Bad Indiana music hits the library Tuesday

Sometimes it’s good to be bad.

And we don’t mean the Michael Jackson, awesome kind of bad.

We mean fingernails-on-a-chalkboard bad.

Indiana State Museum representatives will present the free program, “Bad Indiana Music,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus.

Performers will offer live versions of such classic awfulness as “She’s a Corn-Fed Indiana Girl” and “Santa Claus Has Moved to Indiana.”

No word on whether Rudolph has taken a shine to the Hoosier state.

The songs are gleaned from the museum’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century sheet music. The presentation includes a sing-a-long and other audience participation opportunities (hint: practice your washboard skills). So come prepared for an all-lungs-out evening.

At the conclusion of the program, audience members choose a “bad” song to be retired from the performance for a year. The Bartholomew County Library Associates are sponsoring the program.

Information: 812-379-1266 or

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.