Also: Rhymefest releases CD, Chandler moves

The second annual Hip-Hop Summit will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 22 at the Martin Luther King Center, 40 W. 40th St. Like last year’s summit, which was held at the now-closed United States of Mind, Saturday’s show will feature a breakdancing battle, a graffiti expo, a BMX competition and music from some of the Midwest’s brightest stars.

Scheduled to perform are Undefeatable Beats, the Twilight Sentinels, the Black Soil Project, The Philosophy, DJ Top Speed, DJ Dicky Fox and many, many more.

T.J. Reynolds of The Philosophy organized last year’s event. “No great movement in art, stylistically or regionally, happens alone. It takes a community of like-minded artists, and community is something that must be fostered, which is the whole point of the Hip-Hop Summit.”

He said, “I saw numerous great connections materialize after last year’s hip-hop festival, from groups collaborating and recording songs, to breakdance crews forming and performing, to acts reaching new fan bases. I even saw a daughter get to witness her father perform for the first time. The best thing I witnessed, though, was the general public’s perception of this music community in Indianapolis grow from ‘I know a dude who’s in a hip-hop group,’ to ‘We’ve got so many dope groups from Nap, listen to this CD I got.’ The festival spreads awareness.”

One of the show highlights will be material from the new Black Soil Project’s album, one of the best in the genre in quite some time. Lead rapper Rahlo has reached new heights with this project. Last year’s summit was one to remember, with delicious Creole food, unexplained power outages and outrageously cool breakdancing.

Admission to the festival is $10 for adults, and $5 for those under 16.

Speaking of Indianapolis hip-hop, former resident Rhymefest’s long-awaited album, Blue Collar, was released by J Records on Tuesday. He was scheduled to kick off the CD release with an in-store appearance at a downtown record store on Tuesday. See next week’s NUVO for a review of the album and pictures from the in-store.

If you like classic rock, then you’ll obsessively fall in love with the lineup that Live360 and Q-95 have come up with to celebrate the radio station’s 28th anniversary.

The show will be at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Sept. 15 and will feature Styx, Foreigner, David Lee Roth and Pat Travers. Tickets are $14 and $28, with a limited number of $45 Gold Section seats. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 15.

Pete Yorn, who was scheduled to do an in-store at Luna Music and play a show at the Music Mill last week, cancelled both appearances due to a death in the family. The show will be rescheduled, although no date has been confirmed for the new show.

In other news, longtime Indianapolis music icon and radio-show host Matt Chandler announced last week that he is moving to New York City in August. A member of the Thin Fevers, Saraswati and other beloved local bands, Chandler also co-hosted The Free Zone, the late-night weekend show on WICR. The show’s memorable live performances were released on CD in 2004.

Rob G., co-host of The Free Zone, said that the show would continue with Tim Ditchley, the originator of the show. Chandler is moving to Brooklyn to pursue his day job and for personal reasons.

Even though Frank Dean has left Sindacato, the iconic country-rock band, the remaining members are carrying on under the name the Stone Martin Band. Carl Lo Sasso and cohorts have been playing blues-rock and party covers with the new band, which will play at an outdoor festival this weekend in Danville. Their next Indianapolis gig will be at the Slippery Noodle on Aug. 11-12.

Our friends at Musical Family have released a compilation CD, Delicious Berries, featuring new songs from some of the bands featured on the site. Included on the CD are songs from Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, the Mysteries of Life, Brando and Marmoset.

Two CD release parties have been planned for the disc. The first will be Saturday night at Locals Only; the second will be Aug. 11 and will coincide with the Midwest Music Summit.

Spencer’s Stadium Tavern, located at 802. S. West St., has been booking some of the best local acts. The next two Wednesdays will especially be treats for the ears. On July 12, Zorba and Miss Kimmy will play. Formerly of the Tumbleweeds, this duo is full of fun and pep. And if you’ve ever sampled the desserts created by Miss Kimmy — as sold through her Web site and at Locals Only — you know she’s a genius in two areas.

On July 19, guitar genius Kenny Taylor will play at Spencer’s. Known for his work with the Blue Moon Boys and, more recently, accompanying Chris Shaffer, Taylor is a guitarist’s guitarist. He can evoke the music of any era of popular music and still sound like an expert.

Blues report

The Indianapolis area will have not one, but two blues festivals this coming weekend. This is a golden opportunity to check out a good slice of the city’s blues scene.

With Indiana Black Expo in full swing, the Madame Walker Theatre (617 Indiana Ave.) will be home of The Blues & Bar-B-Q Family Reunion Festival at the theater’s parking plaza on July 14 from noon to midnight.

While families will be bonding over barbecue, several local bands and one national blues legend will be providing the soundtrack. Artists scheduled to perform include Dwight Edwards, Governor Davis and The Blues Ambassadors, No Regrets, Manifest Blues Band and headliner Bobby “Blue” Bland.

Bland, 75, is one of the top blues/soul singers in the business. “I Pity The Fool,” “Farther On Up The Road” and “Turn On Your Love Light” were some of his hits from his Duke recordings in the late ’50s. For the last 20 years he’s recorded nine albums for the Malaco label. Bland’s signature snorts, grunts and pops in between lyrics have been a live favorite. His still soulful vocals carry the show. His last few Indiana appearances have been sharing the bill with B.B. King in Merrillville. Now’s a chance to save yourself a two-hour drive.

The next day will be The Danville Blues Festival at the Ellis Park Amphitheater in Danville. Gates open at 2 p.m. with music beginning an hour later. Governor Davis & The Blues Ambassadors, Roadhouse Band, Max Allen, Dan Holmes and the Stone Martin Band will provide the blues. Check out for more information.

Matt Socey contributed information for this story.


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