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Hi-Fi Reopens January 20, 2017

January 15, 2017 Leave a comment
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The Hi-Fi in Fountain Square, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Photo provided by the Bohlsen Group and used with written permission.

By Andy Wilson
Bohlsen Group

INDIANAPOLIS – Live music venue HI-FI, located in the popular Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis, will re-open to the public on Friday, January 20, 2017, with a fresh look and expanded performance space increasing the venue capacity to 400 people.

Indianapolis native Otis Gibbs will headline the grand reopening, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance ($15 at the door), available via Ticketfly.

The 30-day transformation, which included acquiring the space formerly occupied by local art gallery iMOCA, will accommodate the increase in both visitors and touring artists. With the new venue size, the HI-FI is now able to attract larger acts and provide a desirable mid-sized event space while continuing to grow with a neighborhood known for its art and music culture.

The growth will create an enhanced experience for visitors and artists with a dedicated artist green room, an expansive stage, new restroom facilities, a dedicated box office, additional seating, and upgraded sound and lighting systems.

“Our focus has always been on creating amazing live music experiences,” says HI-FI owner Josh Baker. “This expansion will allow us to hone in some key elements of that experience for our fans. With our focus on artist development, our expanded space will maintain its scalability allow us to expand and contract to suit a wide range of shows and artists including general admission and seated events.”

“A room this size will fill a void in the Indy market and provide a good proving ground for bands looking to grow into Indy’s bigger rooms, like The Vogue,” said Jason King, Entertainment Manager at The Vogue and owner of IndyMoJo Presents.

HI-FI has been on a growth trajectory since opening its doors in 2014. The venue has averaged 160 shows annually and will have hosted more than 500 shows over the past three years. Shows are constantly being added to the ever-growing schedule.

2017 Winter – Spring Schedule

January 20 – Opening Night | Otis Gibbs w/ Amy Lashley

January 21 – The Tillers

January 24 – Joan of Arc

January 27 – Mike Adams At His Honest Weight

January 28 – Gangstagrass

January 29 – Rainbow Kitten Surprise

February 1 – Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Dead Horses

February 2 – Wayne Hancock

February 3 – Free First Friday w/ Metavari

February 4 – Corey Cox

February 9 – Myzica

February 13 – Busty & The Bass

February 14 – The Marcus King Band

February 16 – K.FLAY

February 17 – Jay Brookinz Battle League

February 18 – Opposites Attract w/ moxxie, The Stampede String Band

February 24 – An Evening with Chamber Music

February 25 – Old Shoe & The Schwag feat. Allie Kral

March 4 – 2nd Annual Random Band Challenge

March 5 – Mickey Avalon

March 6 – The Wild Reeds

March 7 – THE GROWLERS

March 10 – Bollywood Bhangra w/ DJ Kyle Long

March 13 – Eisley

March 15 – Elizabeth Cook

March 16 – Agent Orange, The Queers, Guttermouth

March 17 – The Reverend Peyton’s Bid Damn Band CD Release Party

March 24 – Andy Suzuki & The Method Record Release

April 5 – Margo Price

April 6 – Tom Waits Tribute

April 8 – Saint Aubin, Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery

April 14 – TAUK

April 29 – The Easthills – 5th Anniversary Concert Celebration

May 3 – Eilen Jewell

May 21 – Oddisee & Good Company

April 27 – Bollywood Bhangra w/ DJ Kyle Long

For more information about Hi-Fi and its concert schedule, please visit: http://www.hifiindy.com/

Lee Ritenour at the Jazz Kitchen, April 9

April 3, 2013 Leave a comment
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Lee Ritenour. Photo provided by the Jazz Kitchen and used with written permission.

By LuAnn Lancton
The Jazz Kitchen
http://thejazzkitchen.com/

Grammy award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour will appear live at The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 North College Avenue, in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

There are two sets scheduled for 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. The 7:30 show is $30 per person and the 9:30 show is $25 per person.

Growing up in L.A. in the 60’s, Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC.

He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You,” which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. In the 90s, Ritenour was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz, with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason. The first Fourplay album in 1991 spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Adding to this legacy is his latest CD Smoke ‘n’ Mirrors; the recently completed Grammy nominated recording Amparo, (a follow-up with Dave Grusin to their highly-successful 2001 Grammy Award nominated contemporary classical crossover CD) and producer of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s latest CD Act Your Age (which is nominated for 3 Grammys.

It’s been a long road since the seventies, when Ritenour’s legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato, with a band including Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Harvey Mason and Ernie Watts became part of the musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house till the wee hours of the morning.

From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became the foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists such as Pink Floyd (The Wall), Steely Dan (Aja), Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. Not to forget the dazzling array of talent appearing on his solo works and collaborations, notably– Phil Collins, Brazilian greats Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, Djavan and Jao Bosco, George Benson, Chaka Kahn, Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald and opera great Renee Fleming.

For more information about Ritenour’s appearance, or for reservations, visit http://thejazzkitchen.com/, or call 317-253-4900.