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Under the Lights in Fountain Square

by Tim McLaughin
Hapless Guitar Photography

Indianapolis is the Crossroads of America, and this is no more true than in music.  With its music venues from the large, The Vogue Theater to the small, Melody Inn, venues exist from Zionsville, Broad Ripple, Downtown Indianapolis, Fountain Square and many places in-between.

For this selection of photographs I am focused on the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis’ near south side.  This has become, by far, my favorite neighborhood in the city these past few years.  Here, mainstays such as Radio Radio and Fountain Square Theater, and newer venues like White Rabbit Cabaret and The Hi-Fi make it what you want in a destination.  These venues, and the addition of New Day Craft Meadery and Fountain Square Brewery, not to mention the smaller bars and other great restaurants, make Fountain Square a place you can be from after work until the early morning hours.

Like any destination, you want the photo op, and for me it is under the lights of the Fountain Square Marquee.  It is  conveniently located in close proximity to all of the before-mentioned venues, and the bands are happy to get a non-performance photo.  You know the blurry, village of the damned eyes, and McDonalds’ red light fries warmer picture.

I hope you enjoy this set up pictures and I encourage you to support local acts and local venue

222 out of Los Angeles, Dennis R. Hamlin (l) and Jade Howard (Tosha Jones drums not pictured). They were playing with the Shelby County Sinners at Radio Radio.
222 out of Los Angeles, Dennis R. Hamlin (l) and Jade Howard (Tosha Jones drums not pictured).
They were playing with the Shelby County Sinners at Radio Radio.
Aaron McDonald (front) drummer of Gypsy Moonshine and Chris Sarber (back) guitarist of Sugar Moon Rabbit.
Aaron McDonald (front) drummer of Gypsy Moonshine and Chris Sarber (back) guitarist of Sugar Moon Rabbit.
Bailiff out of Chicago IL. Josh Siegel guitarist/singer, bass player and drummer not pictured. They were performing on the bill for the Bleeding Keys CD release at Radio Radio.
Bailiff out of Chicago IL. Josh Siegel guitarist/singer, bass player and drummer not pictured. They were performing on the bill for the Bleeding Keys CD release at Radio Radio.
Brother O Brother out of Franklin, IN. Chris Banta (left) guitarist/singer and Warner Swopes (right) of, were performing at The HI-FI with Wisconsin based Calliope.
Brother O Brother out of Franklin, IN. Chris Banta (left) guitarist/singer and Warner Swopes (right) of, were performing at The HI-FI with Wisconsin based Calliope.
Captain Ivory out of Nashville, TN. L-R Brett Smith (bass), Stephen Paul (keys), Jayson Traver (guitar/vocals), Seth Maschari (drums), Robbie Bolog (guitar) playing at Radio Radio’s Nashville Invasion with MODOC and The Wans.
Captain Ivory out of Nashville, TN.
L-R Brett Smith (bass), Stephen Paul (keys), Jayson Traver (guitar/vocals), Seth Maschari (drums), Robbie Bolog (guitar) playing at Radio Radio’s Nashville Invasion with MODOC and The Wans.
Charlie Parr, folk/American Roots musician from Duluth, MN before his performance at Radio Radio.
Charlie Parr, folk/American Roots musician from Duluth, MN before his performance at Radio Radio.
Cole Woodruff, Frankfort IN, a solo artist who was performing at The HI-FI with Brother O Brother and Calliope.
Cole Woodruff, Frankfort IN, a solo artist who was performing at The HI-FI with Brother O Brother and Calliope.
E. Kemp who was posing for me around Fountain Square on First Friday in April.
E. Kemp who was posing for me around Fountain Square on First Friday in April.
Happy Incident out of Indianapolis, IN. L-R, Adam Drake (bass), Zach Smith (guitarist/singer), Andrew Howard (drums). They were playing in support of their self-titled release at Radio Radio.
Happy Incident out of Indianapolis, IN. L-R, Adam Drake (bass), Zach Smith (guitarist/singer), Andrew Howard (drums). They were playing in support of their self-titled release at Radio Radio.
Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish, out of Grand Rapids, MI. L-R, Jesse Ray (guitarist/singer) and Serio Zaragoza (bass/drums). After their set at White Rabbit.
Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish, out of Grand Rapids, MI. L-R, Jesse Ray (guitarist/singer) and Serio Zaragoza (bass/drums). After their set at White Rabbit.
Jon Stahl Trio out of Indianapolis, IN. after their Set at Radio Radio.
Jon Stahl Trio out of Indianapolis, IN. after their Set at Radio Radio.
The band Moxxie, out of Indianapolis, IN. Pictured before their set at the annual Cash Bash at Radio Radio. L-R, Jessie Phelps (guitar/vocals), Jamie Jackson (drums), Paige Talbot (bass), Ryan Gibbons (lead guitar).
The band Moxxie, out of Indianapolis, IN. Pictured before their set at the annual Cash Bash at Radio Radio. L-R, Jessie Phelps (guitar/vocals), Jamie Jackson (drums), Paige Talbot (bass), Ryan Gibbons (lead guitar).
Rachael Mare Jones, a solo acoustic artist who just happened to be hanging out in Fountain Square for a show.
Rachael Mare Jones, a solo acoustic artist who just happened to be hanging out in Fountain Square for a show.
The Prowlers out of Indianapolis IN. L-R, Andrew DeVoe, Memphis Drake, and Thor, before their set at Radio Radio.
The Prowlers out of Indianapolis IN. L-R, Andrew DeVoe, Memphis Drake, and Thor, before their set at Radio Radio.
The Vaudevileins out of Chicago,IL. L-R, Evan Mohler (guitar), William Phillip Aldridge (bass), Brennen Chouinard (drums), and Jeff Julian were playing at the White Rabbit Cabaret in support of Coup D’etat’s CD release.
The Vaudevileins out of Chicago,IL. L-R, Evan Mohler (guitar), William Phillip Aldridge (bass), Brennen Chouinard (drums), and Jeff Julian were playing at the White Rabbit Cabaret in support of Coup D’etat’s CD release.
The Breakes out of Brownsburg IN. L-R, Adam Meyers (drums/vocals), Collin VonDeyler (bass), and Adam Vorndran (guitar/vocals) after playing a First Friday outside in Fountain Square.
The Breakes out of Brownsburg IN. L-R, Adam Meyers (drums/vocals), Collin VonDeyler (bass), and Adam Vorndran (guitar/vocals) after playing a First Friday outside in Fountain Square.
Train Company out of Chicago IL, after their set at Radio Radio. L-R, Mark Alletag (guitar/saxaphone), Mike DeWitte (Bass), Rob Lejman (drums), John Zozzaro (guitar/vocals).
Train Company out of Chicago IL, after their set at Radio Radio. L-R, Mark Alletag (guitar/saxaphone), Mike DeWitte (Bass), Rob Lejman (drums), John Zozzaro (guitar/vocals).
These ladies are the true soul of Fountain Square. L-R, Krista Hughes, DeLisa Pike, Jill Martin, and Carrie Bone Ortwein. You can see them supporting music, restaurants and art. Carrie Bone Ortwein is also a co-owner of Grove Haus.
These ladies are the true soul of Fountain Square. L-R, Krista Hughes, DeLisa Pike, Jill Martin, and Carrie Bone Ortwein. You can see them supporting music, restaurants and art. Carrie Bone Ortwein is also a co-owner of Grove Haus.

About Tim McLaughlin

Zionsville resident Tim McLaughin considers himself a documentarian behind the shutter. The owner of Hapless Guitar Photography, he enjoys shooting music and sports related photos, and as he likes to say, “almost anything.”

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