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Indianapolis Music Events 7/1 to 7/4: Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Coco Montoya, The Gitmos

This weekend in Indianapolis music, the Circle City celebrates the independence of the United States with a slew of Indianapolis events all across the city. Unfortunately, regular old music events are few and far between this weekend, largely due to the holiday, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some exciting opportunities for concert goers in Central Indiana. Rock legends, blues masters, and established Indianapolis bands are all going to be celebrating the Fourth at Indianapolis music venues this weekend.

Probably the biggest concert near Indy this weekend is the tag team of Eric Clapton and Roger Daltrey, who are performing at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville on Friday. If you haven’t heard of these two artists, you’ve probably been under a rock for the last fifty years: Eric “Slowhand” Clapton is one of the greatest surviving blues guitarists, the man behind Cream, the early days of the Yardbirds, and Derek and the Dominoes. Roger Daltrey is probably best known as a member of The Who, but he’s also been a presence on the silver screen as well. With The Who, Daltrey helped pioneer hard rock and punk, affecting a stage presence that’s been imitated countless times. This is probably one of the last times you’ll be able to see these two legends together, so don’t miss the chance.

Speaking of blues, on Saturday the Rathskeller will be hosting a blues jam of its own, featuring Coco Montoya and Gene Deer. Montoya is a veteran guitar slinger who’s toured with Albert Collins and John Mayall. He’s released a slew of great blues records in addition to a greatest hits album. Gene Deer, who recently performed at the Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival here in Indianapolis, brings his rough and ready breed of blues guitar to the Rathskeller, opening for Montoya. In the spirit of the Fourth, this is a night you won’t want to miss for a true American genre of music.

And what’s the Fourth of July without a mega party to go with it? Indianapolis nightlife has the right idea: The Melody Inn is hosting a Fourth of July party with a ton of great Indianapolis bands, including The Last Domino, Stockwell Road, and The New 45’s. Expect a night of booze, fireworks, and rampant celebrations of independence at this Indianapolis bar. For more Indianapolis events going on this weekend, check out our show calendar below:

Thursday, July 1
Biscuit & Da Mix @ The Slippery Noodle Inn
Change Today, Octaves @ The Dojo
Ribs N’ Bone @ Apres Jack’s

Video of Ribs N’ Bone playing live in Indianapolis


Doug Henthorn, Natural Blonde @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Video of Doug Henthorn of Healing Sixes performing live at The Music Mill in Indianapolis


Craig Thurston @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana
Eisley, The Lion and the Sail, Cherri Dupree @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Eisley performing “Combinations” live; Eisley will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Sour Mash @ Champps Americana Restaurant
Nemesis Entertainment Showcase w/ The Holland Account, EdWord in My Pocket, Twilight Avalon, The Founders, Rale, Forsaken Sights, and Justin McElhany @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of The Holland Account performing live at Birdy’s in Indianapolis


Butler Scion Free Music Thursday @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub
God Made Robots, Amy Saraiya @ The Melody Inn

Video of Amy Saraiya performing live in Chicago; Amy Saraiya will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Racebannon, We Are Hex, Stak, LVX @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Racebannon performing live at The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana; Racebannon will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Through Being Cool @ Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of Through Being Cool covering “Take the Power Back” live at CT Pepper’s in Indianapolis


Friday, July 2
Eric Clapton and Roger Daltrey @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Video of Eric Clapton performing “Cocaine” live; Eric Clapton will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Latin Sounds of Indy w/ Stacie Sandoval, Grupo Tumbao, Kapitulo 1, and more @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Stacie Sandoval performing live at the Penrod Arts Fair in Indianapolis


78 RPM @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant
The Flying Toasters, Loo Abby @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of The Flying Toasters performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


Headliner @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana
Jason Herrod @ The Harrison Center for the Arts
Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo, Stereo Deluxe, Ranger @ Earth House Collective

Video of Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo performing live at Birdy’s Bar and Grill in Indianapolis


Cousin Roger @ Moon Dog Tavern
Shadeland, Records @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Shadeland performing live at The Emerson Theater in Indianapolis


Danny Isaacs @ Britton Tavern

Video of the Danny Isaacs Band performing at That Place in Greenwood, near Indianapolis


Lemon Wheel @ Mo’s Pub

Video of Lemon Wheel performing live at Gallagher’s II near Indianapolis


Hairbangers Ball @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Hairbangers Ball performing “Bad Romance” live; Hairbangers Ball will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Premium Blend @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

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


Saturday, July 3
Coco Montoya, Gene Deer @ The Rathskeller

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


The Blakes @ Vollrath Tavern

Video of The Blakes performing “Streets” live; The Blakes will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


King James and The Versus @ Indianapolis City Market
Leisure Kings @ Easley Winery

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


Forever the Sickest Kids, The Scene Aesthetic, The Ready Set, A Cursive Memory, Phone Calls From Home @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Forever the Sickest Kids performing “Catastrophe” live; Forever the Sickest Kids will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Cynthia Layne @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of Cynthia Layne performing “Christmastime is Here” live at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Punk Rock Night w/ The Gitmos, The Dockers, Downtown Struts @ Melody Inn

Music video for “Buy a Gun” by the Gitmos, an Indianapolis punk band


The Working Hour @ The Britton

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


Wade Baker Ensemble @ Chatterbox Club

Video of Wade Baker performing “I Can Explain” live; Wade Baker will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Day Job Blues, Gordon Bonham Blues Band @ Slippery Noodle Inn

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


Sunday, July 4
78 RPM @ The Slippery Noodle
4th of July Party w/ Stockwell Road, Innocent Boys, Th’Empires, The Last Domino, The Involuntarys, The New 45’s @ The Melody Inn

Video of The Last Domino performing a cover of Bjork’s “Hyper Ballad” at Birdy’s in Indianapolis


Concerts on the Canal w/ Tad Robinson, Indianapolis Municipal Band @ Indiana History Center

Video of Tad Robinson performing “Broken Hearted Man” live; Tad Robinson will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Zanna-Doo @ Rathskeller

Video of Zanna-Doo performing live at The Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis


State Lottery, UNIVERSE, Big Soda, Buttpiss @ Bishop


Indianapolis Music Venues

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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

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