ICBC July 4th Music Festival w/ Vacation Club and more
Vacation Club, Party Lines, Oreo Jones, DMA, Action Jackson, Slater Hogan, John Larner
24 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46202
4:00 PM (event ends at 10:30 PM)
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
The music makes you think of the mid-60s, of the Vietnam War, of the moment precisely as rock and roll was getting angry. It is controlled chaos; it is kind of like the Beach Boys meet The Rolling Stones. But it's more than that because there is a twisted, psychedelic-punk element you just can't put your finger on; the lead singer's chirpy voice and the scorchingly electric delivery of what would otherwise be sugary mid-60s pop makes you wonder if these dudes are completely sane. But, if you like it so much, maybe you aren't either.
Party Lines is a dance rock band based out of Ftn Square in Indianapolis that falls somewhere on the sonic spectrum between Jamariquai and Chromeo. Started as a duo between front man Jerred Lowe and producer Aaron Hogan, the band now includes up to 9 members for performances. Party Lines frequently includes the horn section from ska legend Johnny Socko.
Just who is the hunk of burning love we have come to know as Oreo Jones?
He is as unique as his Cosby sweater – a bearded brother who summons multiple musical personalities for every new project. But at the heart of it, Oreo Jones is just a true emcee mixing everything he's got – literally beats, rhymes and life – into a bracing hip-hop stew. In the spring of 2010, Jones grabbed the Indianapolis music scene by the throat with the release of his Delicious EP. Anchored by the success of the single "Good Times" – which was prominently featured on several national music blogs – the album reached #4 on the Hypem.com Twitter chart.
Fast forward to the NOW … and Jones is preparing to launch his latest juggernaut with his debut solo long-player, Betty, dropping on Sept. 4 on the estimable Rad Summer label. This platter showcases the same gregarious personality while featuring songs about the trials, tribulations and everyday shenanigans that are at the soul of Oreo Jones. Through clever story telling and a sick flow, Jones takes us on a very personal tour through the parts of life that built his character.
Eschewing the sample-based production that made the Delicious EP so yummy, Betty provides thick-cut, genre bending beats that you can sink your teeth into. The lyrics tackle everything from slavery on "House Nigga", to a more laid back cuts like "No Coast" – an electronic daydream about kickin' it West Coast while landlocked in Naptown. By the end of the record, it is clear that Oreo Jones has broken the mold and will defy all expectations. Betty is Jones' musical testament to becoming his own man – not to mention the best emcees ever named after a cookie! The standout single "Needy" – outlining Jones' desire to make Betty a beacon of light in the choppy seas of the rap game – will have a video forthcoming early next month.
Prior to Betty, Oreo Jones was known for the sheer diversity of his projects. He has a natural ability to pull in people from all walks of life to create unique and memorable music. Last year, Jones linked up with indie rock bands We Are Hex (Roaring Colonel, Third Man Records), Jookabox (Asthmetic Kitty, Joyful Noise), The Woodhands (Paper Bag Recordings), and Fair Fijola to craft the Oreo Jones & Friends EP to benefit VH1′s Save The Music project. And his love of ALL things female lead to the infamous Black Fabio collaboration with DJ Action Jackson – a concept mixtape that featured the single "Reggie Miller" (think Digital Underground's Sex Packets meets Handsome Boy Modeling School).
Who knows what's else is in store for someone with as many badass ideas as Oreo Jones ... packing the dance floor AND having all the ladies screaming just might not be enough..
DMA is David "Moose" Adamson, songwriter for the now dissolved Indianapolis band Jookabox. DMA is a crust-funk musical project based in the infamous, powerful, and widely discussed "Scrimp-Screet" cultural movement. With DMA, Moo is now free to get as weird, creepy, and sweet as he pleases, in a lone wolf way. "It'll be nice to dance wildly at my shows again," quipped the handsome and sharp-witted Moose when reached for comment.