IBL broke up in 2005, but they went out with a whimper and not a bang with an underattended show in Ohio. To paraphrase Woody Allen, we're always trying to get things right in art that we can't get right in life, so they've done the unthinkable and rescheduled a farewell show nearly three years after breaking up.
From IBL frontman Aaron Robinson:
We just wanted to let everyone know that there will be an Imaginary Baseball League reunion show, for one night only, on Friday, July 11th @ The 5 Spot. This will also double as drummer Ryan Rayborn's "I'm leaving the whole dang state" going-away party. The 5 Spot was actually the last venue in the Nashville area that we ever played before we broke up in '05. Our actual last show, in the most anti-climactic of fashions, was @ Elbo's in Dayton, OH w/ some band called Mars Ontologica for a roaring crowd of about 11. While having our reunion show there was certainly tempting, we figured more people would come if we did it in Nashville. It won't be a complete reunion as our original bassist Ben Evans is no longer in the area, but former Aireline and current Aaron Robinson band bassist Matt Mosley will be filling in. Keith Childrey (now of Sleeptalker) will still be rockin' the guitar/keyboard at the same time, and Aaron Robinson will still sing the songs. We picked 15 total tunes, cause how the hell are we going even re-learn THAT many!? It's 21-up (we tried, kids, we tried!), and the complete band lineup has not yet been finalized.
So, get out your favorite Red Rose Coffee cup, your Humdrum Music Collective CD samplers, your homemade inkjet record sleeves, and your back-issues of MTSU Sidelines, and come on out for a blowout!
-Imaginary Baseball League