Josh Kaufman

Sun King Brewery, Spark Joy, MOKB Present

Josh Kaufman

S. Joel Norman, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes

Sat, September 24, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Josh Kaufman
Josh Kaufman
Josh Kaufman grew up in Florida, went to high school in Virginia, and now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife and three kids. He is the winner of season 6 of the NBC show The Voice.
S. Joel Norman
S. Joel Norman
It's a soulful, gospel sound tempered with a southern rock growl polished with a hot Chicago brass section and sweet vocal harmony. Norman's voice reflects The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, and his honest, rock and soul music compliments his blue collar roots and disarming sense of humor. His band is a hand-picked all-star group of some of the finest players from the best groups in Chicago. His last album "Take it in Stride" was voted in the top two in Chicagoland (Tom Lounges, The Times) and his new album "Traveling Light" is set to hit the shelves on March 1st.

S. Joel Norman began playing music at age four at the piano. "Mom probably got sick of me pounding on her antique piano as a toddler, so she put me in lessons," he says. Hailing from the south suburbs of Chicago, Norman got his musical start playing and composing gospel music in the church. "Some of the guys who played there were also working musicians, and after playing a couple Sunday mornings with them they asked me to come play on Saturday nights with them. I was in junior high."

He went on to study at Wheaton Conservatory of Music, where he was the first to perform juries with a valve trombone, the first to perform an all-jazz recital, and the first to receive a bachelors degree in a new field of study he tailored. He also composed and arranged pieces for orchestra, chorus, and jazz ensemble as well as scores to many Arena Theater productions, including The Madwoman of Chaillot and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He was most recently commissioned by Northern Illinois University to compose original songs for their Shakespeare production of A Winter's Tale. He also has won multiple awards at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival, was a tenor in the Northwest Indiana Symphony, played Chicago's largest independent music festival at the late Congress Theater, directed music at the largest RCA church in the world, and holds the all-time Wheaton College high score in the original Nintendo game Duck Hunt.

S. Joel Norman has also played alongside jazz greats Ira Sullivan and Mark Colby, as well as rock and roll heroes Billy Ozzello (Survivor) and Chip Znuff (Enuff Znuff), and even went on the road playing keyboards with Eddie Money. He has played all over North America, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand.
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes is the sound life makes when it becomes ecstasy. It is the noise childhood makes when it surrenders to itself and becomes an ecstatic life. It is somehow simultaneously sweetness, energy, softness, and seduction. A strange alchemy that comes about in a town like Nashville — where they formed in 2010. It’s a place of internal Peter Pans. But there are a rare few who can be born from Nashville’s island of youth, insanity, and silliness only to survive and age into a continent of thirty-something honesty and humanity. DE+TGL is one of those rare few. Wise Lost Boys with a conscience, but still a thirsty, boyish spark. That is Daniel Ellsworth (lead vox, keys), Joel Wren (drums), Timon Lance (guitar), and Marshall Skinner (bass). A silky, organic monster made from the remnants of pop swagger, sunglasses, self-aware grown-up realism, road trips, anxiety, and just plain, pounding fun.

Their first full-length album, 2011’s Civilized Man, was recorded and co-produced with Mark Nevers (Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo, Silver Jews). Here they showed the beginnings of that stylized magic, combining intricate rhythms and challenging melodies yet never straying from pop pleasantness. And it's also here that they established that unique insistence on working and recording together as a group – a cohesion and independence that always comes across in their recordings and their boisterous performances. Civilized Man went on to be listed in the top 100 albums of 2011 by Amazon. The single "Shoe Fits" debuted at number seven on Amazon’s top 100 songs of 2011. DE+TGL was named one of the 15 Bands to Watch by Esquire Magazine in 2014. In March of that year their sophomore album, Kid Tiger, was recorded at Sputnik Sound by Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs). Bemidji, a companion EP also recorded by Vance Powell, was released in March 2016, followed up by appearances at SXSW and ACL Fest.

And now, the future. Their new album, Fashion, is due out fall 2018. It is to be released in three parts – Chapter One in winter 2018, Chapter Two in spring 2018, and the full album to follow — reflecting the process by which is was crafted. It was recorded over the course of a year at Elephant Lady Studios in Nashville, Tennessee – engineered, co-produced, and mixed by indie-pop-mastermind-and-wizard-like Kyle Andrews. DE+TGL was already no stranger to building big sounds with only four human players, but this album takes that tendency even further. The scope, the sweep, and the height of the sonic space they could reach being stretched more and more – as if it were a scientific experiment in how captivating, euphoric, and pounding pop can be. The lyrics themselves are grand, as well. Here we see themes of: a) growing older in a place and time that makes it easy not to, b) the impact, power, strength, beauty, and wisdom of the women in their lives, c) the apparently-breaking world, d) the apparently-thriving world, e) the inevitability of doubt, f) the inevitability of discovery, and g) the inevitability of death. All-in-all, life plus pop equals DE+TGL.
Venue Information:
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203