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Jeremy Shere Live Music at The Pourhouse Cafe

07:00 pm to 08:00 pm
The Pourhouse Cafe, 314 East Kirkwood Avenue
http://jnshere.wix.com/jeremyshere

Local singer/songwriter Jeremy Shere is playing a set this Saturday evening at The Pourhouse Cafe. Jeremy’s songs are a mix of folk, pop, and probably a few other things. Check out his stuff at http://jnshere.wix.com/jeremyshere.

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A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records: A Film & Talk Presentation

08:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Jan 25
FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, 202 S. Rogers St, Bloomington, Indiana 47404
https://www.facebook.com/events/568506316953563/

Cicada Cinema and Landlocked Music are excited to present:

A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records: A Film & Talk Presentation

A mix of film, audio, slides and lecture presented by Mississippi Records founder Eric Isaacson. This presentation attempts to tell the entire history of recorded music in 90 minutes — from the first star being born to the current age of bizarre technology.
Subjects covered will include the cosmic patterns that resemble music generated by stars being born and dying, the untold early history of recording technology, the rise of blues, rock and roll, and other revolutionary American music forms and their subsequent destruction by the powers that be, and some hopeful messages about the future.

Mississippi Records is a store and label based in Portland, Oregon. They’ve released over 240 records spanning nearly every genre of music, ran a store for 15 years, and traveled the world with presentations such as this one. All of this has been done with no online presence, no promotion or advertising of any kind anywhere and no general existence in the digital world!

Entertainment / Films / Live Music

29 Saturday / January 29, 2022

Rainwater Studios: Winter Showcase

07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Brown County Playhouse
https://browncountyplayhouse.org/on-stage/rainwater-studios-winter-showcase

Rainwater Studios presents an unforgettable night of entertainment featuring three full bands previously seen on The Stream. See performances from:
The Rainwater 4
The Bengebrakers
The Long Seasons
VIP tickets include backstage entry, food in the green room catered by the Ferguson House, an escort out to your reserved seats, and a private afterparty with the bands at The Ferguson House, just a short walk from The Playhouse.
Ticket Link: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36018/production/1094919

Entertainment / Live Music

11 Friday / February 11, 2022

Impromptu: A Capella Ensemble

07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Brown County Playhouse
https://browncountyplayhouse.org/on-stage/impromptu-a-capella-ensemble

This acapella group is comprised of 5 awesome individuals with a common love for making great music. When it comes to fun melodies and harmonies Impromptu has it all. Come check out this fun and beautiful sound
here at The Brown County Playhouse.
Learn more about their music here:
www.impromptusings.com

Ticket Link: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36018/production/1096681

Entertainment / Live Music

11 Friday / February 11, 2022

Impromptu: A Capella Ensemble

07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Brown County Playhouse
https://browncountyplayhouse.org/on-stage/impromptu-a-capella-ensemble

This acapella group is comprised of 5 awesome individuals with a common love for making great music. When it comes to fun melodies and harmonies Impromptu has it all. Come check out this fun and beautiful sound
here at The Brown County Playhouse.
Learn more about their music here:
www.impromptusings.com

Ticket Link: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36018/production/1096681

Entertainment / Live Music

12 Saturday / February 12, 2022

Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra Valentines Day Deluxe

07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Brown County Playhouse
https://browncountyplayhouse.org/on-stage/indianapolis-jazz-orchestra-valentine-s-day-deluxe

Dance the night away with this Valentine’s Day-themed show of Sinatra, Glenn Miller, and American Songbook Favorites.
The nationally-recognized Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra (IJO) is Indiana’s premier professional repertory large jazz ensemble as well as being the state’s official ambassadors of big band jazz. Composed of the leading professional instrumentalists and vocalists from the Central Indiana area, the IJO was created to preserve and advance the entire dynamic history of the big band. Patterned after popular bands, both past and present, the IJO is committed to performing world-class musical arrangements based on classic tunes from the Great American Songbook. In addition to performing the best of the traditional big band repertoire, the IJO also features outstanding new arrangements and compositions.

Ticket Link: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36018/production/1094924

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14 Monday / February 14, 2022

Lucinda Williams and Her Band

08:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
https://bctboxoffice.org/event/lucinda-williams/

“It’s all come full circle,” says Lucinda Williams about her powerful new album, Good Souls Better Angels. After more than forty years of music making, the pioneering, Louisiana-born artist has returned to the gritty blues foundation that first inspired her as a young singer-songwriter in the late 1970s. And after spending the last year on her sold-out “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” 20th Anniversary tour, Williams has reunited with that game-changing 1998 album’s co-producer and engineer Ray Kennedy, recording Good Souls Better Angels with her ace touring band at his Nashville studio. Joining them as co-producer is Williams’ manager Tom Overby, to whom she’s been married for a decade and who contributed lyrics to her masterful songcraft. “That’s what I always dreamed of – a relationship with someone I could create with,” Williams enthuses.

The result – Good Souls Better Angels – is the most topical album of Williams’ career. The dangerous world we live in, the constant barrage of a frightening news cycle, depression, domestic abuse, a man without a soul – and, yeah, the devil – figure prominently among its twelve tracks. “The devil comes into play quite a bit on this album,” Williams says. “I’ve always loved the imagery in Robert Johnson songs and those really dark Delta blues that are sort of biblical. I was inspired by Leonard Cohen – he dealt with that in his songs – and Bob Dylan and Nick Cave.” While Good Souls Better Angels reflects many dark realities that surround us, the album is tied together with themes of perseverance, resilience, and ultimately, hope.

As for the topicality of the material, Williams says, “Because of all this crap that’s going on, it’s on the top of everybody’s minds – it’s all anybody talks about: Basically, the world’s falling apart – it’s like the apocalypse. That’s where that Old Testament stuff comes from. It’s different from my other albums in that there aren’t the story songs about my childhood and all. It feels exciting.”

From the driving blues of the opening track “You Can’t Rule Me” to the ominous gothic “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” from punk-blues-fueled “Bone of Contention” to fire ‘n brimstone “Drop by Drop (Big Rotator),” Williams has never been more raw and direct, with gut-punching wordplay crossing the Good Book with hip-hop with Ginsbergian Beat poetry. The Williams-Overby collaborative songwriting experiment clearly has been a success. “It just happened organically,” says Williams. “Tom and I started working on songs together and he came up with some of the ideas. He gave me lines that he’d written and I took it from there. I love it because it expands things. ‘Man Without a Soul’ was his idea, and he came up with ‘Big Black Train,’ about that big black cloud of depression. When I listen to that track, it makes me cry.”

Recording live in Ray Kennedy’s vintage-equipped studio, Williams and her longtime band – guitarist Stuart Mathis, bassist David Sutton, and drummer Butch Norton – cut most of the songs in two or three takes, with the rhythm section’s rock-solid pulse and Mathis’ versatile sonic attacks backing Williams’ distinctive passion-drenched vocals. The brutal “Wakin’ Up,” punctuated by Mathis’ chainsaw guitar, viscerally details a woman’s harrowing escape from domestic violence, while the pensive “Shadows & Doubts” sheds light on our quick-to-judge, social-media-led society and how everyone may love you one moment, but completely abandon you the next. Williams turns Greg Garing’s honky-tonk shuffle “Down Past the Bottom” into a dark-night-of-the-soul hard rocker. Tongue-in-cheek irony leads the swingin’ “Bad News Blues” as Williams bemoans a plethora of “liars and lunatics/fools and thieves/clowns and hypocrites” and Mathis’ guitar work slithers around the lyrics like a snake. The bittersweet counterpoint, “When the Way Gets Dark,” with its lovely melody and evocative guitar, offers hope to us all, Williams urging in her most tender vocals, “Don’t give up/Take my hand/You’re not alone.”

Williams has traveled a long road since her 1979 debut, Ramblin’ on My Mind, followed by Happy Woman Blues, her first album of originals released forty years ago in 1980. (She says that she’s still “the same girl” except that now “I have a bigger fan base and I can afford to stay at better hotels.”) Over the course of fourteen remarkable albums, three Grammy awards, and countless accolades, including Time’s Songwriter of the Year of 2001, Williams is one of our most revered artists, beloved for her singular vocals and extraordinary songs. Her recent double albums, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014) and Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016), released on her own label, received some of the best reviews of her career.

Giving voice to all her experience, Williams ends Good Souls Better Angels with the luminous “Good Souls,” one of the last songs written for the album. It is a deeply moving invocation: “Keep me with all of those/who help me find strength/when I’m feeling hopeless/who guide me along/And help me stay strong and fearless.”

Amen.

Doors open at 7:00pm for this reserved seating show. The estimated length of the event is 90 minutes. Wearing a mask is required indoors in Monroe County. Vaccine verification or negative COVID test results within 48 hours required to enter the venue.

Entertainment / Live Music

18 Friday / February 18, 2022

Arsenic and Old Lace Live Retro Radio

07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Brown County Playhouse
https://browncountyplayhouse.org/on-stage/arsenic-and-old-lace-live-retro-radio

Retro Radio comes to life in this vintage Lux Radio rendition of Arsenic and Old Lace. Audience participation is encouraged.
The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower settlers but now composed of maniacs, most of them homicidal. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, murderous family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves, Elaine Harper, who lives next door and is the daughter of the local minister.
His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff (a self-referential joke, as the part was originally played on Broadway by Karloff).

Ticket Link: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36018/production/1094925

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18 Friday / February 18, 2022

Bob Mould Solo Electric: Distortion and Blue Hearts!

08:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
https://bctboxoffice.org/event/bob-mould/

Legendary musician Bob Mould announces his “Distortion and Blue Hearts!” tour starting September 16, 2021, in Boston at Paradise. The tour is in two parts. For the first three weeks, Bob will be joined by Jason Narducy on bass and drummer Jon Wurster. Beginning October 15 in Bloomington, IL, Mould will perform “Solo Distortion” electric shows.

On July 16, 2021, before any tour dates happen, Demon Music Group will conclude their year-long Bob Mould retrospective campaign with their fourth vinyl box, Distortion: Live. The 8 LP set includes live recordings from Mould’s solo career and his band Sugar.

This box follows October 2020’s 8 LP Distortion: 1989-1995 vinyl set, which took in Mould’s early solo outings as well as his records with the much-beloved Sugar; January 2021’s 9 LP Distortion: 1996-2007 box set continuing through the next steps in Mould’s solo career and his outings as LoudBomb and Blowoff; April 2021’s 7 LP Distortion 2008-2019 covering District Line to Sunshine Rock; and the 24 CD Distortion: 1989-2019 box, which covers the entirety of his post-Hüsker Dü output.

Mould’s live shows will span his entire 40+ year career, including songs from the Distortion collection and from his landmark band Hüsker Dü, as well as songs from last year’s explosive and critically acclaimed album Blue Hearts — which Rolling Stone’s 4 out of 5 star review raved, “feels like a lost Hüsker Dü album with Mould howling invective over his buzzsawing guitar.”

“It’s been a year and a half away from the stage. I’ve missed the noise, the sweat, and seeing your smiling faces. I’m fully vaccinated, and I hope you are too, because this Fall will be a punk rock party with the band — and the solo shows will be loud and proud as well. It’s time to make up lost time, reconnect, and celebrate together with live music!”

As with the previously released box sets in the Distortion collection, each album has been mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering in Boston and is presented with brand new artwork designed by illustrator Simon Marchner and pressed on 140g clear vinyl with unique splatter effects. This box set includes 4 live albums: Live At The Cabaret Metro, 1989; the Sugar album The Joke Is Always On Us, Sometimes; LiveDog98 (first time on vinyl), and Live at ATP 2008 (first time on vinyl). In addition, the set includes a 28-page companion booklet featuring liner notes by journalist Keith Cameron; contributions from Bully’s Alicia Bognanno; rare photographs and memorabilia, and a bonus LP Distortion Plus: Live, which features live rarities including B-Sides and stand-out tracks from the Circle of Friends concert film.

Discover more about the box sets including full track listings and FAQs here: https://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/bob-mould-distortion/

H.C. McEntire will open the show.

“Early rise, start the fire, till the rows, pass the tithes.” So starts H.C. McEntire’s sophomore release, Eno Axis. It’s a set of directions delivered with assurance and authority, reaching the listener without pretension almost as a sermon or spell.

McEntire has always had one foot planted in the traditional country gospel roots of her upbringing while boldly wrestling with its complications, creating an Americana sound of her own. But that has never rung as true as it does now on the transcendent psalms of Eno Axis. Unlike McEntire’s solo debut, LIONHEART, which was recorded in sporadic bouts and fits while she was touring, Eno Axis is firmly rooted in place. After two years working all over the world as a backup singer in Angel Olsen’s band, McEntire came home to a hundred-year-old farmhouse tucked away in the woods of Durham, North Carolina, right on the Eno River. Here, McEntire was able to refocus.

Tracked and mixed at the Fidelitorium with a full backing band, many of the songs on Eno Axis feature scratch first takes of McEntire’s lead vocals, initially meant to be thrown out and redone. This rawness creates an immediacy, her self-assured, instinct driven, and mesmerizing delivery complementing Eno Axis’ lush acoustics and warm tones. Just as a river’s current sometimes takes us somewhere unexpected, into new territory where we never knew we could go, Eno Axis closes with one of the album’s most revelatory experiences—a new, glossier cover of “Houses of the Holy” by Led Zeppelin.

Under McEntire’s empowering reconstruction of this rock ’n’ roll classic, the masculine, driving signature guitar vanishes, and instead we’re left with one of the inimitable queer voices of our time bashfully asking, “Can I take you to the movies?” With Eno Axis, H.C. McEntire establishes herself as a force to be reckoned with in the greater American musical landscape. These songs transcend country and gospel, folk and rock—they’re poems directed straight to the listener, simple psalms on how the sun falls, how the train passes, how love grows and bends.

Doors open at 7:00pm for this reserved seating show. The estimated length of the event is 100 minutes. Wearing a mask is required indoors in Monroe County. Vaccine verification or negative COVID test results within 48 hours required to enter the venue.

Entertainment / Live Music

19 Saturday / February 19, 2022

Arsenic and Old Lace: Live Retro Radio

07:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Brown County Playhouse
https://browncountyplayhouse.org/on-stage/arsenic-and-old-lace-live-retro-radio

Retro Radio comes to life in this vintage Lux Radio rendition of Arsenic and Old Lace. Audience participation is encouraged.
The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower settlers but now composed of maniacs, most of them homicidal. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, murderous family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves, Elaine Harper, who lives next door and is the daughter of the local minister.
His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff (a self-referential joke, as the part was originally played on Broadway by Karloff).

Ticket Link: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36018/production/1094925

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