Join us on April 6, 2013, in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana, for a wild time at BAMfest 2013! BAM Fest features some of Bloomington’s finest musical talent, from rock to folk to blues to electronica, appearing at Bloomington’s finest venues.
5 venues/16 bands:
The Back Door: Crescent Ullmer/Carpenter & Clerk/Outdoor Velour/Halfway Krooks
8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cafe Django: 123′s/Steve Johnson
9:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
Max’s Place: Codex/Pretty Boy Freud/The Phoenix Down
9:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
Rachael’s Cafe: Mark Harper/Wide Branches/Wildflower Union/Upfolk
8:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.
Rhino’s: Lost Catfish/Plateau Below/Joey Walker
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Advanced Tickets: $10 at Landlocked Music
Tickets Day Of: $5 at the door of each venue
With each wristband sold, a map will be provided to each participating venue.
The proceeds will only go to musicians and upfront expenses incurred.
Max’s Place Eclectic Arts Festival giving a percentage of all ticket sales to the Trained Eye Arts Center, a local arts organization that offers educational programs to the people of Bloomington.: facebook event
In Bloomington’s electronic/experimental scene, Dylan Ettinger recently released a new music video for “Blue and Blue“. It’s a funky and upbeat track from Lifetime of Romance which was released last spring on the Not Not Fun label. Less provocative than the video for “Wintermute“, “Blue and Blue” brings the album’s cover photo to life features three keyboards played by Ettinger and two friends. We also witness Ettinger working the mic, a heavy influence on black and white, and some stylish fingernail polish. Shot by 19th State in a local space known as The Lodge (Space 101), the video is simple and highlights the upbeat and funky tune.
Soulful rockers listen up: Jenn Cristy has released an album after almost two years of musical evolution with her band.
Crawl is the fourth album for the solo artist, and some have said it is her best. The smooth sound of Cristy’s voice, paired with her instrumental versatility, make the tunes very attractive to the ear. The band remains grounded in the rock feel it has carried over the years, yet this album provides another facet of creativity. The partnership between Cristy’s voice and piano progressions make for soulful songs steeped in deep, meaningful stories.
Listen to Jenn Cristy Band live at the upcoming shows. June 30th she will be back in Bloomington at Player’s Pub. Don’t miss it!
The Indiana Boys’ debut album, Muddy Boots plays like an Indiana summer – sweet and dreamy, easygoing yet still sharp and astute.
I think part of why I relate to artists like the Indiana Boys and why they fit the region so well is that Americana music is like the growing season. Each listen ripens your appreciation like slow growing fruit. You start to pick up on the interplay between the banjo and mandolin, or lyrics like “The rumbling in my stomach said the twinges of regret had begun” start to stand out.
The music isn’t complicated, but it’s rich with culture, humor, and adept solos.
Pay special attention to the last three songs, written by Indiana Boys’ banjo player, Joe Bolinger. A wordsmith, Bolinger’s stories are vivid and gripping. Kenan Rainwater pulls the album together with a commanding and alluring vocals.
The album is named, I believe, after Muddy Boots Cafe in Nashville, where you’ll often see the boys on the calendar. The best way to grab the album is to go to one of their shows and pick one up. A great live band with lots of synergy. I expect their albums to only get better as they grow together, as Indiana Boys are wont to do.
Local experimental/electronic musician Joseph Denney can mark his college career with album releases. Nearly a month after graduating from Indiana University, Denney has released Atlantic Downs, the fourth album under his musical moniker Spirit Spine. The 11-track album is full of new styles and flavors, some songs have a bit of an eerie gloom to them, while others are upbeat and straightforward. Full of keyboards, fuzz, heavy beats, and sounds similar to Animal Collective & Panda Bear, Atlantic Downs is a more mature and complex effort for the Spirit Spine discography.
Have plans for Wednesday night? Well, now you do. Bloomington bandSleeping Bag will be groovin’ at the Bishop June 6th…be there at 9:30.
Originally a solo act, the band started as a drum project for Dave Segedy. A trio formed shortly after, with guitarist Lewis Rogers and bassist David Woodcruff, who both also sing, and that is the legend of Sleeping Bag. The band creates tunes that are addictively simple, yet evocative. Straight-ahead drum beats and catchy chord progressions make the tracks easy to follow. Segedy writes the songs, and sings most lead vocals, which makes Sleeping Bag even more interesting. When was the last time you saw a band perform with a drummer as the lead singer?
Check out the self-titled album “Sleeping Bag,” which the band released last fall on Joyful Noise Recordings. indie rockers have a comfortable sound to offer the listener. Somehow, the musicians craft a sound that is simultaneously unusual and familiar. Curious? See you Wednesday.