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Indianapolis Music Events 7/8 to 7/11: Tom Petty, Cake, Dude Fest

This weekend in Indianapolis music, wallet chains and tight pants descend upon The Emerson Theater (how is this different from any other weekend?), alt-country legends show the Midwest how it’s done at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, and The Vogue goes the distance with a trumpet wielding favorite. Refreshed and inspired after a lax, laid back Fourth of July weekend, Indianapolis bands are chomping at the bit to get back in the swing of concerts and nightly gigs, so come on out to the Indianapolis cultural districts this weekend to see a city on top of its game.

First up is Dude Fest, the strangely named annual celebration of Circle City hardcore that will be taking place at The Emerson Theater and ES Jungle on Friday and Saturday, respectively. This Indianapolis festival combines a ton of different bands from Indianapolis and around the United States into one big mosh-a-thon, so bring your black band t-shirt, your plugs, your tattoo sleeves, and, of course, your (hardcore) dancing shoes. Sick bands scheduled to melt faces include Racebannon, Coffinworm, Municipal Waste, Landmine Marathon, Mammoth Grinder, Black Arrows of Filth and Impurity, and lots more. Despite the name (which sounds more appropriate for this weekend’s O.A.R. concert), ladies are definitely welcome at this Indianapolis event.

In a move that syncs up perfectly with its recent lineup of entertainers (Santana, Eric Clapton and Roger Daltrey, Lynyrd Skynyrd), the Verizon Wireless Music Center will play host to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and The Drive-By Truckers on Saturday. The musicians behind “Learning to Fly,” “American Girl,” and “Break Down” will bring their signature heartland boogie to the Indianapolis music venue fresh after the release of their new album, Mojo, which came out in June. Drive-By Truckers are a logical opening band for the Heartbreakers; their rough and ready style of alt-country rock should get the crowd at the Verizon Wireless Music Center ready for a good time.

And then there’s Sunday at The Vogue, where anybody lucky enough to get a ticket can see Cake. You might not think you know who Cake is, but if you listened to the radio at all in the 90’s, you most certainly do. All those quirky songs with catchy funk bass lines, rockabilly electric guitar, and peppy trumpet solos were probably from Cake: “The Distance” catapulted them into one hit wonder status, but they just kept releasing good material, from “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” to their eclectic cover of “I Will Survive.” The band’s last album fell a little flat, but they’ve been working on a new record for the past few years, so if you’ve got a ticket to The Vogue you just might hear some new tracks.

Other Indianapolis events taking place this weekend include the much anticipated CD release show for Black Teeth and Golden Tongues by Burnt Ones at the Vollrath, frat/jam rockers O.A.R. at White River State Park, and Indy‘s favorite all-female punk band Neon Love Life at Radio Radio. Check out the show calendar below to see which Indianapolis bars you need to be at this weekend!

Thursday, July 8
Levee Town @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Levee Town performing “Show ‘Em Whatcha Got” live; Levee Town will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Paul Holdman Band @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant

Video of Paul Holdman and Gordon Bonham performing “Six Strings Down” live in Indianapolis


Nick Ivanovich @ Indianapolis Artsgarden

Video of Nick Ivanovich performing live at the Indianapolis Artsgarden in Indianapolis


For the Fallen Dreams, Legend, I Am the Apocalypse @ The Dojo

Video of For the Fallen Dreams performing live; For the Fallen Dreams will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Island Breeze Duo @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Video demo for the Island Breeze Duo; the Island Breeze Duo will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


O.A.R., Citizen Cope @ The Lawn at White River State Park

Video of O.A.R. performing “Shattered” live; O.A.R. will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Michaels @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana

Music video for “The Michaels Rock Your Face” by The Michaels; The Michaels will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Circle City Bluegrass @ Holliday Park
4 On the Floor @ Champps Americana Restaurant
Faceblaster @ The Melody Inn
500 Miles to Memphis, The Melismatics @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of The Melismatics performing “Automatic” live in 2006; The Melismatics will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Unthanks @ The Bishop

Video of The Unthanks performing “The Testimony of Patience Kershaw” live; The Unthanks 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” at CT Peppers in Indianapolis


Friday, July 9
Dude Fest 2010 w/ Arab on Radar, Trap Them, Pollution, Failures, Coffinworm, Municipal Waste, and more @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Arab on the Radio performing live in 2001; Arab on the Radar will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Earl Greyhound, Morning Teleportation, Jeff the Brotherhood, Child Bite @ The Vollrath Tavern

Video of Earl Greyhound performing “S.O.S.” live at SXSW in 2007; Earl Greyhound will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Danny Thompson Trio @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub
Neon Love Life, Pravada, The Kemps @ Radio Radio

Video of Neon Love Life performing “Tuesday Night” live at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis


Cough, Churches Burn, OOTBH @ Dojo
The Gordon Bonham Blues Band @ Apres Jack’s
Steez @ The Mousetrap
V-Groove, Trevor Reynolds @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of V-Groove performing live; V-Groove will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Paul Holdman Band @ The Artsgarden
Cool Creek Concert Series w/ Lemon Wheel @ Cool Creek Park in Carmel, Indiana

Video of Lemon Wheel performing live at Mo’s Irish Pub near Indianapolis


Mojo Gumbo @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana

Video of Mojo Gumbo performing live at the Penrod Arts Fair in Indianapolis


Polka Boy @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Polka Boy performing live at the Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis


Blonde Sonja @ Moon Dog Tavern

Video of Blonde Sonja performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


One for All @ The Jazz Kitchen
Hunger Strike Satellite, 19 Clark 25, Lines of Nazca, Andrew Bean, Cara Jean Wahlers, Jamison Harrison @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Andrew Bean covering “Night Flight” at the Kessler House in Indianapolis


Zanna-Doo @ Champps Americana

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


Killing Karma @ Britton Tavern

Video of Killing Karma performing a cover of “What’s Up” at the Britton Tavern near Indianapolis


Led Zeppelin 2 @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Led Zeppelin 2 performing “Song Remains the Same” live; Led Zeppelin 2 will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Stand and Deliver CD Release Show w/ Maravich and No Enemy @ Melody Inn
3rd Man @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
Small Black, Beach Fossils, Open Sex @ Bishop

Video of Beach Fossils performing live; Beach Fossils will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Saturday, July 10
Dude Fest Part 2 @ ES Jungle

Video of Coffinworm performing live in Indianapolis; Coffinworm will be playing at Dude Fest this weekend


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Drive By Truckers @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Video of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing “Free Fallin'” live; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Burnt Ones CD Release Party w/ Vacation Club and Holy Ghost Canyon @ Vollrath Tavern

Video of Burnt Ones performing “Wanna Listen to T-Rex (All Night Long)” at the Vollrath Tavern in Indianapolis


Red Moon @ Rathskeller Restaurant
Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Video of Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes performing live at Locals Only in Indianapolis


Periphonic @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Video of Periphonic performing “Figure 8’s” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers @ Birdy’s

Video of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers performing live; Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Bill Lancton and Friends @ Chatterbox Club

Video interview with Bill Lancton, an Indianapolis jazz guitarist


Punk Rock Night w/ Vibrolas, Burning Streets, Angel Sluts @ Melody Inn

Video of Vibrolas performing live in Lexington; Vibrolas will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Sunday, July 11
The Budos Band @ The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of The Budos Band performing live; The Budos Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Fishtank Ensemble @ White Rabbit Cabaret

Video of Fishtank Ensemble performing “Meham Mato” live; Fishtank Ensemble will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Ellusion @ The Slippery Noodle
Indy Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Chubby and the All-Stars @ Watkins Park
Terror, Gravemaker, Foundation, Naysayer @ Emerson Theater

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


Branch Gordon @ The Ale Emporium

Video of Branch Gordon covering “3 A.M.” live; Branch Gordon will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


CAKE @ The Vogue

Video of Cake performing “The Distance” live; Cake will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend



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