Blues, rock, soul and punk: Florence and the Machine melds musical genres with fresh vocals and intense music. And now this international sensation plays the best Indianapolis music venue in the city. See Florence and the Machine at the Lawn at White River State Park on Monday, July 4 at 7:00 pm. Tickets range from $25 to $35 with some processing fees added on. Enjoy this Indianapolis music performance in the heart of Indianapolis downtown, followed by a perfect vantage point for the annual Freedom Blast Fireworks display launched from the top of the Regions Bank building at One Indiana Square.
Florence Welch is an English recording artist, whose gained mainstream recognition around the globe. Backed by an array of talented artists, who collaborate with her both on stage and in the studio, Florence and the Machine are an unstoppable force in popular music today. The band first gained recognition from the BBC, which played a large role in their rise to prominence when they promoted the band as part of BBC Introducing.
Welch is the daughter of a Harvard educated professor and an advertising executive. Her father, the ad-exec is a self-confessed “frustrated performer,” who always pushed Florence to expand her musical vocabulary, urging her to listen to The Ramones instead of Green Day. Welch’s manager, Mairead Nash (half of the DJ duo Queens of Noize), adopted Welch as a client after the drunken singer followed Nash into a bathroom singing Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.”
In July 2009, Florence and the Machine released their debut album “Lungs,” which held the number two spot on the UK charts for five consecutive weeks before jumping to number one. Later in July, the album debuted in the United States at number seventeen on the Billboard chart, ultimately peaking at number one. Much of the album was written about Welch’s temporary break-up with her current boyfriend. Of the subject Welch says, “He prefers me not to talk about it. It’s funny then singing about it.”
With plans in the making for a second studio album, Florence Welch’s meteoric rise to fame shows no signs of slackening. This fearless performer says she writes her best songs when she is drunk or has a hangover, noting that that is when “the feral music comes.” Welch explains, “You’re lucid, but you’re not really there. You’re floating through your own thoughts, and you can pick out what you need. I like those weird connections in the universe. I feel that life’s like a consistent acid trip, those times when things keep coming back.”
With soaring vocal, quirky melodies and a unique musical style, Welch captured the 2009 Critics Choice Award at the BRITS. The United Kingdom’s The Sunday Times described Welch as “the most peculiar and most highly acclaimed female singer of the moment” and “the latest in a line of great English pop eccentrics.” Of her first album Lungs, Spin Magazine wrote: “You’ve gotta hand it to the girl: She always makes you feel something.”
Feel something vivid at Florence and the Machine’s Indianapolis performance at the Lawn at White River State Park. Located in the heart of Indianapolis downtown, the Lawn offers stunning views of many Indianapolis attractions like Victory Field, the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum and the Indianapolis Canal Walk.
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Florence and the Machine
Monday, July 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm
The Lawn at White River State Park
801 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204