Today I had the chance to watch Indiana music luminary Jon Rogers get waist-deep in the logistics of planning a concert series, and it got me to thinking about my involvement in the Indiana music culture.
I've never been a visible part of the local music scene, either here in Indianapolis, or when I was in college at Ball State. I don't get the chance to go to as many shows as I would like, but I try to keep up to speed as best as I can. Hardly anyone has ever heard my ridiculous music (ahem… Frontman and the Rhythm Section), but I dig through the Musical Family Tree archives on a daily basis. There are multiple local bands with complete representation in my collection.
At best, I think this makes me what the internet would refer to as a "lurker." I'm observing from the periphery. I'm sure there are many people just like me out there.
...but I'm positive that there are even more who enjoy the music, but have no connection to the scene at all. There are all kinds of reasons why people might not make the effort, but I find that the most common reasons are:
- Some people just aren't comfortable at house shows.
- Some people have a work schedule that prevents them from staying out too late.
- I KNOW some people have kids - otherwise, where would all of these humans be coming from? They are literally EVERYWHERE. I have been told that there are even some in space, if you can believe such a thing.
The point is, Musical Family Tree and SmallBox are going to begin holding a concert series in beautiful Broad Ripple Park beginning May 24 featuring Indiana musicians. These shows will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and admission is "pay-what-you-want." (You can check out more details on the event at Musical Family Tree)
This means that everyone, from great-grannies to teeny-tiny-toddlers and everyone in between - including the most dedicated and diehard local music fans - can come see three amazing Indiana bands in a less chaotic, more pastoral setting.
Introduce your Mom to Margot and the Nuclear So and So's.
Let the men in your life find out about Gentleman Caller.
Provide your children with Everything, Now!
This is your chance to step out of the shadows and in to the scene. The only question now left is this - will you heed Indiana music's clarion call?
Lurk no more!