Last night, I ventured out to a new venue to me, Indy's Jukebox. This place is now holding shows that the Vollrath Tavern, which had to close, was scheduled to hold. I had no idea where this place was, but luckily it wasn't too far from me, and once I got there, I realized exactly where it was.
Overall, it's a cool little place, and I hope that more bands will get to play there. Last night was just acoustic singer songwriters, so I am interested to hear how a whole band would sound in the small place. The sound last night was great for what they were doing. I could make out everything loudly and clearly.
Playing first was Ryan Brewer. I had the pleasure of seeing him playing with Fallow, and was hooked on that band, so this was a different change of pace. But I had been keeping up with his music Monday series, so I knew what kind of sound he could bring. The songs are very in depth about what he's singing. His vocal range is wide ranged and can easily go up in the high region or down low in that bassy tone. A very good thing! There's a hint of blues in some of the songs, but overall it's just good acoustic stuff that you can sit and enjoy while having a low key night at Indy's Jukebox.
After him was Mason Reed, who I had no idea what he was all about, and I can say yet again the singing caught my ear. His voice was very bassy, and it's funny to think that the singing came out of him. Think something like Johnny Cash, but with a little more depth to it. Very folk and country influenced. But the cool thing about Mason is he has a notebook that he asks for people to autograph. Just think most people want the singer's autograph, but Mason wanted the people's autograph. I took a few minutes and wrote him a short note. The songs are all about life, and I can tell there's a story behind every song. I am one of those people who would love to hear all the stories behind the songs. He's been traveling for about five weeks, and is eager to make it back home. But he enjoyed the visit he had last night and I hope he makes it out here again.