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    No Bad Ideas

    INDY ORIGINALS | episode two: Jason King

    INDY ORIGINALS | episode two: Jason King

    No Bad Ideas is celebrating our hometown of Indianapolis and the creative people that inspire us every day. Indy Originals is a series showcasing local icons that embody the No Bad Ideas spirit.

    Indy MoJo Owner and Vogue Nightclub Entertainment Manager Jason King waxes poetically on concert promotion, Snoop Dogg's pre-concert routine and hats for playing golf in 1924.

    Jason King is an Indy Original. As entertainment manager for the Vogue and CEO of Indy MoJo, he is a central figure in the city's live music scene. Jason recently visited us at No Bad Ideas to discuss the concert biz, music and personal style. Excerpts of the interview follow, but first a brief history of the Vogue for our international audience:

    The Vogue Theatre in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis is one the most popular and storied venues in the Midwest. The Vogue opened as a movie theater on June 18, 1938. In the 1970’s The Vogue’s image shifted a bit when it became an X-rated movie theater and featured the cult classic “Deep Throat.”

    In 1977 the Vogue re-opened as a nightclub and since that time has continuously been considered the top nightspot in Indianapolis. Many great bands and artists have performed here over the past 25 years including Rihanna, Warren Zevon, Bo Diddley, Willie Nelson, The Ramones, John Hiatt, Blondie, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, The White Stripes, The Flaming Lips, Cheap Trick, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Avett Brothers, Salt N Pepa, Nellie, Snoop Dogg, Bob Weir & Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, Gov't Mule, Keb’ Mo’, John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Ice Cube, Dave Matthews Band, and many more.


    Background set, here Jason discusses how he first got into the promotion business:



    Bigger, faster, better, stronger. Jason along side his evil genius promotions director Matt Ramsey, kept grinding and established IndyMojo as a top promoter in town Along the way, he learned to adapt to the eccentricities of the creative artists he hosted. 

    Craziest rider? "GWAR sprays blood all over the club.. and we have to cover everything in plastic!"

    And check out these stories of pre-performance routines:



    Outside of the Vogue, we asked Jason for a couple of his favorite spots in Indy—what is blowing up right now and what’s one place people are sleeping on?

    "The Mousetrap and Hi-Fi are great music venues--smaller scale, great crowd and staff. I love Eagle on Mass Ave...best fried chicken in Indy!"

    Music is central to Jason's artistry. Here he talks about the music he promotes and what he plays off the clock (Bishop Briggs & Strumbellas are on the list!):



    Wrapping up, Jason tours the No Bad Ideas new arrivals shelves to find his favorite styles:



    Check out Jason's picks:

    No Bad Ideas is proud to see creatives like Jason King go to work in Indy. To Jason and everyone inspired by his work we have one message: Keep Grinding.


    --- interview by Lee Clifford