With so much talent and absolutely no way to catch all, or even most of it, strategizing your way around an all-day music festival can be both frustrating and mind-numbing. You’re just really better off rolling the dice and seeing where you land. Taking my own advice, here are some quick-hit impressions of the bands — and drinks — consumed at the 2008 Broad Ripple Music Fest that was.
While I’m sure it was uttered at some point in the evening, I heard no one shouting, “We’re gonna rock the Casba,” and was subsequently let down. A cold, cheap Miller Lite, or three, put me in a better mood and I was able to catch most of Kentucky Nightmare’s set. While a little thrown off by their name — I was expecting GWAR, but in chicken suits — they played a fluid set of dreamy little pop/rock songs. A little too shoe-gazy for my usual taste, but in a different time or a different place, I would love to give this band my undivided attention.
Feeling the need to jump to another club, I decided to give the next band up, Thin Fevers, a chance. I’m glad I did! Even though the vocalist had a slight case of “Brooding Lead Singers Disease,” he didn’t come off as pompous and, truth be told, it’s probably because he sings like a maniac. It was a high energy, emotional performance by all four members and a great drummer. Think Clash meets Suicide Note.
At Spin, I saw a decent crowd give a little love to The Holiday, a band that has the looks and, it seems, the ambition to possibly be the next big thing to come out of Indy. Because they’re very safe and X103-ish, they might just succeed.
Up the street at Mugshots, I showed up to hear Henderson. How would you describe a band that combined, in one set, styles ranging from reggae, pop to metal? How about a band that used a variety of instruments from song to song, like a mandolin, xylophone and accordion? OK, how about a band that was getting drunk on stage while still singing damn near pitch perfect multipart harmonies — oh, and covered the theme to “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”?