Chances are if you haven’t heard the name you have seen some of their artwork hanging in various bars around the Evansville area. Big Ninja Family Productions, the company responsible for developing websites for Lamasco Bar and Grill, Joe’s Orchard, and the Homegrown Music Festival website, as well as countless band promotional posters, have been hard at work for sometime now. It wasn’t until 2010 when Stephen Horning, founder of Big Ninja, hired Heidi Krause to manage his band Namaste that things really started to take off. “Stephen does some amazing graphic art, and has been for years now” says Heidi. “He takes hours to finish a piece, and the details are very intricate and sometimes labor intensive.”

Not only does Big Ninja Family Production produce some of the best design work that I’ve seen this area, but they also manage bands and act as booking agents as well. Some of the artists currently on their roster include: Namaste, Dang Heathens, Brick Briscoe, Kinetix, New Country Rehab, Green Room Rockers, and Lost River Caveman. “When we work with musicians or bands, we like to see folks who are already taking the initiative to work hard, and are happy working with other musicians,” says Heidi. “We believe that we are all one through music, and that we can all make a difference with individual sounds. If you are feeling down and you listen to the right music, it can change you. I know that Namaste got me through some of the hardest times in my life, and to Stephen and the rest of Big Ninja that is what Big Ninja Family Productions is hoping to achieve as a collective.”

Big Ninja Family Productions has a busy April ahead of them preparing for their Bluegrass and Blues in the ‘Burg festival which happens on April 20-21 at Angel Mounds in Newburgh, Indiana. According to, in honor of Earth Day and Angel Mounds State Historic Site, part of the proceeds for this event go to "Friends of Angel Mounds". This event includes two days of national, regional, and local live music, worthy Evansville area non profits, FREE camping, a special family camping area, Saturday morning brunch provided by Lamasco Bar and Grill, food and art vendors, amazing artists and life size art installations; and, a special children's zone just for the kids. ALL included in the price of your ticket! Children 12 and under are free! The Saturday Morning Brunch at 10 am will be accompanied by some beautiful bluegrass music.

Also, if you are looking for something to do on Easter Eve, Big Ninja Family Productions would like to remind you that two of their artists will be performing this weekend. The Dang Heathens with special guest Brick Briscoe will be at Doc’s (1305 N. Stringtown) on Saturday, April 7. The show starts at 8:00pm.

“Yes, the show coming up on Saturday with The Dang Heathens and Brick Briscoe at Doc's will be amazing!” says Heidi. “I am not just saying that either. When we first took Brick on as a client we were stumped on who to pair him with. His sound is so unique. Then I remembered being a judge at Lamasco's contest and seeing Andy Moore play, and it just clicked in my brain. These two guys have a lot in common musically, and they will compliment each other. My personal wish would be to see these two bands travel a bit and get out of Evansville together to play a tour. But, I am always dreaming of making great musicians famous. They work too hard for nothing most of the time, so they deserve it in the end.”

If you are interested in having Big Ninja Family Production design something for your band or business or book shows for your band contact

Stephen Horning:

Heidi Krause: