Bizarre Noir Bestows Christmas Blessings On Fountain Square Brewing Co.

Article & photos by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 1, 2017) – It’s extraordinarily hard to venture out of one’s Hoosier home on such a cold evening, but there are a few things that it’s just simply a crime to miss. These favorite things often occur in a beautiful little section of Indianapolis known as Fountain Square. This quaint little village located just next to downtown is always alive with activity. It was rumored that Fountain Square Brewing Co. was the place to be on this extra special First Friday in particular. The popular hangout was already alight with a charming crowd that could be seen spilling out of the doors and warming the night upon arrival. They were not only there for the beautiful art exhibition. There would also be a performance by one of Indy’s favorite bands, and the house was electric with anticipation. The astounding musicians about to bestow their gifts on the house were the brilliant men of Bizarre Noir.

Bizarre Noir was staging their very own eccentric Nightmare Before Christmas, and as always there was no doubt they would awe and astound the crowd. It was standing room only as the band’s reputation preceded them, and even more people poured in the door as the set time neared. The gentlemen took the stage, and brought with them a plethora of Yuletide temptresses that could even stop the great St. Nicholas right in his tracks. The audience was completely mesmerized, and at their mercy throughout the show.

Bizarre Noir’s whole set consisted of original song’s that seduced the crowd faster than a sorcerer’s spell. The music slithered off the stage as slick as Santa down a chimney, and encircled the audience like presents around a tree. The house was entranced by Bizarre Noir’s wildly whimsical melodies, and the band’s set flew by as fast as Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. They capped off the night with a groovilicious serving of their song “Nuclear Rainbow” that only left the fans longing for more.

Long after Bizarre Noir’s set was over many lingered for an encore or simply for the chance to meet the magical minds behind the evening’s performance. It’s not just the men behind the music that garnered the attention either. The beautiful ladies performing with them were every bit as wonderous teaching women it’s ok to be comfortable with their own bodies, and to never be afraid to dance. The unabashed originality of these men and women was a blessing to every single person in the Fountain Square Brewing Co., and will remain an inspiration to all for many, many moons to come.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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