Van’s Warped Tour 2011: Rock, Metal and Punk, Oh My

Van’s Warped Tour makes its glorious return to the Hoosier homestead, taking over the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana on Thursday, July 7. This Indianapolis music event combines extreme sports and even more extreme music to entertain the young masses of central Indiana. An all day concert and festival, this Indianapolis event brings more than one hundred bands together for ten hour festival of music. Tickets to the Indianapolis leg of this nationwide tour are $26.50 plus a $17.00 processing fee. Don’t miss your chance to partake in this festival in its seventeenth year.

Creator of the Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman, came up with the idea for this intense annual music festival while working on skating boarding shows that included music with their events. He lifted the name “Warped” from Warp Magazine, which covers both extreme sports like surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, as well as music. Four years after it the first Summer the tour crossed the United States, it went international, touring to venues in Australia, Japan, Europe and Canada. This year is no exception.

Because the Warped Tour offers so many different bands, its impossible to describe them all. But some of the bands on the schedule are too good not to talk about. Enjoy a preview of the acts at the 2011 Van’s Warped Tour coming to Verizon Wireless Music Center, each of whom can be seen on the Teggart Main Stage at all United States venues.

Devil Wears Prada

This Dayton, Ohio based metal core band focuses their music toward their own Christian values. Despite sharing a name with a Meryl Streep chick flick, the band insists they lifted their title from the novel The Devil Wears Prada. In doing so, they hoped to stress an anti-materialistic mindset to fans. They assumed that the book shared this moral, but later learned that it did not feature this theme at all. Still, they reign the metal core world with the label, believing they created a new meaning behind the saying “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Asking Alexandria

This English metal core band formed after guitarist Ben Bruce returned to his home in York, North Yorkshire from Dubai. During his time in the United Arab Emirates, he actually started a band with the same name. However, the group split up soon after the completion of their first and only full length album. That is when Bruce moved home to re-tool the band concept with new mates under the old name. The second incarnation of Asking Alexandria is different in both members and style, but the story of their incarnation still presents confusion for many fans.


3OH!3 brings electronica music to the masses from their hometown in Boulder, Colorado. Though the band has released three studio albums with another in the works, they didn’t hit it big until they gained notice for a collaboration with Ke$sha on their song “My First Kiss” from their album Streets of Gold. The song was featured on the CW series Hellcats, on which they performed with Ashley Tisdale and Ke$sha. Just recently, the band released a new single “Robot,” which is the first cut from their Fourth Studio Album.

Gym Class Heroes

Gym Class Heroes are an alternative hip hop band based in Geneva, New York. Though they are known for their hip hop style, the band performs frequently beside bands that are considered rock, pop-punk and metal. Because of these influences swirling around the group in their performance lives, they music tends to cross genres to create an eclectic feel more than anything else. They even find themselves collaborating with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump from time to time.

Less Than Jake

This based band plays ska and punk Floridian style. With eight full length studio albums under their belts, these guys have been jamming together since 1992. Named for drummer Vinnie Fiorello’s dog Jake, who was treated better than anyone else in their house, the band carries with them a sense of humor that adds to their intense stage presence.

Other Warped Tour Bands

In addition to these five bands, the Teggart Main Stage of the Warped Tour will be filled with music by Against Me!, Attack Attack!, Paramore, Pepper, A Day to Remember, August Burns Red, Jack’s Mannequin and D.R.U.G.S. Don’t miss these fantastic metal, hardcore, rock, pop, reggae and alternative bands. Plus dozens of other bands eight stages from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Head to the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana on Thursday, July 7 for the 2011 Van’s Warped Tour. After this Noblesville music event, enjoy dinner from any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Noblesville restaurants. For over 21 Warped Tour attendees, cool off with drinks from these Indianapolis bars or Noblesville bars. Stay tuned to for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis news to Indianapolis shopping and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

2011 Van’s Warped Tour
Thursday, July 7, 2011
11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Verizon Wireless Music Center
12880 East 146th Street
Noblesville, IN