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Indianapolis Music Events 12/17 to 12/20: Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Hips from Hell, and The Half Rats

In Indianapolis music this weekend, Indianapolis bands are gearing up for the excitement that is Christmas in the Circle City. There aren’t as many shows going on in Indianapolis music venues as there usually is, but there should be plenty of Indianapolis events going on to keep even the most casual music fan interested. If you can’t find a concert that strikes your fancy below, just take a trip to one of the six Indianapolis cultural districts and wander around for a while. You’re bound to stumble across something that vibrates your ear drum the right way.

Some musical highlights in Indianapolis for this weekend include the unorthodox combination of a live band with belly dancing represented by Indianapolis band Hips from Hell. This interesting group will be playing at Greek Islands Restaurant on Saturday, so be sure to get out there and see what a real pair of hips can do. Of course, the Emerson Theater will be featuring its usual lineup of heavy, angry bands, so bring your earplugs and check out Indianapolis hometown heroes Gwen Stacy, who will be storming that dusty stage with special friends The Contortionists, Venable, and Amarna Reign.

The Indianapolis Children's Choir, an Indianapolis musical organizationOn a lighter note, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir will be teaming up with award winning singer Angela Brown at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Saturday for the special “Angels Sing” concert. Take your family; Indianapolis children may not be too entertained, but maybe they’ll be inspired to sing. Members of Indianapolis society might also want to check out Jon Silpayamanant at the Indianapolis International Airport for a little classical music; he’ll tide you over until the next performance by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra or the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

Check out the music calendar below to get a general idea of which Indianapolis bar you want to head out to this weekend; the music that’s right for you should be within easy reach:

Thursday, Dec 17
The Red Wire, Fairview, and Eight Stories High @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill
The Flying Toasters @ Joe’s Grille 2
Naptown Album Release Party @ The Ugly Monkey
Inhale Exhale, I Wrestled a Bear Once, By a Thread, Of Machines, The Tug Fork River Band, Forevermore, and Miss May I @ The Emerson Theatre
Wade Baker Jazz @ Morty’s Comedy Club
Groovkilla @ Sangiovese Restaurant
Friday, Dec 18
Third Fridays Live Music @ Language and Culture International Gallery
Outside Orchestra Premiere @ Big Car Gallery
Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Angela Brown present “Angels Sing” @ St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Blonde Sonja @ Champps Americana Restaurant and Bar
The Late Show, The Oddlots, The Waldemere Revival, The Post Script @ Birdy’s Bar
Gamma Pulse, I See Stars, We Came as Romans, Of Mice & Men, and Broadway @ The Emerson
Stella Suzette Weakley @ Chateau Thomas Winery
Brian D @ The Bread Ladies Cafe in Greenfield, Indiana
One-Eyed Dog @ 8 Seconds Saloon
Twin Peaks @ Ian’s Pub
Easy West @ The Monkey’s Tale
Red Queen Hypothesis @ The Melody Inn
Eyes on Fire @ 8 Seconds
Spirtles & Friends @ Radio Radio
Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Krazy Street
Hairbangers Ball @ The Vogue Theater
Saturday, Dec 19
The Leisure Kings @ The Jazz Kitchen
Mardelay @ Birdy’s
Greta Speaks @ Pinheads Entertainment Center in Fishers, Indiana
Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra @ Jazz Kitchen
Jon Silpayamanant w/ il Troubadore, Mandolindy, and Ritmo Tropical @ Indianapolis International Airport
Gwen Stacy, The Contortionists, Venable, and Amarna Reign @ The Emerson Theater
Hips From Hell @ Greek Islands Restaurant
Jookabox @ Earth House Art Collective
Jennie DeVoe @ The Royal Theater in Danville, Indiana
The Why Store @ Carsons Pub
10th of Never @ Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub
The Half Rats, Lions Rampant, and Pantyliners @ Melody Inn
Wade Baker Jazz @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
Sunday, Dec 20
Open Stage w/ Gary Wasson @ Corner Wine Bar