Project X Burlesque - Bedtime Stories
Jul
7
Jul 8

Project X Burlesque - Bedtime Stories

Join Project X Burlesque for a night of comedy and dance that will settle your inner children down for the night and give them sweet dreams.
...or nightmares.

Hear twisted stories read by host Phantom Watson and performed by our Bedtime Menagerie made up of Ti T'ViciousBarbacoa L JonesVictoria Von Voodoo, and Jezzibel Bates, as well as comedian Kimber Renée. Free milk and cookies for all good kids!

Doors: 8pm
Show: 9pm
Cost: $10
21+ w/ ID


Fuzzy Bunny Fish Fry CD release party w/ Fontaine
Jun
24
7:00 pm19:00

Fuzzy Bunny Fish Fry CD release party w/ Fontaine

Join us for our debut CD release party at Birdy's. We are excited to share our first Fuzzy Bunny Fish Fry cd with you. 

Smokin' Joe Thomas is coming in from Colorado on sax, Corbin Collins is laying down the bass groove, Dusty Dawn is rocking on drums and vocals, and the captain Jerry Teter leads the band with his songwriting magic and vision. 

Special guest Fontaine will also play that night. More details coming soon!

Patrick Sweany w/ Jon Strahl
Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

Patrick Sweany w/ Jon Strahl

Get Ticket NOW! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2957147

On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own. 

It's no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad's extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants. 

In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide - with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style. 

But Patrick wouldn't stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed him to form a band. 

After 6 critically acclaimed records (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and Europe. He's played premiere festivals (Newport Folk Fest, Merlefest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews) and supported international acts such as The Black Keys, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and others on tour. 


His latest record, Daytime Turned To Nighttime, comes out in September 2015. It was recorded in his adopted community of E. Nasheville, TN and features contributions from long-time collaborator and producer Joe McMahan (Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Bryan Owings (Tony Joe White, Solomon Burke), among others. For Daytime Sweany took a fairly different approach than his usual raw, intense blues sound, opting for more subtle textures and playing. Seminal 70s records by Bill Withers, Bobbie Gentry and Bobby Charles & The Band provide the sonic blueprint, while Sweany wraps his trademark baritone and impeccable acoustic slide work around songs of longing, redemption and growing up.

http://www.patricksweany.com/bio.html

Project X Burlesque - "Thrifty Thrills Indianapolis!"
Jun
16
8:00 pm20:00

Project X Burlesque - "Thrifty Thrills Indianapolis!"

What happens when a producer takes away all of the costumes and props, gives the performer a $20 budget and assigns them a random store? Find out at Thrifty Thrills! 

Thrifty Thrills is a benefit for the Damien Center of Indianapolis. The Center assists people living with HIV/AIDS. All door profits go towards the Damien Center. 

We have talented performers from all over this midwest taking part in this challenge. They have to make their costumes, props and even their pasties from $20 worth of material from an assigned store. With stores like gas station and book store, its going to be a challenge! 

Doors at 8.
Show at 9. 
$10
Cash at the door.

Black Pussy at Birdy's Live!
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

Black Pussy at Birdy's Live!

Black Pussy is a group of Rock n' Roll pot-smoking fun-loving long hairs that are passionate about art, creativity and the dynamic human spirit which refuses to submit. We encourage everybody* to take the ride with us.

*don't be an asshole

*NOTE*

Black Pussy DOES NOT condone or endorse any sexism, racism, ageism, violence, or any other douchebaggery that has been spoiling the party since the party started. If you are offended by the band's name, please refer to the following...

"It’s a little ridiculous to ban bands for their name. We can all think of dozens of bands with really quite offensive names and as soon as you get into being the guardian of public morality, taking it upon yourself to decide what’s OK and what is not, you are acting in an illiberal, undemocratic, and anti-progressive way. People should be treated as grown ups, capable of making their own decisions. We should not be deciding for people what we think they are capable of understanding or not. Artists, film-makers, writers, musicians need to be un-censored so they can make their point, political or otherwise."
-Andy Gill

http://youtu.be/gHywzQon6tc

https://youtu.be/ceS_jkKjIgo

https://youtu.be/dF1NUposXVQ

Pretty Bird // Charlotte Berg // Emily Myren
Jun
5
7:00 pm19:00

Pretty Bird // Charlotte Berg // Emily Myren

Live performances by Indianapolis locals Pretty Bird and Emily Myren and Nashville's indie rock artist Charlotte Berg. 

Charlotte Berg (Nashville, TN) CharlotteBergMusic.com
"Ms. Berg is up there with early Judy Collins, and the brilliant Judith Durham (famous for the 1960’s hit “Georgy Girl,” the brilliant “I’ll Never Find Another You,” by The Seekers) – in the case of Durham you have to listen and set aside her English accent. It’s the purity of her vocals, her innocence and ability to take simplistic lyrics and make them sound artistic. That's what these two female vocalists share." - John Apice, No Depression Magazine

Goodmorning Bedlam, King Sherrif
Jun
4
7:00 pm19:00

Goodmorning Bedlam, King Sherrif

Good Morning Bedlam is performing with King Sheriff at Birdy's Live!

Good Morning Bedlam's show is an explosion of energy with soaring harmonies, a banjo player that scissor-kicks in the air, a string bass that will shake your chest, and a beat that will have your foot stomping through the floor. Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music. One moment they are blasting through a jubilant bluegrass tune, headbanging and careening around the stage, and in the next, Sophia, their fiddler is dancing the Charleston during what can only be described as a modern folk swing dance song.

King Sheriff is an Indy-based band that blends original afro-groove, funk and reggae music.

21+ | $5 | 7PM

The Subourbons, AssHaulers & Bastard Hounds
Jun
3
7:00 pm19:00

The Subourbons, AssHaulers & Bastard Hounds

The Subourbons and AssHaulers, both from Louisville, Kentucky, share the stage with Indy’s own Bastard Hounds for a night of great blues-influenced music. Three bands. Three different interpretations from traditional styling to the rockier side of the blues. Come check out one of your local favorites and two Louisville groups playing Indy for the first time!

Michael Kelsey
May
28
7:00 pm19:00

Michael Kelsey

MICHAEL KELSEY is a rhythmic, inspired guitarist and performance artist who blends many musical genres with fervour and grace. When he hits the stage to perform, he plays every inch of his guitar pulling out every part of it or anything else an arm's length or foot kick away. Through out a performance Michael may make use of technology, his improv skills, objects in the room, and audience interaction to make music for the ears but more importantly a musical experience for the senses.

Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, he began his musical journey weaving in and out of successful area bands as lead guitarist or bassist. Later he opened and ran a thriving recording studio, which after five years he retired in order to enable him to embark freely on his career as a solo artist.

His naturally soulful vocal illuminates carefully chosen lyrics that make his songs shimmer and shine. He plays expressively and manipulates the guitar to create a melodic fusion of alternate tunings and unorthodox hand positions allowing for him to achieve a full sound. The true beauty is in the way the song, the sound and the motion of his music unites. The songs, especially the lush instrumentals, can be reminiscent of the late, great Michael Hedges, but boast Kelsey’s personal percussive stamp, exceptional arrangement and deliberate instrumentation.

His live performances are particularly moving. Sometimes he sounds as if he’s deftly playing more than one guitar. At a Kelsey show audience members may actually lose themselves in the moment and forget they are listening to one person. They can be tapping their foot one minute, in a deep trance the next, then bursting into laughter.

"There is a five piece band in my head. They all have different tastes in music and they are all trying to escape at the same time through my hands, feet and mouth. I hang onto an acoustic guitar and see what happens," Kelsey sums up his stage show aptly. He is well versed in the art of entertaining and at every show he creates a rare army of sound that comes from one man, a voice and an acoustic guitar.

Whether he’s creating a song spontaneously for a lucky lady in the front row, telling a story complete with sound effects, or letting an inspired moment move his fingers around the fret board, Kelsey never performs the same show twice.

After performing an opening set for folk artist David Wilcox, David described Kelsey's show as “Cirque Du Soleil on acoustic guitar."

Kelsey’s abilities have enabled him to be noticed by many. A finalist in Guitar Player Magazine's national competition and winner of Guitar Center’s "Guitarmageddon," chosen as best unsigned guitarist out of over 3000 entrants nationwide says it all. This allowed him to be apart of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2004 performance where he shared the stage with many of the guitar legends such as Santana, Steve Vai, Eric Clapton. He has toured nationally with Blind Melon and Dishwalla and has opened shows for many artist of many styles including The Doobie Brothers, 38 Special, Rodrigo and Gabriella and the California Guitar Trio.
Bullet – Michael Kelsey

Discography
• Submerged 2011
• The Way it Rolls 2007
• Five Live (DVD) 2004
• November 2003
• Falling Into Place 2001
• Michael Kelsey 1998
• Gruvency 1996

Shared Stages
• Blind Melon – Support for National Tour
• Dishwalla - Support for National Tour
• Support
Rodrigo and Gabriella, California Guitar Trio, Tim Reynolds, Cowboy Junkies, David Wilcox
Acheivements
• Winner - Guitar Center’s "Guitarmageddon" competition.
Chosen best unsigned guitarist out of 3000 entrants
• Finalist - Guitar Player Magazine's national competition
• Performed at Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival - Cotton Bowl - Dallas, TX
Supporting Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Santana, Pat Metheny, B.B King.


Quotes
“Michael uses an arsenal of electronics, his Taylor 615,
and his voice to create layers of sonic adventures
that challenge the limits of acoustic guitar music.”
-Taylor Guitars

“A fearless experimenter, Kelsey is an acoustic guitarist
who weaves a multitude of unusual sounds and rhythms into
his patchwork quilt of work. Part performance artist and part
virtuoso musician. Kelsey takes the widest possible variety
of music and makes it his own.”
-Nuvo Magazine,Indianapolis, IN

“After sets by Neal Schon and Steve Vai Michael Kelsey takes the stage.
His combination of percussive, Michael Hedges-like playing and
Junior Brown-style de-and re-tuning shows that he is indeed a viable
"Guitarzilla."
-MATT WEITZ - The Dallas Morning News

A crowd estimated at over 15,000 listened intensely as Indianapolis, Indiana’s Michael Kelsey played the winning performance on his Taylor 615 acoustic guitar. Kelsey received a thunderous standing ovation, despite the 91-degree temperature.
-Mix Magazine

“…Galloping guitar work with significant crossover appeal.”
-Dirty Linen Magazine


“To call the structure in his hands a guitar completely misses the point.”
-Fred Kraus, The Dayton Daily


"People are going to see more of him, this man is going to have the opportunity to communicate.”
-Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, of Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan fame.


“An astonishing performer...” - John Wesley Harding, folk artist

… like Cirque Du Soleil on acoustic guitar.” -David Wilcox, folk artist

ASH ROCK Generations Live at Birdy's!
May
20
7:00 pm19:00

ASH ROCK Generations Live at Birdy's!

The bands of Sam Ash Indy ASH ROCK Generations rock Birdy's Live! 

 

ASH ROCK

The rock group program at Sam Ash is growing and growing, and the bands are busier than ever.  Lots of live shows, recording projects, video projects…currently 20 active bands!  You can see videos of all recent shows at www.youtube.com/ashrockindy

If you're in the Indianapolis area and want to rock, young, not-so-young, call 317-376-0963. 

Ari Hest w/ Brett Wiscons, Andrew Bean & Casey Carson
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

Ari Hest w/ Brett Wiscons, Andrew Bean & Casey Carson

Join us Friday, May 19th for Ari Hest and Brett Wiscons!

Get Tickets Today! - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2889894


From Ari:
Hi, I'm Ari. 
I'm 37, which means I've been making music and touring the planet for about 15 years. What started out as an occasional creative outlet has become a way of life for me.
Growing up just outside New York City, I attended a high school known for fast tracking students to success in fields like law and medicine. I was and still kind of am obsessed with baseball, but at 16, when my throwing arm began to give me problems, i started playing guitar in the hallways of the school, learning the music of The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, and Dave Matthews Band. I graduated, went to college for a communications degree, and finished college feeling way more inclined to make music than anything else, so I hit the road. Hard.
Throughout my career, I've had the honor of playing with a slew of incredible musicians and share the stage with a ton of great acts. I have eight solo albums, three EPs, and my song-a-week project of 2008 called "52". I also am in three bands that have recorded albums over the past few years -The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland, and most recently a duets album with Judy Collins called Silver Skies Bluewhich was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Folk Album".
Sometimes my music is heard on TV or in movies - The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill to name a few. One time I scored music for a film called Dreamriders , a documentary which won several independent film awards.
I'm on the road a lot, usually over 100 dates a year, and I feel extremely fortunate to be able to sing and play music for a living. I wanna keep it going for as long as possible. It's good for my soul, and I love knowing that what i create has a real impact on people.

 

From Brett:

Brett Wiscons was born in Chicago and raised in Plymouth, IN on a unique mélange of music ranging from vocal powerhouses Sade and Edwin McCain to rock bands Pearl Jam, the Eagles, and Hootie & the Blowfish. Within these influences, listeners will find his musical marriage – jangly pop, a dash of soul, and moody acoustics – creates a sound all his own. He says, “Growing up, I always heard the vocals first. That’s what drew me in to music to begin with – killer, and in some cases, haunting vocal melodies and lyrics.”

Wiscons didn’t have any formal training – unless you count eighth grade choir – when it came to learning the craft of singing. He would merely listen to whatever was on the radio at that time as well as digest countless tapes and CDs of his favorite artists. “I just sang along to the melody,” Wiscons says. “That’s probably why I am lost whenever anyone asks me to sing harmony – I only know how to sing lead!” He isn’t ashamed to admit that he booked his first vocal lesson this year. “I just want to get better,” he says. “I’ve wanted to get better for a while now – be it as a singer, songwriter, guitar player, or business man. I want to get to another level.”

His latest recording project – The Heineken Sessions Deluxe (HSD) – is primed to take him to that next strata. It is slated for an October 28, 2016 release via his own label, MAD Diamond Entertainment. For it, Wiscons paired up with two-time GRAMMY-winning producer, guitarist, and songwriter Mark Bryan in Awendaw, SC. (Bryan is a founding member of rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.) Containing ten tracks running the gamut from Americana to pop to rock to alt-country, HSD was written and recorded over a two-year period. “Writing and producing with Brett has been fun, and he’s become a good friend,” says Bryan. “From the first time I heard the hook of ‘Don’t Be the One,’ I knew people would be feeling it. I just listened to it for the first time in a while, and I feel like we did a nice job with it. Brett really found his voice on this recording.”

The tracks hit on personal sagas, but also contain works of pure fiction – he leaves it up to the listener to decide which is which. After all, Wiscons has written three private detective novels in the Bear Whitman series. “I’ve always enjoyed writing songs and lyrics,” Wiscons says. “It was a great way for me to escape into my own head when I was a teenager. However, it wasn’t until I started working with Mark back in 2013 that I began to truly grasp the concept of songwriting and storytelling. It’s time for these tunes to be released as a full collection. These are the best songs of my career and I am eager to share them with a wider audience.”

Brett has shared a bill with Darius Rucker, Zac Brown Band, and Katy Perry among others; he averages nearly 200 gigs a year. He knows the only way to climb the ladder in the music business – at least for him – is to put in the work and accumulate the miles. He’s performed at the Vans Warped Tour in Virginia Beach, the Bluebird in Nashville, and the Elbo Room in Chicago to name a few. Aside from his music being featured on Australian television, the new single (“Don’t Be The One”) has been added to stations in Knoxville, TN, Des Moines, IA, Flagstaff, AZ, Burlington, WI, and Indianapolis, as well as garnering specialty spins in a half dozen other markets including Tampa, FL and Boise, ID. The critics are starting to take note. Current Night & Day in Indianapolis writes, “If a smart radio programmer out there hears Wiscons and vocalist Anne Balbo harmonize on the poignant ‘Don’t Be the One,’ the first single from his new LP, The Heineken Sessions Deluxe, they’d be wise to place it in rotation.”

Latest single, “Don’t Be the One,” was released to AAA radio on 06/13/16.

Get Tickets Today! - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2889894

Robbie Fulks w/ Michael Kelsey, Brian Deer and Matt Boyer
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Robbie Fulks w/ Michael Kelsey, Brian Deer and Matt Boyer

Get tickets now! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881896

Join us for a great show 5/12/17 with Robbie Fulks!

  • Nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album (Upland Stories) and Best American Roots Song ("Alabama at Night")

  • Named in 2016 best-of-the-year lists by Rolling Stone, NPR Music, NPR Fresh Air, The Guardian, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and more

In 1993, a songwriter banging around the Chicago club scene with a twangy voice and dangerous sense of humor caught our attention. We started making records with him, and as part of the first-generation Bloodshot roster, Robbie Fulks helped us define “Alternative Country.” In 2013, after two decades of playing music everywhere from the taverns of southern Illinois to the honky-tonks of northern Norway, from Austin City Limits’s soundstage to the historic Grand Ole Opry, he reunited with us for the highly acclaimed Gone Away Backward.

Upland Stories continues and — with sprinklings of pedal steel, drums, electric guitar, and keyboards — expands the sound of that acoustic set. Fulks’s richly emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and emotional voice. At 53, he is philosophically reflective, writing “with clear eyes and a full heart” (Ken Tucker, NPR). Don’t get us wrong, his wit is still as quick as his picking; but it’s reflected through the lens of fatherhood, marriage, middle age, and the literary voices he is drawn to and draws from: Flannery O’Connor, Anton Chekhov, Mary Lavin, Frank O’Connor, Javier Marias, James Agee. Three new songs—“Alabama at Night,” “America Is A Hard Religion,” and “A Miracle” — are meditations inspired by Agee’s 1936 trip to Alabama, the sojourn that fueled his furious polemic on American poverty, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

Coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s in Virginia and North Carolina, at the edge of the broad “upland” region referenced in the record’s title, also provided depth and detail for Fulks’s songs about the mysteries of memory, the vanishing of cherished things, and the struggles of everyday life. Robbie tries to make songs that offer more than verse-chorus-hook: songs that have space, calmness, unresolved tensions, and the hallmarks of lived experience. This sort of complexity is displayed in “Fare Thee Well, Carolina Gals,” an intimate folk song from the perspective of a man who has let life’s possibilities pass him by, and in “Never Come Home,” in which a sick man returns to spend his last days among an unwelcoming clan of pious, hard-bitten East Tennesseans.

Accompanying him is an incredible cast. Todd Phillips emerged in the 1970s as bassist in David Grisman’s and Tony Rice’s classic lineups. Frequent Bill Frisell collaborator Jenny Scheinman played violin, as did Shad Cobb (Osborne Brothers, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson). The two Chicagoans on the record are Flatlanders guitarist Robbie Gjersoe and trad-jazz drummer Alex Hall. The multi-faceted utility string wizard Fats Kaplin (Jack White) and legendary avant-gardist Wayne Horvitz (Naked City, Paul Taylor, Zony Mash) complete the extraordinary ensemble. Steve Albini, who began working with Robbie on Halloween night 1986, recorded the group’s live singing and playing on old German mics using a non-automated Neotek board, creating, as he always does, a provocatively unvarnished and analogically resonant stereo image.

Twenty years ago, Robbie’s exuberance for old-school country made a lot of noise. Today, his storytelling through folk and bluegrass music on Upland Stories delivers the quieter, sometimes unsettling truths of humanity.

“Some people get where they hope to in this world. Most of us don’t.” – James Agee

Get tickets now! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881896

 Just Fun Jam
May
6
7:00 pm19:00

Just Fun Jam

Just Fun Jams is a community where musicians of all levels get together and play classic rock music. 

Join us for our first jam at Birdy's Live. It has a great stage and sound/lights are fantastic. Lots of room for friends and family to watch the jam. $5 cover for players/guests. 21+ only.

We use a sign up list to choose songs and parts to play/sing. This helps us get as many songs in a night as we can and allow for everyone to play with different people. The event is open to the public, however you must be signed up to play prior to the event.

Kaitlyn Rene and The Renegades will open the show with a set during happy/social hour at 7pm. Jam begins at 8pm. Doors open for setup at 6:30pm.

For questions, more details and signup info, message us.

Minds Horizon, Empath, Testimony, Blind Observations, KillGod
Apr
28
7:00 pm19:00

Minds Horizon, Empath, Testimony, Blind Observations, KillGod

  • Birdys Live

$6 21+ Doors at 7pm

After a long break from playing out local ProgMetal band Empath is
back in action. We are happy to be sharing the stage with Minds Horizon, a very talented band that is simply a must-see. Testimony, an amazing progressive thrash band will blow your mind! Mooresville metal band Mask of Sanity will be opening up this show, followed by the new line-up KillGod. Blind Observations follows with a brutal set to mosh to. Come and party with us at Birdy's and enjoy a night of memorable and varied INDY METAL

Paul Thorn
Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

Paul Thorn

  • Birdy's Live

Get Tickets Now! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881412

"In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life," the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. "This time, I've written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good."

Which explains numbers like the acoustic-electric charmer Don't Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy, where Thorn's warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track borrows its tag from a familiar saying among the members of the African-American Baptist churches Thorn frequented in his childhood. "I'd ask, 'How you doin', sister?' And what I'd often hear back was, 'I'm too blessed to be stressed.'" In the hands of Thorn and his faithful band, who've been together 20 years, the tune applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath his playful banter.

Thorn's trademark humor is abundant throughout the album. I Backslide On Friday is a warm-spirited poke at personal foibles. "I promised myself not to write about me, but I did on 'Backslide,' " Thorn relates. The chipper pop tune is a confession about procrastination, sweetened by Bill Hinds' slide guitar and Thorn's gently arching melody. "But," Thorn protests, "I know I'm not the only one who says he's gonna diet and just eat Blue Bell vanilla ice cream on Sundays, and then ends up eating it every day!"

Mediocrity Is King takes a wider swipe, aiming at our culture's hyper-drive addiction to celebrity artifice and rampant consumerism. But like Everything Is Gonna Be All Right, a rocking celebration of the simple joys of life, it's done with Thorn's unflagging belief in the inherent goodness of the human heart.

"I don't think I could have written anthemic songs like this if I hadn't made my last album," Thorn says of 2012's What the Hell is Goin' On?. Like 2010's autobiographical Pimps & Preachers, it was among its year's most played CDs on Americana radio and contributed to Thorn's rapidly growing fan base. And Thorn followed that airplay success with his current AAA-radio hit version of Doctor My Eyes from April 2014's Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne. The latter also features Grammy winners Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, the Indigo Girls, Lucinda Williams, Keb' Mo', Ben Harper and Don Henley.

What the Hell is Goin' On? was also Thorn's first set of songs written by other artists, borrowed from the catalogs of Allen Toussaint, Buddy and Julie Miller, and Rick Danko, among others.

"I lived with those songs and studied them before I recorded that album, and that changed me and made me grow as a songwriter," Thorn relates. "Lindsey Buckingham's Don't Let Me Down Again especially got me thinking. It was a rock anthem with a sing-along hook, and I fell in love with it and the idea of big vocal hooks. So every song on Too Blessed To Be Stressed has a big vocal hook in it. And it works! We've been playing these songs in concert, and by the time the chorus comes along for the second time people are singing along. I've never seen that happen with my unreleased songs before, and I love it."

It helps that those big vocal hooks on Too Blessed To Be Stressed are being reinforced by the sound of Thorn's flexible and dynamic band, as they have been doing for years in concert. During their two decades in the club, theater and festival trenches, the four-piece and their frontman have garnered a reputation for shows that ricochet from humor to poignancy to knock-out rock 'n' roll. Guitarist Bill Hinds is the perfect, edgy foil for Thorn's warm, laconic salt o' the earth delivery – a veritable living library of glowing tones, sultry slide and sonic invention. Keyboardist Michael "Dr. Love" Graham displays a gift for melody that reinforces Thorn's hooks while creating his own impact, and helps expand the group's rhythmic force. Meanwhile drummer Jeffrey Perkins and bassist Ralph Friedrichsen are a force, propelling every tune with just the right amount of up-tempo power or deep-in-the-groove restraint.

"These guys really bring my songs to life," says Thorn. "A lot of albums sound like they're made by a singer with bored studio musicians. My albums sound they're played by a real blood-and-guts band because that's what we are. And when we get up on stage, people hear and see that."

Thorn's earlier catalog is cherished by his many fans thanks to his down-home perspective, vivid-yet-plainspoken language and colorful characters. It helps that Thorn is a colorful and distinctly Southern personality himself. He was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the land of cotton and catfish. And churches.

"My father was a preacher, so I went with him to churches that white people attended and churches that black people attended," Thorn says. "The white people sang gospel like it was country music, and the black people sang it like it was rhythm and blues. But both black and white people attended my father's church, and that's how I learned to sing mixing those styles."

His performances were generally limited to the pews until sixth grade. "I'm dyslexic and got held back in sixth grade," Thorn relates. "I didn't have to face the embarrassment, because my family moved and I ended up in a new school. There was a talent show, and I sang Three Times a Lady by Lionel Ritchie with my acoustic guitar, and suddenly I went from being a social outcast to the most desired boy on the playground. The feeling I got from that adulation stuck with me and propelled me to where I am today."

At age 17 Thorn met songwriter Billy Maddox, who became his friend and mentor. It would take several detours – working in a furniture factory, boxing, jumping out of airplanes – until Thorn committed to the singer-songwriter's life. But through it all he and Maddox remained friends, and Maddox became Thorn's songwriting partner and co-producer.

Nonetheless, Thorn possessed the ability to charm audiences right from the start. Not only with his music, but also with the stories he tells from the stage. "Showmanship is a dying art that I learned from watching Dean Martin on TV when I was a kid," Thorn explains. "He could tell little jokes and then deliver a serious song, then make you laugh again. And he would look into the camera like he was looking right at you through the TV. That's what I want to do – make people feel like I'm talking directly to them."

That's really Thorn's mission for Too Blessed To Be Stressed, which can be heard as a running conversation about life between Thorn and listeners – a conversation leavened with gentles insights, small inspirations, and plenty of cheer. "I wrote these songs hoping they might put people in a positive mindset and encourage them to count their own blessings, like I count mine," Thorn observes. "There's no higher goal I could set for myself than to help other people find some happiness and gratitude in their lives."

Get Tickets Now! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881412

MR Russia Walk Among Us Delta Queen Metric Unit at Birdy's 4/22
Apr
22
7:00 pm19:00

MR Russia Walk Among Us Delta Queen Metric Unit at Birdy's 4/22

Walk Among Us
http://www.facebook.com/walkamongusband/
The only Punk Rock Piano Tribute to the Misfits

Delta Queen
http://www.facebook.com/DeltaQueenIN/
Rock and punk from Indianapolis, IN

MR RUSSIA
https://mrrussia.bandcamp.com/
Alt. / Garage / Grunge / Punk Rock Bass + Drum duo. 100% guitar free from cradle to grave. Furious, sweat soaked live shows. MADE IN CHICAGO.

Metric Units
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Punk Rock band from Indianapolis, IN.

APRIL 22ND
Birdy's Bar & Grill
2131 E 71st St, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Show at 8pm | $7.00

Rich Hardesty
Mar
25
7:00 pm19:00

Rich Hardesty

  • Birdy's Live

Join us for a great show 3/25/17 with Rich Hardesty!

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As a full time self promoting artist who toured for 18 years without management or a label, American singer/songwriter Rich Hardesty checked out and took time off to produce his 15th album in Kingston, Jamaica at Anchor Studios featuring Julian Marley, Sly Dunbar, Bongo Herman and Isha Bell. He then needed to hit the re-set button so he hopped on The Jamrock Reggae Cruise to the Caribbean. On an off shore excursion he ran into co-producer Bongo Herman who handed him his newly mastered cd and asked him to be a performer at a very special event. Rich agreed and launched "The Sunset Show" on Bob Marley's birthday with some of the Marley's at The Bob Marley Museum in Kingston in 2016. Soon after he dove back into the studio in Nashville with Grammy award winning Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift), Kenny Greenberg (Kenny Chesney) and producer Randy Barr. Rich's songwriting formula has been traveling out of the country to experience new culture and keep him in the present moment to write about life. When Rich is not jammin' with his band, he loves telling stories from the stage with his acoustic guitar and piano. From his classic party sing alongs that he wrote in college to his bone chilling ballads. Rich has a story behind them all and he remarks "As a kid I remember my mom sitting at the piano with me to learn my lessons but I could not wait to lay on the shag carpeting and put the headphones on to listen to Jim Croce, Mac Davis, Buffett and other story tellers." Hardesty's catalogue is a pipeline full of catchy hooks and sleeping tigers and he is eager to let them loose and tell their stories on March 25th in Indianapolis, Indiana at Birdy's. 

www.RichHardesty.com

Website -  http://richhardesty.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/richhardestyfanpage/

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Michael Kelsey
Mar
17
7:00 pm19:00

Michael Kelsey

MICHAEL KELSEY is a rhythmic, inspired guitarist and performance artist who blends many musical genres with fervour and grace. When he hits the stage to perform, he plays every inch of his guitar pulling out every part of it or anything else an arm's length or foot kick away. Through out a performance Michael may make use of technology, his improv skills, objects in the room, and audience interaction to make music for the ears but more importantly a musical experience for the senses.

Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, he began his musical journey weaving in and out of successful area bands as lead guitarist or bassist. Later he opened and ran a thriving recording studio, which after five years he retired in order to enable him to embark freely on his career as a solo artist.

His naturally soulful vocal illuminates carefully chosen lyrics that make his songs shimmer and shine. He plays expressively and manipulates the guitar to create a melodic fusion of alternate tunings and unorthodox hand positions allowing for him to achieve a full sound. The true beauty is in the way the song, the sound and the motion of his music unites. The songs, especially the lush instrumentals, can be reminiscent of the late, great Michael Hedges, but boast Kelsey’s personal percussive stamp, exceptional arrangement and deliberate instrumentation.

His live performances are particularly moving. Sometimes he sounds as if he’s deftly playing more than one guitar. At a Kelsey show audience members may actually lose themselves in the moment and forget they are listening to one person. They can be tapping their foot one minute, in a deep trance the next, then bursting into laughter.

"There is a five piece band in my head. They all have different tastes in music and they are all trying to escape at the same time through my hands, feet and mouth. I hang onto an acoustic guitar and see what happens," Kelsey sums up his stage show aptly. He is well versed in the art of entertaining and at every show he creates a rare army of sound that comes from one man, a voice and an acoustic guitar.

Whether he’s creating a song spontaneously for a lucky lady in the front row, telling a story complete with sound effects, or letting an inspired moment move his fingers around the fret board, Kelsey never performs the same show twice.

After performing an opening set for folk artist David Wilcox, David described Kelsey's show as “Cirque Du Soleil on acoustic guitar."

Kelsey’s abilities have enabled him to be noticed by many. A finalist in Guitar Player Magazine's national competition and winner of Guitar Center’s "Guitarmageddon," chosen as best unsigned guitarist out of over 3000 entrants nationwide says it all. This allowed him to be apart of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2004 performance where he shared the stage with many of the guitar legends such as Santana, Steve Vai, Eric Clapton. He has toured nationally with Blind Melon and Dishwalla and has opened shows for many artist of many styles including The Doobie Brothers, 38 Special, Rodrigo and Gabriella and the California Guitar Trio.
Bullet – Michael Kelsey

Discography
• Submerged 2011
• The Way it Rolls 2007
• Five Live (DVD) 2004
• November 2003
• Falling Into Place 2001
• Michael Kelsey 1998
• Gruvency 1996

Shared Stages
• Blind Melon – Support for National Tour
• Dishwalla - Support for National Tour
• Support
Rodrigo and Gabriella, California Guitar Trio, Tim Reynolds, Cowboy Junkies, David Wilcox
Acheivements
• Winner - Guitar Center’s "Guitarmageddon" competition.
Chosen best unsigned guitarist out of 3000 entrants
• Finalist - Guitar Player Magazine's national competition
• Performed at Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival - Cotton Bowl - Dallas, TX
Supporting Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Santana, Pat Metheny, B.B King.


Quotes
“Michael uses an arsenal of electronics, his Taylor 615,
and his voice to create layers of sonic adventures
that challenge the limits of acoustic guitar music.”
-Taylor Guitars

“A fearless experimenter, Kelsey is an acoustic guitarist
who weaves a multitude of unusual sounds and rhythms into
his patchwork quilt of work. Part performance artist and part
virtuoso musician. Kelsey takes the widest possible variety
of music and makes it his own.”
-Nuvo Magazine,Indianapolis, IN

“After sets by Neal Schon and Steve Vai Michael Kelsey takes the stage.
His combination of percussive, Michael Hedges-like playing and
Junior Brown-style de-and re-tuning shows that he is indeed a viable
"Guitarzilla."
-MATT WEITZ - The Dallas Morning News

A crowd estimated at over 15,000 listened intensely as Indianapolis, Indiana’s Michael Kelsey played the winning performance on his Taylor 615 acoustic guitar. Kelsey received a thunderous standing ovation, despite the 91-degree temperature.
-Mix Magazine

“…Galloping guitar work with significant crossover appeal.”
-Dirty Linen Magazine


“To call the structure in his hands a guitar completely misses the point.”
-Fred Kraus, The Dayton Daily


"People are going to see more of him, this man is going to have the opportunity to communicate.”
-Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, of Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan fame.


“An astonishing performer...” - John Wesley Harding, folk artist

… like Cirque Du Soleil on acoustic guitar.” -David Wilcox, folk artist

7th Annual Indy Winter Blues Fest!
Feb
11
Feb 12

7th Annual Indy Winter Blues Fest!

HOT Music Fest in the COLD of Winter that features a handful of Indiana's top Artists!

History: February 19, 2010, i was home. No gig. Its was cold and snowy. I wished someone would've organized a winter blues fest. I waited 15 minutes. Wish didn't come true. So, I organized this one!.....
I hope to see you there!
Mike Milligan

$15 CASH Admission each @ Door. Must be 21 and HAVE ID!
Doors open at 7pm

Special Guest MC! Matthew Socey of WFYI Blues House Party!

8-845pm Blind Boy and the CNI Dawgs
9pm-945pm Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel
10pm-1045pm Gordon Bonham Blues Band
11pm-Midnight Django Knight

 Birdy's Stand-Up Comedy Spectacular! Featuring Stewart Huff, Patrick Murray, Matt Stephen & Austin Fry
Feb
4
7:00 pm19:00

Birdy's Stand-Up Comedy Spectacular! Featuring Stewart Huff, Patrick Murray, Matt Stephen & Austin Fry

Join 4 of the best regional comedians as they bring their unique brands of stand up to the Birdy's Live Stage Saturday February 4th! 

Comedians for the evening include Patrick Murray, Matt Stephen, Austin Fry
and Stewart Huff! Don't miss this awesome evening of laughs and fun!

Advance Pre-sale tickets are available now for only $5! 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2737506

(Tickets will also be available day of show at Birdy's Live for $10.)

Michael Kelsey Live!
Feb
3
Feb 4

Michael Kelsey Live!

Join us for an exciting evening of music with Michael Kelsey!
Friday, February 3rd 9:30 PM! Click 'Going' now!

MICHAEL KELSEY is a rhythmic, inspired guitarist and performance artist who blends many musical genres with fervour and grace. When he hits the stage to perform, he plays every inch of his guitar pulling out every part of it or anything else an arm's length or foot kick away. Through out a performance Michael may make use of technology, his improv skills, objects in the room, and audience interaction to make music for the ears but more importantly a musical experience for the senses.

Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, he began his musical journey weaving in and out of successful area bands as lead guitarist or bassist. Later he opened and ran a thriving recording studio, which after five years he retired in order to enable him to embark freely on his career as a solo artist.

His naturally soulful vocal illuminates carefully chosen lyrics that make his songs shimmer and shine. He plays expressively and manipulates the guitar to create a melodic fusion of alternate tunings and unorthodox hand positions allowing for him to achieve a full sound. The true beauty is in the way the song, the sound and the motion of his music unites. The songs, especially the lush instrumentals, can be reminiscent of the late, great Michael Hedges, but boast Kelsey’s personal percussive stamp, exceptional arrangement and deliberate instrumentation.

His live performances are particularly moving. Sometimes he sounds as if he’s deftly playing more than one guitar. At a Kelsey show audience members may actually lose themselves in the moment and forget they are listening to one person. They can be tapping their foot one minute, in a deep trance the next, then bursting into laughter.

"There is a five piece band in my head. They all have different tastes in music and they are all trying to escape at the same time through my hands, feet and mouth. I hang onto an acoustic guitar and see what happens," Kelsey sums up his stage show aptly. He is well versed in the art of entertaining and at every show he creates a rare army of sound that comes from one man, a voice and an acoustic guitar.

Whether he’s creating a song spontaneously for a lucky lady in the front row, telling a story complete with sound effects, or letting an inspired moment move his fingers around the fret board, Kelsey never performs the same show twice.

After performing an opening set for folk artist David Wilcox, David described Kelsey's show as “Cirque Du Soleil on acoustic guitar."

Kelsey’s abilities have enabled him to be noticed by many. A finalist in Guitar Player Magazine's national competition and winner of Guitar Center’s "Guitarmageddon," chosen as best unsigned guitarist out of over 3000 entrants nationwide says it all. This allowed him to be apart of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2004 performance where he shared the stage with many of the guitar legends such as Santana, Steve Vai, Eric Clapton. He has toured nationally with Blind Melon and Dishwalla and has opened shows for many artist of many styles including The Doobie Brothers, 38 Special, Rodrigo and Gabriella and the California Guitar Trio.
Bullet – Michael Kelsey

Duke Tumatoe
Jan
28
Jan 29

Duke Tumatoe

Come Catch Duke Tumatoe this Saturday! Tickets only $35 at the door. Comes with a copy of Duke's new album!

You may remember him as the leader of the All-Star Frogs (1970-1983) and the Power Trio (1983-present), doing humorous and raunchy blues originals such as “Tie You Up!” and “More Love, More Money”. You may remember the Tumatoe tours of local clubs and endless spins of his songs on college radio in the ’70s and ’80s. You may not know that he played in a FIJI house band (Lothar and the Hand People) at the University of Illinois, the band name created by Bill Geist, CBS Sunday Morning News Correspondent; recorded for Warner Bros. (I Like My Job, produced by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame); and was a member of REO Speedwagon — he left in 1969, evidently taking all rocking bluesy rootsy-ness with him — and he grew up on the South Side of Chicago, a blues-loving youth who hung with the legends.

Now he’s still at it, playing over 200 shows a year, covering over 60,000 miles. Tumatoe promises “A good time, a little mischief, a lot of great music.”

The man who couldn’t resist titling his 2001 holiday album “It’s Christmas (Let’s Have Sex)” would like people to know he’s not all about the joke. “There’s a great deal of musical ability in the band,” Tumatoe said. They focus on the music, “just as much as on the twists in the lyrical content.” Tumatoe learned drums at 10, moved to guitar as a teen, and became active playing in the Chicago area in the ’60s.

He grew up on the South Side, in the exact time and space of the golden era of electric blues. He knew, and played with, the greats, and now can’t believe that he took that for granted as a kid, Tumatoe said. “Those guys were kinda like available, just as a natural course of daily activity. … You never thought it was such an earth-shaking experience to have grown up in the crux of all that but it really, really is.” Tumatoe knew all the “old guys,” he said, ran into them every day. “Played with a lot of them,” Tumatoe said. “Muddy (Waters), Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley — who’s still with us — Buddy Guy — who’s still with us … Albert King, J.B. Hutto. … Having grown up in that city, you just experience that stuff.”

Duke’s fans consider him one of music’s best-kept secrets and they selfishly admit they want to keep it that way. They know his show will be one of those sweaty, anything can happen things and they look forward to the freely dispensed and practical advice from the Doctor (”When you’re in a basement you should drink whiskey”).