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Independent Music and Art Festival: Cultural Celebration of the Circle City

Indianapolis has a thriving cultural community, built up over the centuries. Indianapolis history is rife with artistic innovators, from the jazz musicians that made Indiana Avenue famous to the startlingly human science fiction of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. On Saturday, June 12, the Harrison Center for the Arts will host a tribute to local Indianapolis arts and music that will show the world what the artistic community of the Circle City is capable of. The Independent Music and Art Festival (IMAF) will bring 12 Indianapolis bands and dozens of local artists, craftsmen and women, and designers to the residents of Indy.

NUVO Newsweekly video about the 2006 Independent Music and Art Festival at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis

A major Indianapolis music event, the Independent Art and Music Festival showcases 12 interesting local bands on two different stages that will encompass a variety of sounds. The action will kick off at noon with Elsinore, an anthemic pop rock band that’s been touring the Midwestern scene since 2005. Then comes the harmonious folk of Mary Claire, the hilarious acapella-meets-electronica show of Lord of the Yum Yum, the spacey rock of Accordions, the symphonic hooks of Indianapolis sensation Wolfy, and more. From loud, brash rock (Jookabox) to smooth jazz (Rob Dixon), the Independent Art and Music Festival is the perfect kaleidoscope of Indianapolis music. Oh yeah, and the show will end with a performance by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Denison Witmer, whose 2005 album Are You a Dreamer? brought him to the national stage.

NUVO Newsweekly video about the 2009 Independent Music and Art Festival in Indianapolis, including performances by 2010 bands Lord of the Yum Yum and TJ Reynolds

The music alone at the Independent Art and Music Festival makes it a really cool Indianapolis event, but there’s more going on than just great bands. The “Art” part of the Independent Art and Music Festival will take place indoors, away from all the live music hubbub. Inside the Harrison Center for the Arts will be the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, a completely D.I.Y. craft fair that’ll feature a ton of handmade goods for sale from over 80 Indianapolis artists, including plush toys, rock show posters, vintage clothing, and jewelry. You won’t find anything from big Indianapolis businesses here; these vendors are all small, all local, and all original.

Video of the 2008 INDIEana Handicraft Exchange in Indianapolis; the 2010 INDIEana Handicraft Exchange will take place during the Independent Music and Art Festival at the Harrison Center for the Arts

The Independent Art and Music Festival is a totally free Indianapolis festival, so it’s well worth the short trip north from downtown Indianapolis. The fun starts at noon and continues until 8 p.m., when Denison Witmer should be wrapping up outside. The music will take place in the Harrison Center for the Arts courtyard, while the craft fair can be found in the Indianapolis art gallery‘s gym, The Underground, and Gallery No. 2. Don’t miss this chance to appreciate the hard work, the intricacy, the excitement, and the beauty of local Indianapolis art and music.

2010 Independent Art and Music Festival
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Band Lineup

12:00 – 12:35 | Elsinore
12:40 – 1:15 | Mary Claire
1:20 – 1:55 | Lord of the Yum Yum
2:00 – 2:35 | Accordions
2:40 – 3:15 | Wolfy
3:20 – 3:55 | TJ Reynolds
4:00 – 4:35 | Damien Jurado
4:40 – 5:15 | Jookabox
5:20 – 5:55 | Rob Dixon
6:00 – 6:35 | Mandy Marie
6:40 – 7:15 | Cabin
7:20 – 7:55 | Denison Witmer

Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.396.3886
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