Indianapolis Music Events 8/26 to 8/29: Battle of the Media Bands, Twin Cats, and More

This weekend in Indianapolis music, the Indianapolis media machine arms itself with guitars and drum sticks, a pair of groovy felines return to Indy‘s best hippie bar, and famous Indianapolis bluesmen pay tribute to an influential fallen master. It may be a bit of a slow weekend in Indianapolis, but that doesn’t mean you can’t head to the Indianapolis cultural districts and blow out an eardrum or two.

Perhaps the most unorthodox Indianapolis event going on this weekend is the third annual Battle of the Media Bands at Radio Radio on Friday. Members from some of Indianapolis’ best media outlets create one-off Indianapolis bands to compete for journalism scholarships (for budding journalists, not the musicians themselves) and bragging rights. Groups culled from the ranks of NUVO Newsweekly, the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Monthly magazine, WFYI 90.1 FM, and Angie’s List magazine will butt pens in a musical showdown the likes of which you’ve never seen. The cover is only $5, and all proceeds go to benefit professional development programs and journalism scholarships for Indianapolis children.

Also on Friday, Indianapolis jazz/funk/jam band Twin Cats once again head to The Mousetrap to mesmerize a legion of music loving Broad Ripple Village rodents. This concert is a happy ending to a possibly devastating tour story: the Twin Cats lost over $15,000 worth of equipment when their van was broken into outside of The Elbo Room in Chicago. The show at The Mousetrap is the band’s return to the Circle City after completing the rest of their tour with borrowed equipment (and even clothes). Come on out and support a dedicated group of musicians at The Mousetrap on Friday.

Last but not least, wailing guitar solo Hendrix-channeling white boy blues lovers should check out the Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute band performing at The Rathskeller Restaurant. Normally a cover band isn’t anything special, but this particular cover band happens to be made up of a trio of Indianapolis blues masters. Gene Deer, Gordon Bonham, and Benito DiBartoli will bring their unique talents to the stage. Expect drawn out solos, call and response noodling, and plenty of bluesy swagger.

Check out the handy show calendar below to figure out where you need to be to find Indianapolis things to do this weekend:

Thursday, Aug 26
Sun Spitter Sessions w/ Scoot Dubbs, A.C.E. O.N.E., Skitz, Black Eddie, Son of Thought @ The Melody Inn

Video interview with Indianapolis hip-hop artist Scoot Dubbs


We Are Hex, Pravada, Filmstrip @ Rock Lobster

Video of Indianapolis band We Are Hex performing “Through the Doldrums to the Dum Dums” live

Miggs @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Music video for “Perfect” by Miggs; Miggs will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Mike Zito @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Mike Zito performing “Pearl River” live; Mike Zito will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Ribs N’ Bone @ Apres Jack’s Lounge

Video of Ribs N’ Bone performing live at Scotty’s Brewhouse in Indianapolis

Roberto Montenero and the Jazz Men @ Indianapolis Artsgarden
Concerts on the Canal w/ Orquesta Bravo! @ Indiana History Center

Video of Orquesta Bravo! performing live at Radio Radio in Indianapolis

Scott Stowe @ The Britton Tavern

Video of Scott Stowe performing “Lost at Sea” on YouTube; Scott Stowe will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Gust Spenos @ The Jazz Kitchen
Butler Scion Free Music Thursdays w/ Sarin McHugh & the Everymen @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub
Stacie Sandoval’s Trio ConPaz @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of Stacie Sandoval and Trio ConPaz performing live in Illinois; Stacie Sandoval and Trio ConPaz will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Friday, Aug 27
Twin Cats @ The Mousetrap

Video of the Twin Cats performing “King Cobra” live at The Mousetrap in Indianapolis

Alice Chalmers and the Stick a Cork in Your Jug Band, The Old Fair and Square Band, 19Clark25 @ Locals Only Pub
Pecha Kucha 10 w/ The Pieces @ The Vogue Theater
The Elect, Jay Dowell and the Wrongly Accused @ Slippery Noodle Inn
Uncle JuJu @ Apres Jack’s
The Gust Spenos Quartet @ The Artsgarden
Battle of the Media Bands w/ musicians from The Indianapolis Star, NUVO Newsweekly, WFYI 90.1 FM, Indianapolis Monthly, and Angie’s List @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Video of The Misprintz covering “Change” at the 2009 Battle of the Media Bands at Radio Radio in Indianapolis

Greg O’Haver @ Chateau Thomas Winery
Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Gary Walters @ Broad Ripple Park
Stevie Ray Vaughn Cover Band w/ Gene Deer, Gordon Bonham, and Benito DiBartoli @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of the Gordon Bonham Blues Band performing “I Wish You Would” live; Gordon Bonham will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Battle of Birdy’s Round 1 Week 5 w/ MISTAVUDU, Sady, Tyler Bender Band, Montauk Monster, Justify, and Sins of Alchemy @ Birdy’s Bar

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

Brian Auger Oblivion Express @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of the Brain Auger Oblivion Express performing live; the Brian Auger Oblivion Express will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

American Cheese @ Britton Tavern

Video of American Cheese performing at LuLu’s Restaurant and Cocktails in Indianapolis

Dead Beats, The Instruction, The Sundresses, The Locals @ Melody Inn

Video of Dead Beats (formerly known as Everthus the Deadbeats) performing live at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis

Clifford Ratliff and the Indiana Avenue All-Stars @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Clifford Ratliff and the Indy Jazz Company performing “Night and Day” live; Clifford Ratliff will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Saturday, Aug 28
jascha., Kate Lamont, Everything NOW! @ Radio Radio Lounge

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

The Elect, Smokewagon @ The Slippery Noodle
Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel @ Artsgarden

Video of Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel performing “Fear Running Scared” live; Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Michael Beck and Kenny Kipp @ Easley Winery
Goldie and Exquisitely Yours @ Chatterbox Club

Video of Goldie performing live in Indianapolis

Punk Rock Night w/ The Founders, MK Ultra Culkin, Graveyard Boulevard @ Melody Inn

Video of The Founders performing “Two Minds & Want” live; The Founders will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Sunday, Aug 29
The Dollyrots, The Cliks, Hunter Valentine @ Radio Radio

Music video for “Because I’m Awesome” by The Dollyrots; The Dollyrots will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Indy Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Finnell Factor @ Watkins Park
Monika Herzig Quartet @ The Rathskeller

Video of Monika Herzig performing live at Indiana University; Monika Herzig will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

We Came as Romans, In Fear and Faith, Confide, Upon a Burning Body, Abandon All Ships @ The Emerson Theater

Music video for “Roads That Never End and Views that Never Cease” by We Came As Romans; We Came As Romans will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Kate Myers, The Urbanites, Andrew Bean @ Birdy’s

Video of Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo covering “The Way Young Lovers Do” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis

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