Indianapolis-based rock band Coolidge delivers high-energy and original pop/rock. Imagine the upbeat, reggae-influenced sound of The Police and The Clash meets the power-pop/rock of Cheap Trick and Green Day and add a dynamic horn section. There, you would find something like Coolidge!
Born from the ska/punk ashes of national touring act Johnny Socko, Coolidge began as a power trio in the early ‘00’s, with Chris Smail on guitar, Matt Beaumont on drums and Matt Wilson on bass. Five years ago, former Johnny Socko members Charlie Krone and Josh Silbert joined providing trombone and saxophone, respectively. These long-time friends and bandmates have well over 2,000 fun and exciting shows under their collective belts.
Currently, three Coolidge albums draw from a wide range of rock influences, yet present a focused, aggressive, and highly addictive musical offering. “Center of the Universe” (2004) and “Pop Star Baby” (2008) served as true side projects for Smail, with a traditional rock band (guitar, bass, & drums) lineup. "The 5 Best Songs in the World, Vol. 1" (2014), for which Coolidge won the 2014 Punk Rock Night Music Award for Best Local Release, makes broad use of the reunited horns. “Smail and company sound brilliant on these five songs with that signature ‘horn rock’ they are known for. It is good time rock & roll which is not only clever but intelligent” – InnocentWords.com
In addition to periodic appearances in Midwest rock venues, opening slots for national touring acts, and private parties, some recent Coolidge appearances include: Warmfest, Independent Music & Arts Festival, Indiana State Fair, Hendricks County ArtsGo!, Linton Music Festival, Tonic Ball, Flat 12 Bierwerks Anniversary, Cottage Home Block Party, and Three Rivers Festival.
A Coolidge show is a spectacle for the ears and the eyes. Attendees are entertained, tap their feet, and smile a lot!