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Indianapolis Music Events 7/15 to 7/18: Lady GaGa, MojoStock 2010, Real Estate

This weekend in Indianapolis music, big costumes and big buzz come to Conseco Fieldhouse, blogger darlings challenge the Indianapolis real estate (yuk yuk) market at The Bishop, and peace, love, and jam bands slouch their way to Noblesville to noodle all night. Tons of great shows are happening in Indianapolis this weekend, so it’s just a matter of choosing your poison when you hit the six Indianapolis cultural districts this evening.

Probably the biggest concert this weekend is Lady GaGa‘s appearance at Conseco Fieldhouse. Since the release of her two mega-smash albums, The Fame and The Fame Monster, Lady GaGa has captured the hearts and minds of the United States‘ radio listening public and has been catapulted to the world stage. Some claim she’s the next Madonna, some claim she’s just a hype machine, but regardless of what your opinion may be, Lady GaGa will most definitely sell out Conseco Fieldhouse. You don’t become the second most powerful musician in the world (according to Forbes just last month) by accident, and GaGa sure knows how to work her fans and her image. Following an appearance at Purdue University earlier this year, Lady GaGa’s concert at Conseco Fieldhouse might be the last time she comes to Indiana for a long time.

Down in Bloomington, where indie and chillwave are king, The Bishop is being treated with sneak previews of two bands that are on their way up to the Pitchfork Music Festival taking place in Chicago this weekend: Real Estate and Kurt Vile. Real Estate was one of the first bands to do the whole psychedelic dream pop surf rock garage schtick that’s become so popular in recent months, and they’re still the band that does it the best. Their eponymous debut album was released in 2009 and garnered a lot of critical acclaim from Indianapolis media and bloggers alike. And then there’s Kurt Vile, a rising star in the indie singer/songwriter circuit. He plays mostly with his band, The War on Drugs, but in the past couple years he’s made a name for himself with his three solo albums, Childish Prodigy, God is Saying This to You, and Constant Hitmaker. Real Estate and Kurt Vile should be a good combination, especially if you won’t be able to make their Pitchfork appearances.

Speaking of Pitchfork, if you’re looking for a place to party all night with fellow music lovers that’s a little closer to home, head on up to Noblesville for MojoStock 2010. The second incarnation of the annual jam band festival takes place over 24 hours, starting on Saturday. This Indianapolis festival will be happening at the Sleepybear Campgrounds, a large camping site just across the highway from the Verizon Wireless Music Center. The 2009 version of MojoStock included such chill Indianapolis bands as Rich Hardesty, Sour Mash, The Great Hookup, and more, and the 2010 iteration promises even more great artists, including Twin Cats, Adam Jay, Hyryder, Psynapse, and Pocket Fullah Nasty. And the best thing about MojoStock? 20% of the proceeds go to the bands themselves, and the rest goes to fight cancer. Nothing like an Indianapolis event with a good cause, huh?

These three events aren’t the only things going on musically in Naptown this weekend. Brooks & Dunn, Cathy Morris, Steve Allee, Umphrey’s McGee, Nappy Roots, and more are all playing at Indianapolis bars and Indianapolis music venues this weekend, so check out our show calendar below and get out on the town!

Thursday, July 15
Lady GaGa @ Conseco Fieldhouse

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


Southern Culture on the Skids @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Music video for “Camel Walk” by Southern Culture on the Skids; Southern Culture on the Skids will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Scott Lucas and the Married Men, The Last Good Year @ Rock Lobster

Video of The Last Good Year performing “Humbled” live at SPIN Nightclub in Indianapolis


The Paul Holdman Band @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant

Video of Paul Holdman sitting in with the W.T. Feaster Band in Indianapolis


Tyler Mack and Paxton Norris Band @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Tyler Mack and Paxton Norris performing live; Tyler Mack and Paxton Norris will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Sounds of Essence @ Indianapolis Artsgarden
Phil Pierle @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
Animals and All That Jazz w/ Harvey and the Bluetones @ Indianapolis Zoo
Concerts on the Canal w/ Cathy Morris @ Indiana History Center

Video of Cathy Morris performing live with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra; Cathy Morris will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Chad Mills @ The Britton Tavern

Video of Chad Mills performing live at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub in Fishers; Chad Mills will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Framing Hanley, The Veer Union, Transmit Now @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Framing Hanley performing “Hear Me Now” live; Framing Hanley will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Kurt Vile, Real Estate, Throwing Stars @ The Bishop Bar in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Real Estate performing “Beach Comber” live; Real Estate will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Run Amok, The Dr. Orphyus Project, The Lawn Mower Incident @ The Melody Inn

Video of The Lawnmower Incident performing live at ES Jungle in Indianapolis


Sex Before Marriage @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub
Friday, July 16
Cool Creek Concert Series w/ Rick K and the Allnighters @ Cool Creek Park in Carmel, Indiana

Video of Rick K and the Allnighters performing a cover of “Wipe Out” live; Rick K and the Allnighters will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Andy McKee @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Andy McKee performing “Rylynn” live; Andy McKee will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Nappy Roots, Hum-V and the Cleptoz, TJ Reynolds and the Freehand Orchestra @ The Vogue

Video of Nappy Roots performing “Awnaw” live; Nappy Roots will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Max Allen Band @ The Mousetrap

Video of the Max Allen Band performing “Underwear Umbrella” live; the Max Allen Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Reach Arounds @ Apres Jack’s
Protocol @ The Artsgarden
Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan @ Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of Brooks & Dunn performing “Believe” live; Brooks & Dunn will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Brains Behind Pa @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana

Video of The Brains Behind Pa performing “Get Back Home” live; The Brains Behind Pa will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Jennie DeVoe @ The Rathskeller

Video of Jennie DeVoe performing “It Hurts So Bad” live at the Royal Theater; Jennie DeVoe will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Hyryder @ Rock House Cafe

Video of Hyryder performing a cover of “Row Jimmy” live at the Mousetrap in Indianapolis


Steve Allee Quartet w/ Gary Campbell @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of the Steve Allee Trio performing live at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Devil to Pay @ Locals Only Pub

Video of Devil to Pay performing “Almost Human” live at Locals Only in Indianapolis


Bloody Knives, Black Heat @ The Vollrath Tavern
Joey and Rory @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Video of Joey and Rory performing “Cheater Cheater” live; Joey and Rory will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


One-Eyed Dog, Outburst on the 66, Boots with Spurs @ The Melody Inn

Video of One-Eyed Dog performing live; One-Eyed Dog will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Raising Vegas @ Britton Tavern
Bashiri Asad and Xenobia Green @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Bashiri Asad and L’Renee performing live; Bashiri Asad will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Coke Dares, Push-Pull @ The Bishop

Video of The Coke Dares performing live in Kentucky; The Coke Dares will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Saturday, July 17
MojoStock 2010 w/ The Twin Cats, Psynapse, and more @ Sleepybear Campgrounds

Video of Rich Hardesty performing live at MojoStock 2009 near Indianapolis


Umphrey’s McGee, Rusted Root @ The Lawn at White River State Park

Video of Umphrey’s McGee performing “Mulches’ Odyssey” live; Umphrey’s McGee will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Civil Twilight, Paper Tongues @ Radio Radio

Video of Civil Twilight performing “Human” during a practice session; Civil Twilight will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Hue @ Mousetrap

Video of The Hue performing “Hot Giardiniera” and “Sky Runner” live; The Hue will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Garfield Park Country Festival w/ The Blue River Band, When Rock Met Country, Rising Sun @ Garfield Park
Falling With Style, Confessions, Remember When, All This Time @ The Emerson Theater
Punch Judy @ Rathskeller Restaurant
Nick Colionne @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of Nick Colionne performing “Rainy Night in Georgia” live; Nick Colionne will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Detholz!, Daredevil Chris Wright, God Made Robots, Montauk Monster @ Birdy’s

Video of Detholz! performing “Catherine Zeta-Jones” live; Detholz! will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Punk Rock Night w/ The Coke Dares, Colossus, Buildings, King Deuce @ Melody Inn
Impossible Jazz Coalition @ Chatterbox Club
Waxeater, Jabberjosh @ Bishop Bar

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


Tony Cheeseborough Band @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of the Tony Cheeseborough Band performing live; the Tony Cheeseborough Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Symphony on the Prairie w/ Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra @ Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana

Doing Indy video about the Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie near Indianapolis


Sunday, July 18
Witches, Universe, Fat Shadow @ Bishop


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