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Indianapolis Music Events 5/20 to 5/26: Nickelback, The English Beat, The Elms

This weekend in Indianapolis music, the Circle City gears up for the Indianapolis 500, and radio rock will pack the house in Noblesville. As we inch closer and closer to the most insane Indianapolis event to grace Central Indiana, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be coming alive with the sounds of revving engines, cheering fans, and screaming electric guitars. Indianapolis is hosting several musical events in conjunction with Indy 500 events, two of which are this weekend.

First is the Indy 500 Fast Friday Practice, in which all the Indy 500 racers come together to test their mettle on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the big run next weekend. Sharing the Speedway with these Indianapolis sports stars will be Seymour, Indiana based The Elms; their hit single, “Back to Indiana,” first aired during the 2009 Indianapolis 500, so it’s only fitting that they’ll play at Fast Friday. Also playing at Fast Friday will be the John E. Gee Band, headed by the former Ted Nugent bassist. Then, on Sunday, you can see which drivers will make the Indy 500 cut while listening to local Indianapolis bands No More Goodbyes and Rapid Fire during the Indy 500 Bump Day.

On Saturday, radio rock fans will have a ball at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, which will likely see its largest crowd in the past several months. Nickelback’s Dark Horse Tour will be taking the stage for several hours of repetitively anthemic choruses, predictable solos, and faux-heavy riffs. Playing with Nickelback will be fellow nu-metal bands Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, and Sick Puppies. The whole deal promises to be a pretty lucrative affair; listeners of X103 will be out in droves, while rock fans everywhere will likely make the trip up from downtown Indianapolis to see their favorite radio stars in the flesh.

Check out our handy show calendar below to see which Indianapolis music venues you should be making tracks toward this weekend!

Thursday, May 20
Tyler Mack and Paxton Norris @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Tyler Mack and Paxton Norris jamming; Tyler Mack and Paxton Norris will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Scott Stowe @ Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana

Video of Indianapolis musician Scott Stowe playing “Life is Beautiful”


Julie Forester @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Julie Forester playing live in Nashville; Julie Forester will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Four on the Floor @ Champps Americana Bar and Grill in Carmel, Indiana
Seneca, Spaceship Boombox, Dutch Rudder @ The Melody Inn

Video of Dutch Rudder performing live at Birdy’s Bar and Grill in Indianapolis


Voodoo Rose Productions @ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
The Front Porch Swingers @ The Monkey’s Tale

Video of the Front Porch Swingers performing live; Front Porch Swingers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Friday, May 21
Earth Crisis, Thick as Blood, Deceiver @ The Emerson Theater

Music video for “Nemesis” by Earth Crisis; Earth Crisis will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


El Movimiento @ The Jazz Kitchen
The English Beat @ Radio Radio

Video of The English Beat performing “Save It For Later;” The English Beat will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Confederate Railroad @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Video of Confederate Railroad performing “Trashy Women” live; Confederate Railroad will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Elms, John E. Gee @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Video of The Elms performing an acoustic version of “Promises;” The Elms will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Bryan Hodge @ Indianapolis Artsgarden
Gaither Homecoming Tour @ Conseco Fieldhouse

Video of the Gaither Vocal Band perfroming “Alpha and Omega” live; The Gaithers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Leisure Kings @ Rathskeller Restaurant

The Leisure Kings performing “Song Bird” live; Leisure Kings will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


A Film and Some Funk w/ “Soul Power,” MetroGnome, Salad Bar @ ARTBOX

Video of DJ Metrognome playing in Indianapolis


Blonde Sonja @ Champps

Demo video for Indianapolis dance band Blonde Sonja


Head First @ Pinheads Entertainment Center in Fishers, Indiana

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


Matt Mitchell Project, Perfect Timing, Jon Overton Project @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Demo video for the Matt Mitchell Project; the Matt Mitchell Project will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Stereo Flys, The Goodnight Process, God Made Robots @ The Melody Inn

Video of The Stereo Flys covering “She’s Not There” by The Zombies; Stereo Flys will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Lemon Wheel @ Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of Indianapolis dance band Lemon Wheel performing live


Matt Roberts Trio @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Matthew Roberts playing guitar with the Roses Hill Trio; Matthew Roberts will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Saturday, May 22
Lurking Corpses, B-Movie Monsters, Black Cat Rebellion, Reanimated @ Melody Inn

Video of Lurking Corpses playing an acoustic version of “Bucket of Flesh” in Indianapolis


Eddie Money, Healing Sixes @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Music video for “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money; Eddie Money will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Shirock, Take Cover, Skies Alive, The Gnashers, Second Story Skyline, All This Time @ Emerson Theater

Music video for “Still Young” by Shirock; Shirock will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Sick Puppies @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Video of Breaking Benjamin performing “The Diary of Jane” live; Breaking Benjamin will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Farrelly Markiewicz Quartet @ Jazz Kitchen
The Village People @ Hoosier Park Casino

Original music video for “YMCA” by The Village People; The Village People will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Jai Baker @ 8 Seconds

Video of Jai Baker performing live in Indianapolis


Junk Box, Sugar Moon Rabbit, New Addiction, Whiskey Ninjas @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Sugar Moon Rabbit performing live in Indianapolis


Loo Abby @ Champps Americana

Video of Loo Abby performing live at the Moon Dog Tavern in Indianapolis


Big City Steel @ Kelly’s Pub Too
Bleu Django @ Chatterbox
American Cheese @ Indiana Live Casino in Shelbyville, Indiana

Video of American Cheese performing live at The Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis

 

Gary Applegate @ Buck Creek Winery

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

 

Straying from Daylight, With Honors @ Rock Lobster
Sunday, May 23
Johnny Rawls Revue, Dicky James and the Blue Flames @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of Dicky James and the Blue Flames performing live at the Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis


Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Heavy @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings performing “Let Them Knock” live; Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Paul Holdman Group @ Slippery Noodle

Video of Paul Holdman performing live at the Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis


Monika Herzig Acoustic Project @ Artsgarden

Video of Monika Herzig performing live in Bloomington; Monika Herzig will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Country Throwdown Tour w/ Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Jack Ingram, Eric Church, and the Eli Young Band @ Verizon Wireless Center

Music video for “What Do Ya Think About That” by Montgomery Gentry; Montgomery Gentry will be playing 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

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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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