What originally started as a class project for a Media Arts class at Butler University has evolved into a half-day event featuring an eclectic mix of musicians. Sunday, March 26 marks the release of Missing Six’s second CD, Lose Yourself. In celebration, Butler University, with support from BRIC (Butler Recording Industry Club) and Butler’s record label, 770 Records, is presenting the Missing Six album release concert.

“The whole project, from the album to the release party and beyond, is a great ‘learning outside the box’ experience. Students have been able to put to use production and music business skills that they have learned in our classes and during internships. The stakes are real, too. There is a record contract and the group and the band have the potential to earn profits,” said Culter Armstrong, the Butler professor who has helped make the event possible.

Missing Six’s CD release show has been completely student-organized, managed and promoted. It has provided a hands-on, real life experience that very few college students get to tackle. And, it has provided important insight on how businesses, such as local clubs and bars, function.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and the show will start at 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Reilly Room in Atherton Union and parking is available at the Clowes Memorial Hall. The cost is $5 pre-sale (tickets available on each band’s Web site). Otherwise, tickets are $7 day of show. Since this is an all-ages show and the curfew is 10 p.m. under Indiana law, the concert will end earlier than most local shows.

Kicking off the concert will be Butler’s own original five-piece Class of 1929 (www.purevolume.com/theclassof1929). Their light-hearted jam band sound has won them a strong following on campus. Class of 1929 consists of Chase Paul, Joey Rudas, James Winkler, Pat Fauntleroy and Mike Sinsheimer. They have already rocked out in coffeehouses, so it is only natural for them to bring their music before a larger audience.

he second band, Fifth Street Heist (www.myspace.com/fifthstreetheist), is one of the best local hardcore bands around, hailing from Carmel. Following them will be Defiance of Authority, punk rockers straight out of Nashville, Tenn. (www.myspace.com/defianceofauthority). Indy’s own punk rock band Track 32 (www.myspace.com/track32) and one of the East Coast’s best-kept punk rock secrets, River City High (www.rivercityhigh.com), complete the lineup.

Missing Six, a trio made up of Phil Milam, Eric Evans and Ed Hatfield, will close the night with their unique mix of indie rock with electro pop. Their first full-length album was released in 2003 and titled The Philadelphia Experiment. The newest album, Lose Yourself, is masterfully composed and is by far one of the top three best local albums to come out in the past year. The CD release show on Sunday is guaranteed to be one of the best mini festivals this spring. It is almost like Indianapolis’ own five-hour Warped Tour.

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