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The WTTS Can Concert holiday tradition continued this year with two great shows to benefit families in need. This year we brought Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness to The Bluebird in Bloomington (see a re-cap here), and then, on December 21st, WTTS brought another great benefit concert to The Vogue to make the holidays even happier. The 2nd Christmas Can Concert starred The War On Drugs, and their L.A. based electronic opening act Lo Moon. Prior to the show, Lo Moon played an exclusive private performance for some of our lucky listeners in Sun King Studio 92 that can be heard here.The sold out Can Concert was sponsored by Sun King Brewery, and City Barbeque. Below you can see a few of our favorite flickr album images.
Studies have shown bringing an animal into your life can significantly improve your health. Improve your life and an animals by adopting this holiday season. 92-3 WTTS, Noah’s Animal Hospitals and the Humane Society For Hamilton County are looking to find 12 cats and dogs forever homes before Christmas. Find information and photos of the animals below and be sure to learn more by reading their stories!
Known as a friendly, happy and tolerant dog, Korbin is a six year old Great Dane, Labrador Retriever mix. He has been attending training classes at Paws & Play Dog Resort & Training Facility and is a rock star student! Going on car rides and playing tug of war are two of his favorite activates. Korbin is perfect for an experienced dog owner who understands large, sensitive and intelligent dogs. Learn more about Korbin by reading his story.
Keylah is a four year old Terrier, Pit Bull mix with a cocoa and white coat. Playing outdoors in the sunshine is her favorite activity and she has plenty of energy to play all day. She can be shy when meeting new people, but it doesn’t take long to warm up to them. She knows the commands (Sit, shake, down, come, roll over) and enjoys children! Learn more about Keylah by reading her story.
Trip is a two year old Boxer, Terrier mix who suffers from anxiety. Just as with many people who deal with anxiety, Trip is not a dog who will thrive around strangers or in unfamiliar settings, especially when they encroach upon his space without invitation. Trip will let you know when he’s not comfortable. THE NEED IS URGENT for Trip to find a foster-to-adopt home that is willing to FOLLOW THE PLAN provided by HSHC behavior team and Paws & Play to ensure his success. Learn more about Trip by reading his story.
Even though he is eight years old and 86 pounds, you’ll always find Ty bouncing around the yard. With a lovely golden blond coat, HSHC believes he is a blend of Retriever and Shepherd. Ty knows the commands (Sit, stay, down, come, shake) and enjoys playing with toys, being outside and running. An experience owner who gives him consistent rules, continued stimulation and training is Ty’s ideal owner. Learn more about Ty by reading his story.
Cain is a seven year old Terrier, Pit Bull mix who LOVES people! He constantly gives out kisses which has earned him the nickname Luv-Bug. Because of his high I.Q., Cain knows how to sit, come, shake, leave it, stay, down and even fist bump. Until recently, Cain has lived in one house his whole life and is looking for a second owner to share the rest of his life. Learn more about Cain by reading his story.
Six year old Garcia is a 62 pound Terrier, American Pit Bull mix. He is extremely playful and can get super excited when playing with tennis balls. Garcia loves people, napping on your chest and going on car rides. An experience dog owner who gives clear and consistent rules to follow, along with proper love and attention is the perfect owner for Garcia! Learn more about Garcia by reading his story.
Gordy may look a little rough around the edges, but this eleven-year-old brown Tabby is a true gentleman. He arrived to HSHC last year in bad shape but with love and attention, he is now thankfully healthy. If you are looking for a laid-back cat who wants nothing more than to hang out on the couch and be loved, then Gordy is your guy. Learn more about Gordy by reading his story.
Domestic Medium Hair mix Jazzy is a loving 14 year old who is a wonderful companion for watching TV or enjoying a good book. Unfortunately, she has been fully declawed which will require extra love and care from her new owner. With all the love you’ll receive from Jazzy, it will be well worth the extra attention. Learn more about Jazzy by reading her story.
Although he is eleven years old, Reginald has the personality of a kitten half his age. He loves to play with humans and his favorite toy is a scratching post. Reginald would thrive in an indoor home with a loving family. Learn more about Reginald by reading his story.
Aubrey is nine years old and seven pounds Domestic Short Hair mix. She has been fully declawed and suffers from an autoimmune disease that can be treated with daily medication. A nice quite home without any children or pets is the ideal situation for Aubrey. Learn more about Aubrey by reading her story.
15 year old Galileo is looking for a forever home to live out his golden years. He needs someone to take extra care of him as he is diabetic and gets insulin shots every day. He may appear laid back, but once you get to know him he is affectionate and playful. Learn more about Galileo by reading his story.
Cadence is a lover who is ready to receive affection the minute you open the door. Since she came to HSHC off the streets, they are not sure who old she is but believe she is nine. Cadence is a wonderful brown and white tabby who’s ready to find her forever home!
Noah’s Animal Hospitals are a family of veterinary clinics serving the Indianapolis, IN area and surrounding communities. With eight convenient locations to serve you, Noah’s is dedicated to providing you and your pet with the best possible health care and exceptional client service, exceeding your expectations with every interaction. In fact, we like to consider ourselves “your best friend’s best friend.”
Sun King Studio 92 is the WTTS live performance space in downtown Indianapolis. 92-3 VIPs are invited to attend these intimate, acoustic Sun King Studio 92 tapings, and always receive advance word about the shows through 92-3 VIP-mail (click here to become a 92-3 VIP today). Listen to 92-3 WTTS to hear live Sun King Studio 92 performances, or click here to check out the latest sessions.
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Death Cab For Cutie – 12/1/15
Vance Joy – 9/16/15
Cage The Elephant – 6/8/15
Spoon – 9/12/14
Amos Lee – 11/9/13
The Head And The Heart – 10/24/13
Tristan Prettyman – 4/10/13
Atlas Genius – 2/28/13
Imagine Dragons – 11/27/12
Sun King Studio 92 Spotlight: Tune in weekdays at 2pm for the Sun King Studio 92 Spotlight. We’ll play a live performance from the vast live archives of Sun King Studio 92 each day.
Here are the artists who’ve stopped by over the years:
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This holiday season, win the gift of music courtesy of the one and only Guitarworks in Greenwood, the place to Take Your Pick! During the next four weeks (11/26-12/21), Paul Mendenhall will be giving away four great guitars. A G&L Tribute Legacy guitar, a Tribute L-2000 Bass, a G&L Tribute ASAT Classic and a Takamine GN30ce Sunburst guitar. Correctly answer the Morning Music Mindbender at 7:35 to qualify for that week’s guitar. Then on Friday, Paul will draw a winner. Description of the guitars are below:
Week 1 – The G&L Tribute Legacy “Strat”
Winner: Scott McClintock
The G&L Legacy model is the pinnacle of Leo Fender’s career- Leo’s finest, most advanced Stratocaster design
The Legacy features USA hand-wound vintage Alnico single coil pickups – the result of Leo Fender’s lifetime of engineering knowledge. Their response is a gross improvement over his old school pickups, while still preserving that unmistakable chime of the late 50’s Strats. One can properly rock the house, with all the versatility of most sought-after strats of yesteryear.
Add Leo’s Dual-Fulcrum vibrato, allowing up and down-bend with unsurpassed stability, and you have Pro-level workhorse guitar suitable to all playing styles on-stage or in-studio. Whether you’re a gigging pro or a bedroom guitarist, you’ll love the G&L Legacy HB. It’s – the most versatile Strat ever created, and a true joy to play
You can win this one- Finished in miles-deep Piano Black, with a retail value over $800, presented by your friends at the One and Only Guitarworks in Greenwood- the place to Take Your Pick.
Leo Fender was the inventor of the electric bass guitar, and his iconic designs continue to be the benchmark for every brand on the market
When Leo founded the G&L company, he again redefined the bass, evolving his famous “Music Man” design into G&L’s flagship L-2000 model`
Never before has such a wide range of tones come from a single bass- making the G&L L-2000 suitable to players of every musical style and taste
You can win this G&L Tribute L-2000, featuring two handbound, USA made, Magnetic Field Design Humbucking pickups, connected to with Leo’s unique “Tri-Tone” Active control system.
This configuration allows for Passive or Active operation, and Series or Parallel coil options. What THAT means is, this bass is right at home with R&B Players, Power Rock musicians as well as the Funkiest Pop & Slap bassists
Leo further departed with the past with the addition of his innovative Saddle-Lock Bridge, that transfers string energy right into the body end-grain for an incredible resonance and sustain
Guitarworks, the one and only place to “Take Your Pick” has chosen to give you a G&L Tribute L-2000 in stunning Tobacco Sunburst finish over a figured Swamp Ash body. It is truly a work of art to play and to behold. Retail value on this fine bass is over $1100, and it could be yours, from your friends at the One and Only Guitarworks in Greenwood- the place.. to Take Your Pick!
Week 3 guitar is a G&L Tribute ASAT Classic
The G&L Tribute ASAT Classic is Leo Fender’s final word on the Telecaster design, single cutaway bolt-on guitar. You’ll find this to be a very versatile instrument, from round clean jazz tones to thick gritty blues. The ASAT Classic stays true to proven old-school Tele design, but adds Leo’s Fantastic single-coil Magnet Field Design hand wound, USA pickups and 6 brass-saddle box bridge for crisp attack and complex harmonics , all the while improving intonation accuracy.
The one and only Guitarworks in Greenwood has chosen this ASAT Classic finished in miles-deep Piano Black, a fantastic axe just drippin’ with Leo mojo, that will make an incredible addition to your collection.
Valued at over $ 700, we wanna make it yours for Christmas! Our gift to you, from Paul Mendenhall and the Morning Music Mindbender, the WTTS crew, and of course from your friends at the One and Only Guitarworks in Greenwood- the place.. to Take Your Pick!
Week 4 Takamine GN30ce Sunburst
For our final week we wanted something completely different. So the One and Only Guitarworks in Greenwood- the place.. to Take Your Pick! Has chosen a fine acoustic/electric guitar from the world’s leader- Takamine guitars!
Takamine is the choice of so many of the world’s top professionals, universally accepted as the standard of modern acoustic performance on stage and in the studio.
This week Guitarworks in Greenwood presents The GN20CE-in Natural Satin finish. Takamine’s compact “NEX” body style and Takamine electronics create a guitar that sounds as good as it looks. The GN20CE marries a solid cedar top with sapele back and sides to produce a warm, beautifully detailed tone perfect for a wide range of musical styles. A slim satin-finished neck and 12″-radius fingerboard feels great, and Takamine’s TP-4TD preamp has a built-in tuner and three-band EQ.
the One and Only Guitarworks in Greenwood- the place.. to Take Your Pick! Is the nation’s ONLY Takamine Premier Showroom, chosen by Takamine’s Japanese headquarters to owners the #1 reference dealer from the Takamine website! Guitarworks features the entire line of Pro series and G series guitars- just Take Your Pick!”
Valued at over $ 650, we wanna put it under your tree!! Our gift to you, from Takamine guitars, the Morning Music Mindbender, and of course from your friends at the One and Only Guitarworks in Greenwood- the place.. to Take Your Pick! The nation’s #1 Takamine guitar dealer!
For Record Store Day WTTS brought back one of our favorite traditions, WTTSAlbum Side Saturday. Congratulations to all our listeners who scored free vinyl and WTTS limited edition slip mats.
Here’s a complete list of the classic albums sides we played:
The Band – Music From Big Pink – Side 2 – 1968
We Can Talk
Long Black Veil
The Wheel’s On Fire
I Shall Be Released
Don Henley – Building The Perfect Beast – Side 2 – 1984
Building The Perfect Beast
All She Wants To Do Is Dance
Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed
Land Of The Living
****”A Month of Sundays” appeared on the cassette and compact disc versions of the album, between “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” & “Sunset Grill,” but was not included on the LP due to the time constraints of the format****
Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Side 1 – 1973
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Candle In The Wind
Bennie And The Jets
The Police – Ghost In The Machine – Side 1 – 1981
Spirits In The Material World
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Hungry For You
Grateful Dead – American Beauty – Side 1 – 1970
Box Of Rain
Friend Of The Devil
INXS – Kick – Side 1 – 1987
Guns In The Sky
Need You Tonight
The Loved One
Led Zeppelin – II – Side 1 – 1969
Whole Lotta Love
What Is And What Should Never Be
The Lemon Song
Dire Straits – Making Movies – Side 1 – 1980
Tunnel Of Love
Romeo & Juliet
Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard – Side 1 – 1974
Give Me Strength
Willie and the Hand Jive
I Shot the Sheriff
Black Crowes – Shake Your Moneymaker – Side 1 – 1990
Twice As Hard
Could I’ve Been So Blind
The Beatles – The White Album – Side 1 – 1968
Back In The USSR
Wild Honey Pie
The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Bob Seger – Stranger In Town – Side 1 – 1978
Still The Same
Old Time Rock and Roll
Till It Shines
Feel Like A Number
The Who – Who’s Next – Side 1 – 1971
Love Ain’t For Keeping
The Song Is Over
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Damn The Torpedos – Side 1 – 1979
Here Comes My Girl
Even The Losers
Shadow O A Doubt (A Complex Kid)
ZZ Top – Tres Hombres – Side 1 – 1973
Waitin’ For The Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
Master Of Sparks
Hot, Blue and Righteous
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers – Side 1 – 1971
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
You Gotta Move
Genesis – Genesis – Side 1 – 1983
Home By The Sea
Second Home By The Sea
Allman Brothers Band – Eat A Peach – Side 3 – 1972
One Way Out
Trouble No More
The Cars – The Cars – Side 2 – 1978
You’re All I’ve Got Tonight
Bye Bye Love
Moving In Stereo
All Mixed Up
Led Zeppelin – IV – Side 1 – 1971
Rock and Roll
The Battle Of Evermore
Stairway To Heaven
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town – Side 2 – 1978
The Promised Land
Streets Of Fire
Prove It All Night
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac – Side 2 – 1975
Say You Love Me
I’m So Afraid
John Mellencamp – American Fool – Side 1 – 1982
Hurts So Good
Jack & Diane
Hand To Hold On To
Can You Take It
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here – Side 2 – 1975
Have A Cigar
Wish You Were Here
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)
U2 – War – Side 1 – 1983
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year’s Day
Like A Song…
Billy Joel – 52nd Street – Side 1 – 1978
The Eagles – The Long Run – Side 1 – 1979
The Long Run
I Can’t Tell You Why
In The City
The Disco Strangler
King Of Hollywood
Tom Petty – Pack Up The Plantation – Live – Side 1 – 1985
Any time of the year is a good time to be thinking about beach weather and since 92-3 WTTS is your connection to the coolest music festivals on earth we want to send you to the sea for the Hangout Hookup!
Here’s how to win: Starting March 5th, register in person at Centerpoint Brewing Company @ 1125 E. Brookside Avenue, Indianapolis, just East of Mass Ave. The deadline to enter is April 1st and you must be 25 or older to win. The Hangout Hookup from Concord Music Group, Centerpoint Brewing Company; Precision engineered, craft beer for everyone, and 92-3 WTTS.
It’s the return of the WTTS Christmas Can Concert! This year we brought Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness to the Bluebird in Bloomington to help families in need (see a re-cap here), and on December 21st WTTS is bringing another great benefit concert to The Vogue to make the holidays even happier. The 2nd Christmas Can Concert stars The War On Drugs, and their L.A. based electronic opening act Lo Moon. Tickets for that show have sold out but VIP’s have a chance at a free pair by registering in the VIP Room. This exclusive show is sponsored by Sun King Brewery, and City Barbeque.
To help out Food Rescue’s mission to help fight school food waste stop by City Barbeque through December 21st and drop off non-perishable and canned items at any of their five locations and while you are there sip a pint of Sun King’sSunlight CreamAle to donate a dollar to Food Rescue.
Then, when you come to the show, bring a sack of non-perishable canned goods. You’ll be helping out neighbors in need this holiday. A portion of proceeds will also benefit Food Rescue.
About Food Rescue: The K-12 Food Rescue Program in 350 schools addresses the estimated 1 billion Unwanted, Unpeeled, and Unwrapped food items wasted annually in America, and simultaneously engages students to lead us out of the mess through their Student Leader Entrepreneurial Initiative, or S.L.E.I. for short. (Pronounced SLAY). They are actively seeking High School student leaders to become the face of the school food waste issue, and subsequently lead our country into a new mindset.
On a chilly Sunday night, December 6th, the second WTTS Christmas Can Concert took place at the Bluebird in Bloomington. Fort Worth R&B and soul artist Leon Bridges took the stage for a sold-out show. There is no need to say that he won over the hearts of the audience because it was obvious throughout the evening that he already had reached each and every one of them.
Leon Bridges is a classic old soul in a young man’s body. The 26-year-old’s gospel roots so very clearly influence his soulful music, reminiscent of the greats like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding. Bridges is still on the rise as he signed with Columbia Records in 2014 after having played open-mic shows around Fort Worth for some time. DJ Spikes, a local Bloomington DJ playing vintage soul and R&B records, performed a set before Bridges took the stage. WTTS DJ Rob Humphrey introduced Leon Bridges and his band, all of whom had just come from performing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live the previous evening.
The band enters dressed very professionally with somewhat of a vintage twist that creates the mood of a 1960s R&B performance. Bridges enters and looks exactly the way he sounds. From his modern-day conk haircut to his mustard tweed suit, Leon Bridges looked quite perfect on the small club stage. The sweetest of sounds boomed throughout the Bluebird that night.
Spoken like a true gentleman, his first words to the audience were “Nice to meet you.” His 7-piece band included himself and one other vocalist, a saxophone, guitar, bass, drums, and organ. Bridges took time out of the show to introduce all the band members and was sure to add compliments or a quick story of their meeting. Bridges admittedly played many songs from his album, “Coming Home” (released in June 2015) and added some new music into the mix, too.
Leon Bridges’ sound is so much more than the “soul” or “R&B” label; It’s fresh but it’s authentic, and it’s the perfect meeting of yesterday and tomorrow. If you’ve heard his vintage voice, then you know that it is effortlessly like butter. His vocal runs and exquisite vintage dance moves transport you to an entirely different place and time and it is a pleasure to be transported there. If you haven’t heard his voice…get to it.
Highlights of the night included “Better Man,” “Smooth Sailing,” “Twistin’ & Groovin’,” “Coming Home,” and “Lisa Sawyer.” He gave small introductions to many of the songs. “Twistin’ & Groovin’” was written about the night his grandfather met his grandmother. “Lisa Sawyer” was written for his mother. “Smooth Sailing” got a different kind of introduction in the form of a drum solo and the crowd really got moving. Bridges closed the set with an intimate performance of “River” in which he played electric guitar alone with his backing vocalist.
After the crowd chanted “Leon, Leon, Leon,” the guitarist enters the stage and the rest of the band gradually joins him for a three-song encore of new music. These included “Pussyfootin’,” an instantly classic love song, and “Mississippi Kisses.” “Mississippi Kisses” is an utterly groovy song that brings to mind Wilbert Harrison’s 1959 recording of “Kansas City.” During “Mississippi Kissses” Bridges instructs different parts of the crowd to go crazy in sections, and then in unison as he addresses them as “Indiana”; They did indeed go crazy for the Southern charmer for the final time that evening. Leon Bridges warmed the hearts of WTTS listeners on a chilly December evening, but that definitely won’t be the last you see of him.
Thanks to all WTTS listeners who participated in the 2015 Christmas Can Concerts by purchasing tickets and donating canned goods to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Bloomington. Thanks also to Green Bean Delivery for sponsoring WTTS Christmas Can Concert efforts during this season of giving. Happy Holidays from WTTS!
For Record Store Day WTTS brought back one of our favorite traditions, WTTSAlbum Side Saturday. Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Kathy Reed, who picked up a vinyl copy of every album we played, courtesy of Indy CD & Vinyl and a portable turntable signed by Tom Petty, courtesy of Warner Brothers Records.
Here’s a complete list of the classic albums sides we played:
Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed – Side 2 – 1969
B1 Midnight Rambler 6:52
B2 You Got the Silver 2:51
B3 Monkey Man 4:12
B4 You Can’t Always Get What You Want 7:28
Paul Simon – Graceland– Side 1 – 1986
A1 The Boy in the Bubble 3:59
A2 Graceland 4:48
A3 I Know What I Know 3:13
A4 Gumboots 2:44
A5 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 5:45
John Mellencamp – American Fool – Side 1 – 1982
A1 Hurst So Good 3:42
A2 Jack & Diane 4:16
A3 Hand to Hold on To 3:25
A4 Danger List 4:28
A5 Can You Take It 3:35
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti – Side 2 – 1975
B1 House of the Holy 4:04
B2 Trampled Under Foot 5:36
B3 Kashmir 8:37
Neil Young – Harvest – Side 1 – 1972
A1 Out on the Weekend 4:35
A2 Harvest 3:11
A3 A man Needs a Maid 4:05
A4 Heart of Gold 3:07
A5 Are You Ready for the Country? 3:33
U2 – Joshua Tree – Side 1 – 1987
A1 Where the Streets Have No Name 5:38
A2 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 4:38
A3 With or Without You 4:56
A4 Bullet the Blue Sky 4:32
A5 Running to Stand Still 4:18
The Beatles – White Album – Side 1 – 1968
A1 Back in the U.S.S.R. 2:43
A2 Dear Prudence 3:56
A3 Glass Onion 2:17
A4 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 3:08
A5 Wild Honey Pie 0:52
A6 The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill 3:14
A7 While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:45
A8 Happiness Is a Warm Gun 2:43
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. – Side 1 – 1984
A1 Born in the U.S.A. 4:40
A2 Cover Me 3:27
A3 Darlington County 4:48
A4 Working on the Highway 3:13
A5 Downbound Train 3:35
A6 I’m on Fire 2:40
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon – Side 2 – 1973
B1 Money 6:30
B2 Us and Them 7:51
B3 Any Colour You Like 3:24
B4 Brain Damage 3:50
B5 Eclipse 2:03
Eagles – The Long Run – Side 1 – 1979
A1 The Long Run 3:42
A2 I Can’t Tell You Why 4:56
A3 In the City 3:46
A4 The Disco Strangler 2:46
A5 King of Hollywood 6:27
The Grateful Dead – American Beauty – Side 1 – 1970
A1 Box of Rain 5:18
A2 Friend of the Devil 3:24
A3 Sugar Magnolia 3:19
A4 Operator 2:25
A5 Candyman 6:14
The Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker – Side 1 – 1990
A1 Twice As Hard 4:09
A2 Jealous Again 4:35
A3 Sister Luck 5:14
A4 Could I’ve Been So Blind 3:44
A5 Seeing Things 5:18
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours – Side 1 – 1977
A1 Second Hand News 2:56
A2 Dreams 4:14
A3 Never Going Back Again 2:14
A4 Don’t Stop 3:13
A5 Go Your Own Way 3:38
A6 Songbird 3:20
Cheap Trick – Live at Budakon – Side 2 – 1979
B1 Ain’t That a Shame 5:10
B2 I Want You to Want Me 3:38
B3 Surrender 4:40
B4 Goodnight Now 2:42
B5 Clock Strikes Ten 4:11
The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers – Side 1 – 1971
A1 Brown Sugar 3:48
A2 Sway 3:50
A3 Wild Horses 5:42
A4 Can’t You Hear Me Knocking 7:14
A5 You Gotta Move 2:32
INXS – Kick – Side 1 – 1987
A1 Guns in the Sky 2:21
A2 New Sensation 3:39
A3 Devil Inside 5:14
A4 Need You Tonight 3:01
A5 Mediate 2:36
A6 The Loved One 3:37
Eric Clapton – Slowhand – Side 1 – 1977
A1 Cocaine 3:38
A2 Wonderful Tonight 3:44
A3 Lay Down Sally 3:56
A4 Next Time You See Her 4:01
A5 We’re All The Way 2:32
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV – Side 1 – 1971
A1 Black Dog 4:54
A2 Rock and Roll 3:40
A3 The Battle of Evermore 5:51
A4 Stairway to Heaven 8:02
David Bowie – Let’s Dance – Side 1 – 1983
A1 Modern Love 4:46
A2 China Girl 5:32
A3 Let’s Dance 7:37
A4 Without You 3:08
The Who – Who’s Next – Side 1 – 1971
A1 Baba O’Riley 5:08
A2 Bargain 5:34
A3 Love Ain’t for Keeping 2:10
A4 My Wife 3:41
A5 The Song Is Over 6:14
John Mellencamp – Scarecrow – Side 1 – 1985
A1 Rain on the Scarecrow 3:46
A2 Grandma’s Theme 0:56
A3 Small Town 3:41
A4 Minutes to Memories 4:11
A5 Lonely Ol’ Night 3:45
A6 The Face of the Nation 3:13
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmos Factory – Side 2 – 1970
B1 Up Around The Bend 2:40
B2 My Baby Left Me 2:17
B3 Who’ll Stop The Rain 2:28
B4 I Heard It Through The Grapevine 11:05
B5 Long As I Can See The Light 3:33
The Cars – The Cars – Side 2 – 1978
B1 You’re All I’ve Got Tonight 4:13
B2 Bye Bye Love 4:14
B3 Moving in Stereo 4:41
B4 All Mixed Up 4:14
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced – Side 2 – 1967
B1 The Wind Cries Mary 3:21
B2 Fire 2:34
B3 Third Stone from the Sun 6:40
B4 Foxy Lady 3:15
B5 Are You Experienced? 3:55
The Beatles – Revolver – Side 1 – 1966
A1 Taxman 2:39
A2 Eleanor Rigby 2:06
A3 I’m Only Sleeping 3:00
A4 Love You To 2:59
A5 Here, There and Everywhere 2:25
A6 Yellow Submarine 2:41
A7 She Said She Said 2:37
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà vu – Side 1 – 1970
A1 Carry On 4:26
A2 Teach Your Children 2:53
A3 Almost Cut My Hair 4:31
A4 Helpless 3:33
A5 Woodstock 3:54
Tom Petty – Damn Torpedoes – Side 1 – 1979
A1 Refugee 3:22
A2 Here Comes My Girl 4:27
A3 Even the Losers 3:59
A4 Shadow of a doubt (A Complex Kid) 4:25
A5 Century City 3:45
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here – Side 2 – 1975
B1 Have A Cigar 5:24
B2 Wish You Were Here 5:40
B3 Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX) 12:29
Saturday night, October 3rd, Mark Knopfler played a sold-out show at the Murat Theatre in the Old National Centre in Indianapolis. He was joined on stage by his band of eight other people to play a two-hour concert filled with classics from his former band, Dire Straits, and solo tracks, too. Knopfler is a musicians’ musician after having worked with and even producing records for the likes of Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, and Randy Newman. Rolling Stone ranked Knopfler the 27th greatest guitarist of all time and that title rang true on Saturday night in Indianapolis.
As the crowd sat in anticipation, a man appeared on stage wearing a bright, bold Union Jack jacket and introduced the one and only Mark Knopfler. The entire band then entered the stage and led the crowd in a clapping rhythm to warm up the room. In fact, Knopfler warmed the entire evening with his quick little jokes and asides. He even told his band “good luck” a handful of times. The entire crowd was giggling from his dry British humor and he kept it understated and consistent all evening.
The stage was set up with appropriate but discrete lighting and three blocks of instruments. Almost every instrument the band used throughout the evening (and there were many) was housed right there on stage. This gave the show a sort of living room or studio feeling. If you add in the fact that Knopfler hinted at the show being whimsical with a loose set list and the lack of large monitors at the front of the stage blocking the band, you can understand how this show may have felt personal in a way.
At one point in the evening, Knopfler took a moment to introduce his band members. Not only did he introduce them to an energetic, cheering crowd, but he had the most genuine and heartfelt things to say about them. The audience could feel the shared admiration between band members and this made for a special evening. These band members played more instruments than most other rock concerts ever have. Multiple guitars, electric bass, double bass used with and without a bow, keys, organs, accordion, fiddle, Uilleann pipes (the national bagpipe of Ireland), mandolin, saxophone, and others all made appearances on stage. This band is wickedly talented.
Highlights of the night included “Privateering,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Postcards From Paraguay,” and the Dire Straits classic, “Sultans of Swing.” The show closed with
“Speedway at Nazareth” before an encore of “So Far Away” and “Going Home: theme from Local Hero.” During “Sultans of Swing” Knopfler played his signature Mark Knopfler Stratocaster guitar. He had the amazing ability to be able to play that song’s incredible guitar solo and have the rest of his body be as relaxed as can be. It was awe-inspiring.
In fact, the entire audience was awe-struck all evening. Knopfler himself used the term “Transatlantic Blues” at some point in the evening and that perfectly describes this classic bluesy rock with inspired hints of Celtic instruments and melody patterns. Mark Knopfler and his band left the audience in a unique kind of sensory overload with so many instruments doing so many things. One can’t help but try to watch them all at once, and that kind of musical overload is the best kind of musical overload.