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Indianapolis Music Events 9/2 to 9/5: Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, Audio Recon Showcase

This weekend in Indianapolis music, southern fried arena rock comes to Noblesville, Audio Recon shows off its stable of beat makers and trend setters, and a bazillion other shows fill Indianapolis bars with the sounds of the city. It’s a bit of a slow weekend in Indianapolis music wise; the city seems to be gearing up for the slew of Indianapolis festivals happening in September, like the Indy Jazz Fest (next week), ORANJE (two weeks), and the Indy Irish Fest. But just because there’s no quantity in Indy this weekend doesn’t mean there’s no quality.

The biggest show this weekend is definitely going on at Noblesville’s Verizon Wireless Music Center. Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and The Whigs will be bringing their respective styles of garage rock to the big stage on Friday, September 3rd. Kings of Leon began their career as the South’s answer to The Strokes, but have since morphed into radio rock superstars with their last two albums, Because of the Times and Only By the Night. The Black Keys are fresh off the release of their latest gem, Brothers, an intricately crafted foray into funk, soul, and blues from a classic electro-blues duo. And The Whigs, always a band that seems to be on the cusp of breaking it big, will bring a raucous garage rock flavor to the arena. It should be a great Indianapolis event even if you’ve only got a little blues in your soul.

If break beats and samples are more your flavor, head to The Vogue on Friday night. An Audio Recon showcase called The Now School will bring some of the top Indianapolis DJs to a vaunted Indianapolis music venue to show off their skills at the turntable. Audio Recon is an Indianapolis record company of sorts that largely deals with mp3’s, but also puts out several CD’s a year. The Indianapolis business released its first product in 2006 andhas grown exponentially since then, signing new artists and releasing more and more media each year. Audio Recon also hosts plenty of concerts at Indianapolis bars and venues throughout the city. The Now School will be a showcase of some of AR’s talent, including performances by DJ Shiva, Oreo Jones, Yeti One, TJ Reynolds, Andy D, and more. Head to the Vogue if you wanna experience some bumpin’ Indianapolis nightlife.

Deserving mention are the Labor Day Street Fair and a show at the Indiana University Auditorium with Vampire Weekend, Beach House, and Dum Dum Girls, both happening Monday. The Labor Day Street Fair is somewhat of a prelude to the Indy Jazz Fest: live jazz by Clifford Ratliff, Rob Dixon, and Bill Lancton will be happening for free in front of The Jazz Kitchen and Yats, and delicious grilled vittles will also be provided. The Vampire Weekend show will likely be even bigger than the Kings of Leon/Black Keys concert; the incredibly divisive band has shot to the top of the charts in the past year with the release of their newest album, Contra. There are plenty of other great shows going on this weekend, so check out the handy Indianapolis show calendar below to see what you’re missing:

Thursday, Sept 2
Butler Scion Free Music Thursdays w/ Young Galaxy @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Music video for “The Alchemy Between Us” by Young Galaxy; Young Galaxy will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Ribs N’ Bone @ Apres Jack’s Restaurant

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


Cari Ray @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Video of Cari Ray and the Loaners performing at Mallow Run Winery; Cari Ray will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Chad Mills @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana

Video of Chad Mills covering “The One I Love” live; Chad Mills will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Jimmy Ryser and Henry Lee Summer @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Henry Lee Summer performing “I Wish I Had A Girl” live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


Sour Mash @ Champps Americana Bar and Grill
Dead Man’s Grill, Fire in the Asylum, Broken Equilibrium, Odd Order @ The Melody Inn

Video of Dead Man’s Grill covering “Wicked Garden” live in Indianapolis


Friday, Sept 3
Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, The Whigs @ Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of The Black Keys performing “Tighten Up” live; The Black Keys will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Now School: An Audio Recon Showcase w/ Andy D, Yeti One, TJ Reynolds, DJ Shiva, Oreo Jones @ The Vogue Theater
About the Fire, Off Balance, Sex Before Marriage, Maravich @ Melody Inn

Video of About the Fire performing “So Close” live; About the Fire will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Quick Said the Bird, Jay Armstrong, Crawpuppies @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Quick Said the Bird practicing “Ghosting” live; Quick Said the Bird will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Reach Arounds @ Apres Jack’s

Music video for “Do it Like a Man” by The Reacharounds; The Reacharounds will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Leisure Kings @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of The Leisure Kings performing “Song Bird” live; The Leisure Kings will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Woomblies @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana

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


ZANN, Overpower, Morrow @ The Dojo

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


Sour Mash @ Moon Dog Tavern
Zanna-Doo @ Champps Americana Bar

Video of Zanna-Doo performing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis


Living Proof @ Ale Emporium

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


The Travelers, Through Being Cool @ Britton Tavern

Video of Through Being Cool covering “Cult of Personality” live; Through Being Cool will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Jai Baker @ Mo’s Irish Pub

Video of Jai Baker covering “Love Somebody Like You” live; Jai Baker will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Toy Factory @ That Place in Greenwood, Indiana
Jared Thompson and Premium Blend, Kapitulo 1 @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Jared Thompson and Premium Blend performing live at the Chatterbox Jazz Club in Indianapolis


Saturday, Sept 4
Gwen Stacy, Amarna Reign @ ES Jungle

Video of Gwen Stacy performing “Path to Certainity” at the Music Mill in Indianapolis


The Dublin City Ramblers @ McGinley’s Golden Ace Inn

Video of the Dublin City Ramblers performing “Rare Oul Times” live; Dublin City Ramblers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Fervor, Everything Now!, TV Mike and the Scarecrows, I Love You @ The Vollrath Tavern

Video of Everything, Now! performing live; Everything, Now! will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Jenn Cristy @ Locals Only Pub

Video of Jenn Cristy performing “Cut Me Off” live; Jenn Cristy will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Groovin’ in the Garden w/ Davis and Devitt @ Easley Winery
Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series w/ Cathy Morris and The Wright Brothers @ Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens

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


Michael Liuzza Band @ The Rathskeller

Video of Michael Liuzza performing “Either Way” live; Michael Liuzza will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Avery Set @ White Rabbit Cabaret

Video of The Avery Set performing “Two States Ago” and “Wandering Shoes” live; The Avery Set will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Blonde Sonja @ Champps Americana

Video of Blonde Sonja performing “Barracuda” live at The Vogue in Indianapolis


The Bishops @ Mo’s Pub
Punk Rock Night w/ Voice of Addiction, Hard Candy Hearts, Fiber @ Melody Inn

Video of Voice of Addiction covering “Suburban Home” live; Voice of Addiction will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Wade Baker Quartet @ Jazz Kitchen
W.T. Feaster Band, South Side Denny @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of the W.T. Feaster Band performing “Born Under a Bad Sign” at the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis


Sunday, Sept 5
Gordon Bonham, Jess Richmond @ The Slippery Noodle

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


Jess and Philip @ Muldoon’s Pub
Laura Stevenson and the Cans @ Dojo

Video of Laura Stevenson and the Cans performing “A Shine to It” live; Laura Stevenson and the Cans will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend



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