed this gig?
NG: We found out last month that we were being offered the job. We had known it was a possibility for a while. It was pretty tough to keep it a secret.
NUVO: What is the most exciting thing about playing the Super Bowl?
NG: I'm a huge sports fan, so having the opportunity to showcase our music at one of the biggest sporting events in the world is a dream come true.
NUVO: What's your team?
NG: Everyone in the band is a Colts fan except for me. Phil, our keyboardist, has Colts season tickets. I am a huge Cleveland Browns fan, because, apparently, I hate myself. If you are asking me, who I think is going to win the Super Bowl, well, it's pretty wide open but I think it's going to be Patriots vs. Green Bay in the Super Bowl with Green Bay winning it all. (Editor's note: This interview was conducted prior to Green Bay's elimination.)
NUVO: What other artists are you excited to see performing around the city?
NG: I am actually really excited to see a lot of the other bands that are we are playing with the day before the Super Bowl in the Super Bowl Village. Here Come the Mummies and Umphrey's McGee are the two bands I'm most looking forward to seeing that day.