Happy Xmas Beatles Nativity


Beatles with Baby Ringo by DRheins
Beatles with Baby Ringo, a photo by DRheins on Flickr.

Every year at this festive time, the creative folks at hit city recording (Producers of Different Beat Radio) in Indianapolis decorate their SoBro (South Road Ripple) retro recording studio with a kitschy-Christmas collection of nostalgic and wacky rock and roll memroabila, including the famous (and sometimes controversial in this still conservative midwestern town) Beatles Cresh complete with Baby Ringo.

Studio chief, Tim Brickey (he of Bleeding Hearts and Phoenix Theatre Fame) and the brains behind the Rock n Roll Xmas installations explains to Free Pamphlet:  “It’s all in good fun. Besides, Xmas in Sobro just wouldn’t be complete without our Beatles Nativity Scene.” Talk about Cool Yule.

All You Need is Love


All You Need Is Love

It’s the Friday before Thanksgiving and that means its Tonic Time in Indianapolis — an all-hands-on-deck call for the mid-western city’s top artists and musicians. More than 30 local bands and 40 visual artists will participate in the 9th annual charity event, which benefits Second Helpings — a very cool organization that  re-purposes surplus food to feed the hungry and create much-needed restaurant jobs in Indy.

The theme for this year’s celebration is The Beatles. While music hot spots Radio Radio and the Fountain Square Theatre will be rockin’ to the fab four’s greatest hits — right across the street arts patrons will shake, rattle and roll, bidding on a wide selection of visual art, with pieces going for as little as $100. Tonic Gallery opens at 5pm and closes at 8pm at New Day Meadery.

This Year’s Tonic Artists Include:
Allison Ford, Amanda Stirn, Amy Ward, Amy McAdams, Amy Noblitt, Andrew Hutchison, Ben Traub, Bill Anderson, Billy Phillips, Brian Phillips, Casey Jo Ailes, Casey Roberts, Douglas David, Emily Clark, Emma Overman, Eric Kass, Eric Stine, Flounder Lee, Jason Roemer & Aaron Scamihorn, Jeff Jeffries, Jeff Litsey, Jessica Sowls, Joe Vondersaar, John Clark, John Spitznogle, Josh Johnson, Judith Sturges, Kenneth Rhem, Kyle Ragsdale, Larry Endicott, Laura Kivela Schroeder, Lindsey Davidson, Luke Kroh, Mab Graves, MaryAnne Nguyen, Michelle Pemberton, Natalie Ingle, Pam Fraizer, Polina Osherov, Rob Day, Ryan VanHoy, Steve Hubert, Susan Brewer, Susan Fletcher Conaway, Tim Centers, Yasha Perrson

You Are Beautiful



You Are Beautiful

Originally uploaded by DRheins

Tonic Ball founder Ken Honeywell joins the Beatles’ cover band #9 on the rooftop of the Murphy Arts Center building, a la ‘Let It Be‘, in Fountain Square. The event was all to promote the ninth annual Tonic Ball, which will take place in the historic downtown Indianapolis neighborhood.

For more coverage of the rooftop event, please visit Indy Social Media blog here.

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