Artist Brandon Ahnert Joins the First Annual Meeting of Optimists

It was a nice, cold/rainy November morning hanging out with artist Brandon Ahnert to work on “Ok, Alright,” inching us forward with our First Annual Meeting of Optimists Project. 

First Annual Meeting of Optimists is a multimedia art and music project featuring 13 new June IND tracks accompanied by song-inspired visuals from area artists.

As we did with artist Stacy Bogan, we reached out to Brandon by asking, “Can you paint the face of the person that this song is about.”

From there, we gave him a track, lyric sheet and a canvas, met up with him at his home studio, and hit record.


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“Ok, Alright” is a tribute to Main Street, mom & pop, shopping small, buying local, and everyone busting their ass to make a living.

You’ll be able to hear “Ok, Alright” & more First Annual Meeting of Optimists tunes LIVE on December 21, 9 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Saloon for People’s Live presents: YEARS / JUNE IND / What About Jim.

Amplify our First Annual Meeting of Optimists project by contributing at http://bit.ly/tipjune.

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REMINDER: June IND @ People’s (10/16, 6 p.m.)

Join local rockers June IND TONIGHT: Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. at People’s Brewing Company (2006 N 9thStreet, Lafayette, IN 47904) for brews, tunes, and a preview of the band’s new multimedia music and art project, First Annual Meeting of Optimists.

Schedule:

  • 6:00 p.m. – Brews & tunes: Performance of acoustic originals and fun covers
  • 7:00 p.m. – Brews & tunes: Preview performance of 13 new tracks from First Annual Meeting of Optimists project
  • 8:00 p.m. – Brews & First Annual Meeting of Optimists project discussion

A percentage of People’s Brewing sales will be used to launch the project.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

The event will also be live-streamed at www.facebook.com/JuneIND. Additional First Annual Meeting of Optimists pre-launch contributions can be made at http://bit.ly/tipjune.

RSVP on Facebook at http://bit.ly/FAMoOPreLaunch.

Receive email updates on June IND’s First Annual Meeting of Optimists project by subscribing at www.JuneIND.com

About June IND

June IND is a 3-ish-piece rock band from Lafayette, Indiana. Community-minded, the group has volunteered thousands of hours and raised thousands of dollars to fight homelessness and addiction, promote marriage equality, help wounded warriors, cure cancer, and support the arts.

About First Annual Meeting of Optimists

First Annual Meeting of Optimists is a multimedia art and music project by Lafayette, IN rockers June IND, featuring 13 new tracks accompanied by song-inspired visuals from area artists. Check out the teaser video HERE.

Ain’t a Lot of Love…a teaser

This is a test of the First Annual Meeting of Optimists.

First Annual Meeting of Optimists is a multimedia art and music project by Lafayette, IN rockers June IND, featuring 13 new tracks accompanied by song-inspired visuals from area artists.

We wanted to take some time to explain the ‘song-inspired visuals from area artists’ element of the First Annual Meeting of Optimists project.

It all began with the idea of making a video for each track.

We reached out to artist Stacy Bogan about it, asking, “Can you paint the face of the person that this song is about.” 

If we remember correctly, she asked, “Who’s it about?” We said, “You decide.”

From there, we gave her a track and lyric sheet, purchased some canvases, met up at a park, and hit record.

What you’re seeing is a test, of course, but this allowed us to develop a procedure for when this project is funded and we’re able to properly record and release everything.

Stacy’s test painting also allowed us to experiment with digitizing it (allowing for it to be repurposed for potential album art, a stand-alone lyric book, gallery exhibition, etc.).

You’ll be able to hear this track & others from our new project LIVE on October 16, 6 p.m. at People’s Brewing Company at June IND’s First Annual Meeting of Optimists People’s Pre-Launch Party.

Help fund the project by having beers at People’s on 10/16 or by contributing at http://bit.ly/tipjune.

 

#HillsterHipbilly turns 3, released on this day 10/2/15

Tips for tunes at http://bit.ly/tipjune

Produced by June IND // Engineered by Matt Amos and Dish // Guitars Recorded at basEMent West Lafayette, IN, 479ghett0 Lafayette, IN, Sound Logic Lafayette, IN, and The Bombshelter Recording Studio Chicago, IL // Bass and Vocals Recorded at basEMent West Lafayette, IN // Drums Recorded at IND HQ Lafayette, IN // Mixed and Mastered by Dan Precision at The Bombshelter Recording Studio Chicago, IL bombshelterchicago.com

All music written and performed by Chris June, Drew Luigs, and Emily Larimer // Special thanks to Chris Parker for helping push “My Rx” in the right direction and to Jeff Anderson for sharing your toys!

Published by Self Made God Music (ASCAP), Drew Luigs Music (ASCAP), Tempest Fare Music (ASCAP) Photography by Dave Mason, isphotographic.com Art Direction and Design by rikx, rikx.com

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June IND’s First Annual Meeting of Optimists People’s Pre-Launch Party

Join local rockers June IND Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. at People’s Brewing Company (2006 N 9thStreet, Lafayette, IN 47904) for brews, tunes, and a preview of the band’s new multimedia music and art project, First Annual Meeting of Optimists.

Schedule:

  • 6:00 p.m. – Brews & tunes: Performance of acoustic originals and fun covers
  • 7:00 p.m. – Brews & tunes: Preview performance of 13 new tracks from First Annual Meeting of Optimists project
  • 8:00 p.m. – Brews & First Annual Meeting of Optimists project discussion

A percentage of People’s Brewing sales will be used to launch the project.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

The event will also be live-streamed at www.facebook.com/JuneIND. Additional First Annual Meeting of Optimists pre-launch contributions can be made at http://bit.ly/tipjune.

RSVP on Facebook at http://bit.ly/FAMoOPreLaunch.

Receive email updates on June IND’s First Annual Meeting of Optimists project by subscribing at www.JuneIND.com

About June IND

June IND is a 3-ish-piece rock band from Lafayette, Indiana. Community-minded, the group has volunteered thousands of hours and raised thousands of dollars to fight homelessness and addiction, promote marriage equality, help wounded warriors, cure cancer, and support the arts.

About First Annual Meeting of Optimists

First Annual Meeting of Optimists is a multimedia art and music project by Lafayette, IN rockers June IND, featuring 13 new tracks accompanied by song-inspired visuals from area artists. Check out the teaser video HERE.