The event seems a natural fit for singer/songwriter Michael Krejci.
Krejci, a 1998 Zionsville Community High School graduate, will perform at the Moontown Rhythm & Booze event from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24 in the 1915 Room at Moontown Brewery, 343 S. Bowers St., Whitestown. The event is a fundraiser for the Zionsville Alumni Association.
After graduating from Kenyon College in Ohio, Krejci moved to Nashville, Tenn. He has released three full-length albums.
“My last album was the most commercial country that I released,” he said. “It had a more modern feel to it. My favorite is Americana or roots folk. I like acoustic.”
Krejci is working on his fourth album. He said he plans to release it in 2020. He almost has enough songs to complete the album.
“I perform as much as I can. It’s slowed down a little bit because I have released a lot of new music,” he said. “I do solo acoustic stuff to duo to full band, depending on the gig, budget and travel. I’ve enjoyed the quality of musicianship here. It’s just incredible from musicians to engineers to vocalists. It’s really an encouraging music community here.”
Krejci has his own music agency, Divided Sky Entertainment, where he does talent buying and booking.
“I work with festivals, casinos, theaters and I’ll provide them with entertainment,” Krejci said. “It’s a good way for me to network and meet other songwriters.”
Krejci said he has performed since college in the Lincoln Park concert series and the Fall Festival in Zionsville.
“I do some writers’ nights around Nashville where you might have three songwriters up on stage and you go around to the next one,” he said
In addition to his own songs, Krejci plays covers during his performances.
“I’ll cover a wide variety of genres for something like that,” he said. “I’ll do some Beatles, John Fogerty, Glen Campbell. I’ll try to branch out and play something hopefully everyone will know.”
Krejci has opened for the Goo Goo Dolls in Naperville, Ill., and opened for The Band Perry before a crowd of 12,000 in Kansas City.
“It seems like my high school buddies have all returned to Zionsville,” he said. “They moved away, had kids and slowly moved back to Zionsville, so I should have a group of friends there.”
Krejci, who played basketball and baseball at ZCHS, is familiar with Moontown since his 20-year high school reunion was held there last year.
Proceeds from the event support ZAA projects.
Tim Ottinger, a 1972 ZCHS graduate, said it’s always good to provide an event when old friends get together.
“It’s for alumni, teachers, retired teachers, whomever,” he said. “We want to raise funds for the annual $1,000 scholarship. One of the things we are trying to tackle is a searchable data base for Zionsville alumni. We’ve started but it has a long way to go.”
Ottinger and Jim Haines, a fellow 1972 graduate, are co-chairs of the event.
“We started the scholarship program in 2007 and every year we have given a scholarship. It’s been $1,000 most years and we’d love to be able to increase that moving forward,” said Haines, a founder of ZAA. “It started out as $500 the first two years. It goes to a graduating high school senior. The purpose of the Alumni Association is to create camaraderie among Zionsville students.”
The ZAA holds all-class reunions and helps with the Soaring Eagle Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the event are available on ZAA’s website, zionsvillealumni.org, or at Zionsville Eyecare, 1375 Parkway Dr. Tickets are $35 for ZAA members and $40 for non-members.
Krejci’s music is available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. CDs are sold on his website, MKNashville.com and he will have some for sale at his performance.