by Courtney LaFavor
I really hate to sound like a broken record here, and to be starting off the NAPCast this way, but with every breath within me 2016 can seriously hurry up and get out of here. With the few exceptions of a couple of births, weddings and handful of events/concerts, nothing about this year should ever EVER be spoken about again. I am over come with empathy and sadness for the 29 (and counting) lives that have been lost at The Ghost Ship in Oakland, CA on December 2nd. For whatever reason, 2016 has decided it is the year that just wants to watch the world burn. Every time we catch our breath it seems to be ripped away by another unexpected and totally heinous event claiming the lives of dozens and dozens. The fact that this weekends event strikes a nerve close to the heart, I’m finding it inevitably hard to not feel the heaviness.
Being a “small market” scene means we depend on every head we can to support the events we put on. A night with 40-60 participants is not uncommon. When I think about it, that we could lose any number, let alone 30 or more of these people….it would attenuate our community beyond recognition. I can not fathom picking up the pieces after something so awesome in it’s terribleness. While reading page after page of accounts of the situation I appreciate our relationships with event spaces around the city and outside of the state even more than normal. And if you’re an Indy cat, you should really truly love and worship the B.G warehouse right about now. Lets us get loud and never gets shut down. So a mighty big THANK YOU to anyone who has something to do with the running of places where live music of any kind is put on and keeps people safe 100% of the time.
SO….if you’re still with me through all that, on to happier things. Joyful Jump-up to be exact. The one and only Selekta Steel is back with us with some hotness for your ear holes! I was jacked for this one since the last two times I’ve been at a set of Steel’s, I’ve either been knee deep in mud or sicker than a dog so dancing was pretty out of the picture. My dude did not disappoint either. So many good classics, old and new, made skankin’ my way through the rest of Sunday a bit of an act of worship. Much like my love of Justin Timberlake, I will be a sucker for a solid Jump-up tune all day long. Put an hour of them together and I’m SOLD. You may have heard the rumblings of a Jungle party we’re helping put on with the M.I.A Crew next month up in Chicago. Besides a bevy of deadly warriors from Naptown, Steel will be there and sure to be scene tearin’ up the decks with more of the same, so make sure you mark your calendars (January 21st) after you get done lovin’ this week’s NAPCast!