Lots going on these days. The never-ending house renovation continues…feels like I’ve been in house building mode for three years now! Who knew boss-lady would be so into renovating and designing houses. Our current project is a 143 year old house in the Old Northside neighborhood of Indy. It’s kind of a tall skinny three floor Victorian era house. It used to be a bed-n-breakfast. The wood is just amazing…really old thick trim and floor wood that is massive and has never been painted. 10’ tall ceilings on all floors. It’s a big project but we’re hoping we can move in by the 4th of July.
Been going to lots of Pacer NBA basketball games which has been a blast. Playoff time now. Kind of the opposite of Laker games…in a good way. We also went to the Kentucky Derby and got really wet on a rainy day. My daily gig at alt-weekly newspaper NUVO continues to fight the good fight on many fronts. Getting used to some of the Indiana ways…they are really behind in recycling, cell phones in cars, too much smoking etc. but there is also a slow and steady don’t tread on me common sense that I like.
Musically I have just connected with some musicians here in Indy and we’re going to play a set of my songs later in June at a rock club called Birdy’s. Fun to hear how fresh ears interpret my old songs. It really forced me to go back and listen to recordings and parts I had long forgotten about. We’re gonna play the upbeat stuff. And also going to perform with a band name in Indy…been flying under Pardekooper long enough. The current fave for band name is Distal Down.
Also getting ready to record some new songs with old friends the Horse Buyers (Eric Straumanis, John Svec, Matt Winegardner). We gotta fun couple gigs June 8th at the Iowa Arts Fest and venerable rock institution Gabe’s. Looking forward to seeing the Iowa City home town and catching up with some old friends. Here’s the upcoming gigs below. Gotta 10 day trip to France coming in September, so my European friends should give me a shout if they have any ideas for me. I’ll be solo for Europe. Be good, KP
June 8th - 5pm, Iowa Arts Festival, w/Horse Buyers (Eric Straumanis, Matt Winegardner, John Svec), Iowa City, IA
June 8th - 9pm, Gabe’s, w/Eric Straumanis celebrating his new CD! Iowa City, IA
June 28th Birdy’s Bar & Grille new Indy band debut! Indianapolis, INKelly Pardekooper
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