The House Band

OLG’s “house band” is The Legendary Trainhoppers, an American band from Fort Wayne. (Full disclosure: Matt Kelley plays guitar and mandolin and writes songs in the band.) The band writes, rehearses and performs in The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar, the small listening venue within our office. Over 2019–2020, the band released three EPs, and during the pandemic wrote and recorded five new songs. All of that material has been compiled on the double-album Hard Times, which features 18 songs over two discs, along with a bonus DVD featuring a [...] Read More

Uncover the Gold: David Wax Museum

In 2017, OLG presented David Wax Museum at the Middle Waves Music Festival. The band had previously played two stripped-down concerts at our own B-Side; the first as a trio, and the second as a duo with band leaders David Wax and Suz Slezak, who are married. David and Suz’s commitment to their art—and to being incredible parents to their young children—inspired us. For the Middle Waves set, the band brought their full seven-piece power—and, as they were debuting new songs from the forthcoming Line of Light album, asked if we might [...] Read More

The Loudest Book Release

Gig poster art has been one of the more influential mediums in my life. Bright colors, cartoon culture, wacky visions—all tied together with your favorite music. What’s not to love?! I first started working on poster illustration in college, and as soon as I was able to attend more shows as a 21-year-old, I began interacting with the promotors and bands in the local DIY scene. This led to opportunities to use my imagery on a regular basis, and in some cases, with bands that I work with to this [...] Read More

Working Remotely—with Bo The Elf

This morning, as I'm writing this, I'm watching my eight-year-old cousin excitedly discover that Bo The Elf had taken advantage of the fact that we all went to bed early last night. The mischievous fellow hopped on his motorcycle and took a joy ride through the living room—dispersing my cousin's green and tan army men in the tree, on the mantle, atop the doorway, on the ceiling fan. I moved to Fort Wayne in 2011 to attend the University of Saint Francis, and I decided to stay in Fort Wayne post-graduation. [...] Read More