Indiana's Home of Underground Rock
By: Casi Desirea Owens
Mike Martin and Jason "Weeman" Acuna at the Rich Hardesty DVD recording.
Photo Credit: Casi Desirea Owens
Doc’s Music Hall in
Doc’s Music Hall has been around about 14 years. Doc John Peterson, better known just as “Doc,” bought the venue in 1992 with the purpose of making it a music community and arts center. The venue has had several names: Dead Pigeon Café, Creative Opportunity Center, Doc Holidays and a Non-for- Profit Full Circle Arts Co-Op. Martin says that Peterson always had the intent to create a music venue out of Doc’s. FMMusic, L.L.C., a multimedia production company, bought Doc’s Music Hall in May of 2006.
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a new mantra and management you might be wondering about the new vision
Martin said his life’s work is to produce and make music. He has his own music groups, The Michael Martin & Friends and The Michael Martin Band. MM & Friends played 125 shows last year and the group is in constant rotation.
it’s just me, other times is
Doc’s offers food items such as cheese fries, nachos as well as cheap, but tasty drinks. Eventually, Martin wants to redesign the interior, to have a digital recording technology put in, as well as a retail store out front and to start a magazine for FMMusic.
wants to be a major asset to the
There is a street team the meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to go over promoting shows and Martin encourages anyone who wants to help to participate. He is giving back to those who help by giving them meet-and-greet passes, backstage passes and free tickets to the shows.
has passion for the business, for promoting good acts and for wanting to
help the community in which he lives. Perhaps this is what Doc’s
When I proposed the idea of Doc’s being the next CBGB, Martin says, “Doc’s wants to be the next historical venue.” Perhaps this is a big dream, but Martin is young and appears to be eager about helping those in the music industry, big or small, he dreams big. Martin says his ultimate goal is to “help people who are interested in music and have a passion for creating their own art for a living, to bridge the knowledge gap between art and business side of it.”
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