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October 2016 - An Indiana Legend
Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,
An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away,
An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,
An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;
An’ all us other childern, when the supper things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun
A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you
Onc’t they was a little boy wouldn’t say his prayers,--
So when he went to bed at night, away up stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an’ his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An’ when they turn’t the kivvers down, he wasn’t there at all!
An’ they seeked him in the rafter-room, an’ cubby-hole, an’ press,
An’ seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an’ ever’wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found was thist his pants an’ roundabout--
An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you
An’ one time a little girl ‘ud allus laugh an’ grin,
An’ make fun of ever’one, an’ all her blood an’ kin;
An’ onc’t, when they was “company," an’ ole folks was there,
She mocked ‘em an’ shocked ‘em, an’ said she didn’t care!
An’ thist as she kicked her heels, an’ turn’t to run an’ hide,
They was two great big Black Things a-standin’ by her side,
An’ they snatched her through the ceilin’ ‘fore she knowed what she’s about!
An’ the Gobble-uns’ll git you
An’ little Orphant Annie says when the blaze is blue,
An’ the lamp-wick sputters, an’ the wind goes woo-oo!
An’ you hear the crickets quit, an’ the moon is gray,
An’ the lightnin’-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
You better mind yer parents, an’ yer teachers fond an’ dear,
An’ churish them ‘at loves you, an’ dry the orphant’s tear,
An’ he’p the pore an’ needy ones ‘at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns’ll git you
--James Whitcomb Riley
September Events at a glance...
Click here for the full list of upcoming events for September 2016!
October Events at a glance...
Click here for the full list of upcoming events for October 2016!
Featured Event - Saturday, September 24: New Music with Royce Campbell!
While appearing on recordings as a sideman, and a couple as leader, during the early years of his career, Campbell started recording and touring more on his own during the 1990s, focusing at first on mainstream or straight-ahead jazz. Although he cites Wes Montgomery as his main influence, the influence of horn players such as Dexter Gordon and Chet Baker are evident in Royce's melodic style. In 1993, he produced Project G-5: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery which also featured guitarists Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, Herb Ellis and Cal Collins. His 1994 album 6x6 featured guitarists Pat Martino, John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Dave Stryker and Bucky Pizzarelli. With Project G-5: A Tribute to Joe Pass, in 1999, he combined the talents of Charlie Byrd, Gene Bertoncini, Mundell Lowe, and John Pisano.
Featured Event - Wednesday, September 28: The Big Broadway Sing Along!
One of our most popular, fun evenings at Chez J's! Join Sean Baker, the Music Maker and Scott Semester, your Court Jester for our Monthly Big Broadway Sing-Along! We'll provide the word in our Big Broadway Hymnal, you provide the voices. If you don't want to sing along, you can sit back and enjoy the incredible voices of the audience!
Featured Event - Sunday-Funday Brunch, October 9: Jan Aldridge-Clark Performing
The Amazing Jan Aldridge Clark will take you outside of your zone with her Jazz Harp. From Jobi & Gilberto to Zepplin, she's got it going on!
Friday, October 14: BLACKOUT - We are Pleased to Welcome the Conners and the Quigleys for their Rehearsal Dinner!
Thursday, October 20: Chef Joseph’s and Glazer’s present
“The Wines of Oregon and Washington”
Join us for our monthly Wine Pairing Dinner. At $65 per person, including tax and gratuity, this is one you won't want to miss! See the full menu here.
Friday, October 21: BLACKOUT - We are Pleased to Welcome the Scheaffers and the Collinsons for their Rehearsal Dinner!
Wednesday, October 26: The Big Broadway Sing Along!
Join us for The Big Broadway Sing-Along, the Monster Addition. Join Sean Baker, the Undertaker and Scott Semester, your Uncle Fester as they invite you to sing-along from our Big Broadway Hymnal (Book of Death). Wear your best costume for a chance to win great Prizes.
Saturday, October 29: Yvonne Allu Performing!
One of the finest Divas in Indianapolis brings romance to your spooky weekend!
Featured Event - Sunday Spookday Brunch, October 30: Costume Contest with
The Leisure Kings!
Join us for brunch in your best costume for a chance to win great prizes!
In the fall of 2002, two musicians of vastly different backgrounds were hired to perform a weekly gig together in the lounge of the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott. One was Michael Wiltrout, formerly the singer of midwestern punk/ska heroes of the 90's Johnny Socko. The other was Sean Baker, talented pianist, jingle writer and leader of Indianapolis' premier vocal jazz/lounge outfit, Four Sexes. They were hired to play some pleasant, if neutered, background music for jet-lagged business travellers to get buzzed to. Maybe some jazz standards along with some mid-to-low tempo hits of the day. A good way to make a little money on a Thursday night without breaking a sweat.
Neither one could have had any idea of what would grow out of those initial low-key performances. When, just to amuse themselves more than anything else, they started playing loungy rave-ups of some heavy metal favorites of their youth (Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, etc.), it quickly became evident that the pairing of these two talents - musically, humorously, and showmanship-wise - was fast gelling into something amazing. Orange and blue and brown tuxedoes were purchased. So was a bubble machine and a fog machine. Fire-breathing lessons followed. Casiotone keyboards, dormant since the 80's, were dusted off. When people started to look at them funny, they knew that, while their days at the Marriott were numbered, their days as magnificent Kings of Leisure were only beginning.
Today, a Leisure Kings show is much like a ride at an amusement park. The music, the humor, the special effects and all the other elements combine to create a show unlike any on the circuit today. Audiences will be amazed that two men can produce that much off-kilter goofiness on one stage. No one leaves a Leisure Kings show unchanged.
Andrew and Nathaniel at the Bloody Mary Bar!