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:
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?
Wrapping up, Jason tours the No Bad Ideas new arrivals shelves to find his favorite styles:
Check out Jason's picks:
- Nica Snapback: the one to rock "at the pool"
- McIlroy Flat Cap Driver: perfect for wearing "while playing golf in 1924"
- Luis Visor: #1 choice to "wear this upside down to a frat party while DJing"
- Geoprismic II: “it feels so warm in my hands”
- Tyson Snapback: the “clean” style that “gets the point across”
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