Veseria

Veseria can describe their sound in only three words: rock and roll.

People used to always ask the group to describe their sound in the beginning, but they didn’t want to limit their songwriting by getting stuck on sub-genres. So they didn’t and simply stuck with rock and roll, which has proven to be a critical part in their creative process.

This is Veseria’s second year as an ORANJE participant (the band played in 2012), and not only have they released their sophomore album, Voyager, but they are also working on some new tunes to showcase. “Going into a second performance at this event is even more exciting than the first because we know just how much fun it is. The energy at ORANJE is undeniable – you have artists, performers and musicians all bringing their A-game and the level of creativity is at it’s highest. It’s truly a special night for Indianapolis every year.”

Veseria came together the way many bands do, by banging on the keys, pounding on the drums and breaking several thousand strings until they discovered how to make music during the destruction. “Songwriting has always been a deeply intimate process for us. Performing is a very different story. It’s a fight with our instruments. You pluck and pull and pound until the right sound comes out of your keyboard, guitar or drum – all the while hollering your most intimate thoughts and ponderings into a microphone.”

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So what is it about living in Indianapolis that the members of Veseria love? “Indy’s music scene is still young compared to other big cities which is thrilling for it’s active participants. The sky’s the limit and we’re still writing our own history – that makes it a really fun place to create.”

Veseria plays around 10 shows in Indianapolis per year with more scattered around the region. Most of their shows in the past year have been in Fountain Square venues like Hi-Fi or Radio Radio. In March, they had their album release at The Irving which has been a notable performance for the group. “Shine Indy and Grizzly Music Company really pulled out all the stops and made us feel really cool for a night. There’s no one in town doing what they’re doing and it’s an honor to get to work with them.”

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Veseria is hoping to release another project that they’ve had in the works by the end of 2015, but until then they’ll be on the road spreading Voyager around the midwest and beyond. The group doesn’t define their success by what others have done, but instead focus on trying to one-up themselves and go a little bit further each year. “We’ll be starting a national campaign in 2015 to really see how far we can take this thing.”

We can’t wait to have Veseria back to play on September 13, and the band joins in our excitement about this year’s event. “There’s simply no other event like it in Indianapolis. It’s huge. It’s fun. And you’ll walk away from it more and more in love with Indianapolis every year you attend. We’re also really excited for everyone to see Brother O’ Brother perform. They are such an incredible band and the city doesn’t even know about them yet.”

You can keep up with Veseria on Facebook and their website. Don’t miss their performance on September 13 at ORANJE 2014! “We’re nice people. Come say hi. We’d love to meet you.”

Darlene Em

If Martha Stewart and the Devil had a love child, it would be Darlene Em.

As a child in California, Darlene was always drawing weird little animals in school. One of her report cards from Catholic school even had a note from her teacher saying that she should spend less time drawing and more time socializing. Darlene decided against that advice and after high school she attended the Art Institute of Dallas for graphic design.

It was there that one of her instructors, David Zarazua, helped her into her first show, the El Corazon exhibit in Dallas. This show focused on the heart and was a huge confidence-booster for Darlene’s art, which incorporates crafts, sculptures and paintings.

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Since then, she has been involved in several shows and groups, including Art Junkies in North Hollywood, Common Unity in Dallas and Arts Goggle in Fort Worth. Her colorful pieces of work that almost look edible have a kitschy, lowbrow, pop-surrealism style. But Darlene doesn’t just draw and paint. “I wanted to venture out of just painting on wood so I started experimenting with faux taxidermy and silly looking sculptures. I sell a lot of Day of the Dead style Matryoshka dolls on Etsy and at festivals.”

So where does Darlene find the inspiration for these colorful and cartoon-like pieces of art? “Dreams, candy, abnormalities like parasitic twins and two-headed animals, ice cream, cats, bunnies, my Persian cats, Nigel and Luna, and my pug, Meatball. A lot of Tokyo advertising and packaging. Everything looks so fun and happy all the time and has faces all over things. Marie Antoinette is a huge inspiration as well.”

This will be Darlene’s first year at ORANJE as both a participant and an attendee, as she recently made the move here from Dallas, Texas. She’s looking forward to meeting new people and connecting with local artists since she’s relatively new to the area. Hoping that her pieces will find a good home, Darlene has some surprises in store for her booth on September 13, including fuzzy costumes and lollipops, to make sure to stop by and check out her work.

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If you would like to keep up with Darlene before and after ORANJE, you can find her on Facebook and Etsy.

Sarah Dolezal

Sarah Dolezal grew up making connections with things that are found in the background, things that everyone else was always too busy to notice. This endlessly curious, fidgety and anxious artist makes builds made of of things that she simply couldn’t let rot away without a second chance to be important. “I work in lost and forgotten places and things,” Sarah said.

Giving these forgotten things a new life, Sarah’s art is an expression of her great love and vulnerability. She takes junk and broken items and builds them back up from trash to treasure. “Everything has become disposable. I think most of my work is meant to remind people of things that used to be, or the beauty in turning things people would normally throw away into new and beautiful things.”

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Her pieces are made with drills, screw guns, paint, pencils and anything else the project needs to become a reality. Made with mostly local materials, Sarah finds what she needs from second-hand stores, yard sales or just random junk that she comes across. “What I make, I love. I feel like I am takings things that could have been lost forever and turning them into things that can be loved again. When people show interest in what I make, I feel like I have found a home for a lonely orphan. I just want to keep making things and finding them loving homes. The reason I art is because I can’t help it. What I find tells me some kind of story and I make it into the thing that fits that story.”

This South Bend local has been involved with art events such as Circus of Art, Bizarre Coterie, RAW: Spectrum, Beer and Loathing: TreeHouse Shine Bar and First Peel. Some of her early work was also shown at ArtWalk Gallery in Elkhard. She was introduced to ORANJE through veteran Jim Showman. “I’m excited to be a part of something where successful artists show their work. This being the first year out of the art-supplies closet, I feel like this is an opportunity to see how well I can hang with artists I respect and admire.”

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And Sarah believes that everyone should support the arts, not only for the incredible pieces of work they create but to meet the creators. “Artists in a group provide variety, entertainment, personality and so on. I think artists are an experience on their own. Art is meant to make some kind of connection. When a person comes to appreciate art, they are appreciating a part of someone that art was created from.”

You can find Sarah’s work on Facebook or on her website. Make sure to stop by her booth on September 13!

Brother O’ Brother

Starting in the Summer of 2013, Brother O’ Brother began making music with one major message in mind: love

This musical duo has a sound akin to a heavier, fuzzier version of early White Stripes mixed in with psychedelic and garage rock influences. As first year ORANJE participants, the two are planning on a live show to blow you away. “People want to be entertained and engaged, not hear a recital, and we take a lot of pride in making sure we are an engaging live experience.”

This two piece band consists of Chris Banta on guitar/vocals and Warner Swopes on the drums. Banta started playing music at the age of 12. He got his blues kick from his parents, who introduced him to The Black Keys at Indy Jazz Fest in 2002. Swopes also started at a young age, beginning on the drums at age 10. Listening to a lot of James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac, he became really interested in the beats. The two came together and with the help of Brian “Bone” Thorburn at Threshold Studios, they recently released their first 7′ vinyl (that you can pick up at their online merch store) along with a new full length album.

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While this group is relatively new (about a year old), they haven’t wasted any time. Brother O’ Brother has performed with bands such as Diarrhea Planet, Cadaver Dogs, North Bye North, The Addies and Kinda Good. “Our best performance is probably either at Emporium Barcade in Chicago in July or our last show with Diarrhea Planet at The Hoosier Dome. People were hanging from the rafters, falling on stage, and Chris even crowd surfed while soloing last time at the Dome. At Emporium at the end of our set it got so rowdy we set off the smoke alarm.”

What are Brother O’ Brother’s plans for the future? “Just to try to expand, grow and see what happens. In the short term, we are working on doing some smaller tours and more regional shows as we push towards touring longer stints at a time next year. Our families and faith come first, but we are excited about the rapid growth we have had and are eager to continue to put our best foot forward and see what happens.”

We asked Brother O’ Brother why they think people should attend ORANJE. “Not only to support local and regional artists, but to support your horizons. I think people often fail to realize just how many great bands and artists there are in Indiana. This event puts a ton of them all in one location at the same time. Also, you should want to see Brother O’ Brother. It’s good for your health.”

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If you want to check out Brother O’ Brother before ORANJE 2014, they will be performing at the Blessed is He reunion show at The Gear (Franklin, IN) on August 9 and also at The Bishop (Bloomington, IN) on September 11 with Goodbye June (Nashville).

You can keep up with Brother O’ Brother on their Facebook page, and make sure to catch them on September 13 at ORANJE!

Recruitment Event on January 23

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As ORANJE heads into its 13th year as an art & music event in Indianapolis, the organization is seeking to recruit some new talent to help plan and organize the annual event. Over the last decade, ORANJE has regularly relied on a small team of seasonal staff and event volunteers to run the planning and operations for the event.

The organization needs to add a few key roles this year to help improve the planning process and make sure ORANJE continues to be an exciting night of art & music in Indianapolis! While there are several ways to get involved with ORANJE, our current priorities are in finding people with experience/passion in the following areas (below). While ORANJE does not have full-time positions available, qualified candidates will be offered an incentive package based on the expected time commitment and performance milestones associated with these contract positions.

-Operations
-Marketing
-Sales

ORANJE will host a casual, open-house style recruiting event on Thursday, January 23 from 6pm-8pm. The event will be held at The Speak Easy (5255 N. Winthrop, 46220) and will be an opportunity for people who are interested in joining the team to come learn more about ORANJE and meet some of our current staff. Light refreshments will be served. Please bring a copy of your current resume and list of availability from now through September. No need for formal attire—we are very casual in our dress at ORANJE, but are serious about our work.

Please connect with us on Facebook or email us if you have any questions about this recruiting event or becoming involved with ORANJE.

The Bearded Lucys

It’s not often that a group of musicians dare to try something outside the normal template of electric guitar, bass and drums, but that’s what you see with The Bearded Lucys. Incorporating instruments such as mandolin and banjo along with the use of multi-layer harmonies, The Bearded Lucys bring the down home feeling of Americana folk with the energy of Rock and Roll.

Everyone from the band comes from different musical backgrounds (metal, punk rock, Irish traditional music, garage rock, and bluegrass), which is what makes their music so original. The band is comprised of Rachel Hollingsworth (guitar/percussion/vocals), Matt Suever (guitar/vocals), Chris Cunningham (mandolin/percussion/vocals), Ben Callahan (banjo) and JD King (bass). Everyone brings something different to the table while writing songs, that have essentially turned out to be a mix of folk, indie and pop.

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The band has been on a short hiatus while their lead singer was out of the country, but their usual spots include The Melody Inn and Birdy’s. This winter, the band plans on recording their first album. “We just want to play and record music we love. If other people enjoy it, we really couldn’t ask for more.”

ORANJE 2013 will be The Bearderd Lucys‘ first show back with their lead singer, Rachel Hollingsworth. As a group, this is their first time playing at ORANJE, even though the members have attended in the past years, and JD King has been the Music Director for ORANJE since 2008. “You should expect a high-energy faster set. We plan on making people move.”

983969_661089627251103_330493126_nSo why do The Bearded Lucys think you should attend ORANJE? “It’s one of the best run events in Indy every year, and where else could you see such an eclectic group of artists and musicians in one place?”

Catch The Bearded Lucys on the Jakprints Stage at 12:30 am at ORANJE 2013!

Quincy Owens

Quincy Owens has built a life for himself surrounded by art. He has always loved creating things ever since he was a child, and he figured that he could manipulate and change them to make them more special. He has taken that principle to heart and that is still the core of what he does today.

You might have seen Quincy at ORANJE in past years (he’s been a participant six or seven times now), but his work this year is different that what you’ve experienced before. Though he still continues to create abstract paintings that focus on a balance between chaos and order, he’s been exploring materials, techniques and concepts over the past year. He has also been working on creating life-size and larger sculptures out of cardboard and reclaimed wood. “These are now getting fabricated into a larger scale and in permanent materials, such as stainless steel. I have also spent a majority of this year making 31 larger-than-humans-scale cardboard sculptures that are then coated in layers of fiberglass and pigmented epoxy resin that have speakers mounted on the inside. These are all for a huge installation on Calder Plaza for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.”

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While the 31 sculpture installation at ArtPrize has been a highlight of the year for Quincy, you can find his work all over the place. He always has work at his studio (Studio 077) at the Harrison Center for the Arts, and they put his work in regular rotation throughout the building. If you shop on Mass Ave, you can find his handmade cufflinks at Silver in the City. He has coasters that are sold at Foundry Provisions. Outside of Indianapolis, he has work in Louisville, Cincinnati, Lafayette and Michigan.

Quincy is one of the few artists in ORANJE that is lucky enough to say that this is his full-time job (“although I don’t consider it a job”). He also supports himself through other artistic endeavors besides creating. He has recently started doing speaking engagements concerning art, creativity, faith and risk; he teaches pottery camps through the Indy YMCA summer programs and he hosts weekly camps in his studio. “I do my best to stay active and involved in the community in all sorts of ways.”

Like earlier mentioned, this isn’t Quincy’s first time at ORANJE. So why does he keep coming back for more? “I love ORANJE. It takes a commitment from all of the artsits and participants/spectators. It only happens one night of the year; either you showed up to experience it and be a part of it or you missed it. I love that. It’s a great place to catch artists and musicians at all sorts of stages in their careers. The atmosphere is very temporary and I think that encourages lower inhibitions/hesitations.”

Quincy used to think that he should inform his audience, and now that he is experienced in exhibiting his work, he’s realized that he might be taking this approach all wrong. “Come check out the work and let me know what YOU think about it. I already know what I think about it. People surprise me every day in the things they see within my art.”

Tied To Tigers

Tied To Tigers is a musical project by Matthew Corken that has two sides: a solo aspect and a full band. On the solo side, Corken loops multiple instruments ranging from percussion to guitars and vocals, creating the idea of building a song from the ground up, almost like showing how a song is composed. On the other side is the full band, which has an indie rock feel with influences from electronic sounds and old blues guitar riffs.

Corken grew up surrounded by music. His mother was an Indianapolis musician that played in cover bands, and Corken would always go to their practices with interest and curiosity. Once he was in 7th grade, he started playing guitar with a band of Butler and North Central students. Since then, he’s been playing in different projects such as Gin and Tonic, The Urban Rednecks, The Working Hour, The Post Script and now Tied To Tigers.

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Corken has come a long way with his Tied To Tigers project. Now, he has monthly shows at Connor’s Pub, The Monkey’s Tale, Flatwater, Britton Tavern, The Melody Inn, Bourbon Street and Social. He has played at the Slamology car and truck show with his full band along with opening for DJ Craze at The Vogue. He even opened for The Plain White Tees at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Coke Zero Music Fest!

For ORANJE, TTT will be performing a full band show featuring the core three musicians and a synth player alongside a DJ, mostly playing songs off of this fall’s Tied To Tigers release. This will be Tied To Tigers’ first time being in ORANJE. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of the event and see all the amazing artists that are a part of it this year.”

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Coming up after ORANJE, Tied to Tigers is playing a full band show at The Monkey’s Tale on October 18, a solo show at Social on October 24 and will be in the second round of the Birdy’s battle on October 25 as a full band. The first full band EP will be available online and on vinyl at the end of October along a second EP online and on vinyl in December.

Make sure to check out Tied To Tigers on October 12 at ORANJE 2013! Parting words from Corken: “You, him, her, them, us, all together, we gather.”