Fountain Square Music Fest 2017

Absorb. & MOKB Present

Fountain Square Music Fest 2017

Manray, Brandon Whyde, JAC, Shiny Penny, Arlie, Welshly Arms

Fri, October 6, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:40 pm

$49.00 - $99.00

Two-Day Festival Pass

This event is 21 and over

Fountain Square Music Fest 2017
Fountain Square Music Fest 2017
Absorb. & MOKB Presents
Friday October 6th & Saturday October 7th
Phantogram | Dr. Dog | Bishop Briggs | Real Estate | COIN |
The Cool Kids | WHY? | Richard Edwards | Lily & Madeleine | Welshly Arms & many more!
Manray - (Set time: 5:00 PM)
Brandon Whyde - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Brandon Whyde
Brandon Whyde hails from Beech Grove, Ind. The birthplace of one Steve McQueen. Much like “The King of Cool,” Whyde tends to leave an impression with everything he does.

In high school he was filed in the yearbook under “most popular.” He wrestled on a team that was perennially state-ranked. As running back he was captain of the football team. Whyde also played baseball and ran track.

Around the same time, he decided to play music. That seed was planted much earlier by his father, who was always singing around the house. Music was Whyde’s saving grace when his father was killed by drunk driver when Whyde was still a teen. Discovering aural poets like Bob Dylan soon introduced a new world to Whyde beyond the confining conventions of Midwestern youth. He picked up a guitar and never looked back.

A brief stint at Indiana University gave way to a self-described apprenticeship in Nashville, Tenn.

“Every night you can go out to three different clubs, watch and talk with people, and learn so much,” Whyde says of Music City, U.S.A. “Everyone is so open there to lend a helping hand. I learned so much playing second fiddle to what they were doing. I tried to learn as much as I could.”

Whyde didn’t get his big break there. That came after he returned to Indiana. During a side-stage performance at an Indianapolis amphitheater, one of the featured performer’s guitarist liked what he heard from Whyde and invited him to his home to record some demos. A year later those recordings found their way to Josh Kelley, who also liked them enough to invite Whyde to record with him.

“He’s like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits got stuck in a blender, and out came Brandon Whyde,” Kelley says.

Subsequent sessions yielded a 10-song CD that showcases the soul-searing exorcism Whyde projects not just with an impassioned, roughhewn voice that both breaks and melts, but a vintage mien punctuated by dark, curly locks and piercing blue eyes where every emotion experienced can be traced.

Since recording with Kelley, Whyde has opened for the nationally-known singer-songwriter on a month-long tour. It was an opportunity for him to experience new things and learn some too.

“I’m a natural-born people-watcher, so it’s been neat to get around to these different places and notice the similarities between all people,” he says. “Getting out and moving around, you find out we’re pretty much the same all over.”

“I mainly draw on past experiences,” Whyde says of his muses. “I’m moved more by the motors of people and telling a story that perhaps can be healing for another person. It’s been neat to meet more people. Everything else is just coloration.”

Whyde hopes for more such prospects to stay inspired.

“Right now I’d love the opportunity to just stay on the road and keep moving,” he says. “There’s nothing better than that for me. I don’t what it is. It’s just in my personality to wander somewhere new every night.”

A restless soul. Just like McQueen.

“It’s that era that I really love,” Whyde says of that bygone era. “There’s a coolness to it all that’s not around anymore.”

Except in Whyde.

– Wade Coggeshall (excerpt from

Chris Weller plays upright bass.
Benji Ballard plays drums.
JAC - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Debut album THE NUMBERS out NOW on iTunes! Features 10 songs written by Jason, including the single "Best Friend."
Shiny Penny - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Shiny Penny
Hailing from Kokomo, IN, Shiny Penny brings a unique sound to the music world. By combining groovy, edgy, modern rock styles with a fresh pop mindset, SP strives to make music that timelessly connects with people.

In a span of 3+ years, the band has experienced both local and commercial success. They've shared the stage with many national acts and played in front of 3,000+ crowds, in both Indiana and all around the Midwest. They've also received a plethora of radio play, including slots on Kokomo's Z92.5, North Central Indiana's Rock 98.5, Indianapolis' X103 and Q95, including time on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show
Arlie - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Welshly Arms - (Set time: 11:20 PM)
Welshly Arms
WELSHLY ARMS combines their love of blues with rhythm and soul & good ol’ rock and roll, to create a fresh throwback sound that represents their Midwestern roots. Comprised of Sam Getz (guitar/vocals), Brett Lindemann (keys), Jimmy Weaver (bass), Mikey Gould (drums) and Bri and Jon Bryant (bgv’s), Cleveland-based WELSHLY ARMS pays homage to many of their collective musical influences such as Jimi Hendrix, The Temptations, Otis Redding, and Howlin Wolf.
The power of their live show has quickly built them a dedicated following in the US. In 2016 WELSHLY ARMS performed at SXSW, Austin City Limits, Laurel Live, Summerfest, and took a trip on The Rock Boat. The buzz earned them a spot on a 53 date tour across the US supporting NEEDTOBREATHE and Mat Kearney. In 2017, WELSHLY ARMS will beef up their national and international presence with performances confirmed at Rock im Park and Rock am Ring, as well as yet another trip on The Rock Boat, this time supporting Andy Grammar. 
Their music has been featured in promos for the Emmy-nominated show, Empire (FOX), broadcast advertisements for Miller Lite, and national TV/radio campaigns for the Cleveland Indians

Their single “Legendary” has recently been featured in TV commercials for Hulu, Indian Motorcycles, the NFL, and is just starting to pick up traction at radio throughout Europe.
Venue Information:
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203