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Pink Martini & The Von Trapps

Ray talks to Thomas Lauderdale, founder of Pink Martini:

Two months ago, I had heard of the Pink Panty Pulldown, though admittedly not at all since my college days, but I had not heard of Pink Martini.

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Pink Martini is a band.  A damn good one, too.  I wish I could tell you what kind of band they are, but categorizing them would be a disservice.  They play old school bachelor pad songs.  They play ballads that will make you bawl your eyes out.  They interpolate classical pieces within standards.  I’m sure they’d do a heck of a pro wrestler entrance theme if I asked nicely. Pink Martini also has adapted their unique style to that of another outstanding group, and together they are releasing (next week) a bad arse album.  They and that other group, our old pals The Von Trapps, are playing the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Saturday night (March 1).

The Von Trapps are the only reason I know jack about Pink Martini.  To recap, here is my interview with them when they spent much of December in Indy as part of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration:

Ray with The Von Trapps, December, 2013:

The Von Trapps dropped the 411 that they were releasing an album with Pink Martini.  I assumed that meant they were celebrating a new album in a more grown up fashion now that they were of age, well three of them anyway.  Then, I figured out they were talking about a band.  I looked up Pink Martini.  Holy cow, are they good.

Thomas Lauderdale is a HOOOOOSIER (you have to say it like former state school superintendent Tony Bennett).
Say HOOOOSIER with Tony:

Thomas left Indiana when he was 12, became a classically trained pianist and founded Pink Martini roughly 20 years ago.  Thomas is a heck of an interview, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  And what in the blue heck are you waiting for, go see them Saturday night.  We’re getting a foot of dang snow on Sunday, so you might as well get your rear end out while you can!


Chip Davis; Convoy! Oh yeah, Manheim Steamroller, too

LISTEN: My chat with Chip Davis, creator of Manheim Steamroller. And Convoy:

This is the man who created this:

That’s still one of the greatest compositions in American history.  Dang straight.

Oh yeah, Chip did the whole Manheim Steamroller thing, too.  And Manheim is playing its annual Christmas show at the Murat at Old National Centre in Indy Friday night at 8:00pm, Christmas music, tradition, yeah yeah.

But c’mon, Convoy!  C.W. McCall!  Dang!  Gives me chills.  Chip tells a great C.W. McCall story at the end of this podcast.


Chris Botti, As Hoosier As Any Of The Rest Of Us

Listen to Ray talk to Chris Botti:

The first time I took notice of Chris Botti, it was not because of a song.  It was because of an album cover I came across one day…

Nah, no innuendo there at all.  Not one little bit.

Later in our interview, Chris told a story about that 2004 album shoot.  Suffice it to say that Chris is more than a handsome face with hair that makes someone else’s slowly dying follicles green with envy.  He can definitely blow with the best, and he does so across many different styles of music.  He is also a Hoosier, at least by the definition I was given – you step foot in the state, and you’re a Hoosier.

Chris has every reason to be a prima donna,  Like many musicians, he isn’t.  How can you not like a guy who wanted to play the trumpet because he used to watch Doc Severinsen blow with Johnny Carson every night?

Chris, I dare you to dress like Doc.  just one night.  C’mon, the peeps won’t be able to take their eyes off you!

Chris Botti plays with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra next week, though the show is almost sold out.