Our 17th Season: 2017/2018
New Augusta Bluegrass Band
Saturday September 30, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)
The story of New Augusta Bluegrass Band begins in May of 2008 when bluegrass pals Dave Schroeder (guitar), Lisa Wagoner (upright bass), and John Gates (mandolin) came together for a pick-up gig – and never looked back! Joined by multi-instrumentalist Roger Banister and Brian Lappin on banjo, this five-piece Central Indiana ensemble of talented pickers and singers continues to pursue their mutual interest in exploring virtually any genre to augment their core bluegrass repertoire, with selections from newgrass, jazz, old-time, old country, rock’n’roll, and Celtic regularly making the set list.
The band’s playful approach, balanced by their reverence for the bluegrass tradition, is a hallmark of New Augusta Bluegrass Band’s performances. In fact, it’s often hard to tell who’s having more fun – the band or the audience!
The Half Step Sisters
Saturday October 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)
Indianapolis favorites Katie Burk (fiddle on vocals) and Julia Conway (bass, ukulele and vocals) first joined musical forces in 2008 to develop their own take on the folk and acoustic roots music they both love. These talented and engaging performers charm and delight audiences everywhere they play with their interesting arrangements and close vocal harmonies, and have recently focused on writing and recording their own original songs.
In 2012, The Half Step Sisters were chosen from among 1000 entries to appear on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Performing as part of the Duets Competition, the duo wowed the audience and took home third place!
Open Mic Night Benefit
Saturday November 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Performer sign up begins at 6:00 p.m.)
Pay what you will
Our annual Thanksgiving weekend tradition continues. Up-and-coming performers enjoy a warm, receptive audience, and pros try out new material. Performance spots fill up quickly, so don’t be late!
Proceeds benefit Exodus Refugee Immigration, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of human rights by serving the resettlement needs of refugees and other displaced people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war by welcoming them to Indiana.
Tim Grimm & Krista Detor
Saturday December 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)
Krista Detor and Tim Grimm have each performed multiple times at the Indy Folk Series — solo, with their bands, and for the past several years together at our very popular Holiday concerts. Join us for a magical evening with these amazing singer-songwriters, served up with a side of Holiday cheer!
Tim Grimm is a bit of a Rennaisance man in the performing arts world. For the past 15 years he has blended his love for songwriting and travel with acting in theatre, film and television. He has composed music for the theatre, most recently the wildly successful Finding Home: Indiana at 200 at the Indianapolis Repertory Theatre. His most recent release, “A Stranger in This Time” hit the top of the Folk DJ charts for two months in a row in early 2017.
Krista Detor is a pianist and singer-songwriter whose music defies easy categorization. With her expressive, sultry voice, artful song crafting, and intelligent, heartfelt lyrics, Krista’s performances paint mental pictures of mystery and wonder that you won’t soon forget. Based in in Bloomington, she tours extensively throughout the U.S., Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Moors & McCumber
Saturday January 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)
When they met by chance ten years ago, James Moors and Kort McCumber felt like the universe was throwing them together for a reason. Like Simon & Garfunkel or Crosby, Stills and Nash, they deliver haunting songs about love and life with dazzling instrumentals and transcendent harmonies.
Their fifth CD, Live at the Blue Rock, captures the magic of their live shows. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines says, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver in a big way.”
Saturday February 17, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)
A returning favorite to the Indy Folk Series, Edie Carey is known for her unmistakable, soulful voice, her intelligent, heart-grabbing songs, but perhaps most especially for her warm, engaging presence on – and off – stage. As much a part of her show as the music itself, Carey’s wry and often self-mocking humor makes audiences feel as though they have just spent an evening with a very close friend.
Carey has been singing at festivals, colleges, and listening rooms across the US, Canada and Europe since 1999, performing alongside Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlile, and Shawn Mullins, and has been a featured artist on NPR’s Mountain Stage.
Saturday March 10, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)
From Springfield IL, Bedford is a true son of the heartland. Often drawing upon history, Bedford’s songs have a strong sense of time and place. The songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative. With four albums to his credit, Bedford’s songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier’s wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, and many more.
Together with his friend Tim Grimm, Bedford is also part of the Americana/Roots duo “The Tall Trees” who have toured throughout the U.S.
Annie & Rod Capps Band
Saturday April 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)
Annie and Rod Capps are on a musical journey that began in 1982, culminating into a symbiotic sound that reflects their deep and intuitive understanding of each other. Songs about broken things and poignant little ponderings are delivered with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang and a soulful groove. For over 10 years, they’ve been collaborating with one of Michigan’s most sought after side-players, Jason Dennie, who contributes both virtuoso mandolin and spot on harmony. A more recent addition to their live concerts and recent recording, Dan “Ozzie” Andrews, brings with him a degree in jazz bass and vast experience in all musical styles. Genuine and playful; effortless and endearing; the Capps and their band have been enchanting audiences in quality music venues, house concerts, coffeehouses and festivals throughout their home state of Michigan and beyond.
Saturday May 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. (Doors to the lobby open at 6:15)
Bill Staines has played numerous times at the Indy Folk Series, and is among our most requested performers. For more than forty years, he has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. His music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.
Staines weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, “He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic.”