Broad Ripple comes alive at dusk and stays up ‘til first light. So it’s not a surprise that the early crowds at sites like The Mousetrap and its IndyMojo showcase were in the single digits in the 5 p.m. era. Not that it seemed to stop the DJs and performers, who were in the moment and every bit as focused as if they’d been at a packed London nightclub. Brian Summers, taking over the ‘Trap’s outdoor tent, worked the boards as if he was flairing a drink in “Cocktail,” and G, out back, did his thing with deeply intense concentration. Inside, Blue Moon Revue got the evening off to a start with a bluesy and heartfelt performance. Soon thereafter, Ed Trauma and SeaMonkey stepped in on the separate DJ tables, both delivering sets with distinctive video game overtones — Trauma with the bleep-bloop of the Nintendo era, and SeaMonkey with dramatic beats that could have been part of a PlayStation-era “Final Fantasy” game.
The Mousetrap was like a little bubble universe on the edge of BRMF proper that evening — it’s far enough away from the rest of the event that passerby were few. However, the crowd grew steadily and audience participation was encouraged, and included neon dancers, jugglers and of course a few dudes tossing around things on fire. As night fell, JIN-XS presided over the backstage controls looking like a mad scientist at work, while veteran DJ Topspeed handled the front tent with a decidedly 1980s theme, right down to a truly enviable hat. Each performer delivered the sorts of rhythms that you can dance to equally well in a group or all alone with your thoughts. They were rhythms to lose yourself in.