+ The Meatball Band – Tickets – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN – August 18th, 2018 – The Vogue
The Meatball Band

A Fundraiser for The American Heart Association

The Meatball Band

Sat, August 18, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Meatball Band
The Meatball Band
It’s been 17 years since the Meatball Band performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, just like the genus Magicicada (look it up), we thought it was time to come out and make some noise…again. Yes, several iterations of the band performed a lot between 2001 and 2015 and our farewell “Enough Is Enough” show at The Vogue was a blast. But, we don’t know when we might all have the chance to be together again and we have an “infatuation” with performing. So, join us in celebrating the words of fellow Rock hall of famer (ha, ha) Rod Stewart, “Oh no, not again!” and catch us at The Vogue on Saturday, August 18, 2018. This band is the version of the group that, back in 2001, won the American Advertising Federation’s national battle of the bands and earned the right to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We were the best damn ad band in the land…

Doors are scheduled to open at 7:00 p.m., with the show starting at 8:00 p.m. Standby for additional details on the emcee, opening act and possible guest appearances. However all that shakes out, just know that your $20 ticket fee will bring you an evening of fun, rock & roll and the chance to help the American Heart Association fight the #1 killer of Americans, heart disease. So, come on out and dance! Plus, Broad Ripple on a Saturday night in August is a very cool place to be.

Meatball Band bassist, Chris Katterjohn, was President & Publisher if the Indianapolis Business Journal when we played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s his “Publisher’s Notebook” account from the June 18-24, 2001 issue. Rock on!

“The Meatball Band makes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” by Chris Katterjohn.
“Indianapolis’ own Meatball Band, which includes me and six other middle-age diehard rockers, had its 15 minutes of fame last week, twice in 24 hours.

We emerged dog-tired from a three-day, whirlwind road trip with bragging rights to the title of ‘The Best Damned Ad Band in the Land’ and to the distinction of playing a 30-minute set on stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

To a bunch of 40- and 50-somethings who have played music in bands all their lives, it was an experience of a lifetime to play in the mecca of rock-n-roll.

The occasion was the 2001 American Advertising Advertising Conference, ‘Rock N the Ad World,’ in Cleveland, home of the aforementioned museum and arguably the birthplace of rock ‘n roll itself.

The American Advertising Federation staged this year’s annual conference at the classy Renaissance Hotel, where national ADDY awards for excellence in advertising were presented and ad folks from all over the country gathered for three days of idea exchange and partying. And, boy, do they know how to party.

For evening entertainment on June 11, the AAF staged a first-ever Battle of the Bands, inviting local ad clubs from all over the country to enter bands made up of ad club members. Several Meatballers are in the local ad club.

Each AAF district was allowed one entry. The Meatball Band beat out two other bands from District 6 – which includes Indiana, Illinois and Michigan – to become a contestant in the competition. Four other districts fielded entries.

With guitars, keyboards, congas and suitcases in hand, we left Indianapolis for Cleveland in three vehicles, arriving early Monday evening in time to slip our equipment backstage in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

We checked into another hotel about six blocks away, grabbed a bite to eat and returned to the Renaissance for the drawing that would determine the order in which the bands played. As luck would have it, we drew last position.

Each band played three songs. The contest began at 9 p.m. A panel of 14 judges, which, according the conference program would be ‘influenced by the crowd response and a cash bar,’ determined which district band would win the big prize: a gig at the ADDY Awards Gala the next night on stage at the Hall of Fame.

District 6 was well-represented among the 300 or so attendees at the AAF Battle of the Bands. A dozen people from Fort Wayne, Evansville and Indianapolis were among about three-dozen vociferous Meatball Band supporters adorned in black T-shirts sporting the band’s name.

We competed against bands from Pensacola, Fla.; Louisville; Baton Rouge, La.; and Branson, Mo., all of which had supporters in good numbers. But only two groups were as vocal as Meatball Band fans.

After hearing the other four bands, we went on stage at 11:25 p.m., feeling good about our chances. We played our three songs and hung close to the stage as the judges tallied their votes.

Ten minutes later, the emcee returned and announced us as winners. We came back out on stage to the applause, cheers and raised cigarette lighters of an appreciative and spirited crowd. It was a fantasy come true, our first 15 minutes of fame.

We stayed up late that night.

The next night, it was on to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that gleaming glass-and-steel shrine to rock music on the banks of Lake Erie, the site of our second 15 minutes of fame.

One of our local band members actually attended the award presentations that night at the hotel before the gala because his agency won a national ADDY. Dan Roman, president of Bates Midwest, picked up some hardware for an Indianapolis Colts television spot.

About the same time he was basking in the glory, the rest of us were setting things up in a hurry at the Hall, where all 800 of the AAF convention attendees would be bused after the ceremonies for the black-tie dinner party.

At 8:40 p.m., we started a seven-song, 30-minute set that got the big crowd in a partying mood. We played well through the best sound system we’ve ever had the opportunity to use.

We stayed up late that night, too, trying to milk the experience for all it was worth. We got up early Wednesday morning, in a bit of a daze from what had been a dizzying string of events. We had breakfast and hit the road for home.

Exhausted and satisfied, we knew there were many would-be rock stars in this land with ‘real’ jobs in the professional world who still play music for the sheer joy and diversion of it. We also knew there were few who could claim their band played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

“Members of The Meatball Band
Jim England, J.D. Byrider Inc.
Chris Katterjohn, IBJ Corp.
Brian Ritter, Bates USA Midwest
Dan Roman, Bates USA Midwest
John Scofield, Scofield Editorial Inc.
David Seiferth, Strategic Marketing
Anne Wessel, marketing consultant”
Venue Information:
The Vogue
6259 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN, 46220