The Rock Garage was founded during the pandemic and since then they have been able to bring more than two dozen bands into vogue, helping people ages 7 to 90 get together for classes and form bands.
You can also see some of their bands playing in one of the oldest Indianapolis music bars, Melody INN (Illinois and 38th) on June 4th and 5th. It opened in 1935 and their stalls are the old teepee stalls (Indiana State Fair Grounds).
The rock garage band “The Interim Project” joined us today. They played two of their original songs, “Win or Lose” and “Double Shot”.
As the pandemic has brought the annual Carb Day celebration to the gates of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Rock Garage will help fill the void by adding one of the main stages on Main Street in during the city’s annual Rockin On Main event Speedway takes over. Rock Garage will schedule more than two dozen bands on stage for 8 hours while visitors enjoy the food, fun, and specials of this great event. Fans of the speedway tradition can also see and hear the famous Gordon Pipers on stage and throughout the festival.
Rockin On Main takes place on Friday, May 28th, on Main Street on the Speedway from 16th Street to Ford Street, which is closed to pedestrians only. Three stages will be set up on Main Street with live music, beer gardens (with proceeds going to the Speedway COVID-19 Relief Fund), food trucks, vendors and local restaurants for visitors. While listening to the music, visitors can view a handful of vintage Indy racing cars, including the 1963 Parnelli Jones, 1932 Miller, and 1972 Bobby Unser.
“We are very proud to bring our unique mix of amateur rock musicians and bands to this great event on Carb Day, and we hope this will inspire others to wipe their guitars and join our movement to help the little ones local music venues in Indy to fill great music when we emerge from the pandemic, ”said Dave Foellinger, co-owner of the Castleton-based music education center and rock band program.
Rock Garage is a program that is open to all abilities from beginner to advanced. If you’ve ever dreamed of performing on stage, Rock Garage is for you. We have built a system of teaching, rehearsal and performance that is second to none.
The Speedway event is free to visitors, but Rock Garage is accepting donations for the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance, a nonprofit whose mission is to help small businesses that depend on live music for a living. These venues have suffered from the closings and restrictions of the pandemic. Visitors also have the opportunity to learn more about The Rock Garage and become a new member.
“This is going to be a great day for so many of our musicians who have worked together in smaller places and improved their skills during the pandemic,” added Foellinger. “We have more than 125 members who either take lessons from our experts or have been accepted into one of our bands or both. They bring different talents and skills, but they all share a love of playing live music on stage! “
Rock Garage grew out of the pandemic when Dave & Kate Foellinger, Steve & Kimberly Klinger and Preston & Rocky Nash teamed up to create a Facebook group for musicians to talk about music, upload their songs and share ideas. The group grew to more than 800 members from around the world and eventually resulted in the establishment of a new website and physical location in the summer of 2020. The Castleton store at 8115 Center Run Road has three large rooms where bands can rehearse and record their music and smaller rooms for private lessons.
Rock Garage’s program is based on the principles of band chemistry, live experience, and good time. Rock Garage assigns its members to bands who, under the guidance of one of our professional music directors, select or create their own music and then perform on stage in various small locations in central Indiana.
Individuals who are just starting out can not only be placed in bands but also take lessons online or in person for guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, and vocals. All lessons and tape assignments are open to both adults and children.
For more information, visit RockGarageMusic.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIN.