Indianapolis Music Events 1/14 to 1/17: Lady GaGa, Bowling for Soup, and Bucky Covington

This weekend in Indianapolis music, there are certain to be lots of starry eyed fan boys and girls running rampant through the streets of the Circle City and its nearby environs. There are a lot of quality concerts going on in Indianapolis this weekend, as usual spanning all genres, styles, and sizes. You can get your jazz, you can get your hip hop, you can get your indie rock, you can get your genre bending, musically transvestite power trios; all you have to do is wander around one of the six Indianapolis cultural districts to find something that suits your taste. Or, you could just take a look at our handy show calendar below, now complete with supplementary concert videos so you can get a glimpse of the band you’re seeing before the show.

Highlights for this weekend in Indianapolis music are many. Power pop diehards Bowling for Soup will be decking out the Emerson Theater with bubble gum melodies and bright guitars on Friday with Indianapolis bands Just Surrender and Same as Sunday, so if you’re coming to the Emerson looking for skull-busting hardcore, you might be a little disappointed. Pop megastar Lady GaGa will be packing the house at Purdue University‘s Elliott Hall of Music on Thursday. Super celebrities like Lady GaGa rarely make it around to Indiana, let alone small towns like Lafayette, so it’d be worth it to make the hour drive up to the banks of the mighty Wabash for some very entertaining Top 40 pop.

Other highlights include Indianapolis jazz legend Bill Lancton with two performances–one with the World of Percussion and one solo–at the Jazz Kitchen, ambient/shoegaze/electronica group Bear in Heaven at The Bishop in Bloomington, and psychedelic jam duo Lounge Soundsystem at The Monkey’s Tale.

Don’t forget to use our handy show calendar below to figure out which Indianapolis bars and Indianapolis nightlife venues you’re going to stop by this weekend.

Thursday, Jan 14
New Addiction @ The Music Mill

Video of New Addiction performing live in Indianapolis


Pat Boone’s Farm @ The Melody Inn

Video of Pat Boone’s Farm playing live. Pat Boone’s Farm will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend.


Latin Dance Party @ The Jazz Kitchen
On Planets, Stonewall Larry, and The War Muffins @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of The War Muffins performing live in Indianapolis


Branch Gordon @ Tripps in Brownsburg, Indiana

Video of Branch Gordon performing live; Branch Gordon will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

I-Exist @ Hot Topic in Circle Centre Mall

Video of I-Exist performing live in Lafayette, Indiana; the band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Hit the Lights and Same as Sunday @ Ransburg Auditorium in the University of Indianapolis

Video of Indianapolis band Same as Sunday performing live

15th & Hulman @ Moore’s in Greencastle, Indiana

Video of 15th & Hulman performing live; 15th & Hulman will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Lady GaGa and Twilight Thee Fastest @ Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

Video of Lady GaGa performing live. Lady GaGa will be playing in West Lafayette this weekend

Friday, Jan 15
Bowling for Soup, The Hiding, Same as Sunday, Devin Meins, and Just Surrender @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Bowling for Soup performing live. Bowling for Soup will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Marvelous Marvin Hamlisch @ Hilbert Circle Theater

Video interview with Marvin Hamlisch, who will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

Dark House Sweet @ The Rathskeller Restaurant
Bill Lancton’s World of Percussion @ Jazz Kitchen

Video: Kelleen Strutz performs with Bill Lancton; Lancton will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Halestorm and 40% Steve @ The Vogue Theater

Video: Halestorm performs live; Halestorm will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

One-Eyed Dog, Blue Luster, and The Crossover @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of One-Eyed Dog perfroming live; One-Eyed Dog will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


The Down-Fi, Ideamen, and Phyllis @ Melody Inn

Video of The Down-Fi performing live at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis

Luke Austin Daugherty and Ann McWilliams @ Indianapolis Artsgarden

Video of Luke Austin Daugherty performing live; Luke Austin Daugherty will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Brian Wallen @ Bread Ladies Cafe in Greenfield, Indiana

Video of Brian Wallen performing live; Wallen will be playing near Indianapolis this weekend

Brian Fannen, John Reuben, Jesse Cale, and Mosquito Fleet @ The Gear in Franklin, Indiana
Shawn Klush @ Pike Performing Arts Center

Video of Shawn Klush performing live; Klush will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Bucky Covington, Jester Kings, KJ Testin @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Video of Bucky Covington performing live; Bucky Covington will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Saturday, Jan 16
Butler University School of Music’s Bass Day @ Eldson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Umbilical Chain, Omega, Synthetic Child, and Unexpected Arrival @ The Emerson
Ellis Paul @ The University of Indianapolis’ Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square

Video of Ellis Paul playing live; Ellis Paul will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Uncle JuJu @ Rathskeller Restaurant
Naptown Roller Girls w/ The Odyssey Favor @ Birdy’s

Video of The Odyssey Favor performing live at Birdy’s in Indianapolis

Specific Oceans @ Zionsville Community High School in Zionsville, Indiana

Music video for Specific Oceans’ “Peter and the Wolf.” Specific Oceans will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Lounge Soundsystem and Josh Hann @ Monkey’s Tale
Hard Knocks @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway‘s Winner’s Circle
Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Pucker’s

Video of Spanky’s Clubhouse, an Indianapolis band, performing live

DJ Phenom, Alpha, Mr. Kinetik, and Rusty Redenbacher of Mudkids @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana

Music video for “U Can’t Win” by Rusty Redenbacher, an Indianapolis musician

Grupo Tumbao @ El Meson Restaurant and Cantina
Jamfest Supernationals @ Indiana Convention Center
Sunday, Jan 17
Accordions, Caleb McCoach, and The World’s First Flying Machine @ Earth House Collective

Video of World’s First Flying Machine performing live; the band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Indianapolis Music Venues

8 Seconds Saloon | Big Car Gallery | Birdy’s Bar & Grill | Chatterbox Jazz Club | Emerson Theater | Jazz Kitchen | Old National Centre | Radio Radio | The Vogue | More Indianapolis Music Venues

Indianapolis Bands

Amanda Overmyer | Cathy Morris | Flynnville Train | Gwen Stacy | The Elms | Haste the Day | Jennie DeVoe | Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s | Mudkids | Murder by Death | Sloppy Seconds | Straight No Chaser | More Indianapolis Bands

Indianapolis Musical Organizations

Arts Council of Indianapolis | Capital City Chorus | Ensemble Music Society | Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis | Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra | More Indianapolis Musical Organizations

Indianapolis Musicians

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds | Freddy Hubbard | Wes Montgomery | Cole Porter | James Spaulding | More Indianapolis Musicians

Indiana Music by City

Avon Music | Brownsburg Music | Carmel Music | Danville Music | Fishers Music | Greenfield Music | Greenwood Music | Martinsville Music | Mooresville Music | Noblesville Music | Plainfield Music | Westfield Music | Zionsville Music | More Indiana Music