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Indianapolis Music Events 7/29 to 8/1: The Elms Say Farewell, NUVO’s Best of Indy, Metal Fests Abound

This weekend in Indianapolis music, the Circle City says goodbye to a longtime Hoosier favorite, NUVO Newsweekly unfairly gathers the best music, food, and beer in Indianapolis for their annual Indy culture celebration, and metal/hardcore revels in the rock horns with no less than three Indianapolis festivals. It’s another weekend of jazz, hip-hop, rock, metal, and flamenco here in Indianapolis, and FunCityFinder is here to help you find the shows you want to see.

Almost two months ago, The Elms announced their demise on their website, citing that the band had decided to part amicably after ten years of touring, recording, and performing. This weekend is your chance to go see The Elms one last time; they’ll be playing their farewell concert at Radio Radio on Friday. The Elms are an extremely popular band, especially in Central Indiana, so Radio Radio will probably be overflowing with eager showgoers who know the words to every song. For some, it will be a bittersweet goodbye, but for everyone else it’ll probably be a really sweet rock show. Either way, this is an Indianapolis event that’s not to be missed.

Once a year, vaunted Indianapolis news and culture magazine NUVO Newsweekly holds a readers’ poll to determine the best stuff in Indianapolis. Not just restricted to music, NUVO‘s Best of Indy awards can apply to Indianapolis restaurants, Indianapolis bars, and even Indianapolis breweries. This year, the Indianapolis media outlet will be showcasing some of the 2010 winners during one big night at Sun King Brewing Company, the winners of the Best Brewery in Indy. The event will feature top Indianapolis music acts like Mudkids (Best Hip Hop Artist/Group), Stereo Deluxe (Best Rock Artist), the Max Allen Band (Best Blues Group), and DJ Slater Hogan (Best Club DJ) along with vittles from culinary victors like Hot Box, Yats, the Flying Cupcake, Santorini Greek Kitchen, and Bazbeaux. The showcase is on Saturday, so be sure to come and check out the best of Indy!

It’s pretty well known that Indianapolis is a metal town, among other things. Signifying this metal trend is the slate of events for this weekend, a slate that includes no less than three separate, independent Indianapolis festivals dedicated to the darker side of music. On Saturday, the recently restored Irving Theater will be hosting the Our Scene Don’t Suck Festival. Proving the Indianapolis hardcore music scene hasn’t gone down the toilet isn’t hard, but Indianapolis bands like Same as Sunday, Ghost of Maine, and Gamma Pulse want to make sure you know the scene’s alive and well. Also on Saturday, the ridiculously named Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival brings Korn, Lamb of God, and Rob Zombie to the Verizon Wireless Music Center for a testosterone fueled good time. Of course, the most hardcore Indianapolis music venue of them all, The Emerson Theater, has to chime in with a festival of its own: the Slave to the Metal Tour spans Saturday and Sunday and has over 20 bands from around the region.

Whether you want to boogie down to electrified roots rock or windmill kick all night, there’s an Indianapolis nightlife event for you this weekend. Check out the show calendar below to see who’s playing where and when.

Thursday, July 29
Tokyo Police Club, Freelance Whales, Arkells @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Tokyo Police Club performing “Nature of the Experiment” live on the David Letterman Show; Tokyo Police Club will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Dead Beats Album Release Show, Everything Now!, Beta Male, Dave Carter @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Video of Beta Male performing “Make Haste” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


Gordon Bonham @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant

Video of the Gordon Bonham Blues Band performing “Leavin’ Texas” live on TV; the Gordon Bonham Blues Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers covering “Boom Boom” live; Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Animals and All That Jazz w/ Goldie & Exquisitely Yours @ Indianapolis Zoo

Video of Goldie performing “Gravity Freestyle” live; Goldie & Exquisitely Yours will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Concerts on the Canal w/ Big Band on Broadway @ Indiana History Center
Island Breeze @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana
Cari Ray @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana

Video of Cari Ray performing “Boomerang Baby” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


Mark Irons @ Lazy Daze Coffee House

Music video for “Over the Weekend” and interview with Mark Irons; Mark Irons will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Loo Abby @ Moon Dog Tavern

Video of Loo Abby performing “Mercy and Rehab” live in Indianapolis


Sour Mash @ Champps Americana Bar and Grill
The Sure Thing @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Mick Thomas and The Sure Thing performing “Makin’ a List” live; The Sure Thing will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Fields of Industry, Prayer Breakfast, Tim Felton @ The Bishop Bar in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Fields of Industry performing live in 2007; Fields of Industry will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


One Punch Knockout, Infected, Rather Not @ The Melody Inn

Video of One Punch Knockout performing “Chopping Block” at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis


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

Video of Through Being Cool covering “Cult of Personality” live near Indianapolis


Friday, July 30
BoDeans @ The Vogue

Video of BoDeans performing “Good Things” live in Texas; BoDeans will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Elms Farewell Show @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Video of The Elms performing “Jammin’ Me” live; The Elms will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Curtis and the Kicks, Jaybird Wilson Band @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Curtis and the Kicks performing “Runnin’ Blues” live; Curtis and the Kicks will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Paul Holdman Band @ Apres Jack’s

Video of Paul Holdman jamming with Gordon Bonham to “Six Strings Down” at Daddy Jack’s in Indianapolis


Rodney Atkins @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Music video for “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins; Rodney Atkins will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Dave Hepler Duo @ Indianapolis Artsgarden
Butler University Adult Big Band @ The Jazz Kitchen
Meatball Band @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
Zanna-Doo @ The Moon Dog

Video of Zanna-Doo performing live at Addagio’s in Indianapolis


Arrah and the Ferns, ep hall @ The Bishop

Video of Arrah and the Ferns performing live; Arrah and the Ferns will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Jai Baker @ That Place in Greenwood, Indiana

Video of Jai Baker performing “Careless Whisper” live at DC’s Pub near Indianapolis


Living Proof @ Champps Americana Bar

Video of Living Proof performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


Salvador Dalai Llama Farm, The Shakeups @ Locals Only

Video of Salvador Dalai Llama Farm performing live at Locals Only in Indianapolis


Lemon Wheel @ Gallagher’s II

Video of Lemon Wheel performing “Don’s Stop Believing” live at Ian’s Pub in Indianapolis


40% Steve @ Britton Tavern

Video of 40% Steve performing “Runnin’ Down a Dream” live at Spin Nightclub in Indianapolis


Bible of the Devil, Earthride, Valkyrie, Apostle of Solitude @ Melody Inn

Video of Apostle of Solitude performing “Warbird” live; Apostle of Solitude will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Screaming Martinis @ Mo’s Pub

Video of the Screaming Martinis performing live; the Screaming Martinis will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Saturday, July 31
NUVO Newsweekly Best of Indy Party w/ Max Allen Band, Mudkids, Stereo Deluxe, DJ Slater Hogan @ Sun King Brewing Company

Video about Indianapolis band Mudkids; Mudkids will be playing at the NUVO Best of Indy celebration


Cara Jean Wahlers and Grover Parido CD Release Show, Tonos Triad, Evan Slusher @ Indianapolis Art Center

Video of Cara Jean Wahlers and Grover Parido performing “Albequerque” live at White River State Park in Indianapolis


Cheyenne Marie Mize @ White Rabbit Cabaret

Video of Cheyenne Marie Mize performing live at SXSW in 2010; Cheyenne Marie Mize will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Mic Sol and Ace One, T.J. Reynolds, Saint Recon, WHOisLOUIS @ Locals Only Pub

Video of Mic Sol & Ace One performing “The Light” live at Spin Nightclub in Indianapolis


Bigg Country @ 8 Seconds

Video of Bigg Country covering “Getting Better All the Time” live at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis


Curtis and the Kicks, Gene Deer Blues Band @ The Slippery Noodle

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


Our Scene Don’t Suck Fest w/ Same As Sunday, Ghost of Maine, Glorious Rebellion, Amuse, Citywide Blackout, Draekon, Dropout Kid, Forevermore, This Is Me, Kodiak, They’ve Shot Flanigan, Falling With Style, Olympians, Gamma Pulse, Ironsides, News From Verona @ The Irving Theater

Video of Same as Sunday performing live at The Gear in Franklin; Same as Sunday will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival w/ Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Atreyu, and more @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Video of Korn performing “Blind” live; Korn will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Elect, Jon Strahl Band @ The Rathskeller

Video of The Elect performing “Use Me Up” live at the Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis


The Working Hour @ Moon Dog

Video of an in-station interview and performance by The Working Hour; The Working Hour will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Calling @ Birdy’s Bar
Sunday, Aug 1
Slave to the Metal Tour w/ Lollypop Tragedy, Buried in Flames, Plague of Athens, Nomadic, and more @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Lollypop Tragedy performing live at The Zone; Lollypop Tragedy will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Bill Lancton @ Rathskeller Restaurant


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