When I accepted a buyout offer from The Indianapolis Star's parent company in December, the topics I wrote about – music and popular culture – languished in a way I hadn't seen during my 22-year run at the newspaper.
No concert announcements to share, not to mention on-sale details or show reviews. Musicians, venues, booking agents and road crews were on the ropes because of COVID-19's grip on day-to-day life.
Thankfully, it's time to emerge from the pandemic pause and document new things this summer, such as the revamped Lawn at White River State Park now known as TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park (pictured above).
That's why I'm launching The $3 Indiana Pop Culture Newsletter.
In recent months, I became host of "The Beat with Dave Lindquist" on radio station 92.3 WTTS and I contributed stories to Pattern and Indianapolis Monthly magazines.
But more than enough is happening to justify The $3 Indiana Pop Culture Newsletter. The latest news includes Indianapolis native Mike Epps landing the role of Richard Pryor in an upcoming HBO series based on the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers and Brown County's The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band hitting the road this fall as the supporting act for ZZ Top.
I'm ready and able to keep up with the state's connections to music, movies, books, visual arts, stand-up comedy and TV. In short, this will be the place where Indiana and popular culture intersect.
At the very least, I will send a weekly edition of the newsletter every Monday. I'm confident many weeks will include bonus email reports inspired by creative Hoosiers.
The price to stay in the loop with The $3 Indiana Pop Culture Newsletter is ... $3. Not $3 per month. I'm offering 12 months of content for $3. Please subscribe if you think that's a reasonable bargain and you'd like to support independent publishing.
It's cheap, but it will be good.