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Indianapolis Music Events 7/22 to 7/25: Pirad Fest, Chicago, We Are Hex CD Release

This weekend in Indianapolis music, one of the few remaining all ages Indianapolis music venues celebrates its second anniversary, 70’s funk, prog, jam, and island sounds come to Noblesville (on different days), and dirty psychedelia debuts an album at Radio Radio. It’s music in the Circle City, and there’s plenty of things to see, hear, and do all around the six Indianapolis cultural districts.

Most Indianapolis music venues are Indianapolis bars, and, as such, are available only to those music lovers who are over 21. There’s a startling lack of all ages venues in the city, but one of the most successful has been ES Jungle, a small venue in Broad Ripple Village that’s run by a local Indianapolis business called Piradical Productions. The venue is entering its second year of existence, and, to celebrate, is hosting a mega musical party that spans two days of great Indianapolis bands. This Indianapolis event will feature an eclectic assortment of artists, from sound collage rockers Jookabox to the forceful songwriting of The Last Domino. Festivities start on Friday night and resume on Saturday, so be sure to get out there and support all ages venues in Indianapolis.

The Verizon Wireless Music Center is a host of big name artists week after week, and this weekend is no exception. First of all, on Friday, they’ll be uniting two very well known bands from the 70’s, The Doobie Brothers and Chicago. Chicago is a literally massive band (currently rounding out at eight members) that’s had a steady stream of hits since the 70’s. Combining influences that range from funk to soul to proggy guitar, Chicago has an easily recognizable, inimitable sound. Combine that with The Doobie Brothers (who were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004), and you have a pretty toe-tapping concert in the works. And on Saturday, chilled out crooner Jack Johnson brings the beach to Noblesville with a big performance at the Verizon Wireless Music Center.

Other highlights of the Indianapolis music scene this weekend include the album release party for We Are Hex, the second release from My Old Kentucky Blog’s Roaring Colonel Records (the first was Burnt OnesBlack Tongues and Golden Teeth), the Clifford Ratliff Blue Note Tribute Band at the Jazz Kitchen, and Lord of the Yum Yum at Locals Only. Head on out to downtown Indianapolis to catch some of the best music in the region this weekend!

Thursday, July 22
Devil to Pay, Dan Glenzig, Deacon Sean and Bar Brawlers @ The Melody Inn

Music video for “Megistotherium” by Devil to Pay; Devil to Pay will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Chooch II @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant
Jason Shannon Band, Red Clay Pigeons @ The Vollrath Tavern

Video of Red Clay Pigeons recording at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; Red Clay Pigeons will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Soul Bus @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Soul Bus performing “Congo Square” live in Indianapolis


Gary Kiser @ Indianapolis Artsgarden
Animals and All That Jazz w/ Sizzlin’ Gregg Bacon @ Indianapolis Zoo
Chad Mills @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Video of Chad Mills performing “Morning” live at the Boulevard Place Cafe in Indianapolis


Sour Mash @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana
Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Convergence @ Holliday Park
Jeff Day @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
4 on the Floor @ Champps Americana Bar and Grill
Chicago, The Doobie Brothers @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Video of The Doobie Brothers performing “China Groove” in 1973; The Doobie Brothers will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Lord of the Yum Yum @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Video of Lord of the Yum Yum performing “Habanera” live; Lord of the Yum Yum will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Theodore, Thousand Arrows, Davy Jay Sparrow and His Well-Known Famous Drovers @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Davy Jay Sparrow and the Drovers performing “Call Me a Dog” live at The Bishop near Indianapolis


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

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


Friday, July 23
Pirad Fest Day 1 w/ Totally Michael, Jookabox, The Last Domino, It’s All Happening, Hot Fox, The Olympians @ ES Jungle

Video of Totally Michael performing “Winona” live in New York City; Totally Michael will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Clifford Ratliff Blue Note Tribute Band @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Clifford Ratliff and the Indy Jazz Company performing “Blue Bossa” in Indianapolis


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


Dark Matter Halos CD Release Show w/ Red Light Driver, Marmoset @ Melody Inn

Music video for “Lights” by Red Light Driver; Red Light Driver will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Paxton Norris Band @ Apres Jack’s

Video of Paxton Norris performing with Tyler Mack; Paxton Norris will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Manship Loo Combo @ The Artsgarden
Creating Constellations, Glass Halo, The Promise Estate @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Glass Halo performing “You Can’t Save Me” live at CT Peppers in Indianapolis


Cool Creek Concert Series w/ Polka Boy @ Cool Creek Park

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


Mike Milligan @ Chateau Thomas Winery
Living Proof @ The Rathskeller

Video of Living Proof covering “Thriller” live; Living Proof will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Jack Johnson @ Verizon Wireless Center

Video of Jack Johnson performing “Better Together” live; Jack Johnson will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Toy Factory @ Moon Dog Tavern
Blackberry Jam, Jumbo Shrimp @ Locals Only

Video of Blackberry Jam and Jumbo Shrimp performing live with Grey Granite in Indianapolis


Midwest Hype, Waldemere Revival, Max Allen Band @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of The Waldemere Revival performing “Lost in My Way” live in Indianapolis


Blue Luster, Band of Beards, Saints and Strangers @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Blue Luster performing “New Attitude” live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


Dead Man’s Grill, Project Hero @ Rock House Cafe

Video of Dead Man’s Grill performing a cover of “Wicked Garden” in Indianapolis


Living Proof @ The Britton
Saturday, July 24
Pirad Fest Day 2 w/ Prizzy Prizzy Please, Harley Poe, The STD’s, Stand and Deliver, In the Face of War, Nailbiter, As Told By Decker, Subatomic, Rat Storm, If Robots Had Flesh, The Day After, The Frontline, Indianapolis Forever, and Never Ending Slumber @ ES Jungle

Video of In the Face of War performing “For a Better Tomorrow” live; In the Face of War will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


We Are Hex CD Release Party @ Radio Radio

Video of We Are Hex performing “Through the Duldrums to the Dum Dums” live; We Are Hex will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Snakehandlers Blues Band @ The Artsgarden
Woomblies @ Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of The Woomblies performing “Have a Cigar” live in Indianapolis


Fred Shafer, Alter Ego, Glass Halo, Kramus @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of Fred Shafer performing “Mama Said” live; Fred Shafer will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Gene Deer and the Blues Band, Lamont Gillespie and 100 Proof Blues @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of Gene Deer performing at the Bean Blossom Blues Festival; Gene Deer will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Sunday, July 25
Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Blue Moon Revue @ Vogue

Video of Blue Moon Revue performing live at The Elbo Room in Chicago; Blue Moon Revue will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Gorilla Entertainment Showcase w/ Omega, Binding Minds, Aracania Skies, A Hero Enroute, When Cities Decay, Leighmenitis, Black Candle Mass, Plague of Athens, With Words I Fail, Cast From Perfection @ The Emerson

Video of A Hero En Route performing “Thick as Thieves” live; A Hero en Route will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend


Indy Jazz Men @ Watkins Park
The Body, OS, Butt Piss @ Bishop


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