Category: Events


Songwriter Row: Season Finale! April 10, 2016

Our inaugural season of Songwriter Row has encountered some scheduling hurdles, but we are on track for what promises to be a fantastic season finale this Sunday, April 10 at Rose City Coffee Co-op on Earlham College campus. RSVP on Facebook!

Songwriter Row is a monthly, all-original, all-ages concert series in Richmond, Indiana. This month’s featured songwriters are Miranda Pennington, Daniel Dye, Megan Eversole, and Allie Eykholt — hosted as always by Achilles Tenderloin.


Miranda Pennington

Miranda Louise Pennington‘s phenomenal lyrical compositions are carried by haunting vocal melodies and energetic jazz piano. You local folks might remember Miranda from our November 2015 edition of Lyricists’ Corner at New Boswell.

Check out Miranda’s videos on Youtube, MP3s Soundcloud, and more on Reverbnation. She also has a Facebook page.

Daniel Dye

Daniel Dye returns to Richmond for the first time since last November’s Lyricists’ Corner. He was also here with his Miller Road Band for the very first 888 Roots & Americana Showcase at E Street Pub, back in August 2014.

A talented and prolific lyricist, Daniel’s music explores a range of themes, from social issues to deeply personal and insightful songs about about love and spirituality. For accompaniment, he plays guitar, banjo and harmonica.

Daniel’s latest recording project, Home Sessions, features 12 songs written recorded and released individually throughout 2015 — one song for each month of the year. It’s currently available on Bandcamp, along with two previous albums recorded with the Miller Road Band: Blinded Again (2014) and Daniel Dye featuring the Miller Road Band (2010).

Home Sessions (Raw Singles), by Daniel Dye

Home Sessions (Raw Singles) by Daniel Dye, released 27 November 2015 1. John Crawford’s March (December) 2. Rolling Stones (January) 3. Gonna Need A Witness (February) 4. Saddest City in the USA (March) 5. The Emerald and the Ash (April) 6. Singapore (May) 7. Your Memory is Fading (June) 8.

Megan Eversole

Megan Eversole’s beautiful songs have been a staple of our local music scene for over a decade, as well as at music festivals in Florida and New York. Check out Megan’s full-length Lake Worth Sessions release on cdBaby.

♫ – Megan Eversole. Listen @cdbaby

Listen to and buy Megan Eversole music on CD Baby. Download or buy the CD Lake Worth Sessions by Megan Eversole on the independent record store by musicians for musicians.

Allie Eykholt

Allie joined us for the very first Songwriter Row in January. I can’t wait to hear her again and see what she’s been working on over the past few months!

Allie Eykholt

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Wooden Blues, April 15: Lou Shields, Micah Kesselring, Art by Philip English

Wooden Blues returns on Friday, April 15 to J&J Winery / Noble Order Brewing, in Richmond, Indiana. The music begins at 7 PM with an opening performance by Achilles Tenderloin. I’ve included a map below for any  first-timers, out there. Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

Each month, the Wooden Blues concert series features a different pair of the finest acoustic blues artists around, carefully selected and hosted by Achilles Tenderloin.

April’s featured acts are Lou Shields and Micah Kesselring. We are very lucky to have these two phenomenal players join us on Friday, April 15. Please drop in and give them a warm welcome.

Each Wooden Blues event also kicks off a monthly art show! April’s featured artist is Phil English. Show up between 5 and 7 to check out Phil’s paintings and meet the artist himself.

Lou Shields

Lou ShieldsA self-described “artist, musician, rambler and teacher,” Lou Shields recently relocated from his Chicago area homeland to a remote cabin in Southwest Wisconsin.

Drawing inspiration from early and mid-twentieth century folk and country blues, Lou uses guitar, harmonica and banjo to belt out impressive original songs. All the while, his feet tap out the rhythm, with on a bass stomp on one foot and a skateboard with bottle caps nailed to it on the other.

American RelicVisit Lou’s website to learn more about the man himself and drop by Reverbnation to sample a few tunes. His 2015 release American Relic is currently available for purchase here.


Micah Kesselring

Hailing from Southeastern Ohio, award-winning Piedmont and Delta style guitarist Micah Kesselring has wowed audiences the world over, from Columbus to Colombia — Memphis to Washington — with guitar licks that slide from dolorous to dizzying. In 2016, Micah made the finals at the 32nd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, placing in the Top 8 out of nearly 300 acts worldwide.

Micah’s latest studio album, Cabin Fever Blues (2015), features seven original songs alongside adaptations of four Delta blues classics. Check it out on Micah’s Bandcamp page, along with his 2013 release, Log Cabin Blues. You can also visit Reverbnation to learn more about Micah and his music.

Map to Wooden Blues

Here is a map to Wooden Blues at J&J Winery / Noble Order Brewing, in Richmond, Indiana.


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Lyricists’ Corner, April 3: Megan Hopkins, Kat Brennan, The Vagabond Chronicles, Achilles Tenderloin

This Sunday, April 3, this month’s Lyricists’ Corner is going to knock your socks off. We are graced by the momentous return of Megan Hopkins and Kat Brennan, as well as a rare appearance by longtime local favorite, The Vagabond Chronicles! As always, Achilles Tenderloin will host the event at New Boswell Brewery & Tap Room in Richmond and play a few songs of his own. The music starts at 7 PM sharp.

Megan Hopkins

I can hardly wait to see and hear our good friend Megan Hopkins again on April 3! It will be our supreme pleasure to have her back in Richmond.

In addition to being one hell of a lyricist and singer through and through, Megan is among the kindest and most earnest, down-to-earth people I’ve met. Her music will make you laugh, cry, and dance–guaranteed–in the best of ways. If you have never heard her, make sure you come out for a dose of truth with all kinds of soul on it.

I first met Megan when we played an event together at The Irving Theater in October 2013, where I was immediately blown away by her fierce vocals and powerful songwriting. In the years that followed, Megan and her partner in crime Dave Vogt have become a mainstay at music festivals and venues all over the state.  You might even recognize Megan’s voice from a number of events right here in Richmond.

Look up Megan’s music on Soundcloud, Reverbnation, and Facebook. You’ll be glad you did.

Megan Hopkins | Folk from Lapel, IN

Folk music, lyrics, and videos from Lapel, IN on ReverbNation

Kat Brennan

Kat returns to us from Lima, Ohio, for the first time in nearly a year! If you caught her at the May 2015 Lyricists’ Corner, or at the final edition of my Roscoe’s Odyssey series in August 2014, you already know we are in for a powerful live music experience, this Sunday.

Kat is a leader and innovator in the Lima area music community. In addition to her solo act and singing with her husband as a duo: Kat & Geoff, Kat has also organized various music events in the region including a long running open mic, co-hosted a local music podcast, and currently fronts two other bands: Them Kids and The Vital Season.

The Vagabond Chronicles

Lyricists Corner flyer 2016 APRILNick, a local favorite of more than a decade, will join us for a rare local performance — the first to take place in Richmond since last May!

Nick’s intensely slow baritone voice, deft lyrics, and intricately mellow guitar compositions draws listeners into a world of his own.

Check out The Vagabond Chronicles on Soundcloud.

Vol. II by The Vagabond Chronicles

Stream Vol. II, a playlist by The Vagabond Chronicles from desktop or your mobile device




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Fountain Square Music Festival: New Day Craft Stage (VAFF at FSMF)

This Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, New Day Craft Meadery will host a free Virginia Avenue Folk Fest preview stage at Fountain Square Music Festival, in Indianapolis. Thirteen acts from the VAFF 2016 roster will perform. RSVP on Facebook!

Click the names below for details about the thirteen acts who will perform on the New Day Craft stage this weekend:

Friday, March 25
4 pm – Achilles Tenderloin
5 pm – Adam Kuhn
6 pm – Brandon Wadley
7 pm – Jeff Kelly
8 pm – Dear Lincoln

Saturday, March 26
1 pm – Juvin: The One-Man Band
2 pm – Luke Knight
3 pm – Ryan M. Brewer
4 pm – Megan Hopkins & Dave Vogt
5 pm – Kenan Rainwater
6 pm – Shelby County Sinners
7 pm – The Stampede String Band
8 pm – Bigfoot Yancey

About Virginia Avenue Folk Fest

Now in the festival’s second year, VAFF 2016 will showcase over 100 bands on Saturday, May 14 on thirteen stages throughout the Fountain Square neighborhood in Indianapolis. RSVP on Facebook!

See the graphic below for the full VAFF 2016 lineup, or visit the official festival website.

Map to New Day Craft, in Indianapolis

Here is a map to New Day Craft:

Moriah Haven's Artist Showcase

Moriah Haven’s Artist Showcase: March 26 at Taffy’s

This Saturday, March 26, Taffy’s of Eaton presents Moriah Haven’s Artist Showcase Extravaganza!

Beginning at 8 PM, Moriah Haven, aka “Django The Ringmaster,” will introduce you to poets, songwriters, and visual artists from around the region.

RSVP on Facebook!

Click the names below for details about the many talented individuals who will present their work at the showcase:

Tim Caudill
Jeremy & Lynne
Sam Stone
Georgia Goad
Achilles Tenderloin

Moriah Haven
Kyle Epperson
Aaron Nell

Visual Artists
Aria-Blair Bottorff
Jun Bowman
Porscha Fleming
Miranda Louise Pennington
Ryanne Bevenger
David Maynard
Grace Witt

Map to Taffy’s in Eaton, OH

Birthday Boy Joe

March 19: Joe’s 33rd Birthday Concert at E Street Pub!

I’m going to turn 33 Earth years this Saturday, March 19! We’re holding a musical birthday celebration at E Street Pub that night with Achilles Tenderloin, Blackthorn’s Bards, and 4 new bands!

The stage will burn all night long, beginning with Achilles Tenderloin at 9 PM sharp. In addition to Blackthorn’s Bards and Achilles Tenderloin, we’re hosting a showcase of four new bands, all formed within the past year: The Years, Patchwork Sunshine, Osculatious Johnson, and Free Shots Band.

Here is the evening’s music schedule:

Joe's 33rd Birthday FlyerE Street Pub will provide Saint Patrick’s Day festivities and a Fireball party for the occasion. Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

Blackthorn’s Bards

Blackthorn’s Bards will help us get into the Saint Patrick’s Day spirit with their unique brand of Celtic rock: a lively, boisterous mixture of acoustic rock and traditional Irish music that will get your boots stomping every time.

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Blackthorn’s Bards, Feb 2014, by Nate Stevens

Blackthorn’s Bards are Toby Isaacs (guitar, vocal), Craig Wynne (mandolin), Jack Humphrey (hand drums), Cory Glisson (guitar), Kierstan Barbre (fiddle), and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Nell (fiddle, flute, accordion).

The Years

Phil English, Craig Wynne, and Cory Glisson are The Years. You may have heard The Years at 2015’s 888 Roots showcase, or any number of venues in the area, including Kennedy Vineyard, J&J Winery, and Roscoe’s Coffee Bar, just to name a few.

The Years, Aug 2015, by Nate Stevens
The Years, Aug 2015, by Nate Stevens

Osculatious Johnson

Osculatious Johnson is an exciting new project from Drew Davis, Tank Riggs, and Xac Mullins, blending poetry with complex musical arrangements. I can’t wait to hear what the group has been working on for the past several months!

Patchwork Sunshine

Brentney Campbell, Brian Elstro, Cory Glisson, Aaron Nell, and Craig Wynne make up Patchwork Sunshine. Brentney’s airily haunting vocal dances through a playfully soulful mix of bass, drums, trumpet, and intricate guitar stylings.

Free Shots Band

Free Shots Band’s driving electric riffs will keep us dancing into the night. Brandon “BR” Roberts, guitar and vocals, is accompanied by Marty Massoff (bass) and Brad Bales (drums).