Former WCYT DJ Hallie Nowak’s passion for poetry has found her fitting in perfectly in Fort Wayne’s poetry scene. Hallie is currently studying at PFW and reads poetry a few times a month around town, her chapbook is now available to purchase through Lulu.
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I’ve spent the entirety of my life in Fort Wayne, IN. Seventeen years watching the city go through transition. It hasn’t been until the last few years that I’ve really noticed a sense of pride within the community, that has grown with the improvements being made within the downtown arts and music scene. I collected a series of interviews from local musicians and business owners that exhibit the change that the city has gone through in the past decade and the fast-approaching changes the city is set to go under.
If you’re a townie, or have at least been ‘in the know’ within the local music community over the last 10 years or so in Fort Wayne, then the name Vandolah should mean something to you. If it doesn’t and you consider yourself as someone with their finger on the local music pulse, you are sorely mistaken. Because when you see the name Vandolah, you and that hipster beard of yours should set your 20oz can of PBR down and salute. Vandolah is/are the O.G.s of local indie music. Well guess what, the O.G.s are back in town and they’ve got a seven-song e.p. called One More Minute ready to candy coat your ears with some jangly guitar rock.
For the uninitiated, Vandolah is fronted by Mark Hutchins. Yep, THAT Mark Hutchins. The guy behind 2010s classic Sleepy Furnace and 2011s bluegrass-tinged Liar’s Gift. On previous releases, like Please, Walk It Off and To The Moon, Vandolah was Hutchins, Dan Greunke and Kyle Stevenson. This time, though, Vandolah seems to be a one man show, with some piano and drum touches courtesy of Goodbyewave/Sunnydaymassacre hermit J. Hubner. And Al Gore. Yes, thanks to Al Gore and his creation, the internet, music files could be shared between midwest Republican strongholds and songs could be put together out of thin air. After much debate, hand wringing, happy thoughts, sad reflection and finally cathartic release we have a mid-year blessing in One More Minute.
Hey, Fort Wayne.
I’m sure you are all quite aware of the bounty we have in this landlocked town when it comes to original local music. Sure, you’ve got your Ted Nugent tribute bands like Dave Mustaine’s Long Lost Dad, and the always classy rastafarian doom metal outfit Bob Snarling and the Impalers. I won’t even attempt to explain the awesomeness of the underground nu metal scene. What I’m here to talk about today dear readers is Fort Wayne’s own House of Bread. No, this isn’t that tasty bakery on South Calhoun. This is the alternative dream pop outfit that’s been laying their tasty baked goods on our starved, salivating ears for nearly 7 years now. Omar Afzaal of All Nite Skate, Castles and