This year, Musical Family Tree is providing musical entertainment during the 24 Hour Web Project. Jon Rogers (director and blogger at MFT) has been working to create a schedule of vinyl spinning, live podcasting, guest DJs, and special live performances to keep heads bobbing and feet tapping throughout the event. There are even a few silence breaks and open request blocks for the turntable!
Here’s a little more info about each musical guest and DJ:
Dayton Carports is the solo project of Fountain Square resident, Joey Shepard. Shepard is the head organizer for the Mediumship venue/label, and he plays drums in the band Crys, as well as frequently collaborating with several other bands in the Fountain Square psychedelic music scene. His Dayton Carports project is an ambient rocket ride through the far reaches of chilled-out musical space. Shepard utilizes his metronomic skills as a percussionist to breathe new life into ordinary guitar and synthesizer loops, blending together the sounds of Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Neu!, and others in that vein.
Derek Johnson is a nationally-recognized multi-instrumentalist and composer. He calls Fountain Square home when he isn’t on the lecture circuit or performing with renowned avant-garde ensembles around the country (like The Bang On a Can All-Stars, for example). He has taught music composition, theory, and guitar at Ball State University; he’s a founding member of the Basilica ensemble; he’s a tireless supporter of experimental and underground music in Indianapolis; and he participated in MFT’s first “EP in a Weekend” session. Check out his youtube videos to sample some of his past performances. Rumor has it he will be performing a piece by minimalist composer Steve Reich for 24 Hour Web Project.
Ben Jones is a vinyl enthusiast, musician, and co-host of the MFT Podcast series with Jon Rogers. He plays bass in the band Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, and he is the founder of the “Perfect Sides” phenomenon – a DIY club in which members get together to play their favorite sides of vinyl records. For 24 Hour Web Project, Ben will be participating in a live MFT Podcast as well as spinning some vinyl.
Jon Rogers is the current director of Musical Family Tree, incessant blogger of all things related to Indiana music, as well as a musician in the bands Everything, Now!, Beer, Works Cited, and others. He sometimes performs as DJ Golden Moses, playing nutty mashed-up dance music in a “space lizard” costume. When he plays actual vinyl records, he performs as DJ Jun Ra or DJ Jon Rogers. He will be blogging, tweeting, curating music, live podcasting, and DJing at this year’s 24 Hour Web Project on behalf of team Smallbox and MFT.