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Indianapolis Music Events 6/24 to 6/27: Ween, Tortoise, Styx, Woven Bones, and More

This weekend in Indianapolis music, a heavy dose of technicolor 90’s alt rock magic comes to Broad Ripple Village, genre hopping Chicago founding fathers get busy in Bloomington, and the Verizon Wireless Music Center turns into an 80’s prog rock arena. Yes, it’s another busy music weekend around the six Indianapolis cultural districts, whether you’re an avid local music junkie or a weekend warrior who’s looking for things to do in Indianapolis. Below are a few highlights of what’s going on this weekend in Indianapolis; if you can’t find something you like, that’s your own fault.

First up, bizarro rock heroes Ween will be playing at The Vogue tonight, in a sold out extravaganza that’ll probably span their entire back catalog, from 1991’s ubiquitous The Pod to their most recent effort, 2007’s La Cucaracha. If you managed to get tickets to the Ween concert, you’re a lucky guy or gal; this band continually sells out music venues across the country, despite the fact they haven’t been a major music presence since the 90’s. To pull off a trick like that, you need a mighty stage presence, a style all your own, and a true love for the music you’re making. Ween has all that and more, including some truly entertaining songs and professional musicianship.

Next, zoom down to Bloomington, Indianapolis’ younger, hipper brother when it comes to live music. Not only is the sleepy home of Indiana University hosting The Wailers (Bob Marley’s band) on Sunday, it’s also bringing post rock masters Tortoise to The Bishop on Saturday. It’s rare that a huge band like Tortoise plays an intimate venue like The Bishop, so this is an Indianapolis event you shouldn’t miss. Expect double drummers, lots of proggy jazz solos, hip-swinging bass, sweeping synths, genre-mashing riffage, and all your favorites from Tortoise’s sixteen year back catalog; ambient drone musician Brett Naucke opens.

If those crazy kids with their DAT tapes and drugs and annoying synth bleepy bloops don’t strike your chords, perhaps you’d like to return to a time when music was spectacle, when a live concert was an event in and of itself, when lighters were plentiful and pyrotechnics were commonplace. No, you can’t hop into a time machine, but you can head up to Noblesville on Friday to catch Kansas, Styx, and Foreigner live at the Verizon Wireless Music Center. If these three bands got together in the 80’s, it would be the biggest show of the year, but nowadays it only gets a spot on our weekly calendar. That’s not to say it won’t be a good show; with veterans of the stage like Kansas, Styx, and Foreigner, you can bet on some excellent showmanship and all the big hits you probably forgot you knew.

These three shows aren’t the only Indianapolis events going on this weekend; heck, they might not even be the best ones. More concerts are going on at Indianapolis bars and other Indianapolis music venues all over the Circle City, some with local Indianapolis bands, others with bands from across the United States. Check out the show calendar below to see what’s going on in Indy this weekend:

Thursday, June 24
Edwin McCain @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Edwin McCain performing live; Edwin McCain will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Ween @ The Vogue Theater

Music video for “Push th’ Little Daisies” by Ween; Ween will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Household Guns, Rooms, Abner Trio @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Music video for “The Search for the Last Gadoolah of Pipth” by Household Guns; Household Guns will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Atom Age, Treephort, You’re A Liar @ The Vollrath Tavern

Music video for “Baby Says” by The Atom Age; The Atom Age will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Bruce Katz @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Bruce Katz performing “Stovepipe Boogie” live in Cincinnati; Bruce Katz will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Paul Holdman Band @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant

Video of Paul Holdman sitting in with the W.T. Fester Band; Paul Holdman will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


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

Video of Cari Ray and her band performing “Always On”; Cari Ray will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Concerts on the Canal presents Peace Train and Flower Power Brass @ Indiana History Center

Video slideshow of Peace Train and Flower Power Brass with a soundboard recording; Peace Train and Flower Power Brass will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Chad Mills @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana

Video of Chad Mills performing “Murder in the City” live; Chad Mills will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Indianapolis Parks Summer Concerts w/ Matt Roush @ Holliday Park
Ribs N’ Bone @ Champps Americana Restaurant and Bar

Video of Ribs N’ Bone performing live at Scotty’s in Indianapolis


The Jesse Minute, The Shake-Ups, Mousefire @ The Melody Inn

Video of The Jesse Minute performing live; The Jesse Minute will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


SNAARJ, Busman’s Holiday @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana



Video of Snaarj performing live on the radio; Snaarj will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Splurge! @ Mo’s Irish Pub
Friday, June 25
Racebannon CD Release Show w/ Small Arms Fire, Red Shadows @ Melody Inn

Video of Racebannon performing live; Racebannon will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Last Good Year, Xero Sum, Jer Gregg, Glass Halo @ The Vogue

Video of The Last Good Year performing live with Candlebox in Indianapolis


Turbo Fruits, Via Audio, DOUG, The Broderick @ Vollrath Tavern

Video of Turbo Fruits performing “Naked With You” live at SXSW; Turbo Fruits will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Biscuit & Da Mix @ Apres Jack’s
Chuck Wicks @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Music video for”Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks; Chuck Wicks will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Hofbrau Band @ Indianapolis Artsgarden
Cara Jean Wahlers @ Mass Ave Wine Shoppe

Video of Cara Jean Wahlers performing at White River State Park in Indianapolis


Chris and the Social Studs @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana
Cool Creek Concert Series w/ Blonde Sonja @ Cool Creek Park in Westfield, Indiana

Video of Blonde Sonja performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


Foreigner, Styx, Kansas @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Video of Styx performing “Lady” live; Styx will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Opponents, Deceiver, Rumor Has It, Religious Police, Sick World @ The Dojo

Video of Opponents performing live in Boone County; Opponents will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Uglysuit, Sanuk @ ES Jungle

Video of The Uglysuit performing “Anthem of the Artic Birds” live; The Uglysuit will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Zanna-Doo @ Moon Dog Tavern

Video of Zanna Doo jamming to “Brick House” at the Rathskeller in Indianapolis


Andy Davis, Andrew Belle, Seth Glier @ Radio Radio

Video of Andy Davis performing “Laugh So You Don’t Cry” live; Andy Davis will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Last Domino‘s “La Vida Variety” w/ The Band of Beards, The Drink and I, Periphonic, Livin’ in the Red @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Periphonic performing livat at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


Living Proof @ Champps Americana

Video of Living Proof performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


The Working Hour @ That Place in Greenwood, Indiana

Video of The Working Hour performing and being interviewed on the radio; The Working Hour will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Loo Abby @ Britton Tavern

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


Screaming Martinis @ Mo’s Pub

Video of The Screaming Martinis performing live; The Screaming Maritnis will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Cliff Ratliff Quartet @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Clifford Ratliff performing “Night & Day” in Indianapolis


Frog Eyes, Pearly Gates Music @ Bishop Bar

Video of Frog Eyes performing “Reform Your Countryside” live in Seattle; Frog Eyes will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Saturday, June 26
Tortoise and Brett Naucke @ Bishop

Video of dual drumming action by Tortoise; Tortoise will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Algebraists, Scoot Dubbs, Whois Louis, Lorax and Ligyro @ Locals Only
Go Slowpoke, Slothpop, Our Imaginary Friends @ The Vollrath

Video of Slothpop performing “Sailing Bird” live; Slothpop will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Mud Eye Joe @ Artsgarden

Video of Mud Eye Joe performing live; Mud Eye Joe will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Gorilla Ent. Battle of the Bands w/ Lanimilbus, Fiber, Follow the Circle, Ghosts of Maine, and More @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Follow the Circle hanging out at the Winner’s Circle in Indianapolis


The Job Project @ Lazy Daze Coffee House
Take the Sky, Porcelain Moon, Second Story Skyline, The Real Talks @ ES Jungle Venue

Video of Porcelain Moon covering “Take Me Out” live at Booney’s; Porcelain Moon will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Eva Hunter @ Lazy Daze

Video of Eva Hunter performing “Every Time You Leave” live; Eva Hunter will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Dark House Sweet @ The Moon Dog
Gary Walters @ The Jazz Kitchen
Gypsy Revival, New Moon Groove @ The Monkey’s Tale

Video of Gypsy Revival performing live on the radio; Gypsy Revival will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Blue Luster, Rotovox @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Video of Blue Luster performing “Anneliese” live at Radio Radio in Indianapolis


The Common @ Birdy’s
Jamey Johnson @ The Bluebird

Music video for “High Cost of Living” by Jamey Johnson; Jamey Johnson will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Daniel Joseph Band @ Mo’s
Goldie & Exquisitely Yours @ Chatterbox Club

Video of Goldie singing live in Indianapolis

 

W.T. Feaster Band, Charles Walker Band @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of the W.T. Feaster Band performing “Born Under a Bad Sign” live; the W.T. Feaster Band will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Sunday, June 27
Woven Bones, We Are Hex, Burnt Ones @ Locals Only Pub

Video of Woven Bones performing live in Portland; Woven Bones will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Touche Amore, Deceiver @ Dojo

Video of Touche Amore performing live; Touche Amore will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series w/ J. Majors and Hook Up @ Watkins Park
Sour Mash @ Bertee’s Sports Cafe
Lynyrd Skynyrd @ Verizon Wireless Center

Video of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing “Simple Man” live; Lynyrd Skynyrd will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

The Putz CD Release Show, Webcam Teenz, The Post Teens @ Melody Inn

Video of Webcam Teenz performing “Headless Bikeman” live; Webcam Teenz will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

 

The Wailers @ Bluebird

Video of The Wailers performing the classic “Stir It Up” in 1973; The Wailers will be performing 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

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

Indiana Music by City

Avon Music | Brownsburg Music | Carmel Music | Danville Music | Fishers Music | Greenfield Music | Greenwood Music | Martinsville Music | Mooresville Music | Noblesville Music | Plainfield Music | Westfield Music | Zionsville Music | More Indiana Music

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