ZCHS graduate brings band to Indy


For Paul Whitacre, it was time to bring his band to the road.

The first stop being back home.

Whitacre is the front man for his namesake band, Whitacre. He is the lead vocalist and plays acoustic guitar.

“This seemed liked a good time to quick-run to Indy and solidify that fan base and show them what we’ve been up to,” said Whitacre, who moved from Zionsville to Denver in September 2016.

Whitacre is opening for JD McPherson at 9 p.m. Dec.14 at The Hi-Fi, 1043 Virginia Ave., in Indianapolis.

Whitacre, a 2012 Zionsville Community High School graduate, has a degree in marketing from Ball State.

“We probably have at least a hundred people at the show,” said Whitacre, referring to friends and family. “I got a social media/marketing job in Denver but the goal for all of us is to make this (the band) a career.”

Drummer Mark Cunningham said the band plays all original songs.

“We play a hybrid of folk rock and rock music,” Cunningham said.

The show will be a single release for a song, “Set Me Free.”

“We’re repurposing some of the songs I’ve written, and we’ve got 15 songs that we can go to right now, and five of those have been written as a band,” Whitacre said. “Then the solo songs I’ve written on my own have taken a new direction and format in a new genre and style.”

Cunningham has known Whitacre for approximately six months.

Other band members are Chase Perry,  banjo/harmonica, Brent Perkins, bass, and Kyle Miner, electric guitar

“Paul had been playing with Chase,” Cunningham said.” I played a pick-up basketball game with Paul and knew he played music. A month later I reached out and said he should come and play music sometime. We jammed a little bit, and he asked me and my roommate Brent Perkins to join the band.”

Whitacre said it seemed natural when they played together.

“We’re taking a break to focus on writing some new songs and figuring out what our recording strategy is going to be moving forward,” Whitacre said.

For tickets, visit hifiindy.com. For more, visit whitacreband.com.