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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 08:30 AM
What a bummer. Have seen some great shows in this place; Oteil & The Peacemakers, Matt Abts and Johnny Neel as X2, North Mississippi Allstars...



Longtime Broad Ripple Nightspot To Close

POSTED: 3:20 pm EST October 24, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Patio Nightclub, a longtime nightspot in Broad Ripple, says it will close at the end of next month, citing declining sales.

The club, which has held the Patio name since 1962, is set to close Nov. 30. A new club will open at the Patio site, but plans have not been finalized.

In the 1950s, the club operated under the names Terrace Lounge, Lazas Cocktail Lounge and the Pink Squirrel. It became The Doris in Broad Ripple in 1960.

 
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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 08:35 AM
That is a drag. I hit The Patio a few times before moving south. Faith Band used to play there a lot. You remember them Purple?

Broad Ripple....home of David Letterman.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 10:41 AM
Holy smokes Dave! Faith Band...we're showing our age
How 'bout Roadmaster? Ahh, those were the days.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 11:16 AM
Purple, I have all five Faith Band albums, plus a copy of Limousine, that pre-dated the Faith Band era. Faith Band opened for The Allman Brothers Band at the Convention Center (or was it Market Square Arena?) in May of 1979 on the Enlightened Rogues tour.

I have the Roadmaster (self titled) and Hey World albums. I used to have the Roadmaster album when Adam Smasher was still lead singer, but it got heat warped by a base board heater. ("Who can sing like fat boy do?") A lot of people may know who Toby Myers is. He was the bass player for John Mellencamp during his 80's hayday. He left Roadmaster to play with Mellencamp.

I heard Steve MacAnally, the Roadmaster singer who suceeded Adam Smasher, died from cancer a while back. Is that true Purple?

And just before I left Indy, I used to see Henry Lee Summer (of "I Wish I Had a Girl Who Walked Like That" fame) at The Patio and The Enterprise. Indy had a great local music scene back then.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 11:56 AM
Dave,
Nice to hear from somebody that grew up around that scene like I did!
I had heard that McNally was really sick, but I wasn't sure about the outcome. Been a few years since I've heard anyone mention his name.
I'll bet if I go look in my basement, I can find my copy of the first Roadmaster album w/Adam Smasher.
I probably saw Roadmaster with McNally 10 times up here in Lafayette; Faith Band quite a few times too. Rick Benick was a very good guitarist imo.
I'm going to see if I can find out about McNally.
Will let you know if I find out something.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 12:01 PM
Really sorry to hear that this place is shutting down
Had some great times there .
One of my all time favorite shows there was Tower Of Power.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 12:06 PM
Purple, did you go to Purdue? I dated my HS girlfriend while she went to PU. She stayed in Terry Courts.

Rick Bennick was smokin', Michael Read was a synth god, Bobby Johns was cool. The whole band was awesome.

Also, as for Faith Band, Dave Bennett has a website and an instrumental album out. Carl Storie is still out there. And as for Toby Myers being with Mellencamp, so was Faith Band sax/keys player John Casella, until he died during the recording of Human Wheels. Such a shame. Johnny was a good guy, family man, lived clean and died at 45 from a damn heart attack.

Wonder what ever happened to Mark Cawley? He wrote a majority of the good Faith Band tunes. And Dave Barnes was funny as hell with the faces he made behind the kit. Kind of like what Yonrico does nowadays.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 12:06 PM
What a shame. That's been a nice venue for a long time.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 02:33 PM
Hey, Hoosiers! I'm writing from the Land of Lincoln, but I come to Indy a couple times a year and sometimes go up to Broad Ripple.

I have a question for you about the Patio's location. Say you come up College Avenue and turn E on that main drag (Kessler?*) through Broad Ripple. Is the Patio on that street, or on the smaller parallel street (62nd?) that runs between the main drag and the White River (canal?) to the N? I'm thinking the Patio is toward the end of the first block (E from College) and just across from the river. I've stood at the fence and listened a while to artists and bands playing on the outside patio but never went in.

The last BR neighborhood club I went to was the Jazz Kitchen, south a few blocks down College (is that still considered Broad Ripple?). It's across the street (52nd?) from David Letterman's old Atlas grocery store. After my friend left to go home south of Indy, I went over to Butler University and went into the music auditorium and fantasized seeing the Cream there in the spring of 1968, right after their great San Francisco stand that has come down to us on the live recordings.

* I'm looking in a Rand McNally Road Atlas, and if I weren't so lazy, I'd go to the other room and dig out my Indy street map!

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 04:16 PM
I never went to the Patio, but I saw GD six times, 90-95 at Deer Creek, and it was my favourite venue ever.

Had a great deadhead friend, Paul B, who let tons of us stay at his place every year when the band was in town. He had a great setup, Dat, hottub and tons of space. The guy was a babe magnet too...the hot tub usually had a babe or two hanging out after the show.

Indianapolis was good to me....just figured I'd mention it here, sorry for the thread drift.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 04:57 PM
I live in the Indy area and that is a shame that it is closing. It will probably turn into some dance, meat market bar just like the other ones in Broad Ripple. There are very few good small music venues in Indy, and now we are losing one.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2005 at 09:48 PM
Very sorry to hear that the Patio is closing. That was a great bar. The Derek Trucks Band also played there a few years ago (I haven't lived there for a long time so I wasn't able to be there).

Peter, the Patio is located on Guilford Avenue, which is a north-south street off of 62nd and is east of College Avenue. The Patio is about a half-block north of 62nd. The Vogue is on College Avenue, just a few feet south of 62nd.

All of the above is a little bit west of Broad Ripple High School, where David Letterman and Marilyn Quayle (wife of Dan) went to HS.

Thanks for the info, however sad.

 

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