Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Fool House (fanny) pack sounds of the ’90s

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 10, 2019

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The generation that grew up in the ’90s is now officially old enough to get out and make a living. It’s hard to believe that these folks that lived through slow internet speed, big cell phones, and Saved by the Bell managed to survive.

No matter why you love ’90s music, Flashback Live is taking care of you on Friday, Jan. 25, with Fool House: The Ultimate ’90s Dance Party. Hailing from Chicago, Fool House is a cover band with choreographed dance moves and foolish humor. Imagine hearing tunes by Bell Biv Devoe, Backstreet Boys, MC Hammer, NSYNC, 50 Cent, Ricky Martin, Beastie Boys, and Blink 182.

Does that sound like a party to you? To be honest, I don’t know a whole lot of bands that cover that material which makes this even more intriguing.

Advance tickets are on sale through Eventbrite with a few different ticketing options- general admission, VIP, and Ultimate ’90s Package (include a fanny pack). Come out and relive the glory days.

Jazz Quartet ready to release album

The jazz quartet 2 Before Noon have announced their plans for their upcoming release, Same Kind of Weird. The guys recently put their final touches on the album, which marks the fourth in their catalog. This 12-track gem was recorded in keyboardist’s Nick LaMendola’s home studio and mixed by Anthony Longano.

Together, the band brings billowing enthusiasm to every track on the album including “Power Moves,” “Funny Time Clock Juice,” and “Bettie Page Mannequin.” 2 Before Noon has a release party slated for 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Welch’s Ale House. Come out for a chilled evening and spend your hard-earned money on Same Kind of Weird. You will not be disappointed.

James and the Drifters’ top-notch video

I love seeing some of the music videos that our local acts come up with. Just the other day, I got to see the video for “Tides,” the new single by James and the Drifters. Wow, well done!

This high-quality piece was filmed downtown on The Landing by Lofthouse Films and stands up to anything I’ve ever seen. The guys had a special release for the video at midnight on New Year’s Day.

“Tides” is from their upcoming release The Glow, which will be out on Feb. 1. You can pre-order this bad boy on their website at, but until then, search for the video on YouTube.

Right now, the band doesn’t have any gigs on their calendar, but you can guarantee we’ll be getting a healthy dose of them this year.

Children’s choir warms up for fundraiser

The 6th annual Do Re Mi fundraising event for the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Walb Student Union on the campus of Purdue University Fort Wayne. The event is designed to introduce attendees to the professionally trained singers of the FWCC.

There will be several choirs performing as well as alumni and friends sharing stories of the impact the FWCC has on students and professionals in Northeast Indiana. After all, it’s not just about learning music but developing leadership, team building, and life management skills.

Dinner will be catered by Mad Anthony Brewing Co. with complimentary beer and wine. Tickets can be purchased by calling (260) 481-0481.

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