Held on September 17th, 2005, ORANJE was raised to new heights when the City of Indianapolis offered us the best venue yet, the historic Herron School of Art, located at 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Many of the artists who participated in ORANJE 2005 had attended school in the building, bringing a feeling of old and new to the event. This event was the first time that ORANJE presented a fashion show, to the DJ stylings of DJ Helicon. with three floors of action, more artists and musicians than ever and multiple Enviro-Lounges, ORANJE 2005 brought over 2,200 guests through the doors for a night that was not to be forgotten.
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Held on September 18th, 2004, ORANJE 2004 experimented with a new type of venue that merged multiple structures into one large experience. Using two adjacent vacant warehouse spaces and joining them with a nightclub, formerly known as Fusion, this ORANJE experience was like no other event and is still unique to this day. This was the year that ORANJE began to be recognized by the media, civic government and those in the know as a premier arts and music event that would transform the cultural scene in the Midwest. Continuing our growth in attendance to over 1,800 patrons, ORANJE 2004 is considered the event that put ORANJE on the map.
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Our second event took place on September 20th, 2003 and ORANJE was back with a vengeance. Coming off a very successful first event, expectations for ORANJE 2003 were very high. With more artists and musicians showcased, attendance nearly doubled to 1,300 patrons. The venue was an old auto factory on the near north side of downtown Indianapolis, a wide open space which presented ample opportunity for presentations inside and out. A school bus was painted entirely with graffiti, independent films were screened, new music acts were formed and emerged and the event grew in size and scope, proving that ORANJE was to be a mainstay in the Indianapolis art and music scene for years to come.
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Held on September 21st, 2002, amidst concrete freezers and industrial machinery, ORANJE exceeded even the wildest plans and predictions. A gathering of friends had turned into a showcase of the best in local art and music in the Indianapolis area with over 700 people in attendance. Painters, sculptors, filmmakers, DJs, photographers, jazz musicians, tattoo artists, graffiti writers and more all came together to provide an incredible presentation of modern art and progressive music that no one would soon forget. This first event laid the ground work for what ORANJE would become.
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Looking for some good old American Rock and Roll? Look no further than The Weakenders at ORANJE 2012.
Made up of Blair White, Eli Chastain, Joel Lauver and Joshua Lockridge, this Nashville band is no stranger to Indianapolis. In 2009, the band started making demos while half of the members lived in Indianapolis and half lived in Nashville. The distance between them proved to be their weakness, so eventually the two Indianapolis members moved down to Tennessee. It was then that the band wrote a new record.
With a sound similar to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers or early Wilco, the band consists of two guitars, a bass and drums. “We try and make things extremely uncomplicated as a general rule,” said Chastain. “It’s guys with guitars, drums and lyrics which has worked for decades. We aren’t reinventing the wheel, just doing what seems right to us.”
Joshua, Joel and Eli have all played in Indianaplis metal and hardcore bands in the 2000’s. You may recognize Joel from his stint as the guitar player in Mardelay. As The Weakenders, the guys make their tour schedule according to the rule of quality over quantity. Not oversaturating the Nashville music scene, the band books shows that will be fun and energetic.
This is the band’s first year participating in ORANJE. “It seems to draw out the culturally stimulated members of the Indianapolis community, which is great,” said Chastain. “To consider all of those talented and interesting people in a city all under one roof for six hours is kind of a dream for a band or artist. We see ORANJE as a chance to kind of stretch out the songs and just have a bit more fun with them musically. And event like ORANJE seems like a good time to just relax, turn up, play, not worry and actually enjoy jamming our songs.”
You can catch The Weakenders on the NUVO stage at ORANJE 2012 at 9:00 pm.