NYC band Watermelon at Be Here Now Monday Night
Free Music at Be Here Now in the Village at Ball State University
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MUNCIE, IN - Drummer Dave Karr grew up with bass man Danny Dahan, playing rock and roll. They met singer Alex Stewart and guitarist Thomas Griffith who had a band of their own. Then along came singer Jules Barringer, experienced from singing in a choir.
The five became a group called Watermelon a few years ago. They have a fun, funky sound mixed with rock and roll that is heard in New York City and now throughout the country.
Karr promised a free, fun concert Monday at Be Here Now around 9 p.m. And he promised to heat up the crowd in a outdoor venue with Watermelon's version of rock and roll mixed with funk and hip hop.
After reading about Watermelon's concert in Chicago on Saturday, it's obvious the neon painted, rock and roll singing duo of Stewart and Barringer can grab a crowd and keep their heads bobbing and bodies swaying. Among their funk rock songs on their new album Sleepover are YOWWYCH and Shrug it Off that are high energy and big party sounds.
"It's all about fun," said Karr, as Barringer talked about coming to Muncie.
The band began a Great Lakes tour last week, the first road trip that the group has taken. Watermelon can generally be found in New York City or Washington D.C.but thought the Midwest and stops like Cleveland, Detroit and Pittsburg would widen their fan base.
They played a few days ago at South Bend, and Muncie is the smallest venue so far, moving on to Columbus, Ohio next.
Karr said the band liked all venues, big or small, and always enjoyed college towns that liked live music every night.
The Monday night concert is not unique at Be Here Now, given there's live music there any given night.
And for Watermelon, there will be $3 pitchers of PBR and $6 pitchers for everything else on tap.
The venue on Dill Street next to Greek's Pizzeria also hosted throw back rapper Afroman this summer, and had an afterparty for Fun that played at Emens before the band won a Grammy last winter.