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Welcome to the Neighborhood 

Saturday, local breweries, food trucks, several rock bands, a psychic and more will descend upon Indy's historic Cottage Home neighborhood for its annual fall block party. Costumed revelers of all ages are invited to partake in the Halloween-themed event, which is operating under the title "Beyond The Mystic Moon" this year.

The musical offerings promise an eclectic showcase of veteran Indy musicians. I recommend arriving early for Phil Reavis' set. For a primer, scope my Musical Family Tree feature on Reavis' experimental home recordings from the 1980s. Less adventurous ears need not worry. Reavis is pumping out more accessible sounds these days.

Other auditory can't-misses at this year's Cottage Home Block Party include Brian Deer and the Achievers and Pork & Beans Brass Band, both of whom rocked the nearby Tonic Ball in Fountain Square last year. However, with groups such as Deckademics DJ School on hand and kid-friendly activities including pudding eating contests, there's a little bit of something for everybody at this neighborhood fest.

Pork & Beans Brass Band performs at the 2013 Cottage Home Block Party. - COURTESY OF PORK & BEANS BRASS BAND
  • Courtesy of Pork & Beans Brass Band
  • Pork & Beans Brass Band performs at the 2013 Cottage Home Block Party.

Cottage Home Block Party Schedule:


Shelter Stage
6:15 Phil Reavis
7:15 The Midtown Mad Men
8:15 Deckademics DJ School & DJ Andy Capps

Dorman Street Stage
5:00 Chatham Heart
6:00 Soap Flossers
7:00 Pork & Beans Brass Band
8:00 Brian Deer and the Achievers
9:00 Squires Family Band


5:00 Animalia, Inc.
5:45 Pudding Eating Contest
6:15 Hula Hoop Contest
6:45 Moon Pie on a String Eating Contest

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Rob Peoni

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Rob Peoni is a freelance writer with a passion for underappreciated rock 'n' roll, local business and culture. The stories he tells are typically found where those interests intersect. The hours away from the dim glow of his computer screen are often spent scouring the Circle City for live music.

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