Sun King Brewery & MOKB Present
Brandon "Taz" Niederauer
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Brandon "Taz" Niederauer
Fifteen-year-old Brandon Niederauer, nicknamed “Taz” for his ferocious guitar playing, is living proof that dreams really do come true. Having performed in some of the most legendary venues in America with many of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist, singer, and songwriter has already earned himself quite the reputation.
It all started at eight years old, when Brandon watched the movie School of Rock. Already inspired by his father’s record collection, Brandon instantly realized he was destined to play guitar. From that moment on, his guitar rarely left his hands. Just four years later, Brandon was cast in the principal role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical.
Based in New York City, Brandon has had the opportunity to play with many of his musical idols. In recent years, he’s shared the stage with multiple members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as a variety of other notable musicians, including Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, and John Popper. He has also performed with Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Blackberry Smoke, Galactic, and countless other bands.
Since making his national television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at just ten years old, Brandon has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and The View.
In 2018, Brandon reunited with Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing in January with Sarah Brightman at The Phantom of the Opera’s 30th Anniversary celebration, and in April alongside Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, and John Legend in NBC’s live broadcast production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Brandon is currently featured in Spike Lee’s Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, and performs concerts for audiences across the country and around the world.
Blackberry Jam is an urban alternative band formed in the late fall of 96. The band has emerged as one of the more eclectic units around by playing and often times merging raw heavy rock and chill-out soul together. Originating in Indianapolis, Indiana...the band's nucleus consist of founding member/ bassist Ron "Poncho" Hedrick, lead singer Jumbo Shrimp, Brian Weir Harden on guitar, Jerry Gates on drums, and Sean "Solar Power" Hedrick as MC extraordinaire/back-up vox/ rhythmatic elements, and recently added Joe Burton on percussionand sound enhancement. BBJ is committed to presenting a whole new sound based on the diverse attitude the band brings to their music and live shows. The group whose line-up consist of talented multi-genre music lovers... proves the unique sound as well as style of Blackberry Jam is intentional.
BBJ has compiled a pretty strong resume along the way by being the only band from Indianapolis, IN to open for top funk and soul acts such as: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Van Hunt, Here Come The Mummies, and Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign(throw-back legendary funk and soul band from Indianapolis, IN). Noted music festivals Blackberry Jam has played at are: The King of The Skate Park (an all day BMX and Skateboard/music festival held at the Major Taylor Velodrome complex in Indianapolis,IN) which was organized by BBJ band member Sean "Solar Power" Hedrick, The Midwest Music Summit, and back in Oct 2008 in the beautiful landscape of Deerfields Mills River, NC the band performed at the Loki Festival which included: The Roots, JJ Grey And Mofro, Toots & The Maytals, Cake, George Clinton, and countless other notable acts. BBJ's many urban channels put them in a class of very few. They have played many venues ranging from live music bars to cozy clubs all the way up to large college universities.
Not a lot of bands are able to touch as many different people and diverse crowds the way BBJ can. The members of the band are good spiritual minded people who believe in pure music. Through dedication and love for the urban music scene local to world-wide...Blackberry Jam's only alternative is to stay committed to providing its power and finesse to an already great culture.