November 1st, 2014

Interview with Julia Meek of WBOI

By Bart J Helms

It’s poor consolation for anyone who didn’t acquire a ticket in time, but WBOI’s Julia Meek (Folk Tales, Meet the Music) interviewed Lyndsy and me about the process of creating a film score. Listen here at NIPR’s website.

We’ve said it everywhere by now, but thank you again to everyone who came, to the Cinema Center, and to our musicians. We checked so many items off our bucket list that night and added so many more.



September 1st, 2014


By Bart J Helms

We’ve been quiet this year. One reason is that we’ve been composing a score for the film Nosferatu. On Friday October 24, we will perform this score live at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center. It’s one of Lyndsy’s favorite films, so we couldn’t say no, despite the 90 minutes of film to score. We’ve been hard at work composing and arranging songs and stings to highlight the horror and romance of the film. Once again, we’ll be expanding our line-up to include a horn section. The extra tonal colors are helping us realize more of our early jazz orchestra influences.

In the coming months, we’ll post videos and photos as we begin to take our ideas to the band. We hope you’ll all follow our progress and, if you live nearby, come to Fort Wayne to see the performance in October.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

June 26th, 2014

Buskerfest 2014!

By Bart J Helms

Whew! Look at the cobwebs on this place.

We’ve mentioned it everywhere else, but we’re partnering with Farmland Jazz Band for downtown Fort Wayne’s Buskerfest. It’s this Saturday, June 28. We’re on at 4:00pm. This will be our fourth time playing it (the first was unofficial), but only our second time ever playing with the whole works: trumpet, clarinet, trombone. Even a tuba this time.

Here are Lyndsy and I discovering that “When The Saints Go Marching In” has more verses than most folks have ever heard.

April 15th, 2012

Review: End Times at The Mill, Iowa City

By Bart J Helms

Heather McKeag very kindly reviewed our show at Iowa City’s The Mill earlier this month. She included a video of us playing “My Dear So-And-So” and “Medea.”

And our cover of Edif Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.”

Read “Show Review: The End Times Spasm Band”.

April 2nd, 2012

April Showers Bring Spaghetti Dinners (April 2012 Tour Dates)

By Bart J Helms

We have a relatively light April on the way, but we’re breaking some new ground in the north east and playing the Free Range Music Festival in Belfast Maine.

On the 20th, we play a spaghetti dinner benefit for Doctors Without Borders sponsored by The Secular Alliance of IU, which Bart actually co-founded. (Facebook event)

We’ll also welcome back our pals The Two Man Gentlemen Band, whose new limited edition 12″ record just came out. (Facebook event)

04/04/12 Fort Wayne, IN The Brass Rail
w/ Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps
04/08/12 Iowa City The Mill
04/10/12 Columbia, MO Mojo’s
04/12/12 Fort Wayne, IN The Brass Rail
w/ The Two Man Gentlemen Band
04/19/12 Toldeo, OH Ottawa Tavern
04/20/12 Bloomington, IN Doctor’s Without Borders Benefit
04/27/12 Salem, MA Gulu Gulu Cafe
04/28/12 Belfast, ME Free Range Music Fest
04/29/12 Morrisville, VT The Bee’s Knees
March 5th, 2012

March 2012 Tour Dates

By Bart J Helms

Hello friends! We’re returning to some old favorites this March as well as making our first visits to Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia!

3/9 – The Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN w/ Rodeo Ruby Love
3/16 – Epicure Cafe, Fairfax, VA
3/18 – The Green Bean, Greensboro, NC
3/24 – The Sentient Bean, Savannah, GA
3/25 – Highwire Lounge, Athens, GA
3/27 – Acoustic Coffeehouse, Johnson City, TN
3/28 – WDVX Blue Plate Special, Knoxville, TN
3/29 – WBOI Meet the Music – Live at C2G, Fort Wayne, IN
3/31 – Bottoms Up Burlesque’s breast cancer charity fundraiser at Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN

Hope to see you there!

January 20th, 2012

February 2012 Tour Dates

By Bart J Helms

Greetings Loyal Listeners,

February can’t come soon enough! We’re excited to play a mini-tour through Kentukcy with The Lost River Cavemen. Hopefully we can convince them to head north later this spring.

In the last two weeks we’ll head down to Texas to visit our friends and labelmates Church Shoes. They were kind enough to set up a show in Austin, and we decided to visit Tennesee, Louisiana, and Missouri on the way there and back – including return to Farmington.

But before February can start, we’ll be playing benefit concert to raise money to bring two Ukrainian orphans to the US. Our good friend Hope Arthur will be there. If you haven’t heard her new EP, you badger her until she finds you a copy.

01/27 Fort Wayne, IN Pint N Slice w/ Hope Arthur

02/02 Lexington, KY Green Lantern w/ Lost River Cavemen
02/03 Richmond, KY Paddy Wagon w/ Lost River Cavemen
02/04 Bowling Green, KY Tidball’s w/ Lost River Cavemen

02/12 Chicago, IL Quencher’s Saloon

02/21 Louisville, KY Hideaway Saloon
02/22 Memphis, TN P and H Cafe
02/24 Austin, TX Skinny’s Ballroom w/ Church Shoes
02/25 Dallas, TX Double Wide Saloon
02/28 Katy, TX Dunn Bros
02/29 Lafayette, LA Artmosphere
03/03 Farmington, MO The Vault

Anyway, we’re sitting here in a warm but cloudy Tennessee and thinking of our freezing friends back north. Time to finish these coffees and put some Etta James on the stereo, I think.

October 7th, 2011

October Shows at Home and a December Special Event

By Bart

Not sure how it happened, but we’ve managed to make up for our lack of Northern Indiana shows these last few months all at once this month. We’ll also visit The Lemon Grove in Youngtown OH, where we had a blast in July.

Date City Details
10/09/2011 Fort Wayne, IN Columbia Street West
w/ Peter Case
10/14/2011 South Bend, IN Quincy’s Cafe
10/15/2011 Fort Wayne, IN The Brass Rail
w/ Dag and the Bullet Boys, The Dead Records
10/21/2011 Fort Wayne, IN Artlink
10/22/2011 Fort Wayne, IN Fright Night (downtown)
10/23/2011 Fort Wayne, IN The Brass Rail
w/ Alyosha Het, Slow Pokes
10/28/2011 Youngstown, OH The Lemon Grove
10/29/2011 Findlay, OH Coffee Amici 

We’ll also perform live on air for 89.1fm WBOI’s Meet the Music’s fall fundraiser episode, October 20. It begins at 7pm.

Finally on December 17, we’ll join other bands at the Brass Rail for a tribute to Billy Bragg. We don’t know which songs we’re doing yet, but if you have any ideas, throw them our way.

August 19th, 2011

Busking at A Taste of the Arts

By Bart

After two years of staking claim to a sidewalk to play Buskerfest unofficially, we’ve been invited to play A Taste of the Arts at the newly renamed Busker Square.

We’re playing the Freimann Square stage at 6pm, Saturday August 27. It will be fun to sing “Summer Song” that day, where we mention Freimann Square and other downtown locations. We love Fort Wayne, and this day sounds like it will be a wonderful celebration of local arts.

You can view the full schedule here.

August 16th, 2011

August Dates

By Bart

We’ll be out and around in Indiana again this month as well as visiting Ohio and Tennessee in the coming week. Do come out and say hi!

Date City Details
08/18/2011 Cincinnati, OH Refuge Coffee Bar
08/20/2011 Knoxville, TN Preservation Pub
08/24/2011 Fort Wayne, IN Wooden Nickel (N Anthony)
08/25/2011 Indianapolis, IN White Rabbit Cabaret
08/26/2011 Lafayette, IN The Black Sparrow
w/ Moonshine Mason
09/09/2011 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
09/10/2011 Fort Wayne, IN Barr Street Market
09/10/2011 Fort Wayne, IN West Central Block Party