This Charlie’s Beat is number 163, which means I’ve been doing this pretty much non-stop since October of 2018. You’d think I’d run out of worthy subjects by now, right?

The fact is, I haven’t run out, not by a long shot. The musical fabric of our town runs so deep and wide that I should be able to keep going for years to come. But I will admit, I have harvested all the low hanging fruit, as it were.

When I go to music shows these days I can usually look on the stage and realize I’ve interviewed and done stories on virtually every musician up there. It’s been one of the most satisfying and rewarding parts of this job that I can count so many of these great artists as friends now, or at the very least acquaintances.

The same goes for venue owners and show producers and all the many other people who make up our music scene. I’ve covered a lot of the bases. But I haven’t covered them all!

If you know of someone in any way related to our music scene who has not yet been featured in a Charlie’s Beat column, I want to hear your ideas. As you know if you are a regular reader, just about anyone can qualify.

I’ll do stories on musicians, of course. Anyone who produces music or puts on shows. Anyone who teaches music. I’ll do stories on past musicians who may be part of our legacy. Heck, if you’re a trombone salesman, I want to talk to you. (And that starts with “T”, and that stands for Talent, right here in River City!)

So send me your ideas please, and maybe your friend or family member will get a Charlie’s Beat all their own. My email is:

Hot Tip Of The Week

Wow, a lot is going on for a cold December weekend. But it IS Indiana’s Music City, after all! Red Bicycle Hall has Cruz Contreras, the leader of The Black Lillies on Thursday night. You have six choices on Friday night, all downtown and easy to jump from one to the next. On Saturday the School of Rock show at Mad Paddle might be the most diverse and interesting offering. These are young aspiring rockers from Louisville who have been selected as a kind of “All Star” group among all the students. And finally, you’ll want to mark your calendar for next Tuesday up at Clifty Falls Inn. The Madison Community Band has been hard at work rehearsing for their annual Christmas Show. Show your civic pride and get up there to support them.

Charlie Rohlfing is a retired advertising man and partner in The Red Bicycle Hall music venue. Look for his distinctive fedora bobbing above the crowd, anywhere live local music is happening.

This Week in Music

Thursday, Dec. 9

Central Hotel — Patriotic Karaoke

Rivertown Grill — Wes Ship

Red Bicycle Hall — Cruz Contreras (of the Black Lillies)

Friday, December 10

Red Bicycle Hall — Alex Williams

Central Hotel — Jordan Wilson

Mad Paddle — Tracy & Elaine

Brown Gym — Four Goats & A Nanny (Senior Dance)

Riverboat Inn — Joe & Deano

American Legion — Keith Swinney (open to public)

Saturday, December 11

Mad Paddle — School of Rock Show

Off-Broadway Taproom — Jordan Wilson Coalition

Riverboat Inn — Joe & Deano

The Central — Jordan Tyler

Rivertown Grill — TBD

Thomas Family Winery — Davis & Devitt

VFW — Fabulous Hickbillies (open to public)

Big Blue (Vevay) — Island of Misfits Party

Tuesday, December 14

Off-Broadway Taproom — Open Mic Night

Clifty Falls Inn — Madison Community Band Christmas Show