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Indianapolis Music This Weekend: Operapalooza, Penrod Arts Fair, and More!

If you want live Indianapolis music, this weekend is an excellent time to get out into Indianapolis and the surrounding environments and bust a move, throw up the horns, or nod your head complacently because you’re too cool to act like you’re actually enjoying the music.

No matter what your preferred style of dance and/or non-dance is, downtown Indianapolis has whatever Indianapolis band you could want this weekend. For classical stylings, the first ever Operapalooza is taking place at the Basile Opera Center; for some good ol’ knee slappin, head to the Melody Inn on Friday night for Buzz Deluxe and Miss Kimmy; and, as always, there’s a mess of thrash, hardcore, and punk going on at the Emerson Theatre.

Here’s a smattering of some shows that threaten to take over Indianapolis nightlife this weekend:

Thursday, Sept 10
Chad Mills @ Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub in Fishers, Indiana
Small Arms Fire, Hot Cha Cha, and Losers Beat Winners @ The Melody Inn
High Tide Trio @ Champp’s Americana Restaurant and Bar
The Flying Toasters @ Joe’s Grille 2
Operapalooza w/ the Indianapolis Opera and Stereo Deluxe @ Basile Opera Center
Friday, Sept 11
The Synthesis, DJ Kooland, Quarantined, Prey For All, Mercykill, and Gash Hound @ Emerson Theatre
Punch Judy @ Indiana State Fairgrounds
Hillbilly Happy Hour w/Buzz Deluxe and Miss Kimmy @ Melody Inn
Angela Brown (recipient of a 2009 Governor’s Arts Award) @ The Madame Walker Theatre
Rich Hardesty @ Moon Dog Tavern
Battle of Birdy’s w/Eyes on Fire, Save Our Syndicate, Northern Kind Project Hero, South of Nowhere, and Idle Villians @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill
Dark House Sweet @ Champps Americana
Hogeye Navvy @ Fionn MacCool’s
America Owns The Moon, Ice Palace, and Reckless Edward @ Melody Inn
Toy Factory @ Jillian’s Restaurant
Blonde Sonja @ That Place in Greenwood, Indiana
Saturday, Sept 12
Penrod Arts Fair @ Indianapolis Museum of Art
Twin Peaks @ Brandon’s Pub
The Bishops @ Champps
Acoustic Catfish @ Easley Winery
Sickle Cell-abration @ Walker Theatre
Within The Eddy, Beyond Agony, Blood of Pariah, Broken Equilibrium, Narrow House @ The Emerson
Something Rather Naughty @ Jillian’s
Glass Halo @ Fionn MacCool’s Pub
Tyler Bender w/ Peophole and The Giggles @ Birdy’s
Punk Rock Night w/Keelhaul, Sweet Cobra, Coffinworm @ Melody Inn
Sunday, Sept 13
Indianapolis Brass Choir @ Epworth United Methodist Church
Harvey and the Bluetones @ Watkins Park
Bill Lancton Quartet @ Rathskeller Restaurant
Living Proof w/ Jai Baker @ Birdy’s Bar
Monday, Sept 14
Opening of Faculty Artist Series @ Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis