Indianapolis Live Music Events 12/10 to 12/13: Holiday Celebrations, Collective Soul, and More

This weekend in Indianapolis music, the temperature is dropping, but Indianapolis bands are just heating up. The brief cold snap Indianapolis is experiencing shouldn’t stop anybody but the most pampered members of Indianapolis society from getting out and experiencing the best in Indianapolis nightlife this weekend at venues around the Circle City.

And since it’s December, there’s plenty of holiday performances going on. It seems that around this time of year, the Indianapolis performing arts scene reverts to North Pole mode and decks itself out in holly and tinsle: this weekend in Indianapolis music is no different. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (“A Classical Christmas” and the constantly running Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration), Butler University‘s music program (“Rejoice!“), and the American Cabaret Theater (“A Song for the Holidays“) are all getting in on the holiday act. There’s even a Kwanzaa Community Concert being put on at the Indiana History Museum by the Asante Children’s Theatre, a good thing in a season that often dwarfs other similarly timed holidays with images of Santa Claus and decked out pine trees.

Aside from all the Christmas celebrations, there’s plenty of secular, non-holiday oriented, original music going on in Indianapolis music venues and Indianapolis bars this weekend. 90’s radio kings Collective Soul will be playing at The Vogue on Friday with all their rabid fans in tow, Gwen Stacy, hot off their new record and on a new tour, will be playing in Franklin on Saturday, and Kink Ador, The Willowz, and Deluka will be gracing the stage at Radio Radio on Friday as well.

Whether you’re a fan of Christmas, Xmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, St. Lucia Day, or the Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, you’re sure to find some music-oriented things to do in Indianapolis this weekend with our helpful, but far from complete, show calendar below:

Thursday, Dec 10
American Cabaret Theater presents “A Song for the Holidays” @ The Columbia Club
The Cousin Brothers, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and The Dim Peepers @ The Melody Inn
Work Progress Administration w/Glen Phillips, Sean Watkins, Luke Bulla, and Caravan of Thieves @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill
The Flying Toasters @ Joe’s Grille 2
DONN @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
Finest Grain @ The Athenaeum
Matthew Roberts Trio @ Columbia Club
3oh!3, Eddie Killer Miller, and Cobra Starship @ The Murat Centre‘s Egyptian Room
Brian Culbertson @ The Murat Theatre
Groovkilla @ Sangiovese Ristorante
Psyko & Lil Wyte @ Emerson Theater
The Postscript, Tax Brandywine @ The Rock Lobster (benefiting Toys for Tots)
Friday, Dec 11
Tracy Lawrence @ 8 Seconds Saloon
Butler University Choirs and Butler Symphony Orchestra present “Rejoice!” @ Clowes Memorial Hall
Kelleen Strutz & The Seen @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
John Kill & the Beats, Athens, Bamboo Shoots, Eisenhower Field Day @ Melody Inn
Killing Karma @ Champps Americana Bar & Grill
The Sights and Things Behind the Sun @ Birdy’s Bar
The Nick and Rodney Show @ Charbono’s in Avon, Indiana
Bobby Clark with The Amazing Soul Crackers @ Indiana Live Casino in Shelbyville, Indiana
Lounge Soundsystem @ Indianapolis International Airport
Collective Soul @ The Vogue Theater
Tim Brickley and the Bleeding Hearts @ Indiana Roof Ballroom
Mieka Pauley and Brandon Whyde @ Urban Element
FutureNature? @ Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana
Jascha and Land of Talk @ Radio Radio
Cicero @ Ben and Ari’s Fun Center in Fishers, Indiana
Gary Applegate @ Jillian’s Downtown
Twin Peaks @ The Jukebox in Franklin, Indiana
JBrown @ The Ale Emporium
Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Bubbaz in Camby, Indiana
Saturday, Dec 12
Devil to Pay, Eyes on Fire, and ROWCO @ The Emerson Theater
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and Encore Vocal Arts presents Handel’s “Messiah” @ Second Presbyterian Church
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents “A Classical Christmas” @ Scottish Rite Cathedral
Barbara Randall & Element @ Chatterbox
Blue Tear @ Kelly’s Pub Too
Gwen Stacy and Consensus @ The Gear in Franklin, Indiana
The Elms, One Side Later, and The Bonesetters @ Doc’s Music Hall in Muncie, Indiana
Rob Dixon, Triology, and Unity @ The Jazz Kitchen
My Yellow Rickshaw @ Claddagh Irish Pub
Kink Ador, Deluka, and The Willowz @ Radio Radio
Sunday, Dec 13
Open Stage w/ Gary Wasson @ Corner Wine Bar
Jess K @ Earth House Collective