Since 2010, Ricky Lee Potts, a local writer and freelance booking agent, has been putting on events throughout Indianapolis featuring local musicians. Dubbed simply “six4six,” the events all have one central concept.
“I was sitting there with Jason Firebaugh, a local singer/songwriter and … he said I should have a concert series featuring the bands I worked with. I said, ‘How many bands?’ He said, ‘Six.’ He said, ‘How much?’ I said. ‘$6.’ And it was born,” said Potts.
Following these two simple guidelines, six4six has seen an increasing popularity since its inception. The first event drew more than 350 people, the second drew more than 600 and the third, taking place last summer, drew more than 800 people to Indianapolis’ northside. Potts is hoping the fourth event, scheduled for Saturday, will be “the biggest yet.”
Focusing on all local music and local venues, six4six features a wide array of bands intended to handcraft an experience Potts hopes will be the best concert experience Indianapolis has to offer. BellJar, The Holland Account, Follower, Chad Mills & the Upright Willies, Journals and The Kathys are all scheduled to play.
“Each band is unique, and while you might not see them all on the same stage night after night, it’s not about that,” said Potts. “It’s about working with bands that play good music, that have a desire to expand in the Indianapolis community and bands that can become friends throughout the process.”
For Potts, the focus has always been on the bands and the local community surrounding them.
“Funny thing about these shows, if you didn’t know me, you would have no idea I was even there,” said Potts. “I have a guest MC for each one and never grace the stage, but that’s on purpose. It’s not about me. That night, it’s about the bands.”
Six4six will be held Saturday at Birdy’s Bar and Grill on the northside of Indianapolis. For more information, please visit www.rickyleepotts.com.
- What: Six Bands for Six Bucks featuring Chad Mills & the Upright Willies, The Holland Account, The Kathys, Follower, Journals and BellJar.
- When: Saturday – 7 p.m.
- Where: Birdy’s Bar & Grill (2131 E. 71st St., Indianapolis), 254-8971
- Cost: $6 (older than 21)
By Christian Sorrell
Contributions to this article were made by Scott Raychel.