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Original Lineup of Johnny Socko to Headline BRMF Kickoff Party!

The legendary Johnny Socko lineup of 1995 headlines a trio of reunions, also including The Pieces and Mab Lab, to celebrate the kickoff of the 3rd annual Broad Ripple Music Fest!

Headlining the opening night of the Broad Ripple Music Festival at the world-famous Vogue Theater, for one night only, Johnny Socko reconvene a classic lineup for a time-capsule performance recreating a show from 1995.

Before taking an extended hiatus in 2003, Indianapolis-based rock/funk/ska legends Johnny Socko (Triple R Records) relentlessly toured America for thirteen years with an unstoppable live act and critically-acclaimed albums. Performing well over two thousand shows coast to coast, the band shared the stage with such acts as Kid Rock (who opened for Socko!), the Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Fishbone, and Maceo Parker. Johnny Socko independently sold over twenty-six thousand records and charted nationally with five studio albums, with tracks appearing on MTV and in theaters nationwide, and was heard globally by millions of listeners daily as the theme music to the Bubba the Love Sponge show.

Appearing at the Vogue on Friday, October 16th is the Johnny Socko lineup that broke the band as a national touring and recording act. In an age before cell phones and the Internet, Socko first performed on the West Coast in 1994 with ska stalwarts Bim Skala Bim, which included a memorable show opening for the Dave Matthews Band (and an unfortunate incident involving broken DMB gear). With the aid of a professionally-recorded CD (a rarity in those early days), an East Coast tour with the Toasters and Murphy’s Law quickly followed. The band encountered eye-opening hardcore shows and a stolen van along the way, setting the stage for innumerable road traumas, band dramas, and packed houses in the hard-touring decade to follow.

The October 16th show will feature material from the band’s first three albums: 1993’s Bovaquarium (Mulberry Street Records), Oh, I DO Hope It’s Roast Beef! (Independent) from 1995, and Full Trucker Effect (Asian Man Records), released in 1997.

Johnny Socko lineup for the October 16th show is as follows:

Michael Wiltrout, vocals
Joe Welch, guitar
Steve Mascari, bass
Joshua Silbert, saxophone
Eric Evans, trumpet
Charles Krone, trombone
Dylan Wissing, drums

The reunions of both The Pieces and Mab Lab will represent a later generation of legendary Indianapolis musicians from the early 2000's.

The Pieces - Indianapolis alumni champions of light, airy and romantic guitar pop featuring Vess Ruhtenberg (Lemonheads, United States 3, Zero Boys, Action Strasse), Heidi Gluck (Some Girls) and Devon Ashley (Lemonheads, Those Young Lions, Soulove Universe).

Mab Lab - A truly unique blend of hip hop, soul and organic chemistry featuring Kate Lamont (Blueprintmusic, Earth House Collective), Eric Brown (Audio Recon), Mike Graves (DJ Dicky Fox, Twilight Sentinels) and Ande Shaul (People vs. Radio).

This unique, all-reunion bill was conceived in order to pay homage to the network of Indiana musicians and bands that Musical Family Tree has worked to keep connected since the early 2000's. In addition to the aforementioned, the opener for the kickoff event will be decided via the BRMF's Virtual Battle of the Bands, where 10 local bands will call on their fans to vote them into the showcase.

Additional event information:

Friday, October 16th
The Vogue Theatre
6259 N. College Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Tickets will be on sale at on Mon. September 21st at 10:00am.

21+ / doors at 8:00 pm
$10 ADV / $12 DOS

The Broad Ripple Music Fest is back!

The third annual BRMF will invade Indy's favorite cultural community mecca on Saturday, October 17th. The historic Broad Ripple Village will be the canvas for over 200 local, regional and national artists performing on 20 stages including historic live music staples such as the Vogue Theatre, as well as dance clubs, neighborhood watering holes and even family and children's venues. Attendance is expected to exceed 3000 this year, as the overall profile of the festival has increased dramatically from years past.

The mission of the BRMF is to unite the community in which we live, work and escape to. What better way to bring everyone together than with an epic celebration?

Proceeds from this year’s BRMF will benefit local non-profit partner, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and will be funneled back into the neighborhood to help keep it clean, green and sustainable.

Broad Ripple Music Festival - Presented by Nuvo, Small Box Consulting, Musical Family Tree and Transpanther Group

Additional Sponsors Include: WFYI, Cha Cha, Noodles and Co., Rag o Rama, Midwest Emerging Artists, My Old Kentucky Blog, Indy Mojo, Indianapolis, Sidetrack, Joyful Noise Recordings, A Squared Industries, Asthmatic Kitty Records, Standard Recording Co.

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Comment by Jeb Banner on October 14, 2009 at 9:37pm
yes! Heidi broke her leg and they had to cancel. I'm hoping to pull together another show with them and another band sometime next year or around Xmas.
Comment by jimpeoni on October 14, 2009 at 9:32pm
did the pieces drop off this bill? does anyone know?
Comment by Jeb Banner on September 16, 2009 at 3:08pm
Tickets are now available on the Broad Ripple Music Fest site!

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