On November 3rd, 2009, Indianapolis-based musician David Adamson, better known as Jookabox, releases his third album, Dead Zone Boys.
A few days prior on October 30th, Big Car Gallery will host a concert and art show to celebrate the release. The event will feature eleven pieces inspired by songs from the album, from artists including DM Stith, Jessica Sowls, Ben Tousley, and Liz Janes.
Much of Jookabox’s music reflects on and is inspired by Adamson’s upbringing in lower-income areas of Indianapolis.
“People call it the crossroads or whatever, but it really is true in some way, and I think it’s true with music, too,” noted Adamson.
“Growing up on the east side of Indianapolis, I listened to a lot of rap. Rap was huge here, like it was everywhere in the 80s and 90s. But also, there’s blue collar classic rock, and a little bit of folk and country.”
Adamson’s plain-spoken manner, and mountain-man by way of hip-hop flash appearance, belie a sensitive and sophisticated music presence, especially well-showcased on Dead Zone Boys.
“To me, it’s about good versus evil, that age-old battle, and thinking about it in sort of a campy, horror movie way, but also thinking about it seriously sometimes,” said Adamson.