The Cabaret Announces The Alley’s 2022 Lineup

Joey Amato | May 2, 2022

Last summer’s unveiling of The Alley at Library Square (The Alley) was such a huge success, and The Cabaret is thrilled to present another summer of free concerts to the community as part of their six-show summer series, The Alley Sessions.

The Alley was created in collaboration with The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Buckingham Companies and is designed to be an outdoor community gathering space where guests can experience live music, art, and more, in a casual setting. The Jazz Kitchen will be on-site again so guests can enjoy cocktails and small bites throughout the evening. Additionally, The Cabaret is expanding this summer’s experience to include arts vendors, dancing, and more, creating a festival-like atmosphere. Also new this year will be an original mural created by local artist Kwazar Martin, which will serve as a backdrop for the performances.

“The Alley is an inviting, energizing space designed to bring people together to foster a sense of belonging – and fun – as well as an appreciation for music, art, and each other,” notes Shannon Forsell, Artistic Director and CEO of The Cabaret.

The Alley Sessions series will feature a diverse array of programming including spoken word, jazz, storytelling, blues, soul, salsa, and more. Performances begin on Friday, June 10, and will run every Friday through July 8, then the summer series will officially close with a special performance on Friday, August 5 in conjunction with The Arts Council of Indianapolis’ First Friday event. Doors open at 6 PM, shows begin at 7 PM and last until 8:40 PM, and the bar closes at 9 PM. All ages are welcome – and, so are well-behaved (leashed) dogs!

June will be a celebration of black music month, and The Cabaret’s Artist in Residence, Lasana Kazembe, will be kicking things off on June 10 with his show Wah Wah and Whatnot: A Love Note to Jazz. Blending live instrumentation and spoken word poetry, this presentation explores the contours and creative boundaries of jazz improvisation and poetry.

Other performers include Clint Breeze & The Groove, an all-star lineup of Indy-based jazz musicians whose talents combine to create an energetic blend of jazz-fusion and hip-hop; Grupo Bembé, one of Indy’s favorite Latin bands, playing cultural music from Puerto Rico as well as other Latin genres like Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, and Latin Rock; Bashiri Asad, who’s been dubbed the “everyday soul singer;” and Staci McCrackin, local soul singer and lead vocalist for “The Flying Toasters.”

The final performance on August 5 will be a special collaboration with The Arts Council of Indianapolis featuring two artists from their annual Art & Soul celebration: singer and former top-20 American Idol competitor, Marrialle Sellars, and published author and poet, Chantel Massey.

Guests are encouraged (but not required) to make reservations if they want to be seated at a table, as table space (which includes shade umbrellas) is limited. Or, any guest can bring a lawn chair and have a seat wherever they’d like.
The Cabaret will begin taking table reservations on Thursday, May 5 at 10 AM. Those reservations can be made online at THECABARET.ORG/SHOWS or by phone at 317-275-1169