Pickin’ it up

B-Sides: Music & Other Ephemera

Cast Iron Airplane appears at the Holiday Pick Inn Nov. 28.
Cast Iron Airplane appears at the Holiday Pick Inn Nov. 28.

James White & Deer Creek, Hog Operation, Cast Iron Airplane and Fresh Cut Grass perform Sunday, Nov. 28, as part of the “Holiday Pick-Inn,” sponsored by Bluegrass Anonymous and Sullivan Banjo. The show happens at Holiday Inn (1325 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 426-2600).

Joining Deer Creek is Kyle Ramey, a mandolin wunderkind who started picking the strings at age 4. By the time he was 6, Ramey was onstage performing “Rawhide” at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards with heavyweights Dailey & Vincent, and performed with J.D. Crowe, Michael Cleveland & Flame Keepers and
The Grascals.

Music starts at 4 p.m. Admission is a new toy or a cash donation, which will go to benefit the Center for Women and Families, Home of the Innocents and Salvation Army. “We used to just bring boxes around town to different music stores for toys,” says Mike Bucayu of Bluegrass Anonymous. “This is good music for a good cause.” An open jam begins at 3 p.m. in the lobby. “I encourage everyone to bring their instruments.”

Closed Alley
We’ve unfortunately learned that December will be the last month for shows at Skull Alley (www.skullalley.net), the all-ages music venue and print shop run by Jamie Prott. Skull Alley became the go-to place in a city once renowned for its all-ages independent music scene, but the venue recently lost its liquor license and has fallen on financial hard times due to low turnouts. It will be missed.

Music Cast
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, LEO Music Cast is taking a week off as we prepare to stuff our faces with tryptophan, tofurkey, stuffing and taters. Please listen to our past podcasts at our music blog, Bluegrass Catastrophe, at bluecat.leoweekly.com.