DJ Bio + Dates

DJ Jackola

The short of it:

JACKOLA
http://www.jackola.net/
Indy :: INHouse DJs / OnTrack Events

Jackola is one of Indy’s busiest DJs, infusing multiple styles of house music at bars, clubs and events across the city, state, and even in major cities like Denver, Chicago and Detroit. He’s opened for the likes of Paul van Dyk, Derrick Carter, Green Velvet, Above & Beyond and Donald Glaude, as well as played at large scale music festivals like Forecastle Festival, Monolith Festival, Midwest Music Summit, and Mojostock. Jackola is no stranger to festivals, as one of the founding promoters of Broad Ripple Music Fest, now in it’s fifth year. You never know if you’ll catch him playing tech house, funky house, hip house or even a little bit of dubstep, but one thing’s for certain: he commands the dance floor to move!

In lots more words:
Music has always been at the heart of Jack Shepler, aka Jackola. Growing up Jack took part in choirs and had piano lessons, giving him a strong musical background. As a teenager his main interest was music and was a “bedroom DJ” aspiring for more, so he traded in his bass guitar for a pair of turntables and a mixer — he hasn’t left them alone since.

In 2003 he had his first “real” DJ gig – a benefit dance at his college that he repeated the following year. In late 2005 Jackola was offered a DJ residency at The Mark III Taproom in Muncie, Indiana, where he really honed his skills as a house DJ amongst other styles.

Jack promoted indie rock shows in Muncie under the name “Rock Music Review Showcase”, featuring bands like Everthus the Deadbeats, Everything, Now!, Brazil and touring bands, supporting and promoting his online music magazine, rockmusicreview.com. In early 2007 Jack graduated college and moved to Indianapolis where he quickly became a part of the local music scene – both electronic and indie rock.

In May 2007, Jack and some long time friends founded sideTrack Entertainment. The group started booking and promoting a weekly electronic night called PLUSH on Thursdays at Therapy Nightclub & Lounge in Indianapolis, IN. The night, which went strong for over 9 months, booked over 50 quality, up-and-coming DJs.

Jack is also one of the founding promoters for the Broad Ripple Music Festival, a yearly festival featuring hundreds of bands and DJs on multiple stages, all raising money for a selected local non-profit. He also writes a monthly column, “Discopolis”, for NUVO Newsweekly that covers dance and electronic music in Indianapolis.

Jackola’s musical style is eclectic to say the least. You can catch him playing dance rock and fidget house between bands at a concert, or spinning funky house tech house in other atmospheres. Jackola has opened for or played on the same bills as many internationally recognized bands and DJs, including Paul van Dyk, Derrick Carter, Above & Beyond, Miles Maeda, Woody McBride, Hyperactive, Terry Mullan, DJ Shortee, JJ Flores & Steve Smooth, Mickey Avalon, Dirt Nasty, Tommie Sunshine, Bryan Jones, Angel Alanis, Mazi, Justin Long, Adam Jay, Slater Hogan, DJ Shiva, and DJ Deanne — just to name a few.

Besides Indianapolis, he’s played out in Chicago, Denver, Louisville, Cincinnati, Ft. Wayne, Dayton and more.

Upcoming Gigs
4/9 – Benefit Show @ Rachael’s Cafe (Bloomington, IN)
4/20 – IndyMojo’s 420 Tent Party @ MouseTrap
4/28 – Japan benefit show @ Rock Lobster
5/7 – 500 Festival Mini Marathon
6/7 – Let Go! @ Lockerbie
6/12 – TBA (Indy)
6/18 – private party (Indy)

For upcoming gigs, follow me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JackolaMusic

Past Gigs
March 29, 2011 – Juxtapoze @ The Melody Inn (Indy)
March 25, 2011 – The Side Room @ Talbott Street (Indy)
March 24, 2011 – Altered Thursdayz @ The Mousetrap (Indy)
March 12, 2011 – NUVO’s Nightlife CityGuide Launch Party @ Tru (Indy)
February 18, 2011 – Blend @ Tru (Indy)
January 21, 2011 headlining @ Club Envy (Muncie)
January 20, 2011 w/ Cosmic Gate @ Talbott Street (Indy)
January 11, 2011 @ Juxtapoze @ The Melody Inn (Indy)

December 31, 2010 – Absolut Mojo NYE @ Tru
December 18, 2010 – High Five! @ Locals Only
November 24, 2010 @ Green Dolphin w/ Green Velvet, Terry Mullan, Gene Farris (Chicago, IL)
November 11, 2010 – house tag team, Altered Thurzdays @ The Mouse Trap (Indy)
October 29, 2010 – The Side Room (Talbott Street)
October 16, 2010 – Broad Ripple Music Fest @ Tru
October 6, 2010 – Electro Shock @ Tru
September 21, 2010 – ALL VINYL set @ Subterra (Indy)
September 18, 2010 – Oranje Fest! (Indy)
September 14, 2010 – Juxtapose @ Melody Inn
September 11, 2010 – Vast @ Water Bowl (Muncie, IN)
August 10, 2010 – Juxtapoze @ The Melody Inn
July 24, 2010 – Oranje Peel Party @ Talbott Street Nightclub
July 17, 2010 – MojoStock Music Festival – Tag Team with DJ Deanne (Noblesville, IN)
July 10, 2010 – Second Saturday (Ft Wayne, IN)
June 19, 2010 – High Five! w/ Midnight Conspiracy @ Local’s Only
June 8, 2010 – Juxtapoze – Tag Team with Ben Wu @ The Melody Inn
May 30, 2010 – Skyline – A Movement After Party w/ Paul Johnson, Frankie Knuckles, Terry Mullan & more (Detroit, MI)
May 20, 2010 – Get Down w/ Acidman & Tyrel Williams @ Red Room
May 18, 2010 – Juxtapose @ The Melody Inn
May 15, 2010 – High Five! w/ Jason Tyler (Translucent) @ Local’s Only
May 8, 2010 – 500 Festival Mini Marathon
May 6, 2010 – Get Down w/ Paul Anthony @ Red Room
April 31, 2010 – Double Daughters (Denver, CO)
April 30, 2010 – Full Flavor Fridays @ Opal Lounge (Denver, CO)
April 26, 2010 – NUVO’s 20th Anniversary @ Talbott Street
Mar 18, 2010 – Get Down @ The Red Room
Feb 25, 2010 – Keepin’ It Deep w/ Justin Long @ Blu Lounge
Feb 20, 2010 – High Five! @ Locals Only
Feb 12, 2010 – DANCE MUSIC LOVE w/ MAZI! @ Blu Martini
Feb 5, 2010 – First Friday @ The Melody Inn (featuring Mile44 + Jackola’s flyer and poster designs)
Feb 4, 2010 – Get Down @ The Red Room w/ Anthony Attalla
Jan 30, 2010 – Mad Decent Dance Party @ Tru
Jan 25, 2010 – Candy Land @ Landsharks
Jan 23, 2010 – MOKB Local Music GIT DOWN @ Locals Only
Jan 21, 2010 – Get Down @ Red Room
Jan 15, 2010 – Fwd:Indy @ Tru

Dec 31, 2009 – Wasted! (NYE) @ Murphy Art Building
Dec 28, 2009 – Jackola + Fate tag team @ Manic Monday @ Rock Lobster
Dec. 26, 2009 – BAD BOY BILL @ Pulse Nightclub
Dec. 12, 2009 – Pulse Nightclub Grand Opening (Indy)
Dec 11, 2009 – Solstice @ Tru (formerly Eden)
Dec 04, 2009 – First Friday @ The Melody Inn
Dec 01, 2009 – Juxtapose @ The Melody Inn
Nov 27, 2009 – K,THX! @ Forty Five Degrees
Nov 21, 2009 – I’m on the Dance Floor @ TRU @ Tru
Nov 16, 2009 – w/ Above & Beyond @ Talbott Street! @ Talbott Street Nightclub
Oct 17, 2009 – INHouse Stage @ Broad Ripple Music Festival w/ Bryan Jones @ Tru (formerly Eden)
Sep 27, 2009 – Propaganda @ The Vogue
Sep 22, 2009 – Juxtapose @ The Melody Inn
Sep 19, 2009 – Oranje @ Oranje
Sep 04, 2009 – The Melody Inn (First Friday)
Aug 22, 2009 – Kathy Griffin Official After Party @ Forty Five Degrees
Aug 15, 2009 – Oranje Peel @ Jazz Kitchen
Aug 13, 2009 – Tru (w/ Space Cowboy!) (formerly Seven)
Aug 11, 2009 – Juxtapose (The Melody Inn)
Aug 08, 2009 – Mad Frog (Cincinatti)
Aug 01, 2009 – HAMMER OF THEE GODS @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
Jun 22, 2009 – Talbott Street (w/ Paul Van Dyk!)
Jun 20, 2009 – TwinSpin – DJ Fate & Jackola Birthday Party! @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
Jun 10, 2009 – Hump Day Pride @ Cosmos
Jun 02, 2009 – Talbott Street (w/ SSION, Jookabox & Andy D)
May 17, 2009 – Hoosier 250 Tricycle Race @ Mass Ave.
Apr 03, 2009 – DERRICK CARTER :: MILES MAEDA @ FortyFiveDegrees

Dec 20, 2008 – Therapy Nightclub w/ TWONZ & DJ Dru
Nov 26, 2008 – K,THX! with David Hollands (NYC) @ FortyFiveDegrees
Nov 15, 2008 – FIVE DOLLA HOLLA w/ sideTrack DJs @ The Whammy Bar
Oct 25, 2008 – Block ROCK and BEATS @ The Casba (BRMF) @ Casba
Oct 10, 2008 – Margaret Cho Official After Party @ FortyFiveDegrees
Sep 20, 2008 – Oranje Art + Music Expo
Sep 13, 2008 – Monolith Music Festival @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
Sep 12, 2008 – Bar Standard (Denver, CO)
Aug 16, 2008 – Konkrete Jungle: Summer Sessions @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
Aug 02, 2008 – Boo Dang (Fort Wayne, IN)
Jul 12, 2008 – Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund Benefit, All Day Festival @ Therapy Nightclub, Indianapolis
Jul 11, 2008 – JCKL minimal set, Art Gallery Opening @ Big Car Gallery, Indianapolis
Jun 28, 2008 – Rachael’s Cafe (Bloomington, IN)
Jun 19, 2008 – Talbott Street w/ Tommie Sunshine
May 22, 2008 – Let’s Play House Recordings Sessions: JJ Flores & Steve Smooth @ Talbott Street Nightclub
Apr 19, 2008 RENDEZVOUS @ Rachael’s Cafe, Bloomington, IN
Apr 17, 2008 – FUQ w/ DJ Scotty Thomson (NYC) @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
April 4, 2008 – Spring Fling @ Mo’s Tavern, Muncie, IN
Feb 15, 2008 – Freezepop w/ Boy In Static, Annie Idol @ Radio Radio
Feb 14, 2008 – PLUSH LOVE (Valentine’s Day) @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
Jan 31, 2008 – PLUSH @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
Jan 28, 2008 – UGLY MONDAY @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge, Indianapolis
Jan 03, 2008 – 2008 – a minimal edition of PLUSH @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge

2007
12-22 Keepin’ It Deep Sundays @ Lulu’s Restaurant & Cocktails (Indianapolis, IN)
12-20 – PLUSH @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
12-13 Glam for the Holidays w/ DJ Shortee, Deanne @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
12-11 Konkrete Jungle @ The Melody Inn (Indianapolis, IN)
11-22 – k,thx! – A Thanksgiving Celebration @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
11-1 PLUSH (25th Edition) @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
10-31 The Asylum Halloween Part @ Club Level (Indianapolis, IN)
10-13 Electronic Showcase, Broad Ripple Fall Music Festival @ Indy CD & Vinyl (Indianapolis, IN)
10-4 PLUSH (Funky Birthday Edition) @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
9-13 PLUSH @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
8-17 – PLUSH @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
8-23 UGLY MONDAY @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
8-9 PLUSH @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
7-21 UGLY MONDAY @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
7-5 PLUSH @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
6-18 In-Store Performance @ Indy CD & Vinyl
6-7 FOREPLAY @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
5-24 PLUSH @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
5-10 PLUSH @ Therapy Nightclub & Lounge
3-30 Women’s Week @ Mo’s Tavern (Muncie, IN)
3-29 DANCE PARTY @ Doc’s Music Hall (Muncie, IN)
3-8 EDEN2 @ Talbott Street (Indianapolis, IN)
3-7 Mickey Avalon @ Talbott Street (Indianapolis, IN)
3-2 Therapy Nightclub (Indianapolis, IN)
2-9 Indiana Youth Group Valentin’s Dance (Indianapolis, IN)

2006
12-31 ICE Ultra Lounge (New Years Eve)
12-26 Therapy Nightclub & Lounge (“Homo for the Holidays”)
12-23 ICE Ultra Lounge
12-16 ICE Ultra Lounge (PP – swingers)
12-7 Local’s Only (between sets – Ambulette show)
12-2 ICE Ultra Lounge (PP)
11-22 ICE Ultra Lounge (PP)
11-18 ICE Ultra Lounge
11-15 Mark III Taproom
11-11 ICE Ultra Lounge
11-8 Mark III Taproom
11-3 Mark III Taproom
11-1 Mark III Taproom
10-28 (DRAG SHOW)
10-25 Mark III Taproom
10-21 Mark III Taproom
10-18 Mark III Taproom
10-15 Luna Records (before Osobi Seksu In-Store Performance)
10-11 Mark III Taproom
10-4 Mark III Taproom
9-30 Mark III Taproom (DRAG SHOW)
9-27 Mark III Taproom
9-23 Mark III Taproom
9-20 Mark III Taproom
9-15 Mark III Taproom
9-13 Mark III Taproom
9-9 Water Skiiing Tournament – Ohio
9-6 Mark III Taproom
8-30 Mark III Taproom
8-25 Mark III Taproom
8-23 Mark III Taproom
8-19 Mark III Taproom
8-16 Mark III Taproom
8-15 The Vault in downtown Indianapolis
8-12 Local’s Only (vinyl – all day- MMS Standard Showcase)
8-11 Indy CD & Vinyl (vinyl – all day – MMS Rock Music Review / TheMuncieScene.com Showcase)
8-9 Mark III Taproom
8-5 Mark III Taproom
8-2 Mark III Taproom
7-26 HOUSEboat v2.0, Beaver Creek, KY
7-22 Mark III Taproom
7-19 Mark III Taproom
7-15 Mark III Taproom (Miss Gay Indiana in Review DRAG SHOW)
7-12 Mark III Taproom
7-8 Mark III Taproom
7-7 House Party
7-5 Mark III Taproom
7-1 Mark III Taproom
6-28 Mark III Taproom
6-24 Mark III Taproom (special house night)
6-21 Mark III Taproom
6-14 Mark III Taproom
6-7 Mark III Taproom
6-3 Mark III Taproom
5-31 Mark III Taproom
5-27 Mark III Taproom
5-26 house party @ La Casa de Jackola
5-20 Mark III Taproom (DRAG SHOW)
5-19 house party @ La Casa de Jackola
5-17 Mark III Taproom
5-10 Mark III Taproom
5-3 Mark III Taproom
4-29 Mark III Taproom (DRAG SHOW)
4-26 Mark III Taproom
4-22 Mark III Taproom
4-19 Mark III Taproom
4-15 Mark III Taproom
4-12 Mark III Taproom
4-8 Mark III Taproom
4-6 Washington Street Block Party
4-5 Mark III Taproom
4-1 Mark III Taproom
3-29 Mark III Taproom
3-25 Mark III Taproom (DRAG SHOW)
3-22 Mark III Taproom
3-18 Mark III Taproom
3-17 The Beer Barn
3-15 Mark III Taproom
3-11 Mark III Taproom
3-8 Mark III Taproom
3-4 Mark III Taproom
3-1 Mark III Taproom
2-25 Mark III Taproom (MARDI GRAS DRAG SHOW)
2-22 Mark III Taproom
2-18 Mark III Taproom
2-15 Mark III Taproom
2-11 Mark III Taproom
2-10 Mark III Taproom
2-4 Mark III Taproom
2-3 Mark III Taproom
1-28 Mark III Taproom (DRAG SHOW)
1-27 Mark III Taproom
1-21 Mark III Taproom

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