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October 2, 2020

Arlo McKinley at HI-FI Annex

Arlo McKinley at HI-FI Annex
Ritch Henderson, Eric Bolander
Doors: 5:00 pm | Tickets: $18 – 20
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Can’t make the show?  Grab a ticket to watch either Arlo McKinley Livestream or Ritch Henderson Livestream from the comfort of your home.

Presented by Duke’s Honky Tonk & Holler on the Hill

5:00 pm: Doors Open
6:00 pm: Eric Bolander
7:00 pm: Ritch Henderson
8:30 pm: Arlo McKinley
10:00 pm: Event Over

Face Coverings Required: All guests must wear a face covering per Marion County Public Health Order. Please bring your own. Disposable face coverings are available at the box office for purchase.
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Tickets: General admission, 250 tickets available.
Kids: All ages event, kids 5 and under are free with paid adult.
Seating: Picnic table seating available, first come first served, lawn chairs permitted in designated areas.
Beer, Wine, Spirits: Full bar  for 21+ guests including slushies, wine by the bottle and buckets of beer/white claw.
Food: Local Food Vendor.
Snacks & Beverages: Available at our concession stand.

Ticket Questions: boxoffice@hifiindy.com

About Arlo McKinley

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Coming out of the eclectic Cincinnati music scene that has produced everyone from The National and Walk the Moon to Bootsy Collins, Arlo McKinley has washed his songs in the blood of street soul, country, punk and gospel – and tattooed them onto the underground. Filled with a weight, honesty and gritty-hope from rustbelt city life, McKinley rolled downriver to Memphis to Sun Studio where Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine) gathered a working man’s all-star band to record his Oh Boy Records debut, “Die Midwestern.”

McKinley’s 10 original songs bleed truth and emotion from a heart scarred by wild nights and redeemed by Sunday morning confessions. “She’s Always Around,” “Suicidal Saturday Night,” “Bag of Pills” and “Ghost” – a song he wrote in a funeral home parking lot after carrying the coffin of his best friend – are all songs carved out in the key of life.

In “Ghost” McKinley pours out the pain of his personal loss. “It felt too real to be a dream/We were getting high on gasoline/sitting on the banks where the river bends/and we laughed and danced and sang and we talked about everything/Sitting here with the ghost of my best friend.”

On “Bag of Pills,” McKinley testifies from the shadows of the night … “All I need now, I don’t want/All I loved now, it’s all gone to my head/Tell Jesus, Can you save me?/Didn’t think so – guess you’re too busy/I guess we’re all too busy.” In the hope filled “Once Again,” McKinley leaves an open door to find hope and love again. “My heart is rusting/I’ve been broken/I’ve been busted/but if you tell me I can trust it/Maybe this heart can love once again.”

Shaped in equal parts by the raw honesty of his raising in the church and punk teenage years, McKinley said that thread still runs so true in the open honesty of his songwriting.

“I am telling my truth and that is it and hopefully it relates to people,” McKinley says of the songs on “Die Midwestern. “I know some musicians write story songs about other things, but I can’t be that musician. I have to write about my experience. ‘Ghost (Of My Best Friend’), I was at Patrick’s funeral and we all left. I sang at the funeral and I am sitting in the car and was crying and wrote ‘Ghost.’ That was the moment and I was in it.”

Like a musical brethren of Lucero, McKinley has been making a name for himself around the country in that unassuming, blue-collar way – humbly stacking piles of soulful songs that hurt so real and so good. Along the way, he has shared stages with kindred musical spirits John Moreland, Jason Isbell, Justin Townes Earle, and contemporary rising singer/songwriters Tyler Childers, Ian Noe and Colter Wall.

McKinley says he hopes when people spin “Die Midwestern” that it churns up emotions even if the songs mean something different to other people.

“I hope they walk away knowing they saw someone who is telling their raw, honest story,” McKinley says. “I gave them that emotion and I don’t want anybody to be neutral about it. I’d rather you walk out and say you hate it. It is a wild thing to play your songs, it is like time freezes for a moment and everybody listens. Hopefully, they walk out from a show knowing they are not the only ones feeling the way they are feeling.”

About Ritch Henderson

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A Northern Alabama Native, Ritch Henderson  has an eclectic style that is uniquely Southern. His early major influences are  Led Zeppelin, Jim Croce, Janis Joplin, The Steve Miller Band, The Eagles & Lynyrd Skynyrd.

In 2002 Ritch’s mom gave him the records “Heartbreaker”, by Ryan Adams and “Yourself Or Someone Like You”, by Matchbox Twenty as Christmas gifts,  and a lifelong love affair with lyrical intention began.

When Ritch was Sixteen years of age, his sister Introduced him to the music and composition of local Rock and Roll band: The Drive-By Truckers, and a songwriter was born.

His later influences are The Turnpike Troubadours, Chris Knight, and most recently John Fullbright, and John R. Miller


About Eric Bolander:

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Eric Bolander’s flavor of Americana/folk music offers soulful vocal tone with thoughtful melodies that have staying power.  Lyrically driven by life experiences, Eric’s songs will give you a glimpse into his life and a realization that happiness can be perpetuated through pain.

Eric grew up in the small eastern KY town of Garrison in the Ohio River Valley along the foothills of Appalachia (pop. 1400).  He learned through his Dad to work for what you want/need and never take someone for granted.  Love and work ethic were driving forces of his humble upbringing.  Eric now lives and works out of Lexington, KY.  He’s called Lexington home for most of his adult life.  An Art Teacher by day and Musician by night, Eric’s mind is always immersed in the arts.  Passion for the arts is what keeps him moving forward.

Event Details

Friday, Oct 2, 2020 | 5:00 pm
Tickets: $18 - $20
Presented By: Sun King Brewery, West Fork Whiskey Co., Duke’s Honky Tonk, Holler On The Hill,