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Indianapolis Music Events 4/1 to 4/4: Big Dance Concert Series, Blank Slate Festival, and More

This weekend in Indianapolis music, the NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball Tournament is bringing a slew of big name musical acts to the Circle City. That’s right, the Final Four is being held at Lucas Oil Stadium this weekend, and to celebrate, Indianapolis is throwing a big bash at the Lawn at White River State Park. Musicians (including some Indianapolis bands) from all genres and all parts of the United States will be performing at this massive Indianapolis event. The Big Dance Concert Series will feature the likes of LL Cool J, Daughtry, The Goo Goo Dolls, 90’s post-grunge masters Stone Temple Pilots, and Shadeland, a local band.

But the Big Dance Concert Series isn’t the only must-see event happening in Indy this weekend. For starters, Earth House Collective is throwing its second annual Blank Slate Festival, a celebration of avant garde, free jazz, and other experimental music. Playing will be the Neil Cain Trio, Wizards, and something called the “Midwest improvisation stunt;” nobody’s really quite sure what that is yet. The Rathskeller is throwing a Rock Before the Madness concert, with some locally popular bands like Red Wanting Blue and Toryn Green.

Other than those big events, there are still plenty of other Indianapolis things to do that you could be checking out this weekend. Have a look at our close to comprehensive concert calendar below to see which Indianapolis music venue your favorite band is playing at this weekend:

Thursday, Apr 1
Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys, Megan McCormick @ The Royal Theater in Avon, Indiana

Video of Alejandro Escovedo performing live in New Orleans; Alejandro Escovedo will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Mayer Hawthorne and the County, and Mudkids @ Radio Radio

Music video for “Do It Again” by Mudkids; Mudkids will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Tony Cheesebourough Rhythm and Blues Band, Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors performing live in Indianapolis


Rock Before the Madness Concert, feat: Red Wanting Blue, Jeremy Buck and the Bang, and For the Taking with Toryn Green @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Red Wanting Blue performing live; Red Wanting Blue will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Fool’s Fest w/ Piece de Resistance, Foldingbones, and Dwarf Among Midgets @ The Melody Inn
Jeff Payne @ The Music Mill
Lady Di and the Kings @ Mo’s Irish Pub

Video of Lady Di and the Kings performing live outside of Indianapolis


Stereo Deluxe @ Indianapolis International Airport

Video of Stereo Deluxe performing an acoustic set in Indianapolis

 

Periphonic @ Birdy’s Bar
Voodoo Rose Productions @ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Friday, Apr 2
Haste the Day and Amarna Reign @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Indianapolis band Haste the Day performing live


Indianapolis Guitar Summit w/ Bill Lancton @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Bill Lancton performing outside the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Electric Six, Jookabox, and A Squared Industries DJ’s @ The Vogue Theater

Music video for “Danger! High Voltage!” by Electric Six; Electric Six will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The pLopLop Show Opening @ Big Car Gallery
The Why Store, and Big James and the Chicago Playboys @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Music video for “Father” by The Why Store; The Why Store will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Gene Deer and the Blues Band and the W.T. Feaster Band @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of the W.T. Feaster Band performing live at the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis


Michael Kelsey and Henry French @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Micheal Kelsey playing guitar; Michael Kelsey will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Punch Judy @ The Rathskeller
Justin Moore @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Video of Justin Moore performing “Like There’s No Tomorrow” live; Justin Moore will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Henry Lee Summer and Friends @ Mickey’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Music video for “I Wish I Had a Girl” by Henry Lee Summer; Henry Lee Summer will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Blonde Sonja @ That Place in Greenwood, Indiana

Promotional video for Blonde Sonja, an Indianapolis dance band


Big Dance Concert Series w/ Shadeland and Stone Temple Pilots @ The Lawn at White River State Park

Video of Stone Temple Pilots performing on MTV Unplugged in 1993; Stone Temple Pilots will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

X103 Presents Stereo Deluxe, Switchfoot, One Republic, and Don Stuck @ the Bud Light Tourney Tent

Music video for “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot; Switchfoot will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

The Working Hour and James Otto @ Jillian’s Downtown
One in the Same @ Omni Severin Hotel
Blank Pages and Everyday Sunday @ The Gear in Franklin, Indiana
Harry Goodloe Jr. Project @ The Athenaeum Building

Video of Cynthia Layne performing with Harry Goodloe Jr. (drums) at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis

 

Holding Mercury @ The Ugly Monkey

Video of Holding Mercury performing live in Chicago; Holding Mercury will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Krazy Street

Video of Indianapolis band Spanky’s Clubhouse performing live

 

Drew Bowman @ The Monkey’s Tale
Saturday, Apr 3
Blank Slate Festival w/ the James Cornish Quartet, Wizards, Jayve Montgomery, Neil Cain Trio, and More @ Earth House Collective
Steve Allee Big Band @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of the Steve Allee Big Band performing live at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Harley Poe and Fisticuffs @ Melody Inn

Video of Harley Poe performing live at the Vogue in Indianapolis


40% Steve and JET @ Slippery Noodle

Video of 40% Steve performing live at Spin Nightclub in Indianapolis


Red Moon @ The Rathskeller

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


Philip Steven and the Open Road @ 8 Seconds
The Bishops and The Daniel Joseph Band @ Mo’s Pub
Big Dance Concert Series w/ Daughtry @ White River State Park

Video of Chris Daughtry of Daughtry performing live on American Idol; Daughtry will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Face the Frontline, The Life We Had, Run Amok, and Erebus @ The Emerson

Video of Face the Frontline performing live; Face the Frontline will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

My Yellow Rickshaw @ Claddagh Irish Pub

Promotional video for My Yellow Rickshaw, an Indianapolis cover band

 

Sunday, Apr 4
Phoebe and the Mojo Makers and the W.T. Feaster Band @ Slippery Noodle
Big Dance Concert Series w/ LL Cool J, The Elms, and the Goo Goo Dolls @ The Lawn at White River State Park

Video of the Goo Goo Dolls performing live at Red Rocks; The Goo Goo Dolls will be playing live in Indianapolis this weekend



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

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