photo by Karah Harris
The Elkys did not know what to expect when they agreed to play a show at Fort Wayne’s Dash In. While having enjoyed the sandwiches the downtown Fort Wayne eatery offers, they had never considered the business as a venue for a four piece band.
Pouncer by Steve Linsenmayer
The front of the room was buzzing when the band arrived last Saturday night. A veritable army of Sweetwater folk were busily heaving gear, running cords and corralling amps. The scene was contained chaos and while space was tight, the bands on the roster were all able to tear down and set up with help from each other. The ladies were set up and ready to play in a jiffy, thanks to the kind Pouncer boys who shared their gear.
The stage was simply a ceramic tiled floor and the attendees pressed forward, eye to eye with the members of the band, lending an intimate viewing/performing atmosphere much like that of the band’s show at the venerable Cal’s bar in Chicago. The evening was completed by a set from House of Bread, capping a wonderful night full of new experiences and fun!
It’s a leading question. We hope you will say “I’m going to the Elky, Pouncer, HOB show, that’s what!” If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Pouncer, now is the time. These four dudes just happen to pump out some of the catchiest power pop in the hood. The songs are about girls and love and relationships so they are a perfect fit for the Elkys! And House of Bread are hot off a collection of shows that promises to be tight and where-it’s-at! The Elkys play first at 10 pm, so get there early to chat with the girls and secure the best seat in the house.
Longtime Fort Wayne, Post-Rockish, Jam/Shoe/Dance greats, House of Bread, that’s who! Who else? Pop armada, Pouncer! The Elkys will be adding additional notches to their lipstick cases on March 2nd, that is Saturday, so no grumbling about another late night. This show is not to be missed. The dash-in offers an intimate setting to get up close and personal with your favorite bands and offers a wide selection of tasty cold beverages to drown your sorrows/feed your excitement/deaden your emotions with. The Elkys start the evening at 10 pm sharp, so be punctual!
By the talented Steve Linsenmayer
Thank you to all who attended
It has been the practice of the Elky Summers to record three songs every few months or so. This schedule has several benefits, the songs are chosen as snapshots in time of how the band is sounding, the band gets to experience the recording practices of a variety of different engineers and studio configurations. This gives everyone in the band an excellerated understanding of what is is like to be in a working band with set goals.
This also lends the works a patchwork quality, which is somewhat apt, given that quiltwork has been a traditionally female undertaking whereas rock-and-roll has been traditionally male dominated. The songs will be stitched together into a full length. Aside from mastering, little effort will be given to slavish matching of tones and subject matter. The album will operate as a scrapbook of distinct times representing the moments in time that make up the experience of being Elky.
At Calhoun Street, with Old and Dirty and SparkleTeaser
The Elkys were on their best behavior when the cameras were rolling last Thursday. Check out what Summer friend, Otto Boschet managed to capture!
Jana Grooves Photo by: Steve Linsenmayer
The sun was sliding slowly down the side of the Barrett & McNagny lawyer hive as the girls began trundling their gear across the warm, heat softened asphalt towards the WBOI Dessert tent. Folk troubadours, The Distractions were midway through a very tuneful set. In the confusion of the day, somehow Jackie was without a snare and some cymbals and there was some nail biting tension for a few minutes until the proper pieces were acquired. The always delightful Adam Cheese provided a snare (which he just HAPPENED to have in his trunk!) and Big Dan was on his way with some cymbals thanks to a quick thinking Pete Dio! Brenn arrived and between the crew of them, the Elkies took the stage and not a minute too late. Sarah and Julia introduced and chatted with the band before exiting the stage to allow Jana, Kay, Jackie and Oona the opportunity to rock for an appreciative, if somewhat dazed Taste of the Arts audience. The day had started at 1 and the girls played at 8pm, so for many, it was the sweaty, slightly inebriated cherry on the top of the festival, keep truckin’, Fort Wayne, we love ya!
It is a rare thing, indeed, to have all the elements of a great night out line up so fortuitously. Saturday, August 25th is such an occasion. You, Fort Wanians, will have the opportunity to stroll the grounds of the 4th annual “Taste of the Arts” festival, stopping here for a sweet snack, stopping there for a new piece of art, beaching yourself in front of the beer tent until at last, you wind up in the Barret, McNagy parking lot, not because you have just finished meeting with your lawyer about those completely unfounded accusations…but because you are ready to watch the Elky Summers perform for your listening enjoyment under the temperate blue skies of a perfect summer’s evening. Bring the family. Enjoy fort Wayne’s tasty arts and join the Elkies for the Aftertaste…it’s delicious!
8pm, corner of Barr and Berry
Photo By Steve Linsenmayer
The stage was (in the most literal sense) set for an evening of winter time fun. The ICEE style crushed ice concoctions rotated slowly in their clear plastic bubble tops. The blue lights caught the glittering curtains and danced in the breeze of the over-clocked air conditioner. The evening’s out-of town guests, “Brown Bottle Flu” had made their way from Indianapolis in time to set up for a rip roaring introduction to the night’s activities. BBF is a tightly functioning three piece that specializes in striped down Rawk. Their drummer, Sharlene, plays a discretely minimalist beat in counterpoint to the fuzzedout, acrobatic skronk of guitarist, Alex and the calm cool of bassist, Jared.
Next up was SparkleTeaser. A longtime addition to the Fort Wayne music scene, this was the first time the husband and wife duo had played out in a while. Abbie’s sly beats propelled the laconic, Southern Rock stylings of Johnny. The stage seemed filled by more music than it would seem possible from the hard rocking pair.
Then the Elky Summers took the stage to play a set of pop-rock love songs for the gathered friends and family.The girls set their instruments and amplifiers up and enjoyed a cool beer while warming up. And they were off. The crowd trickled in from the outside smoking pit, seemingly glad to escape the deadening heat of the night. The set bounced along without mishap, interrupted occasionally by one of singer/guitarist, Kay’s bad jokes. She seems to collect them. Oona’s Farfisa added a sweet layer of sixties psychedelia to her haunting background vocals. Jana’s deft bass lines intertwined with Jackie’s booming bass drum, which was given an extra sub wooferd kick by the Rail’s talented Sound Engineer, Jeff Anderson.
All too soon their fun was over and it was time to tear down and clear the stage. DJ Mike Harris played them off the stage, Keyboard Cat style with a winter themed golden oldie and the night heated up to a Dance Dance Party fueled by Harris’ hot beatz.