Indianapolis Live Music 11/19 to 11/22: A Cornucopia of Sound

It’s almost turkey time in Indianapolis, and you know what that means: ’tis the season to count your blessings. Fortunately for the residents of the Circle City, Indianapolis music fans have more musical blessings than they know what to do with. Indy is fortunate enough to have a diverse and thriving music scene, with everything from jazz to punk making a strong showing each week; the city’s a veritable cornucopia, a windfall if you will, of musical crops, enough to make the Pilgrims over at Conner Prairie proud.

Bad Thanksgiving puns aside, this weekend is a great opportunity to indulge in a live show or two: show your thanks to the Indianapolis art community by heading out to an Indianapolis cultural district to catch a live performance by an Indianapolis band. They’ll be grateful you did, and their families will thank you too, since you supplied gas money to get the bands home for Thanksgiving.

Highlights for this weekend’s live music calendar include Naptown‘s most famous hip-hop duo, Mudkids, performing with Midwest Hype at the Mousetrap. If you’re a fan of chill break beats and hilarious rhymes, head on out to this Indianapolis bar on Friday. Other highlights include punk band Kill City at the Melody Inn, the Indianapolis Opera‘s performance of “La Boheme”, and over the top hair metal tribute band Hairbangers Ball (wigs and tight pants included) at The Vogue.

Check out the show calendar below to see which Indianapolis music venues you should be making turkey tracks to this weekend:

Thursday, Nov 19
Chad Mills @ Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub in Fishers, Indiana
Jason LeVasseur @ Marian University
IUPUI Jazz Band Ensemble @ Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI)
“The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller” @ The Murat Theatre
Latin Dance Party @ The Jazz Kitchen
The Flying Toasters @ Joe’s Grille 2
Mardelay @ Indiana State Museum
Tennessee Walker @ The Rathskeller
Pigtail Crooks, DJ Koolaid, and Jon Shepler @ The Ugly Monkey
Groovkilla @ Sangiovese Restaurant
Eleventyseven @ The X in Danville, Indiana
Branch Gordon @ Tripps in Brownsburg, Indiana
Accordions and Amo Joy @ Butler University Starbucks
Eddie Money and Healing Sixes @ The Music Mill
Medeski Martin & Wood @ The Vogue Theater
Audio Recon, Pattern Hungry, and Hot Jimmy and the Charred Remains @ The Melody Inn
Friday, Nov 20
Third Fridays Live Music @ Language and Culture International
Blonde Sonja @ That Place in Greenwood, Indiana
Cousin Roger @ The Ale Emporium
Tonic Ball VIII @ Radio Radio
Indianapolis Opera performs “La Boheme” @ Clowes Memorial Hall
Jamey Aebersold @ Jazz Kitchen
Harry Mediema’s Bossa Rio @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
The Bishops @ Champps Americana Bar & Grill
Zanna Doo @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
The Whigmaleeries @ Fionn MacCool’s Pub
Gambit’s Disciples, City in the Sky, The Gentlemen’s War, and Broken Equilibrium @ The Emerson Theater
Mudkids and Midwest Hype @ Mousetrap Bar
Bomar & Ritter @ Chateau Thomas Winery in Nashville, Indiana
The Why Store @ Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School
The Grape Jam @ Brownsburg High School
ShadowBox, The Rimedy, and Spanky’s Clubhouse @ 8 Seconds Saloon
33 Miles @ Anderson University
Kay Kaye w/ the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra POPS @ Hilbert Circle Theatre
Tommy Mac and Rob Caudill @ Hoosier Park Casino
Hairbangers Ball @ The Vogue
Twin Peaks @ Mo’s Irish Pub
Saturday, Nov 21
Chasing Canadia, Consensus, I Am Ego, The Respondents, Gamma Pulse @ Emerson Theater
Jeff DeHerdt Quartet @ Chatterbox
The Sandcarvers @ Fionn MacCool’s
MC Big Tid and Brad Real @ Fox and Hound English Pub
Eyes on Fire, Sonus Ventorium, The Joe Dane Fund @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill
Kill City and Nowhere Good Fast @ The Melody Inn
Mikey Calo @ Ball State University
Corporate Rockers and Jason @ Claddagh Irish Pub
Sunday, Nov 22
Scott Chamber Players @ Indianapolis Museum of Art
Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis @ The Athenaeum
Open Stage w/ Gary Wasson @ Corner Wine Bar
Disciple, Autumn’s Descent, and Kids in the Way @ University of Indianapolis