Still celebrating the recent release of his fantastic new full-length, Wished Out, My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel, a favorite of the local scene, is set to headline Mercy Lounge tonight, Oct. 6 with genre-bending instrumental duo Steelism. One of the first must-see local shows of the fall, Broemel, has, as a solo artist, established himself as a captivating, thoughtful, and ever-evolving musical force. Tickets for his latest outing are still available right here, so grab yours now and read on to find out more about the show!
Carl Broemel started his musical journey in Indianapolis, the son of a symphony musician, and quickly stood out for his own musical talent from a young age. He got his start playing in various local rock bands, before releasing his debut solo LP, Lose What’s Left, in 2004. Around that time, Broemel joined on with fast-rising Louisville group My Morning Jacket, and found himself lending guitar, pedal steel, and back up vocals to 2005’s Z, a role which has earned him tons of praise, and has continued through three more fantastic albums, countless tours, and huge festival spots. Broemel did break out with another solo record, All Birds Say, in 2010, showcasing his aptitude for loop-based guitar in an effect heavy release that was mesmerizing, but didn’t quite translate in a crossover to mainstream appeal. For 2016’s 4th of July, Broemel found himself collaborating with the likes of fellow MMJ members Bo Koster and Tom Blankenship, along with Neko Case, Russ Pollard, Shelly Colvin, and others, resulting is a melodic and more accessible effort, highlighting Carl’s intricate guitar work. His latest, the brand new Wished Out, further flexes his range, seeing the multi-instrumentalist take on the role of producer and engineer, and push his sound in a more energetic, assertive direction. With guess like Robbie Crowell of Deer Tick and Sebadoh’s Russ Pollard (and, once again, some of the MMJ crew), the new LP is Broemel’s best, most resonant work to date, and hearing the new stuff live is as good an excuse as any to make this one of the fall’s first must-see shows.
There are few duos in town as recognizable and beloved as Steelism. The band, composed of Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum Jr., feature a stylish blend of many genres. Pedal steel, rolling electric guitar, and plucky beats bring listeners through an instrumental journey that’s hard to beat. If you haven’t seen these two jam out on the live stage just yet, you better seize this opportunity and show up early. Although their music lacks in vocals, it features plenty of fun, funky and infectious sounds that will get your body moving.
Carl Broemel and Steelism will perform tonight, Oct. 6 at Mercy Lounge. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $22.