Everybody knows that Indianapolis is a distinctly musical town. The Circle City has long been a pioneer of modern music, from the glory days of jazz along Indiana Avenue to modern day innovations in rock, rap, and electronica all throughout the city. Also an important part of Indianapolis history is the magnanimous philanthropy of Indianapolis people and Indianapolis businesses. There’s always one Indianapolis non-profit organization or another that’s willing to help out people in need. For the past six years, there’s been an annual Indianapolis event that has united the worlds of Indianapolis music and Indianapolis charity: Rock for Riley.
Rock for Riley is an annual event put on by students at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the branch of Bloomington, Indiana‘s Indiana University that is located at Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) in downtown Indianapolis. Every year, this core of students, along with many sponsors, conspires to bring in an internationally acclaimed band to the Indianapolis stage to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital. This year, Rock for Riley is pleased to announce that Rock for Riley VI will feature Julian Casblancas, best known for his role as the lead singer of The Strokes.
|Music video for “11th Dimension” by Julian Casablancas; Casablancas will be performing at Rock for Riley VI in Indianapolis|
With The Strokes, Casablancas released three of the most critically acclaimed albums of the decade, including 2001’s Is This It, which almost single-handedly brought underground rock music blinking into the United States spotlight. The next two records by The Strokes, 2003’s Room on Fire and 2005’s First Impressions of Earth, continued the band’s commercial success and critical acclaim. In 2009, Julian Casablancas released his first solo effort, a new wave/rock conflagration called Phrazes for the Young, which debuted at #35 on the American Billboard charts.
|Video of Julian Casablancas performing live with The Strokes in 2007; Casablancas will be playing at Rock for Riley VI in Indianapolis|
Rock for Riley has had a long and illustrious history of bringing top bands to some of the best Indianapolis music venues. The group brought alt-country superstars Wilco to the Murat Centre in 2005, and legendary live jam band My Morning Jacket to Clowes Memorial Hall in 2006. In 2007, Rock for Riley made The Vogue the standard home for its events; the organization featured southern stadium rock band Kings of Leon in 2007, atmospherically haunting singer/songwriter Bon Iver and Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, an Indianapolis band, in 2008, and the Avett Brothers in 2009. Besides the feature events, Rock for Riley has also hosted other smaller concerts with bands like Tokyo Police Club, White Rabbits, The Whigs, Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore, and The Broken West; the group was also a part of 2009’s Broad Ripple Music Fest.
|Video of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s performing at Rock for Riley in 2008 at the Vogue in Indianapolis|
The first Rock for Riley in 2004 raised $25,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital; the 2005 edition with Wilco raised over $223,000, a testament to just how quickly this group has grown. The Julian Casablancas concert this year is sponsored by several Indianapolis businesses and Indianapolis media outlets, including Live-360, WTTS 92.3 FM, NUVO Newsweekly, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Indianapolis restaurant Hot Box Pizza. Individuals can also support Rock for Riley; all donations are tax-deductible.
Rock for Riley VI with Julian Casablancas will take place at the Vogue Theater on April 9, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are just $20, pretty much a steal for a musician with worldwide renown like Julian Casablancas. So be sure to buy your tickets early to support the efforts of one of the fastest growing non-profit organizations in Indianapolis!
Rock for Riley VI featuring Julian Casablancas
April 9, 2010 @ 9 p.m.
The Vogue Theater
6259 N College Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220-1926