Part time rastas, dread locked college kids, and other Indianapolis music lovers rejoice: 311 is coming to the Circle City on June 28, 2010. The ska/rock/rap/funk band is touring in support of their latest album, Uplifter, in a cross country trek that will take them all across the United States. Alaska, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and other cities are all stops on this massive tour; Indianapolis is just one leg of the trip. 311 will be playing with a host of other bands during the Unity Tour, most notably pop punk outfit The Offspring and the Presidents of the United States (remember “Peaches?”). And on June 28, 2010, 311 will be coming to one of Indy‘s biggest outdoor music venues, the Lawn at White River State Park. For this Indianapolis event, 311 will be playing with reggae rock group Pepper.
|Music video for “Amber” by 311; 311 will be playing with Pepper at The Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis on June 28|
311 opened for post-punk legends Fugazi in Nebraska in 1990, paving the way for an extremely successful career. The band first saw mainstream success with their 1995 self titled album, which included hit singles “Down” (#1 on the Modern Rock charts) and “All Mixed Up,” which peaked at #4 on the Modern Rock charts. 311’s self titled album eventually went triple platinum and ensured 311’s place as popular music mainstays, securing headlining spots at Indianapolis music venues and venues around the country. While their first few popular albums leaned toward funky rhythms, a ska tinged horn section, reggae overtones, and rap rock vocals, 2003’s Evolver brought heavy, chunky guitar to the table. The band’s latest release, Uplifter, came about in 2009 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200.
|Video of 311 performing “Don’t Tread on Me” live on Jimmy Kimmel; 311 will be playing with Pepper at The Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis on June 28|
For the concert at White River State Park, 311 will be playing with Pepper, a reggae influenced rock band that’s been active since 1997. The band’s debut release, Give’n It, came out in 1999 and combined hip-hop, reggae, and dance grooves for a highly infectious sound. Since then, the band has released four other studio albums: Kona Town (2002), In With the Old (2004), No Shame (2006), and Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations (2008). Pepper has toured with a lot of big names in punk and pop punk, including Pennywise, The Offspring, Slightly Stoopid, Flogging Molly, and The Expendables.
|Video of Pepper performing “Give it Up” live; Pepper will be playing with 311 at The Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis on June 28|
There’s no better time than summer time to get out to Indianapolis parks and enjoy the sunshine of Central Indiana. On June 28, you get the best of both worlds: the natural beauty of the Circle City with two of the most popular funk rock groups out there, 311 and Pepper, all at one of the biggest Indianapolis music venues, The Lawn at White River State Park. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will likely last several hours; 311 has been known to put on shows of epic length. Tickets are $35 for both regular seats and box seats. If you get the chance, you should definitely check out 311 and Pepper; you won’t find anything like this at Indianapolis bars that weekend.
2010 Unity Tour w/ 311 and Pepper
The Lawn at White River State Park
7:30 p.m. – Tickets $35
White River State Park
801 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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