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home : columnists : betsy reason June 23, 2017

5/19/2017 5:43:00 AM
Drew's new band to play fest tonight
Photo providedDrew Hawk will play Arcadia’s May Festival and June 3 at Noblesville VFW.
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Drew Hawk will play Arcadia’s May Festival and June 3 at Noblesville VFW.

By Betsy Reason

I've known Noblesville's Drew Hawk since the days when he played guitar with the late Matt Wariner and would perform and hang out at the Noblesville Moose Lodge and The Sandpiper.

So when Drew told me that he put together a new band, I wanted to share it with our readers.

But first, I had to ask how he came up with band's name, Tone Lab Society?

"I'm a freak about 'tones' of my guitar," was his reply. "We try to be scientists about it, I suppose. The 'Society' part of it is our 'following.'"

Tonight, the band will headline Street Dance at Arcadia May Festival, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The festival kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday in the little town on Indiana 19, a 20-minute drive north of Noblesville. The festival features live entertainment, Anderson Amusements carnival, arts and crafts, and a car show Sunday afternoon.

Drew, 42, has been playing music since he was 14 and bought his first guitar at the former Zinn Music, which used to be on South Ninth Street in downtown Noblesville. He played guitar in his family's garage, on the porch, in his bedroom, wherever he could find a place.

His "first gig" was at age 21 with Grandpa & the Regulars at The Sandpiper, a former bar at Harbourtown Center near Morse Reservoir. A lot of folks may remember the place, which in its heyday had a waiting line to get in the door.

Drew later jammed with Craig Murray, Carl Gibbons, Tim Mendenhall and Barry Sutton. "We used to host open stage at The Livery (which is now Barley Island Brewing Co.)," said Drew, who played co-host with Barry. That's where he met Matt Wariner, and they became fast friends, and started the Matt & Friends band. He performed with Matt for more than five years, and through networking met and gained music advice from famous musical artists, including singer-songwriter Lee Brice. He's also played a Louisville festival and shared the stage with Great White and Warrant.

Drew plays guitar and harmonica, sings vocals and writes and produces music, including two new tunes he wrote, "Two Wheels" and "I'm Alive," that can be watched on Drew Hawk's YouTube channel. His new band features Jimmy Hammond, Johnny Concannon, Tim Mendenhall and Andy Kopis. Their music is "blues rock with a funky twist," and a "country vibe."

The guys have been playing some nearby watering holes, like Woody's Tavern in Lapel and at the 15th annual Memorial Day hog roast coming up at DT's R-Bar in Anderson.

Tone Lab Society will perform a "For the Love of Veterans" show on June 3 at the Ralph Lehr VFW Post in Noblesville. Drew is also organizing a Heroin Awareness Concert, also featuring the Bryan Bishop Trio, Sonsee Cloud, Psychosis 101, Frigginaires, The Unit and Craig Thurston Band, at Federal Hill Commons, with a date expected to be confirmed soon.

For more, visit Tone Lab Society on Facebook and mayfestivalarcadia.com/.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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