Next Wednesday, November 22nd, head on down to The Mousetrap Bar & Grill for the biggest bar night of the year. Once again, The Mousetrap will feature guest performances from local bands to mark the occasion. This year, Flatland Harmony Experiment will be kicking off the night by performing The Beatles’ ‘Rubber Soul’ in its entirety. Also appearing are The Hammer and The Hatchet, and Midwest Rhythm Exchange.
Flatland Harmony Experiment
The Indianapolis local band, Flatland Harmony Experiment is a non-traditional Bluegrass trio that began playing in 2011. The group consists of Scott Nelson on upright bass, Kris Potts on mandolin, Chris Dollar on guitar, and Johnny Plott on banjo, with all members contributing vocals. According to their profile page, Flatland Harmony Experiment dances with a single large diaphragm condenser microphone to share their music with audiences. Flatland Harmony Experiment released their debut album, “On Our Way”, in 2012, a year after their first EP, “Eleventh Hour”. Their most recent album, “Sundance” came out earlier this year.
Flatland Harmony Experiment must be big Beatles fans to open the night with the entirety of “Rubber Soul”. Towards the end of the night, however, they’ll come back on to play a set of original music.
The Hammer and The Hatchet
The Hammer and The Hatchet are a bluegrass/folk duo from Nashville, Indiana made up of John Bowyer and Jayme Hood. The two sing harmonies together over Hood’s strumming guitar and Bowyer’s mandolin. Our Brown County wrote up a review of The Hammer and The Hatchet, and stated that, Bowyer and Hood have now played more than 150 shows and are working on their second CD.
You can listen to the Hammer and The Hatchet on their Bandcamp page.
Midwest Rhythm Exchange
Midwest Rhythm Exchange categorizes themselves as a “gypsy-grass” band on their profile. Another local group, this quartet is made up of Kevin Lee Guthridge (guitar, vocals), Doug Sauter (mandolin), Matt Koher (violin), and Aaron Ransdell (bass). As an acoustic set, their style varies between gypsy, jazz, blues, Americana, and bluegrass.
All in all, it’s looking like it’ll be a fun Thanksgiving’s-Eve at The Mousetrap Bar & Grill. Be sure to stop in and have a drink before the holiday craziness begins. There’s a ten dollar cover to the show, but it also includes a turkey dinner served at 7:00 pm, with the music starting at 7:30.