Indianapolis Music Events 2/4 to 2/7: Meet the Artists, GospelFest, and Harold Rayford

This weekend in the Circle City, the Indianapolis music scene is starting to pick up again. After the hubbub of Christmas and the new year, it took a few weeks for musicians and fans around Indianapolis to get back on their feet and start playing music; throughout January, there was slim pickings for live music in the Indianapolis cultural districts and beyond. Now, however, it’s the first week of February, and Indianapolis bands are starting to come out of their shells. This weekend, there’s a concert taking place at almost every classic Indianapolis music venue, and even some in Central Indiana.

Cool Indianapolis events you should check out this weekend are many. There’s a huge hip-hop show going down at Birdy’s on Thursday, featuring Sleeper Cell Crew, Brad Real, Kinetik, and more of Indy‘s finest. Big Car Gallery is holding a big event, merging visual arts and music into Erin K. Drew’s “Metaphor.” There’s lots of cool jazz going on this weekend too, including Harold Rayford at the Jazz Kitchen and Jared Thompson and Bashiri Asad at Chatterbox. Also, a combination of Indianapolis arts and music is coming to the Central Library in the form of “Meet the Artists XXII,” an event filled with book signings, a gallery tour, and, of course, live music.

So head on out to Indianapolis bars, Indianapolis theaters, and other Indianapolis performing arts venues this to catch some of the best music in the region. To make it easier, check out our handy Indianapolis show calendar below, replete with videos and informative links on venues and bands:

Thursday, Feb 4
Brad Real, Sleeper Cell Crew, Eratic, F.I.R.E., Kinetik, and DJ TxtBook @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Music video for “Let Yourself Go” by Brad Real, an Indianapolis musician

The Founders and Emulus @ The Melody Inn

Video of Emulus performing live in Plainfield, near Indianapolis

Latin Dance Party @ The Jazz Kitchen
The Flying Toasters @ Joe’s Grille 2

Video of The Flying Toasters performing live in Indianapolis

Friday, Feb 5
Erin K. Drew Presents “Metaphor” @ Big Car Gallery
Born of Osiris, Armarna Reign, Venable, The Onset, and Judgement @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Amarna Reign opening for Haste the Day in Indianapolis

Stockwell Road @ Melody Inn
Butler University Symphony Orchestra @ Clowes Memorial Hall
Harold Rayford @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of Harold Rayford performing live; Harold Rayford will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Jared Thompson and Premium Blend @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
SameSoul, Greensky Bluegrass, and Solar Howard @ Birdy’s Bar

Promotional video for SameSoul, who will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Working Hour and South Jordan @ Rathskeller

Video of an interview and radio session with The Working Hour; The Working Hour will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Mablab, Jookabox, Twin Monster, and A-Squared Industry DJ’s @ The Vogue Theater

Music video for “You Cried Me” by Jookabox, who will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Blonde Sonja @ That Place in Greenwood, Indiana

Promotional video for Blonde Sonja, an Indianapolis dance band

Sam King @ Jillian’s
Toy Factory @ Ale Emporium

Video of Toy Factory, an Indianapolis band, performing live

Eyes on Fire, NO1ZERO, Presomnia, and Silent Son @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Video of Presomnia performing at Jerilee’s in Lafayette; Presomnia is playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Heyday @ Marian University

Music video for “Come In or Stay Out” by The Heyday; The Heyday will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel @ Indiana Live Casino in Shelbyville, Indiana

Video of Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel performing live; the band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Saturday, Feb 6
Meet the Artists XXII @ Indianapolis Public Library Downtown (Central Library)

Informational video about the 2009 Meet the Artists event in Indianapolis

GospelFest w/ Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, and CeCe Winans @ Clowes Memorial Hall

Video of the 2009 GospelFest in Indianapolis

Mark Hendricks and the Party Line, and Meatball Band @ The Rathskeller
Stealing Volume, The Gnashers, Toxic Shockers, Second Story Skyline @ The Emerson

Promotional video for The Gnashers, who will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

American Cheese @ Moon Dog Tavern

Video of American Cheese performing live at the Moon Dog Tavern in Indianapolis

Bashiri Asad @ Chatterbox

Video of Bashiri Asad performing live; Bashiri Asad will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Bigger Than Elvis @ Radio Radio
Flynnville Train, Corey Cox, and Jai Baker @ Paramount Theatre in Anderson, Indiana

Music video of “Nowhere than Somewhere” by Flynnville Train, an Indianapolis band

The Post Script @ The Ugly Monkey

Video of The Post Script performing live; The Post Script will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Southern Bowl

Music video for “Let Your Love Ring Out” by Spanky’s Clubhouse, an Indianapolis band

TJ Fields @ Ball State University Student Center in Muncie, Indiana

Video of TJ Fields performing “The Ripple;” TJ Fields will be playing near Indianapolis this weekend

Martha Murphy @ Corner Wine Bar
The Great Hookup @ DC’s Pub

Video of The Great Hookup performing live at Spin Nightclub in Indianapolis

My Yellow Rickshaw @ Claddagh Irish Pub

Video of My Yellow Rickshaw performing live in Indianapolis

Sunday, Feb 7
Classic Ragtime Society Presents Dr. Terry Parrish @ Garfield Park

Indianapolis Music Venues

8 Seconds Saloon | Big Car Gallery | Birdy’s Bar & Grill | Chatterbox Jazz Club | Emerson Theater | Jazz Kitchen | Old National Centre | Radio Radio | The Vogue | More Indianapolis Music Venues

Indianapolis Bands

Amanda Overmyer | Cathy Morris | Flynnville Train | Gwen Stacy | The Elms | Haste the Day | Jennie DeVoe | Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s | Mudkids | Murder by Death | Sloppy Seconds | Straight No Chaser | More Indianapolis Bands

Indianapolis Musical Organizations

Arts Council of Indianapolis | Capital City Chorus | Ensemble Music Society | Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis | Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra | More Indianapolis Musical Organizations

Indianapolis Musicians

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds | Freddy Hubbard | Wes Montgomery | Cole Porter | James Spaulding | More Indianapolis Musicians

Indiana Music by City

Avon Music | Brownsburg Music | Carmel Music | Danville Music | Fishers Music | Greenfield Music | Greenwood Music | Martinsville Music | Mooresville Music | Noblesville Music | Plainfield Music | Westfield Music | Zionsville Music | More Indiana Music