Regardless of whatever challenges our small music scene faces, at least we can always count on The Vogue. While less-profitable all-ages venues can barely stay open for a year, since its re-opening in the late 70’s, the Vogue has been the best place to catch bigger, up-and-coming (or, down-and-out) national, touring acts before they blow up (or fizzle-out).
Over the years, The Vogue has been host to such legendary punk and metal bands as The Ramones(1983), Joan Jett(1983), GBH(1985), Toots and the Maytals(1982), Fishbone(1994), Weezer(1994) and Motorhead(2003), just to name a few. A Weird Al Yankovich show in 1984, however, is a head-scratcher; I don’t really imagine Weird Al pulling that large of a 21+ crowd. I saw him two years ago and the crowd was composed of either grade-school kids or the parents that escorted them (and myself).
Growing up near Broad Ripple, I always resented The Vogue for being 21+. I remember standing outside of the box office with my Dad to look at the poster for The Ramones Adios Amigos tour when I was in 6th grade. That would be the last time The Ramones would play Indianapolis before breaking up later that year (1996), and I was still six years shy of even being able to walk through the door.
- Those ghastly dinosaurios still haunt me to this day...
Later, when I was in high school, I remember hearing that the bastardized reincarnation of The Misfits had announced a show in the city. I crossed my fingers in hopes of an all-ages show, but to my dismay, it was booked at The Vogue. As it turned out, the show was later cancelled. And looking back, I wondered why I had ever wanted to see Michael Graves stomping around in face paint, pretending to be Glen Danzig in the first place?
But now that I’m 26, the anger of missing shows at The Vogue during my adolescence has subsided... but I will never forget how it felt. I can appreciate the Broad Ripple venue for it’s diversity of shows (most of which I wouldn’t want to go to, but still..) and its place as a fixture in the local music scene. This Friday’s Mastodon show will be the biggest Metal show of the year and a huge deal for both The Vogue and A Squared Industries (who booked the show). Let’s just hope that The Vogue soldiers on for years and years to come and that diverse promoters continue to utilize its perfect size and location...
- Mastodon: with Baroness, Valient Thorr and Between The Buried & Me, this Friday at The Vogue