Indianapolis Music Events 4/29 to 5/2: Mastodon, Sublime, and More

This weekend in Indianapolis music, two of the country’s most talented metal bands will be hitting the Indianapolis stage (and not at the Emerson!), a 90’s ska/funk band plans a comeback at the Old National Centre, and all sorts of other Indianapolis bands will be making appearances all over the Circle City. Temperatures are going to be mild, the sun is going to be out, and Indianapolis music fans should be swarming Indianapolis bars in droves.

Two of the United States‘ best progressive metal bands will be melting faces at The Vogue this weekend. Mastodon joins forces with Baroness, Between the Buried and Me, and Valient Thorr at the historic Indianapolis music venue on Friday, a ear-bursting treat for any fan of heavy music. Mastodon is known for their frenetic drumming, turn on a dime signature shifts, and that wall of heavy, down-tuned guitars that’s played as loud as possible. Mastodon’s latest, Crack the Skye, brought a slightly more melodic and operatic feel to the band’s sound, but live they’ll likely play fan favorites from earlier releases, Blood Mountain and Leviathan.

Baroness, whose Blue Record was one of the most critically acclaimed releases of 2009, will be sharing the stage with Mastodon. The band’s trademark sound draws influences from Queen, Slayer, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, and, surprisingly enough, a little Brahms thrown in for good measure. Some of the harmonic-laced guitar solos in Blue Record wouldn’t sound out of place in a Renaissance-era heavy metal drawing room. Both bands should draw hundreds of fans out to Indy from Central Indiana and beyond.

Remember that song they used to play on WRZX 103.3 all the time in the 90’s, “What I Got?” Well, if you’re so inclined, you can hear it live on Thursday. Sublime will be playing at the Old National Centre in downtown Indianapolis. Yes, the band broke up in 1997, shortly after “What I Got” blew up, but they made a brief comeback in 2009 and will be playing a few dates in 2010. This Indianapolis event could be fun if you’d like to make a trip fifteen years into the past, or even if you just love a good ska tune.

For more shows going on in Indianapolis cultural districts this week, check out our handy show calendar below:

Thursday, 4/29
Damon Fowler Group @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of the Damon Fowler Group performing live; the Damon Fowler Group will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Daphne Willis, Paperwork Media @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

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

Sublime and Rome, The Dirty Heads @ Old National Centre (formerly the Murat Centre)

Music video for “Santeria” by Sublime; Sublime will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

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

Video of The Bunny Brothers performing live; The Bunny Brothers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Goliathon, The Misery Jackals, Periphonic @ The Melody Inn

Music video for “High Noon” by Goliathon; Goliathon will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Kevin Anker, Tad Robinson @ The Indianapolis Artsgarden

Video of the Kevin Anker Trio playing live at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Andrew Belle and Zach Heckendorf @ DePauw University

Video interview with Andrew Belle; Andrew Belle will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Shake-Ups @ Barnes and Nobles at Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI)
Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds performing “Only for You” acoustically; Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Twin Peaks @ Blu Lounge

Video of Twin Peaks performing live at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


The Working Hour, Lux & P @ North Central High School

Video of The Working Hour performing live at Locals Only in Indianapolis


Andrew Young @ Bubbaz in Camby, Indiana

Video of Andrew Young performing “It Takes Two” at Joe’s Grille 7 in Indianapolis


Voodoo Rose Productions @ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade @ Hilbert Circle Theater

Video of members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis


Friday, 4/30
Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me, Baroness, Valient Thorr @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Mastodon performing “Oblivion” and “Blood and Thunder” live; Mastodon will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Polkaboy @ The Rathskeller

Video of Polkaboy performing live at The Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis

Unknown Hinson @ Radio Radio

Music video for “Venus Bound” by Unknown Hinson; Unknown Hinson will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Kate Lamont @ The Jazz Kitchen
Falling with Style, Scales, Until Then @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Falling With Style playing live at The Dojo in Indianapolis

Jamie Nichole @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana

Video of Jamie Nichole performing “Take a Look” in Indianapolis

Greta Speaks @ Mo’s Pub
Jer Gregg Band, The Post Script, Mercury Crossing @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Music video for “Live Your Life” by The Post Script; The Post Script will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Beta Male, Take Manhattan, and Buster Eagle @ Melody Inn

Music video for “Husband’s Girlfriend” by Beta Male; Beta Male will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Clifford Ratliff with the Indiana Avenue All-Stars @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Clifford Ratliff performing live in Indianapolis

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

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


Beyond Agony @ 8 Seconds

Music video for “Divulge” by Beyond Agony; Beyond Agony will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Corey Smith @ Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana
Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Krazy Street

Video of Spanky’s Clubhouse performing live in Indianapolis


Saturday, May 1
Otis Gibbs CD Release Party, sponsored by NUVO Newsweekly @ The Vogue

Video of Otis Gibbs performing “Caroline” live; Otis Gibbs will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Woomblies @ Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of The Woomblies performing live in Indianapolis

Brenda Williams, Robin McKelle @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of Brenda Williams singing live; Brenda Williams will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Count Bop and the Headliners @ The Athenaeum Building
IU Soul Revue @ Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of the IU Soul Revue performing live in Bloomington, near Indianapolis

TNT, RoShamBo @ The Music Mill
Marlin James @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Video of Marlin James performing at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis

Aberdeen Project @ The Ale Emporium
Daniel Joseph Band @ Mo’s
Jeff DeHerdt Ensemble @ Chatterbox
The Elect, John Strahl Band @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of The Elect performing “Use Me Up” live; The Elect will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Sarah Grain @ Earth House Collective Fundraiser
Sunday, May 2
Big Poppa Stampley @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Big Poppa Stanley playing live in Kentucky; Big Poppa Stanely will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Impossible Jazz Collaboration @ Indianapolis Artsgarden

Video of Shawn Plonski and the Impossible Jazz Collaboration performing live at the Chatterbox in Indianapolis

Carrie Revel @ Monument Circle

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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