"From jazz and blues to rock-n-roll, Indianapolis music fans will find what they're looking for on one CD from our talented, local musicians."
-- Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson
INDY MP3 PROJECT
[ Introduction ]
Indianapolis is a city that is defined by many sounds that arent music. The sound of a basketball pounding the hardwood and the roar of a racecar circling the Speedway are a couple of things that come to mind when talking about "the sound of Indianapolis." Most people, however, dont think of Indianapolis as a "music town." Theres no unique style of music linked to our city like Chicagos blues or New Orleans jazz. Also, Indys contributions to the worldwide music community have been few and far between. While we continue to point with pride to native sons like jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, virtuoso country instrumentalist Steve Wariner, and R&B producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds as Indys music legacy, no one is holding their breath for Indianapolis to become the next Motown, Seattle, or Austin, TX.
The point of the Indy MP3 Project is to put an end to the notion that Indianapolis is not a music town. Through a joint effort between the Cultural Development Commission, IndianapolisMusic.net, 92.3 WTTS-FM, and Indys Music Channel we have recruited 170 artists who represent some of the best singers, songwriters, performers, and musicians that Indianapolis has to offer and collected a work from each of them onto this single CD. On this disc youll hear rock, blues, pop, jazz, symphonies, folk, country, and a few styles of music that arent so easy to define. Together the songs weave into a diverse quilt that is the "Indianapolis Sound," a style of music as diverse and colorful as the city that produced it.
As you listen to this disc and select your favorite tracks, keep in mind that this collection only represents one-quarter of the artists who submitted materials for consideration for this collection. Indianapolis and the surrounding communities are full of talented and driven musicians who are writing songs, playing shows, and making records that are on par with anything you can find on the radio. We highly recommend that you use this CD only as a jumping off point as you make your own personal exploration of this citys vibrant music community. Please feel free to share tracks, or even copies of the entire disc, with your friends and help us prove to our city, and then to the rest of the world, that Indianapolis can rock, groove, and sway as well as any town on Earth.
-- Steve Hayes
March 9, 2004
INDY MP3 PROJECT 2004
[ By the numbers ]
- 18,000 copies of the 2004 Indy MP3 Project were manufactured.
- 1,200 estimated people attended the two release parties at Birdy's Live and the Emerson Theater.
- 1,000 songs were submitted for consideration.
- 600 Indiana based musical acts submitted materials.
- 170 local songs are featured on the compilation.
INDY MP3 PROJECT
[ Pick up a FREE Copy ]
Every week in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas, talented artists from the INDY MP3 PROJECT are showcasing their music. We will be highlighting a few of those events at which we will be distributing copies of the CD to the public. In addition to these events, beginning in May you can pick up a free copy at the Indianapolis Artsgarden in the Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis.
Upcoming events to pick up a FREE copy:
(At the Information Counter)
The Indianapolis Artsgarden provides a sparkling environment for more than 350 free performances and exhibits each year. Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois streets in downtown Indianapolis, the Artsgarden physically connects to the Claypool Court/Embassy Suites Hotel complex and Circle Centre Mall. The seven-story, glass enclosed structure offers a spectacular view of the city and is owned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Indy MP3 Release Party
April 23 @ Birdys Live (click for pictures)
2131 E. 71st St, Indianapolis, IN 46220, (317) 254-8971
"The best lineup for one show that I have ever seen."
-- Steve Hammer, Nuvo Music Editor
Featuring MP3 Artists: Otis Gibbs Band (Folk), The Slurs (Punk), Rich Hardesty Band (Rock), Rev Peyton's Band (Blues), Wonderdrug (Pop Rock), Indyviduals (Hip Hop), Perfect Nothing (Heavy), Rhymefest (Hip Hop), F-6 (Rock), About the Fire (Emo-PunkCore), All-Star HipHop Jam, Pizzle (Punk), Archer Avenue (Indie Rock), and more ...
April 24 @ Indiana Earth Day Festival, 11 am
American Legion Mall and Vets Memorial, Downtown Indianapolis
Indy MP3 Release Party (All Ages)
Fri, April 30th @ Emerson Theater (click for pictures)
4634 E. 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201, (317) 357-0239
Sloppy Seconds (Punk), The Pieces (Indie Rock), Majhas (Hardcore), Otis Gibbs(Folk), The Fuglees (Power Pop), Nancy School (Modern Rock), Jackson Pain (Rock), Gogglesphere (Spaz-Core), more..
May 8th @ Indy 500 Fest Mini Marathon, 8 am
Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
May 14-15 @ Jammin on Jersey, Murat Centre
502 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 231-0000
May 22-23 @ Broad Ripple Arts Fair
Indianapolis Art Center, 67th St. and College Ave.
June 12 @ Independent Music + Art Festival
(Harrison Center for the Arts)
July 4 @ WTTS Independent's Day - City Market, Downtown
(Free show featuring the Clarks and Max Allen)
July 17 @ Mooresville 6th annual Founders Day Festival
(Downtown Mooresville, 10am-5pm)
July 23-25 @ NAMM - International Music Products Association
Aug 12-14 @ Midwest Music Summit 2004
(3 Days and 20 Venues around Broad Ripple)
Sept 11 @ South Park Music Festival
(South Park, Colorado)
Sept 18 @ Oranje
(Location to be Announced)
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Opening Gala
Sept 17-18th @ Indiana History Center
Sept 30th @ Battle of the Bands Finals at the Vogue
6259 N. College Ave. (in the Broad Ripple Village)