The unofficial kick off to summer is Summer Camp Music Festival. After it’s 19th year Summer Camp has solidified its name as the premier festival in the Midwest and continues to grow. Having ten stages with music being played on them nearly twenty hours a day, Summer Camp has become a music festival buffet that has something for everyone. Who says you have to be a kid to go to camp?
The unofficial camp counselors of Summer Camp are the boys from Umphrey’s McGee. From stage time to organizing the festival’s kickball game, the band has earned all possible camp badges at this point. Their Friday night set showed why the band has come to the forefront of jam scene. Starting off with, “Maybe Someday” they let everyone know they are not afraid of heights. “All in Time” seemed to have a little extra magic sprinkled on it sounding like an anthem being played across the festival grounds. “Booth Love” had support from Ryan Zoldis and Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce with all the juices flowing everyone ended set one in fourth gear with “Call to Arms”, from the infamous Sturgill Simpson.
Wheels of Soul Tour Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guests hottuna.com, Wood Brothers
Wednesday, July 19th 2017
The Lawn at White River State Park
Photographer: Tyler Muir
Writer: Amber Jennings
The Wheels of Soul Tour has become an essential staple to the summer concert line-up at the Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. “The Lawn” as locals refer to it offers one of the states best amphitheaters. The venue sits on the east bank of the river and offers concert goers striking views when the sun slips behind the amphitheater and paints the sky with stunning sunset colors.
Trey Anastasio Band
The Old National Centre, Indianapolis, Indiana
May 5, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Tyler Muir
Trey Anastasio brought his band of renowned musicians with him to the Old National in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday to promote their new album, “Paper Wheels”. The new album, released three years after the last studio album, Traveler, added a breath of fresh air to the repertoire.
The stop in the tour in Indianapolis has become a regular for T.A.B, spanning almost two decades. It is a tradition celebrated by many midwest fans. This year fans were treated to their own T.A.B Cinco De Mayo which was cause for greater celebration! It did not take long once T.A.B took the stage for them to turn Cinco de Mayo into Cinco de Treyo. Continue reading Trey Anastasio Band – Cinco de Treyo in Indy!→
This year’s Wanee Music Festival, located at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in North Central Florida, delivered one of the more solid lineups of the 2017 festival season. Though it takes place in the spring, it set the bar for what a schedule should look like.
An important factor all these years for setting the bar high for Wanee was Butch Trucks. The untimely passing of Trucks in January brought the Wanee community together in an unprecedented way, to honor his life and say thanks for impacting so many over the course of his life. There was an extra sense of camaraderie – both on and off stage – the entire weekend because of the tragedy. Everyone truly realized how fortunate they were to be able to experience this year’s festival. Continue reading 13th Annual Wanee Music Festival 2017→
Marcus King Band wsg/ Django Knight
The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis, Indiana
February 14, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Tyler Muir
It is rare for two acts to share one stage in the same evening and bring a breath of fresh air to two separate genres of music. It gives those who have attended concerts for years a feeling of yesteryear, and demonstrates to the younger crowd a feeling of exactly how it should be done. When you add that it was Valentine’s Day, and in the best venue in the city, it almost had poetic charm. Those in attendance will be discussing this show with anyone that will listen until both these acts return to Indianapolis, and probably even longer. Continue reading Marcus King Band wsg and Django Knight→
October 12, 2016
The Hi-FI, Indianapolis, Indiana
Writer/Photographer: Tyler Muir
America’s favorite self-proclaimed “Song Band” came to The Hi-Fi in Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday October 12th, 2016. It is always exciting when a band is dedicated to its craft and refuses to be categorized into a genre or two, steadily improving, steadily growing their fan base by constantly touring and having fun. The Portland band is composed of Jay Cobb Anderson on guitar/vocals, Tyler Thompson on drums, Kellen AseBroek on guitar/keys/vocals, Jeff Leonard on bass, and Mimi Naja on mandolin/guitar/vocals. This well oiled musical machine goes by the name Fruition.
Fruition’s visit to Indianapolis had a bit more excitement surrounding it because it was band member Jay Cobb Anderson’s 33rd birthday, which had the band all wearing baseball style shirts with his silhouette on the front as well has his last name and age on they back. Being that is was Jay’s birthday and all the band seemed to bring more energy on stage and they wanted to make sure everyone had fun both on and off stage. One thing that makes the band unique is how they weave their different styles of music into their set having something for everyone.
Fruition started off the night with, “Bent” off their, It Won’t Be Long album. The country western jazz tune was a great foot stomping sing along to get everyone dialed in. It was great seeing Mimi hop between instruments with so much style and grace. “Labor of Love” off their latest album helped take you on the journey they have found themselves on, such a solid song it almost makes you feel at home with the warm feeling it brings.
A nice surprise mid set and it appeared both the band and crowd enjoyed it just as much was, The Beatles cover of, “I’ve Got a Feeling”, which the band put a soul spin on. “Santa Fe”, brought out a more of the Americana side of the band as well as their depth. Mimi and the boys can rock and it was obvious they love to show it when they busted out a Neil Young, cover “Ohio”. Showing their bluegrass side of their set brought the song, “Mountain Annie”.
Very few bands can cover so much music in their original work as Fruition does and showcased Wednesday night. The band may have been around since 20008, but they are still picking up steam and building a cult underground following. As if that was not enough the encore found the band rousing up the crowd to sing Jay happy birthday. Mimi’s voice can cover so much ground, the last song of the night was a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s, “Love Sneakin Up On You”, that very few people could do it justice. Fruition is a band for the people, after the show Mimi signed autographs and took pictures outside of the venue while the rest of the band did the same thing but from inside. It was encouraged that fans stayed around to celebrate Jay’s birthday by drinking with the band. Very few bands have the down home feel Fruition does with their fans.
Good ole American Rock and Roll made it’s way to the Hi-Fi in Indianapolis September 29th, 2016. The ever talented Jackie Greene brought his style of Americana and blues along with the band Cordovas with him for taste of how stage presence and music should be done. From the very start of the night until the end, the crowd was treated to solid sets from each band. It is always fascinating seeing acts that make you feel like they have been playing on stage for decades.
Cordovas was a great way to start the night off. The band from Nashville, Tennessee consists of Joe Firstman on bass guitar, Lucca Soria on guitar, Jon Loyd on keys, and Graham Spillman on drums. Each of these guys were bursting with energy and musicianship their entire set and just when you thought they could not get any better, they threw a Grateful Dead teaser into their set. Their set brings back memories of an almost forgotten time, a time when all that mattered was a band’s talent and much they brought it. Though they were formed in 2011, the way these boys play together you would think they should be celebrating their 25th anniversary.
The interaction with the crowd from onstage made it hard not to fall in love with them. With timing that was constant perfection, they know when to give the crowd that Rock and Roll demeanor. As if their set was not enough the encore had Joe Firstman hopping on keys with the rest of the band standing around one mic for a great harmony.
Jackie Greene continues to be the type of musician that everything he touches is his own style and amazing. Playing in bars since his early teenage years, it was clear Thursday night he has perfected his craft over the past two decades. Jackie has put out albums since 2002, but chose to start the night with I’m so gone from his 2006 album, Gone Wonderin’, the night would see that album woven throughout the set list. A true performer on stage he knows when it’s time to slow it down a bit from the rocker to show his softer side. “A Moment of Temporary Color”, showcased his passion which he has no problem expression on stage as well.
Who doesn’t love a good live Grateful Dead tune? It is hard pressed to find a better live version of, “New Speedway Boogie” than what Greene ripped out Thursday night. “Shaken”, showed Jackie’s depth both as lyricist, it had everything, blues, rock, folk, all rolled into one. The set could be used as a blueprint for how it should be down, cover all bases and having nothing left when the band leaves the stage causing the crowd to leave feeling satisfied.
If you did not get enough of the opening act or the Grateful Dead, Jon Loyd of Cordovas set in with the band for a magical version of, “China Cat” that followed by Joe Firstman trading places with Jon on keys for a very memorable, “I know you Rider”. Jackie Greene continued to prove why he is constantly evolving in every aspect of himself and that he loves bringing a talented act you may of never heard of with him to start the night off proper. Never sleep on Jackie Greene coming to your town.
Jackie Greene – Setlist
I’m so gone
A Moment of Temporary Color
New Speedway Boogie
Light Up Your Window
Farwell, So Long, Goodbye
So Hard to Find My Way Home
Till the Light Comes
China Cat w/ Jon Loyd on keys
I Know You Rider w/ Joe Firstman on keys
September 22, 2016
Hi-Fi Indianapolis, IN
Photographer/Writer: Tyler Muir
One of the meanings for revival is an improvement in the condition or strength in something, and Elephant Revival seems to never forget that. The band came back to Indianapolis, Indiana September 22nd, 2016 making it the first stop on their tour in support of their new album “Petals.” Elephant Revival’s companions on the fall tour, Dead Horses, set the mood by getting everyone comfortable at the picturesque Hi-Fi, in one of downtown’s most gentrified districts.
The Milwaukee-based trio’s acoustic set included, Sarah Vos on vocals and guitar, Peter Raboin on guitar, mandolin and vocals and the lower acoustic end Daniel Wolff on Double Bass and vocals. The band’s moral compass aligns with that of the headliner that we are all one and that love is the path to unity through the darkness to better times. Their haunting Americana Folk melodies drifted through the Hi-Fi compelling the audience to join their path of unity.
When Elephant Revival took the stage, Bonnie Paine on washboard, djembe, musical saw and stompbox, Bridget Law on fiddle, Charlie Rose on banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello and double bass, Dango Rose on double bass, mandolin and banjo and Daniel Rodriguez on guitar, banjo and double bass, the crowd settled in for a relaxing quaint evening with the band.
There were moments throughout the night where the band proved time and again how masterfully they have continued to grow and how they create their own style and genre. Several times throughout the performance Bonnie’s emotion came out showcasing her strength lies in being able to tell such a tale through her lyrics as well as stage presence. The band finds strength tying themselves around things that revolve around the universe, in their new album they have delved into things revolving around social issues. The band’s new music video “When I Fall” found them working with a non-profit agency to raise awareness and funds for the current immigrant and refugee crises.
A new, stronger sense of intimacy seemed present on stage with them. Maybe there is power in numbers, maybe each member is more in touch with themselves, or with each other, whatever seemed to bring it out, it seems strong enough to not wilt away anytime soon. The passion they brought as well is such that you could not walk away that night without being inspired, having every emotional string tugged.
Charlie Rose brings a new dynamic, his skills on the pedal steel felt right alongside the rest of the band. Another pleasant surprise was Bonnie on the electric cello. Yet another meaning of revival is an instance of something becoming popular, active, or important again. It is safe to say the band continues to show the importance of using each member’s talents to amplify one another’s. Very few bands can have their instrumental parts tell a story as much as their lyrics do.
The distance fans are willing to travel to see their favorite band says a lot about the connection they feel towards the band. Inside the Hi-Fi there were fans from all over the Midwest. Along the rail were four fans from South Bend, Indiana who had plans to catch the first four shows of the band’s tour, by the end of the night it seemed they had convinced a couple next to them from Chicago to follow them to Wisconsin to catch the second night of the tour. The common theme among the crowd was it is truly a treat when Elephant Revival comes to your town. In this day and age with everyone having a camera in their pocket and a conversation that cannot wait until after the show, a true sign of fan appreciation was shown that night by both of those things being kept at a minimum.
White River State Park, located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, offers one of the state’s best amphitheaters, The Lawn at White River. The venue sits on the east bank of the river and offers concert goers sensational picturesque views when the sun slips behind the amphitheater and paints the sky with stunning sunset colors. The acoustics of the venue are a match of the view – amazing.
Grammy Award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band, along with special guests Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars, played the venue on July 27, 2016 as part of their Wheels of Soul Tour. This year TTB released their new album, Let Me Get By and have been celebrating the success of the album. Recorded independently in their own studio, Swamp Raga, the album recognizes the self-reliance, connection and sense of family that has grown since the inception of the band in 2010.
North Mississippi Allstars kicked the evening off as fans settled into their seats. The founding brothers Luther Dickenson (guitar, lowebow and vocals) and Cody Dickenson (drums, keyboards, electric washboard) with Chris Chew (electric bass guitar) are known for their American southern rock/blues bringing the dirty south full throttle to the Midwest before Los Lobos took the stage.
The east Los Angeles, California band, Los Lobos, snagged the stage and initiated a set of rock and roll, Tex-Mex and zydeco with “Whiskey Trail.” Luther Dickinson would take the stage with the band for a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “300 Pounds of Joy” and “Gates of Gold.” Later in the set, Susan Tedeschi appeared for a Marvin Gaye cover, “What’s Going On.” The closing number of the set, “Más y más,” included Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s horn section.
As the sun slipped behind the stage and lit up the sky in wondrous colors, the Tedeschi Trucks Band appeared on stage. They opened their set with “Laugh About It,” a tune from the new album. Derek Trucks’s guitar intro set the song with a light and airy feel, while Susan Tedeschi’s vocals added a dimension to the evening, the breadth and depth of her voice matching the sinking sun. The band seemed to relax into a groovy strut for another new song, “Don’t Know What It Means.” The funky, slink groove showcased Tedeshi’s power on guitar with heavy brass accompaniment. They rolled into a cover from the Box Tops, “The Letter,” and dipped into the new album’s title track, “Let Me Get By,” a southern rock jam featuring heavy keys and vocals.
The set continued with a boozy strut, “Right On Time,” featuring Mike Mattison on vocals. Tedeschi sang the song in a lower pitch than usual, making a fitting harmony with Mattison. Mattison continued on vocals for a ZZ Top cover, “Goin’ Down to Mexico.” Trucks’s heavy guitar intro drove the 12-piece ensemble, while mixing lead guitar with Tedeschi.
As twilight settled, TTB slowed the evening down with a dreamy Derek Trucks Band cover, “Swamp Raga,” that segued into “Midnight in Harlem” from TTB’s 2011 Grammy award-winning album, Revelator. Gentle slide guitar and cascading drums gave way to Tedeschi’s vocals that blanketed the audience with a soft, dreamy feel. They continued with another Revelator track, “Bound for Glory,” a George Jones cover, “Color of the Blues’ and another cover, Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “I Pity the Fool.” They wrapped up the set with “The Storm,” a perfect set closer. Trucks’s intro was a taste of the solo he would rip into midway through the song, solidifying the title.
The band encored with a Sly and the Family Stone cover, “Are You Ready” and a James Taylor cover, “Fire and Rain;” the latter featured Mark Rivers on vocals with Mike Mattison and Tedeschi.
The show concluded about 15 minutes early but did not let the attendees down. It was a great Wednesday evening show on the Lawn.