List of February MFT shows and their new locations
Musical Family Tree will move its February lineup of concerts from its headquarters in the Murphy Art Center to several nearby Fountain Square venues.
The decision to move the shows arrives a couple of weeks after a well attended grand opening celebration on January 13 (see photos via NUVO), featuring performances from veteran Hoosier musicians Jorma Whittaker, Vess Ruhtenberg, Caleb McCoach, and Eric Alexander alongside genre-bending up-and-comers Clint Breeze & The Groove – an all-star cast of local jazz and hip-hop musicians. While the January show marked the official grand opening of the nonprofit’s all-ages venue, MFT has been transitioning into the space since late fall after subleasing it from Indianapolis record label Joyful Noise Recordings.
MFT has six shows slated for February (listed in the graphic above) running the gamut from buzzworthy Hoosier acts like SERVICE (featuring members of We Are Hex), Jackson VanHorn, New Wave Collective and There Are Ghosts to more prominent national acts like Jenny O, Robert Ellis and more. The shows will now be billed as “MFT Presents” events, which will be held at Fountain Square Brewery, Square Cat Vinyl and State Street Pub. Those with MFT memberships will still be able to receive their same perks at these shows.
Video by Fred Miller of Saint Aubin
“We’re disappointed that we have to move the shows,” says MFT executive director, Erin Jeter, “but we’re so grateful to have neighbors that were able to step up and make these happen to avoid cancellation and continue to make good on our commitment to the artists and their fans. It’s really a testament to the cohesive nature of Indy’s music community, and the faith local venues and musicians place in MFT.”
The decision to move the concerts to new venues was a decision reached by MFT and its Murphy Building landlords after the building’s bathrooms were vandalized following a recent show in the MFT space. “Moving the shows will give us time to work out a more comprehensive security plan,” Jeter said. “This will ensure that the Murphy Building and MFT remain a vibrant Indianapolis cultural landmark going forward. We’re committed to making this a safe and vital space for local music lovers of all ages.”
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