BRFMF spotlights hundreds of Indiana musicians, supports nonprofits
This weekend, more than 100 acts on 21 stages will perform during one day as part of the first Broad Ripple Fall Music Festival, an experiment in diverse acts, decentralization and charity. Each of the venues has been booked by different promoters, bringing a distinctive flavor to each concert lineup, while operating under the same umbrella.
Proceeds from each show will be donated to a nonprofit organization, designated by the promoter and listed on the event Web site.
The acts range from newcomers to some of Indianapolis’ oldest veterans to everything in between, displaying the full array of musical talent to be found in this city. Here, NUVO has profiled several bands whose membership represents this diversity. For a full list of schedules, venues, performers and nonprofits, check out www.nuvo.net/brfmf or www.myspace.com/broadripplefallmusicfest. For more BRFMF band profiles, visit www.nuvo.net/music.
1051/Vibes Music, 5:15 p.m., all-ages
The Endies — self-described indie/folk rock/ghettotech — formed earlier this year when drummer Ryan Remington and Dan Snodgrass talked music for long periods of time at Remington’s job. Later, they would form The Endies, a duo with an ever-rotating slate of guest players.
NUVO: What are some of your long-term goals?
Remington: A couple of years ago in the local music scene, it was fun. You’d go to shows to see your friends [and] book shows to see your friends. Bands are a lot more competitive these days. There’s a lot less camaraderie. One of the things we stand for is bringing fun back to music. Dan and I don’t care where we play; we just want to play, and we want to have fun doing it.
NUVO: What kind of influences do you bring to your sound?
Remington: Dan and I both grew up so separately, and even right now, what we listen to is so different. I listen to a lot of hardcore and a lot of metal. Dan listens to Waylon Jennings and a lot of country, but there [are] a lot of things we agree on as far as bands and music go. We’ve changed and grown a lot since we started … We get paid for playing music; how can we bitch?
Indy Hostel, 7:30 p.m., all-ages
Singer-songwriter Lindsay Bloom started out in Cleveland, Ohio, but recently moved to Indianapolis. Her shows range in size from solo performances to a full band, depending on the venue; her BRFMF performance will be at the Indy Hostel, one of the city’s most intimate stages.
NUVO: What are your thoughts on Indianapolis so far?
Bloom: I was pleasantly surprised … And now that I have the opportunity to move or go anywhere, I’m staying here. There are lots of cool little places to play — downtown, coffee houses [and] Talbott Street.
NUVO: What kind of approach are you taking to your music?
Bloom: All my songs are personal, real life experiences. Some of them are too personal, but it’s hard to hold back when I’m writing. I’m trying to go a more commercial route, kind of pop folk rock. There [are] a lot of singer-songwriters I see who aren’t concerned with the three-minute, 30-second, radio-friendly songs. But I kind of want to take my music to that level and get in with all the radio stations, do videos, everything like that. I want to do little coffee shops and travel around, but I also want to move it up to that next level.
Spin Nightclub, 8 p.m., 21+
Beta Male arose earlier this year from the ashes of Extra Blue Kind, with bassist Tyler Bowman and singer/drummer P. David Hazel recruiting Allison Hazel (P. David’s wife) and Jessica Hack on keyboards, and local veteran Vess Ruhtenberg — once of the Zero Boys — on bass. With a decidedly low-tech approach, their music is highly listenable, energetic and attractive, a 1960s pre-new wave feel. Their MySpace page has some of the wackiest band descriptions and philosophies out there. Just go read it if you don’t believe me.
NUVO: How did this get started?
Bowman: It just sprawled out of P’s imagination and creativity. He was wanting to do things different. It was the whole idea of the Beta Male thing in general, a secondary behind-the-scenes kind of guy. It’s a very sex-influenced band. And really, just trying to get a little bit deeper and darker than Extra Blue Kind — maybe not serious, but more of a new wave kind of sexy dance band.
NUVO: You emphasize a lot of live performance on your Web site; tell us more about that.
Bowman: The stage shows have really come together well. We all came from different bands and all had different live experiences. It’s a really energetic show. We plan to do some video projection; we’re a very visual band. It’s a really energetic and crisp kind of show. P. David’s really set on this idea of every song taking on its own life. So what we hope to do with this projection is to have different video aspects to each song. The songs do have a lot of meaning and a lot of depth, and we want to get that across in more ways than just performing them.
WHAT: NUVO presents the Broad Ripple Fall Music Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 13, free – $6 (a stamp at your first venue of choice will get you into other venues for $3 off admission price), 2 p.m.-3 a.m. (varies by venue), all-ages and 21+
WHERE: Various locales in and near Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis
WEB: See full schedule at www.nuvo.net/brfmf