In past posts I have talked briefly about the state of the all-ages music scene of the city. I have mentioned the good (The Dojo), the bad (The Sanctuary) and ugly (the E.S. Jungle). There has be other options in the city for all ages shows, right?
The answer is yes...sort of.
I am immediately going to dismiss the Carmel Performing Arts Center as a legitimate venue. This is mainly due to the fact that it is in Carmel. Unlike most other cities in The United States, Indianapolis has almost no urban density. As a result, our fair city is a sprawling mess of near-suburban development. This is a big problem for any events in the city that aren’t The Colts or Lady GaGa. So shame on you, CPAC, for adding to the sprawl.
Then there’s The Earth House. I gotta say, as a community center, I really appreciate the Earth House. As a music venue, however, I think that it is savagely under used. The first show I ever saw there was Mu330 with Shot Baker for the 2008 Punk Rock Prom. It was awesome. I have been back plenty of times, but the shows were all sparsely attended and poorly promoted. The upstairs space could easily be used to house mid-sized touring acts (like Dillinger Four!!!) instead of tiny acts that can barely fill a 5th of the space. If the recent performance by OK GO is any indication of a new direction for the venue, then my hope in the venue is restored. My advice for the Earth House: book bigger shows and NEVER book Beta Male again...ever.
- Indy Hostel: I doubt they allow moshing
Another option is The Indy Hostel, at 49th and Winthrop. While the space is seldom used, it is known for hosting quieter, acoustic shows. This isn’t a bad thing, because there are plenty of acoustic tours crisscrossing the country at any given time. Sadly, I don’t think many people even know about the Indy Hostel as a hostel, let alone as a place for music.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot The Emerson. Everyone knows about The Emerson and almost everyone I have talked to about it has had some sort of negative experience there. “Fuck the Emerson and “The Emerson should be burned to the ground” are common responses to inquiries about The Emerson. I, personally, have never had a bad experience there but I haven’t had a reason to return since I saw Sloppy Seconds play there in 2008. As far as I’m concerned, The Emerson only opens up for Dude Fest.
- Beta Male: never again.