Indianapolis has always had a surplus of music venues, from the Vogue in Broad Ripple (an intimate, two-story bar) to the Verizon Wireless Music Center (a breezy outdoor arena that’s become a summer staple.) But now Indianapolis music lovers near Keystone and Castleton can rock out close to home; the popular Music Mill on 82nd Street has reopened its doors.
The Music Mill is a combination restaurant/concert venue. It closed briefly at the end of February 2009 and reopened on April 17, 2009, with a free concert, kicking off a brand new season of national and local acts. The new concert lineup hasn’t formally been announced, but in the past, cult favorites such as Josh Kelley and Blues Traveler have graced the Music Mill’s stage.
Video of the band Cormmeal performing at the Music Mill in Indianapolis, Indiana
The Music Mill provides a perfect backdrop for an evening of delicious dinner followed by a rousing concert experience. Indy patrons can begin their night by having a smoky BBQ chicken panini (and a beer or mixed drink from the fully stocked bar), and then gravitate toward the spacious dance floor while bands and solo artists kick the night into high gear.
This venue holds up to 750 patrons, so if you’re a shameless groupie who likes to be in the front row, arrive as early as possible. The dance floor in front of the stage usually fills up by the time the concert begins, and latecomers sit at tables in the back of the room, drinking and mingling. At the end of the concert, Circle City music fans will be elated to discover that most acts migrate to the back of the room to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. The musicians generally have friends and family selling T-shirts and CDs at tables against the back wall, where they pose with fans and sign photos and CD covers.
The easy, relaxed atmosphere of the Music Mill will no doubt have Indianapolis citizens flocking to its doors for years to come. After the shows, many lucky fans even venture out to bars in Broad Ripple or to Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis with the musicians, who are often eager to experience some unique Indianapolis nightlife. Sorry, Indianapolis kids, patrons of the Music Mill must be 18 or older to enter either the restaurant or the concert venue itself.
The Music Mill has a little something for everyone; unique menu items (such as the popular appetizer the Shrimptini), a spacious dance floor with plenty of room to groove to the beat, and an opportunity to meet the artists every time, which most other Indianapolis music venues can’t offer. So the next time you’re planning a Saturday night out and want something different and exciting, stop by the Music Mill for a magical, fun-filled evening. Check out their official website for more information.
The Music Mill
3720 E 82nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46240