Flying Cat Concerts presents music in several venues in the greater Indianapolis area.
Joanne and Joe Smiddie-Brush are the primary contacts for booking, and we ask, beseech, and implore that you read this entire page before contacting us. Specifically, we beg of you:
- Do not inquire about any date that is within four weeks of an upcoming event. CLICK HERE for the schedule
- Do not inquire about playing Monday – Thursday.
- Do not ask us to book you if we have not yet had the pleasure of being in your audience during a live performance.
- Do not request our assistance with finding other venues in the Indianapolis area. We simply do not have the time. However, we can suggest that you take a look at the website Undiscovered Music Network, which has an extensive list of venues that present acoustic music throughout the United States, many of which are located in the Midwest.
If you disregard these guidelines, the ghost of Little Jimmy Dickens will show up at every gig and demand that you play “Wagon Wheel!” And you don’t what that, do you?
But seriously, we do realize this must be frustrating for performers who wish to play at our venues, but please understand that we receive far more inquiries from performers than we can ever hope to accommodate, given the limited number of concerts we present each year.
House concerts and small venues are all about making connections — with the audience of course but also with the hosts. The vast majority of performers who play at our venues are people with whom we have developed a personal relationship over time — through Folk Alliance Region Midwest conferences, our involvement with the Indy Folk Series, and the fact that we enjoy going out for live music (a LOT!)
If we’ve not yet had the opportunity to meet you, and you feel you would be a good fit for one of our venues, please contact us via email to let us know when you’ll be in the Indianapolis area in the near future so that we can come to a performance and say hello. Be sure to include a link to your electronic press kit, or if you would prefer to send a CD, please contact us for a mailing address. After we’ve had an opportunity to see you perform and get to know you a little bit better, we can continue the conversation about booking.
We strive to present a wide range of acoustic music, featuring performers whose music falls under the very broad category of “folk.” This includes Singer-Songwriters, Bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic, Americana, and similar. We are unlikely to present rock bands, cover bands, commercial country, classical, or programming aimed specifically at children. It’s not that we don’t like any of these, it’s just that those styles are not a good fit for our audience.
We try very hard to achieve a balance between introducing our audience to performers they may not have seen before, and bringing back returning favorites. This is a challenge indeed given the limited number of concerts we host each year.
We follow a slightly different format at the various locations, but each venue is a “listening room” atmosphere during the concerts, and our audience knows and expects this. Guests appreciate being able to hear the performance!
We present professional performers who tour nationally and internationally; however we do also feature artists who may earn their living doing something other than (or in addition to) playing music. This is by conscious choice. We do not want to exclude fantastic performers just because they are not well-known nationally. You do not need to be a full-time professional touring performer with an agent in order to to get booked here; however, our audience has come to expect a high-quality concert experience. If you do not play regularly in public, and do not have a press kit and promotional materials available to us, we are unlikely in the extreme to consider you for one of our venues.
Finally, we have full-time jobs, busy lives, and other interests, and although we make an effort to do so, we simply may not be able to reply to every inquiry. Try not to take it personally if we do not respond.