Indianapolis Live Music This Weekend: Ghouls, Goblins, and Grunge, Oh My!

Well, it’s Halloween weekend in Indianapolis. But you shouldn’t fear all the ghouls and goblins; if you venture out from your locked doors and drawn blinds, you’ll find there’s a wealth of crazy All Hallow’s Eve parties going on in the Indianapolis nightlife scene.

Prowl around any one of the Indianapolis cultural districts, and you’ll find Indianapolis bands packing some of the coolest haunts in town. Lots of Indianapolis music venues are holding Halloween parties, and there’s even a concert at the spooky Historic Hannah House. If there was ever a place to play doom metal, it’s that haunted house.

So throw on a mask, lace up your dancing shoes, and head out to downtown Indianapolis to get a look at all the freaks, monsters, and eerie hipsters that make up the Indianapolis music scene. Use our show calendar below to plot your escape route from the fright fest that is the Circle City:

Thursday, Oct 29
Jeff Day @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) Young Artist Series Presents Chi Yun @ IUPUI IT Building
Children of the Corn @ The Melody Inn
Latin Dance Party @ The Jazz Kitchen
Karaoke with Joni @ Kelly’s Pub Too
Andy Davis w/ Nathan Angelo @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill
The Flying Toasters @ Joe’s Grille 2
Death Before Dishonor, Steel Nation, Forfeit, Folsom, and Off Balance @ Murphy Art Center
Queensryche, Lita Ford @ The Vogue Theatre
Rich Hardesty @ Joe’s Grille
Friday, Oct 30
Dead Zone Boys Art & Music Show @ Big Car Gallery
Joe Firstman, Natalie Stovall @ The Rathskeller
The Life We Had, Heavy Lies the Crown, and Opponents @ The Emerson Theatre
Super Funk @ Jazz Kitchen
Deacon Sean & The Bar Brawlers @ Melody Inn
FringeFriday presents Halloween Spooktacular and Buffy the Vampire Sing-a-long @ IndyFringe Building
Clifford Ratliff Quartet @ The Jazz Kitchen
Red Light Driver, Andy Skinner, Gomer’s Pile @ Melody Inn
Scott Kline & The Illusion of Control, Knifey Spoonie, Eyes on Fire, Tyler Bender Band, New Addiction @ Birdy’s Bar
DJ Rob @ Kelly’s Too
Harvey and the Bluetones @ Madame Walker Theater
Hed PE and Insane Clown Posse @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Here Come the Mummies @ Vogue Theater
John Stockton Project @ Radio Radio
Mardelay w/ Andy D, JSP, X103, and NUVO Newsweekly @ Radio Radio
Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Clancy’s
Saturday, Oct 31
The Working Hour @ Rathskeller
My Hidden Track, Same As Sunday, Until Then, Dear Noel,and  The Boy and His Machine @ Emerson Theater
Jester Kings @ Champps Americana Bar & Grill
Halloween Show w/ Left at Blakemore, Sugar Moon Rabbit, September Sky, Livin’ The Dream @ Birdy’s
Goldie w/ Exquisitely Yours @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
Living Proof @ Jillian’s Downtown
Toy Factory @ Ale Emporium
Hookd @ Historic Hannah House
Fire in the Dawn @ Chateau Thomas Winery
Eastern Wing Band @ 8 Seconds Saloon
Sunday, Nov 1
Butler University Wind Ensemble @ Clowes Memorial Hall
Osso, Sufjan Stevens’ movie “The BQE”, and DM Stith @ Indianapolis Museum of Art