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Indianapolis Music Events 8/12 to 8/15: Phish, Justin Bieber, Broad Ripple Block Party

This weekend in Indianapolis music, the most famous hippies of all time noodle their way to Noblesville, a tween heartthrob croons his way into the heart of pre-teen girls in downtown Indianapolis, and one of the coolest Indianapolis cultural districts gets down with it in the streets. Plus, the Indiana State Fair is in town, so there’s plenty of Indianapolis music performances going on among the sawdust and fried foods. The Circle City is alive with sonic beauty this weekend: below are a few highlights.

First up is probably the most influential and famous jam band of all time, Phish. They’ll be playing at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville on Thursday and Friday in what is sure to be one of the most chill concerts this weekend. After their 2004 breakup, the legendary quartet reunited last year for a tour around the United States that has taken them from Chicago to Bonaroo. Be prepared for winding guitar solos, improvised breakdowns, perfectly executed vocal harmonies (the band closed their epic Bonaroo performance with an a capella number), and lots and lots of patchouli. Both Phish concerts start at 7:30 and will likely run for several hours, given Phish’s huge back catalog and their penchant for complex, drawn out jams. After all, that’s what people pay to see at a Phish concert: a constantly unfolding tour de force that evolves as you float on the breeze…Tickets are $50, but if you’re a fan of taking it easy, the price is well worth it.

If a transcendental guitar solo isn’t your idea of fine music, Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston’s concert at Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday might be a little more up your alley. The subject of countless pre-teen girls’ fantasies and not a little internet bashing, Justin Bieber is largely a product of YouTube; the singer was picked up in 2008 by a music manager who saw his videos online. Bieber has released two albums–My World and the creatively titled My World 2.0–both spawning several top ranking singles. Sean Kingston is a reggae/hip-hop musician whose eponymous album debuted in 2007, earning him top spots on the Billboard charts for singles “Beautiful Girls” and “Me Love.” Both take huge samples from other songs (the bass line in “Beautiful Girls” is from “Stand by Me” and the main guitar hook in “Me Love” is from Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Ma’ker”), and, similar to Bieber, found success with his internet presence, this time MySpace. This is a great concert to bring your Indianapolis children to, if only to dabble their toes in the world of live music. Tickets range from $31 to $51, and the concert starts at 7:00.

Also this weekend, the much anticipated Broad Ripple Block Party swings into full effect in the Broad Ripple Village cultural district. All proceeds from this Indianapolis event go to benefit Friends of Riley, an Indianapolis non-profit organization that supports the Riley Children’s Hospital. The block party is on Saturday and runs all day. Live music will be happening throughout the event, with DJ Indiana Jones constantly spinning tunes, followed by a headlining performance by Headbangers Ball, an 80’s hair metal cover band that’s been around Indy a few times. The event is 21+ only; sorry underagers, but there’s plenty of cool performances going on at the few all ages Indianapolis music venues at the same time. Tickets are just $10, and all proceeds go toward Riley Children’s Hospital. The Broad Ripple Block Party is all about good music for a good cause, so you have no excuse not to go.

Other top Indianapolis music events this weekend include the slew of headliners at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, a lineup that includes Rick Springfield, Bucky Covington, and Drake; the Surf Rock Fest at the Melody Inn with Space Cossacks, The Troubadours, Destination: Earth, and The Madeira; and the third week of the Battle of Birdy’s. Head on out to the Indianapolis bars this weekend to see some of the best live music in Central Indiana!

Thursday, Aug 12
Grady Champion @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Grady Champion performing “Baby What You Want Me to Do” live; Grady Champion will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Biters, The Booze Brothers Gross, Black Cat Rebellion @ Rock Lobster

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


The Paul Holdman Band @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant

Video of Gordon Bonham performing “Broke and Hungry Blues” with Paul Holdman; the Paul Holdman Group will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Rick Springfield, Bucky Covington @ The Indiana State Fairgrounds

Video of Bucky Covington covering “Gotta Be Somebody” live; Bucky Covington will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Animals and All That Jazz w/ Heather and Blair @ Indianapolis Zoo

Video of Heather and Blair singing a duet at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Loo Abby @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Video of Loo Abby performing “Mercy & Rehab” live on St. Patty’s Day; Loo Abby will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Concerts on the Canal w/ Tom Wright @ Indiana History Center

Video of Tom Wright covering “Wonderwall;” Tom Wright will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Michaels @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana
Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston @ Conseco Fieldhouse

Video of Justin Bieber performing “U Smile” live at the Teen Choice Awards; Justin Bieber will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


4 On the Floor @ Champps Americana Restaurant and Bar
The Hollows, Cheyenne Marie Mize, The Spinning Leaves @ The Bishop Bar in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Cheyenne Marie Mize performing “Rest” live; Cheyenne Marie Mize will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


CMNDR, Birthing of Millions @ The Melody Inn

Video of Birthing of Millions performing “Slightly Peeved” live; Birthing of Millions will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Butler Scion Free Music Thursday w/ The Last Domino, Eisenhower Field Day @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Video of The Last Domino performing “Seconds” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


BNB Band @ Peppers Brew Garden and Eatery
Phish @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

Video of Phish performing live at Bonaroo; Phish will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Friday, Aug 13
Jeremy Messersmith @ White Rabbit Cabaret

Video of Jeremy Messersmith performing “A Boy, A Girl, A Graveyard” live; Jeremy Messersmith will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Method Man and Redman, Proforms, M-80, Mic Sol & Ace One @ The Vogue

Video of Redman and Method Man performing “Da Rockwilder” live; Method Man and Redman will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Battle of Birdy’s Round 1, Week 3 w/ Oakcliff Road, Crossville, Kids in the Way, Declaration of Redemption, Finer, Drop Out Kid, Hydrostatic @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Declaration of Redemption practicing “The Beast That Brought Down the Kingdown” live; Declaration of Redemption will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Gordon Bonham Blues Band @ Apres Jack’s

Video of the Gordon Bonham Blues Band performing “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” live; the Gordon Bonham Blues Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Crape Soul @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana

Video of Crape Soul performing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” live; Crape Soul will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Kenny Phelps @ Broad Ripple Park

Video of Kenny Phelps playing drums with the Acoustic Project in Bloomington; Kenny Phelps will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Lloyd Dobler Effect @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of the Lloyd Dobler Effect performing live in Louisiana; Lloyd Dobler Effect will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Drake @ Indiana State Fairgrounds

Video of Drake performing “Money to Blow” live; Drake will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Blonde Sonja @ Moon Dog Tavern

Video of Blonde Sonja performing “Roll With the Changes” live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


Derrick Gardner Quartet @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Derrick Gardner performing “Reflective Mood” live; Derrick Gardner will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Davy Jay Sparrow, The Tillers @ The Bishop

Video of Davy Jay Sparrow and the Drovers performing “Call Me a Dog” live; Davy Jay Sparrow and the Drovers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Living Proof @ Champps Americana

Music video for “Feel Good Music” by Living Proof; Living Proof will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Pedaljoy @ Britton Tavern
Surf Rock Fest w/ Space Cossacks, Destination: Earth, The Madeira, The Troubadours @ The Melody Inn

Video of The Space Cossacks performing “Third Star to the Left” live; The Space Cossacks will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Saturday, Aug 14
Indy Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra @ Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens

Video of the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra performing live in Indianapolis


City in the Sky, Indian City Weather, Remember Paris, The Are You Ready’s, Stepp Cemetary @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Indian City Weather performing “State Avenue” acoustically; Indian City Weather will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Possum @ The Rathskeller
Creed @ Verizon Wireless Center

Video of Creed performing “A Thousand Faces” live in Houston; Creed will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Hananeel @ The Jazz Kitchen

Promotional video for Hananeel; Hananeel will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Creme de les Femmes’ Red Hot Summer Burlesque Show w/ live music by The Innocent Boys, Joy Rider and the Delinquents @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of The Innocent Boys performing live at Locals Only in Indianapolis


Nigel Mack and the Blues Attack, Willy and the Tease @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of the Nigel Mack Blues Attack performing live; the Nigel Mack Blues Attack will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Broad Ripple Block Party 2010 w/ DJ Indiana Jones, Hairbangers Ball @ Broad Ripple Village

Video of Hairbangers Ball performing “Summer of 69” live; Hairbangers Ball will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Sunday, Aug 15
John Mayer @ Verizon Music Center

Video of John Mayer performing “Gravity” live; John Mayer will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Toro y Moi @ Radio Radio

Music video for “Talamak” by Toro y Moi; Toro y Moi will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Mel Chance and the Noteables @ Indianapolis Artsgarden
Knockhead, Synthetic Child, As the Fallen Rise, Phunkbot, Dillon Bane, Saturday as Usual, Katsumi Richards @ Emerson Theater

Video of Synthetic Child performing “From the Womb to the Cradle” live; Synthetic Child will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Crunk Witch @ Birdy’s

Promotional video for “Legends of Manicorn,” the debut album by Crunk Witch; Crunk Witch will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


God Made Robots, Setting Sun, Quitzow @ Melody Inn


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