It's Just Craig

Sun King Brewery & MOKB Present

It's Just Craig

Von Strantz, Jeff Kelly, The McDonalds

Fri, June 30, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm



This event is 21 and over

It's Just Craig
It's Just Craig
It’s Just Craig started as a planned mid-life crisis just before Craig’s 40th Birthday. Craig ran off to San Francisco with ten songs and six friends, Elijah Ford, John Vanderslice, Marc Ford, Kirsten Ford, Jason Slota and Rob Shelton. They put those ten songs on two inch tape at Tiny Telephone and convinced Bernie Grundman to master the record and cut the lacquers. And, with that, Blood On The Table was born.

In today’s world, when making an album you can fix everything – pitch shifting vocals, playing parts to death until they are “perfect” manipulating everything until you’ve completely removed the soul from the original song. We intentionally didn’t do that. All the songs on Blood On The Table were done with the drums, initial guitar, keys and vocals together and usually in one or two takes. Sure, there are mistakes, but they translate as cool moments, they communicate the essence of the songs they are in. They give the record life. As J.V. is fond of saying, “You have to be willing to leave a little blood on the table.”

Craig didn’t know what to expect when putting out the record. He didn’t expect to be asked to play at his favorite Indianapolis venue (the HiFi), guest on The DoitIndy Radio Hour, be featured on amazing music blogs like the Revue, to have his album featured at Record Store Day at Luna Music, to have his story written up in the Indiana Lawyer, to play seven shows – including opening for Jenny O.and Robert Ellis (two of Craig’s personal favorites), to have more than 1,000 copies in circulation (digital, CD, & Vinyl), to have people streaming it every single day, to licence a song for commercial use … and who would have expected significant radio airplay in Europe? Certainly not Craig.

When M.P. Cavalier interviewed Craig for the DoitIndy Radio Hour, he asked what was next for It’s Just Craig. Going into the interview, Craig had expected the radio show to be the bookend on the project. Write ten songs, record them with amazing friends and musicians, have them mastered by an icon, release them on all formats, sell out the HiFi, and do a radio performance and interview seemed like all one could ask for. However, over that twenty minutes, Craig realized how important creating had become for him. He realized he didn’t know how to, or want to stop. He realized, inevitably, there would be more.

Now, Craig has written eight more songs, and with the same core group of friends, and with Jess and Kelsey from Von Strantz, they are recording album #2, tentatively titled Dark Corners, starting March 31, 2017, in Oakland, CA at Tiny Telephone Oakland.

This album is a concept album that follows the journey of a cargo boat captain from the moment he leaves home, on his sometimes lonely journey, getting stranded within view of his destination port, fighting (or not fighting) temptations of the sea, struggling with being out of sync with his partner on land, and ultimately deciding whatever it was he was deciding, of course he’s too late, and whichever direction is no longer open to him, so he sails off alone, still thinking of what he missed.
Jeff Kelly
Jeff Kelly
Jeff Kelly-
Independent Artist/Singer Songwriter based out of Indianapolis, IN
Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Bass, Vocals
International Artist with Stonebridge Guitars

Endlessly weaving between genres, stories, and styles, Jeff paints an interesting landscape of music. Each song is personal and every lyric thought out intently. Ranging from folk tales to vague concept songs, Jeff provides a little something for everyone to grab hold of.

Jeff Kelly is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who has been hailed as "combining passionate vocals with throat-punching honesty in his lyrics. His live performances, whether solo or full band, are almost religious experiences"

Kelly has shared the stage with such acts as The Wild Reeds, Gaelic Storm, Joe Pug, Christopher Paul Stelling, The Dupont Brothers, Reckless Kelly, Joe Fletcher, Hannah Aldridge, and Matthew Mayfield.

Jeff currently splits his time between his solo endeavors and a rotating cast of musicians known as the Graveyard Shift.
Venue Information:
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203