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Indianapolis Music Events 6/3 to 6/6: Brad Paisley, Yank Rachell Tribute, Pharez Whitted

This weekend in Indianapolis music, summer shows finally arrive in the Circle City. Indianapolis events are everywhere this weekend, and a ton of them are musical in nature. Everything from the rich jazz and blues history of Indianapolis to that new fangled genre of “chill wave” will be represented around the six Indianapolis cultural districts; there are almost too many Indianapolis music events to mention.

Several interesting Indianapolis arts and Indianapolis music events are happening on Friday, most of them in Mass Ave and Broad Ripple Village. Robbing the Bank, a collaborative art event that’s part of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) First Friday Art Walk series, will be taking place in front of Art Bank on Friday with live jam music by the Luke Austin Daugherty Jam Band. MAWS Music Mania at the IndyFringe Theater, also on Friday, will give guests a glimpse of the upcoming IndyFringe Festival with live music from a swath of Indianapolis bands, including a virtuoso jazz quartet with Steve Allee and Erick Storckman.

The rich Indianapolis history of jazz and blues will also be well represented with Indianapolis music events this weekend. For starters, on Friday legendary Indy jazz trumpeter Pharez Whitted will be making his return to downtown Indianapolis in support of his new Owl Studios record, Transient Journey. And on Sunday, Indianapolis blues fans are in for a special treat: it’s the 100th birthday of old-time Indianapolis mandolinist James “Yank” Rachell, and there’s going to be a massive tribute at the Glick Indiana History Center. Performing will be a veritable who’s who of Indy blues musicians, including Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors, Hot Brown, Gordon Bonham, David Morgan, Gene Deer, and many, many more.

Other cool Indianapolis things to do this weekend include the dreamy atmospheric rock of Warpaint at Radio Radio on Saturday, country pop superstar Brad Paisley at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, a local music showcase with Pop Lolita and America Owns the Moon at The Vogue, and the final show of Naptown jam band Jassy Grazz at The Mousetrap. Check out the show calendar below to see which Indianapolis music venues take the cake this weekend:

Thursday, 6/3
Future Islands, Lower Dens, Sleeping Bag, Stagnant Pools @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana

Music video for “Follow You” by Future Islands; Future Islands will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo Band @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo performing “Hypnotize” live; Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Gordon Bonham @ Apres Jack’s Martini Bar

Video of the Gordon Bonham Blues Band playing “65 Highway” live; the Gordon Bonham Blues Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Montauk Monster @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub
Day Job Blues @ Indianapolis Artsgarden

Video of Day Job Blues performing “LA Woman” live at the Music Mill in Indianapolis


Cari Ray Duo @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Video of Cari Ray performing “Close to the Pain” live; Cari Ray will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Concerts on the Canal and Actors Theater of Indiana Presents “An Evening With Ol’ Blue Eyes” @ Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
Craig Thurston @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana
Corey Cox @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Corey Cox playing live at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis


Ribs N’ Bone @ Champps Americana Restaurant

Video of Ribs N Bone performing live; Ribs N Bone will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Afton Hip-Hop Showcase w/ TonyWHOA!, The Man JKeezy, CITO, 2-Three, Nefarious 1, Rainbow Records, Frogg, and more @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill
Broken Teeth, The Cocaine Wolves, Vodka De Milo @ The Melody Inn

Video of Vodka De Milo performing live at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis


The Working Hour @ Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, Indiana

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


Dan Holmes Group @ The Vollrath Tavern

Video of the Dan Holmes Group performing “Only Love You” at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis


International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) Laureate Series @ Hilbert Circle Theater
Friday, 3/4
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Video of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit performing “Cigarettes and Wine” live; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Pop Lolita, America Owns the Moon, Downtown Struts, Neon Love Life @ The Vogue Theater

Video of America Owns the Moon performing live at Radio Radio in Indianapolis


Midwest Hype @ The Mousetrap

Video of Midwest Hype performing “Sunrise” live; Midwest Hype will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Sour Mash Trio @ Apres Jack’s

Video of the Sour Mash Trio playing live; Sour Mash will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Robbing the Bank Art Festival w/ Luke Austin Daugherty Jam Band @ Art Bank Gallery

Video of the Luke Austin Daugherty Jam Band performing live; Luke Austin Daugherty will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Omega, We Are Not Yet Forgotten, Buried Beneath the Waves, Every Wrong Decision, Draw the Line @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Every Wrong Decision performing “Chariot and Snoop” live in Indianapolis


Blessed Union of Souls, The Woomblies @ Rathskeller Restaurant

Music video for “I Believe” by Blessid Union of Souls; Blessid Union of Souls will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Lion of Judah, Give, Black Breath, Thought Crusade @ The Dojo

Video of Thought Crusade playing live; Thought Crusade will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Plain Jane @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana
Cousin Roger @ Moon Dog Tavern
MAWS Music Mania w/ Erick Storckman, Steve Allee, Frank Smith, Kenny Phillips, Zombie Love, Dean Phelps, and The 1933’s @ IndyFringe Theater Building

Video of Erick Storckman performing with Blue Ray; Erick Storckman will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Handbook for William, Canterbury Effect, Either/Or, Husband & Wife, Black Cat @ Bishop

Video of Either/Or performing live; Either/Or will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Joe Firstman and Josh Hoge, Marianne Keith @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Joe Firstman playing “The One That Makes You Happy” live; Joe Firstman will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Zanna-Doo @ Champps Americana

Video of Zanna Doo performing live at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis


Living Proof @ The Ale Emporium

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


Daniel Joseph Band @ Mo’s Pub
Mercy Kill, Vicious Barrett, Without Front @ Locals Only Pub
Dave and Rae @ Bridgewater

Video of Dave and Rae performing at a wedding in Chicago; Dave and Rae will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Toy Factory @ Britton Tavern
Jared Thompson and Premium Blend @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Jared Thompson and Premium Blend performing at the Chatterbox Jazz Club in Indianapolis


Kevin Mohl @ CT Peppers
Pharez Whitted @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of the Pharez Whitted Sextet performing at the Green Mill in Chicago; Pharez Whitted will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Saturday, 6/5
Warpaint, Soft Speaker @ Radio Radio

Video of Warpaint performing live at SXSW; Warpaint will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Jassy Grazz Farewell Show @ Mousetrap

Video of Jassy Grazz performing live; Jassy Grazz will play their final show in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Xero Sum @ The Emerson

Video of Xero Sum performing at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis

 

The Dancin’ Nancys, The Job Project, Audio Diner, R and BZ @ Lazy Daze Coffee House

Video of The Dancin’ Nancy’s performing a cover of “Cat’s in the Well” live; The Dancin’ Nancy’s will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

The Tides @ The Artsgarden
Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Justin Moore @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Video of Brad Paisley performing at the White House; Brad Paisley will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

The Elect, Shadyside All-Stars @ The Rathskeller

Video of Shadyside All Stars performing live at The Music Mill in Indianapolis


Cara Jean Wahlers and Grover Parido, Lou Stant @ White Rabbit Cabaret

Video of Cara Jean Wahlers performing live at Earth House Collective in Indianapolis

 

This Must Be the Band (Talking Heads tribute) @ The Athenaeum Building

Video of This Must Be the Band performing “Girlfriend is Better” live; This Must Be the Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Jester Kings @ Champps

Video of the Jester Kings performing live at The Bluebird in Bloomington; Jester Kings will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Corey Cox @ 8 Seconds Saloon
Rotovox, The Post Script, The Dwellers @ Birdy’s

Video of Rotovox performing “Runaway” live; Rotovox will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Whoa! Tiger, Harley Poe @ Locals Only

Video of Harley Poe performing “Corpse Grinding Man” live at The Vogue in Indianapolis

 

Burning Hotels, Eric and the Happy Thoughts, The Perennials, Midwest Beat @ The Vollrath

Video of The Burning Hotels performing live; The Burning Hotels will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Kelleen Strutz and Friends @ Chatterbox Club

Video of Kelleen Strutz performing live in Indianapolis

 

The Thunder Club, Them Bones @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of The Thunder Club performing live; The Thunder Club will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Sunday, 6/6
Yank Rachell 100th Birthday Celebration @ Indiana History Center

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

 


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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