Lazy Daze Coffeehouse, 10 Johnson Ave.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., donations appreciated, all-ages
It’s only fitting that the author of the short-story collection Bothering the Coffee Drinkers would play his first Indianapolis gig at a coffeehouse. Musician, songwriter and storyteller Doug Hoekstra says that he’s “passed through Indy many times going between my home of Nashville and my hometown of Chicago,” but has never stopped to play.
Hoekstra will play a solo acoustic show at Irvington’s Lazy Daze Coffeehouse this Saturday, Feb. 23. He says to expect “a variety of songs from my six-CD catalogue, you know, fast and slow, happy, sad. I’ll probably use loops on a couple things, blow a little harmonica and tell a couple stories.
“Chances are I’ll also read a short selection from my book [Bothering] in the middle of the set,” Hoekstra continues. “It’s a collection of music-related fictions that came out last year and won a  Bronze Medal for Best Short Fiction in the national Independent Publisher Awards. I’ve always written prose as well as songs, and since the book came out, I’ve read from it live — folks generally dig it and the book reflects back on the music and vice-versa, to complete the picture of what I do.”
Hoekstra is touring in support of his sixth album, Blooming Roses, released Feb. 19. “Although artists always say this, I do feel it’s my strongest work yet,” Hoekstra says. “I tell people that it seems, as artists, we spend half our lives developing a style and then once we get to that place, we spend the rest of our lives trying to distance ourselves from it. Meaning, you want to build on what you’ve done and developed and retain elements of that, yet also stretch and take your music to new places. And, so I feel like Blooming Roses does this, it’s rooted in whatever it is I do, and yet branches into new places too.”