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Friday Photo Blog: Virginia Avenue Folk Festival

by Tim McLaughlin
Hapless Guitar Photography

Indianapolis is the Crossroads of America, and this is no more true than in music.  With music venues from the larger Vogue Theater to the smaller Melody Inn, music plays from Zionsville to spots such as Broad Ripple, Downtown Indianapolis, Fountain Square and many places in-between.

For this selection of photographs I am once again focused on the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis’ near south side.  This past May the Fountain Square area hosted its 2nd Annual Virginia Avenue Folk Festival, on a very cold, windy and rainy Saturday—the brainchild of Rocket 88 Doughnuts and Square Cat Records owner Patrick Burtch, and Bigfoot Yancy frontman Mike Angle.

This year saw bands from South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota and Indiana, and I am sure places I don’t remember.  With almost six city blocks, 13 stages and 100 musical acts, I think I may have broken my Fitbit.  This festival, like the neighborhood, features music, art, and commerce.  There were venders along the side of the street in tents, on foot, and storefronts were open to all who were looking for local wares and in some cases a respite from the elements.

I was simply blown away by the range of talent that Patrick and Mike were able to put together. Additionaly, as in festivals past, attendees and volunteers were kind and friendly to both festival goers and musicians.  I love this city and have an affinity for this neighborhood, but these two guys running this have a special kind of love for this place.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I encourage you to support local acts and local venues.

Festival goer watching in the parking lot outside of Rocket 88 Doughnuts.
Festival goer watching in the parking lot outside of Rocket 88 Doughnuts.
Gypsy Moonshine setting up.
Gypsy Moonshine setting up.
Charlie Parr and Chad Mills.
Charlie Parr and Chad Mills.
Von Strantz performing at IMOCA.
Von Strantz performing at IMOCA.
Tim Neff of Wolf and the Wereboys.
Tim Neff of Wolf and the Wereboys.
Will Scott.
Will Scott.
Eric Grimmitt of Shelby County Sinners.
Eric Grimmitt of Shelby County Sinners.
Mo Foster of Shelby County Sinners.
Mo Foster of Shelby County Sinners.
Virginia Ave. Folk Festival Co Founder, Patrick Burtch
Virginia Ave. Folk Festival Co Founder, Patrick Burtch
Lead guitarist for Brave Baby.
Lead guitarist for Brave Baby.
War on Peace.
War on Peace.
MotherFolk
MotherFolk
Injecting Strangers.
Injecting Strangers.
Jordan Reynolds of Buffalo Rodeo.
Jordan Reynolds of Buffalo Rodeo.
Patrick and Jen Roberts with one of their two boys dressed appropriately for the temps.
Patrick and Jen Roberts with one of their two boys dressed appropriately for the temps.
Von Strantz playing in one of the many parking lot/ stages to a very receptive and attentive crowd.
Von Strantz playing in one of the many parking lot/ stages to a very receptive and attentive crowd.
Charlie Parr.
Charlie Parr.
Joe Pug.
Joe Pug.

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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