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Indianapolis Music Events 3/4 to 3/7: Music For All National Festival, Magnetic Fields, Rob Dixon, and More

This weekend in Indianapolis music, the Music for All National Festival struts its way into the Circle City. Though no Indianapolis schools are participating, this will still be a great opportunity for residents and students in Indianapolis to learn from the greatest in the business. Some of the best high school bands in the United States will converge on three different Indianapolis music venues all weekend for performances, lessons, and lectures by world-renowned virtuosos and professors.

Sponsored by Music for All, an Indianapolis non-profit organization, the Music for All National Festival is comprised of three different Indianapolis festivals: the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the National Percussion Festival, and the Middle School National Music Festival. Performances will take place at Clowes Memorial Hall, the Warren Performing Arts Center, and Hilbert Circle Theater, so you’ve got plenty of opportunities to hear some great school bands.

In popular music, there’s really not a whole lot going on this weekend. Indianapolis bands seem to be taking a bit of a breather this week; there aren’t too many big shows taking place around the Indianapolis cultural districts. Indie-pop sensations The Magnetic Fields will be gracing the stage in Bloomington, fresh of the release of Realism, a folk album that acts as the quieter younger sibling to 2008’s Distortion. On the jazz side of things, Rob Dixon and Brenda Williams will be performing at the Jazz Kitchen, though on different nights. A few popular hardcore/metal bands are, of course, coming through The Emerson, including The Chariot, Eyes on Fire, and Attack Attack!.

Check out the handy FunCityFinder show calendar below to take your pick of Indianapolis events. If you can’t find anything you like below, don’t worry; there are plenty of other things to do in Indianapolis.

-Bryan Johnson

Thursday, March 4
The Chariot, Greeley Estates, Inhale Exhale, Memphis May Fire, The Color Morale, Forevermore, Ironsides, and Draw the Line @ The Emerson Theater

Short video clip of The Chariot performing live; The Chariot will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


CMNDR, The Hot Stiffs, and Flying Machines @ The Melody Inn

Video of Flying Machines performing live; Flying Machines will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Bunny Brothers @ Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of Bunny Brothers performing “Hey Joe” live; Bunny Brothers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Pat Dinizio Quartet @ Radio Radio

Video of Pat Dinizio performing live on a newscast in 2009; the Pat Dinizio Quartet will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Bamboo Shoots, Beta Male, and Montauk Monster @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of The Bamboo Shoots performing live; Bamboo Shoots will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Flying Toasters @ Joe’s Grille 2

Video of The Flying Toasters performing live in Indianapolis


Music for All National Festival @ Clowes Memorial Hall

Video of the 2007 Jazz Band of America performing, part of the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis


Christian Tetzlaff w/ the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra @ Hilbert Circle Theater

Video of Christian Tetzlaff playing a Bach sonata; Christian Tetzlaff will be playing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in Indianapolis this weekend


Jamie Nichole @ Indianapolis City Market
Voodoo Rose Productions @ Rock Bottom Restaurant
Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra @ Hilbert Circle

Video of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performing a piece by Tchaikovsky at Conner Prairie


Friday, March 5
Beyond Agony, Eyes On Fire, Not Yet Forgotten, and Vanattica @ The Emerson

Home video of Not Yet Forgotten performing live; Not Yet Forgotten will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Stockwell Road @ Melody Inn
Brenda Williams @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Brenda Williams performing with her band, The Soul Providers; Brenda Williams will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Working Hour @ Mo’s Pub

Video of The Working Hour performing live at the Moon Dog Tavern in Indianapolis


Sam King @ Jillian’s Downtown
Sixteen Candles and Great Scott! @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Sixteen Candles performing live on WGN in Chicago; Sixteen Candles will be playing Indianapolis this weekend


Kray and Justin, Baby Bat Wings, Sissy Spacek, Gerritt Wittmer, Paul Knowles, Basilica, and Canid @ Murphy Art Center
Writer’s Block @ Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana
Crambone @ 8 Seconds Saloon

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


Philpot, Mercury, and Jake Dilley & The Color Pharmacy @ The Music Mill

Video of Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy performing live in Iowa; the band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Stereo Deluxe @ Scores in Columbus, Indiana

Video of Indianapolis band Stereo Deluxe performing a Tom Petty cover at Spin Nightclub in Indianapolis


Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Clancy’s

Video of Spanky’s Clubhouse, an Indianapolis band, performing live


War Muffins @ The Monkey’s Tale
Saturday, March 6
Attack Attack!, Breathe Carolina, I See Stars, Asking Alexandria, Bury Tomorrow @ Emerson Theater

Video of Attack Attack! performing live; Attack Attack! will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Rob Dixon @ Jazz Kitchen

NUVO Newsweekly video of Rob Dixon performing live at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Astarael, New York to Nowhere, Rotovox @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Rotovox performing live; the band will be playing Indianapolis this weekend


Jai Baker Band @ Mo’s

Video of the Jai Baker Band performing live at DC’s Pub in Zionsville, Indiana, near Indianapolis


Gary Applegate @ Chateau Thomas Winery

Video of Gary Applegate perfoming live at Chateau Thomas Winery near Indianapolis


Jessica Rae @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Jessica Rae performing live in Nashville; Jessica Rae will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Lounge Soundsystem @ Monkey’s Tale
The Fins @ The Ale Emporium
Steve Trent and Small Town @ 8 Seconds

Video of Steve Trent and Small Town performing live; the band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend



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Indianapolis Bands

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

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