Indianapolis Shows This Weekend: Get Out and Dance!

There are lots of cool Indianapolis music events to check out this weekend in the Circle City.

One of the most bizarre and eclectic Indianapolis festivals is happening this weekend on Mass Ave: the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, or IndyFringe. This celebration of unique performance art takes Indianapolis by storm every summer, and this year’s shaping up to be quite the spectacle.

The Indianapolis performing arts extravaganza opens tonight, August 20th, with a huge parade down the Indianapolis cultural district of Mass Ave, followed by the IndyFringe Preview Party at the Outdoor Stage (on the corner of College and Mass Ave). The Preview Party will feature short performances by 2009 IndyFringe performers; audience members will decide who gets more time on stage and who gets pulled! After the motley crew of artists leaves the stage, Indianapolis band Playboy Psychonauts will bring their psychedelic sitar sounds to the stage to officially break the champagne bottle over the prow of the festival.

After you’ve had your fill of the Preview Party, there’s plenty of other Indianapolis events happening all over the city. Below is a list of some sweet shows going on in Naptown this weekend, so get out, get dancing, and don’t forget your earplugs!

Indianapolis Local Music Shows, 8/20 – 8/23

Thursday, Aug 20
Indiana Wind Symphony @ Gazebo in Carmel
Thursday Night Pops w/ the Athenaeum Orchestra @ MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts
Benito & Friends @ the Rathskeller
Matt Martin @ Fionn MacCool’s in Fishers
Westgate, People vs. Radio, Odyssey Favor, and Second Hand Theory @ Birdy’s
Mudkids @ Vollrath Tavern
Latin Dance Party @ The Jazz Kitchen
Oblisk @ The Melody Inn
Friday, Aug 21
Third Fridays @ Language and Culture Gallery
Indiana Classic Ragtime Society‘s Ragtime Weekend @ Ramada Inn East
Jonathan Edwards @ Rathskeller Restaurant
Ken McGee @ Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub
Sharon McKnight’s “Songs to Offend Almost Anyone!” by the American Cabaret Theatre @ the Connoisseur Room
From Where It Ends, The Holland Account, Ghost of Maine, Threat Level, and Betrayed With A Kiss @ The Emerson Theatre
The Escape Pod @ DogHouse Sports Bar in Brownsburg
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra @ Conner Prairie
Battle of Birdy’s w/ Voiceflow, Jake Brothers, Vestiges of Ecstasy, Glass Identity Crisis, Bearfoote Jackson @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill
The Franchize @ Jillian’s
Rock Battle ’09 Round Two @ 8 Seconds Saloon
International Dance Night @ Adobo Grill
Blonde Sonja @ Ale Emporium
Shawn Plonski and the Impossible Jazz Collaboration @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
Blair @ Fireside Brewhouse
The Paul Holdman Band @ Kona Jack’s
Headbanger’s Ball @ The Vogue
Saturday, Aug 22
ARTSPARKLE w/ Buckwheat Zydeco @ Indianapolis Art Center
NEEDTOBREATHE w/ Griffin House and Green River Ordinance @ Radio Radio
Steve Allee Big Band @ The Jazz Kitchen
Corey Cox Band @ Jillian’s Downtown Restaurant
Kathy Griffin @ The Murat Theatre
The Elect w/ V-Groove @ The Slippery Noodle