March First Friday in Indianapolis

It’s time for another First Friday, and after all of the snow we’ve been getting, it will be refreshing to enjoy this month’s art events in 50 degree weather! There’s no excuse for not getting out and discovering new art and music this week. We’ve made a list of 10 events you should attend. If there’s something we missed that you think is a must-see, let us know in the comments!

What: Free First Friday Show with Water Liars
Where: Do317 Lounge, 1043 Virginia Ave #215
When: 8 pm
What You Should Know: Fountain Square Brewing Co presents a night of live music, featuring Water Liars (Mississippi), The Motel Beds (Ohio) and Indy locals Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine for a free 21+ show at the Do317 Lounge that’s sure to be a good time!

What: Upland First Friday
Where: Upland Propaganda Room at the Murphy Arts Center, 1043 Virginia Ave
When: 6 pm
What You Should Know: Stop by the Upland Propaganda Room for $3 pints, art and music. The featured artist for March is Mike Graves, who is part of the B.R.I.D.G.E. Collective (a membership organization for full-time working artists of all disciplines based in Indy). Mike will also be the DJ at this month’s show. All beer proceeds will be donated to Little Red Door Cancer Agency.

What: First Friday at Joyful Noise
Where: Joyful Noise Recordings, 1043 Virginia Ave, #207
When: 8 pm
What You Should Know: Back from their recent west coast tour, Bloomington psych-pop phenoms !mindparade will throw down with fellow Bloomington rippers Unions and Indianapolis space rockers Dog Brother. This is another free show you can catch at the Murphy building, and Upland beer will be available if you’re thirsty.

What: Stills: Recent Paintings by Phillip Lynam
Where: Gallery 924, 924 N Pennsylvania
When: 6-9 pm
What You Should Know: Phillip Lynam’s new work opens during First Friday at Gallery 924! His new work seeks to explore the potential for a two-dimensional artwork to create an immersive, dislocating experience. Be one of the first to check it out!

What: Drew Etienne: World 2 Opening Reception
Where: Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W 10th Street
When: 5-9 pm
What You Should Know: Drew Etienne’s abstract and surreal paintings acknowledge the influence that interactive media has had on our modern culture, coming from a fascination with video games, science fiction, the natural landscape, architecture, industrialization and more. While at the Stutz, you can also check out First Friday Evening Open Studios throughout the building.

What: Beta Cell Bash Art Show
Where: New Day Meadery, 1102 Prospect Street
When: 6-9 pm
What You Should Know: A great show for a great cause will feature works from artists all over Indy together in one place to help raise money to find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Check out the show during First Friday, then bid on your favorites on Saturday during the Beta Cell Cash Bash at Radio Radio, featuring the songs of Johnny Cash.

What: First Friday Featuring Zuimeng Cao
Where: Art Bank, 811 Mass Ave
When: 6-9 pm
What You Should Know: Zuimeng Cao will present “The Glance of Chinese Painting,” a collection of his meticulous Chinese artwork showcasing landscapes, figures and story illustration. Admission is free to check out the premiere of this collection.

What: First Friday Free Double Feature
Where: Heartland at the Murphy Arts Center, 1043 Virginia Ave, #2
When: 7-10 pm
What You Should Know: Join Heartland for a free double feature of two independent short films from the 2013 Heartland Film Festival. Screenings will occur every 15 minutes with Sun King beer, soda, popcorn and snacks available. The two films are “Boop Beep” and “Dotty.”

What: First Friday at HCA
Where: Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N Delaware
When: 6-10 pm
What You Should Know: The Harrison Center presents India Garden artist reception and open studio night with plenty of attractions! In the Harrison Gallery is artist Quincy Owens’ “Brimful of Asha.” Mixed media artists India Cruse-Griffin brings her colorful collage work to Gallery No 2 with her exhibit “India Garden,” while the City Gallery features the found object/light sculptures of Brian Allee. Stop by the gym for a team of singer/songwriters from Nashville to create and record Indy-inspired music, or be part of an interactive musical installation in Hank & Dolly’s Gallery during Karl Selm and Al Jones’ Anonymous Musical Collaboration System.

What: Funkyard Presents Lee Ann Parrotte
Where: Funkyard, 1114 Prospect Street
When: 7-10 pm
What You Should Know: Funkyard coffee shop and art gallery presents the art of Lee Ann Parrotte, a local Fountain Square artist, accompanied by music from Joel & Amy. Lee Ann’s works are collection of eye-catching vibrant-colored abstract acrylic mixed media.

Rugged Russian Bear

Imagine what would happen if you had a really good mix of David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), Weezer and Delta Spirit, resulting in a folky punk indie sound. Well, that sums up what Rugged Russian Bear is all about, and luckily for you, they’re playing at ORANJE on October 12!

Playing with bands such as The Bonesetters, And Away They Go, Neulore (Nashville) and Kisses For Free, Rugged Russian Bear is made up of vocalist/guitarist Mike Brewer, bassist/vocalist Cory Miller and drummer/guitarist Jacob Eaton. Beginning as Bob Dylan-esque folk music featuring only an acoustic guitar and harmonica, RRB has evolved into a quirky rock band with a three part harmony that speaks of love, triumph, failure, imagination, supernatural, travel and just plain life.

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All three members of RRB come from musical backgrounds and have been performing since they were children, including being involved in teenage rock bands. Like many others before them, it all started with just listening to and falling in love with music, coming to a realization that it is what you want to do forever, no matter what. The band puts a lot of blood, sweat and tears into making music and recording it, but especially love playing live shows. Being a three-piece band, their live sound is pretty stripped down but is full of sound and passion.

The trio is currently in the middle of recording their first full length album, slated to be out this winter. The very tight and consistent band plays, on average, about two times per month. “Every show we play is awesome and fun in it’s own way, but we have had a few exceptionally fun shows,” said Brewer. “One of which was a show we played at Indy’s Jukebox a little over a year ago. Unfortunately, the show got a late start and we got bumped to playing last. By the time we went on, it was like 1:30 or 2:00 am and there was no one there except the sound guy, bartenders and one of the other bands. It was just one of those shows where nothing seemed to be going right, so we were all pretty frustrated. Naturally, we took it out on the stage! We turned everything up really loud, put a lot of fuzz on guitar and bass, played really fast and just punked out the show!”

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Rugged Russian Bear has some tight ties with other local bands in Indianapolis and sings their praises. Right now, they are digging Caleb McCoach and SM Wolf. “Caleb McCoach’s album Songs From an Empty Shore is inspiring, but when he mixes it up with a full band at one of his live shows, it really brings them to life. SM Wolf’s stuff is some of the best music being made in Indy right now. Also, have to give a shout out to The Bonesetters. We have been good friends with these guys for a long time, and they are some hard-working dudes!”

Some of the bands that RRB is looking forward to seeing at ORANJE 2013 include Shimmercore, Indian City Weather, Rusty Redenbacher and The Bearded Lucys. “There are some really great acts playing this year; local music can’t thrive without your support! It’s such a great atmosphere, a real festival crammed into one day without all the expensive travel.”

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So where does the band see themselves going in the future? “Getting this album that we are working on finished, mastered and out to the public is a major, major goal right now. Long term? Is Rock Stardom too much to ask?”

Keep up with Rugged Russian Bear on Facebook, Twitter and their website!