Indianapolis Music Events 2/18 to 2/21: Chevelle, Bela Fleck, and Time for Three

This weekend in Indianapolis music, you’d better bring some earplugs. Indy, long known as a haven for loud music, is going metal this weekend. That’s right, there’s going to be tons more double bass, guttural vocals, driving bass lines, and drop D tuning than usual in the Circle City this weekend; it seems like almost every Indianapolis music venue is turning their amps up to 11. For example, instead of its usual Punk Rock Night, the Melody Inn is hosting Punk Rock Night Goes Metal! with two of the best compound band names in the universe: Coffinworm and Bulletwolf.

As if that weren’t enough to make you want to destroy something beautiful, there are also heavy goings on at some bigger Indianapolis music venues. Radio rock veterans Chevelle will be taking it to the Egyptian Room on Friday, followed by thrash/hardcore favorites Killswitch Engage on Sunday. And even more metal: The Melody Inn is going to be the home of the Metal as Art tour this weekend as well. Throw in the usual entourage of underground ear-bleeding sensations at the Emerson Theater and Birdy’s, and you’ve got yourself one loud set of Indianapolis events.

But never fear; if you’re not so much of a headbanger, there’s still plenty of things to do in Indianapolis this weekend for you. Some highlights include Bela Fleck’s Africa Project at Clowes on Friday, Time for Three’s performance with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, the Festival of Winds and Percussion at the University of Indianapolis on Friday, and the continuation of the Meet the Artists event at the Indianapolis Central Libary.

Check out our handy Indianapolis concert calendar below to plan out your music-filled weekend. And don’t forget to bring your earplugs!

-Bryan Johnson

Thursday, Feb 18
Happy Hour with the Symphony: Time for Three @ Hilbert Circle Theater
Lotus and Moser Woods @ The Vogue Theater

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

Metal as Art Tour: Woe of Tyrants, Hypnose, Starring Janet Leigh, Fallen Martyr @ The Melody Inn

Music video for “Golgotha” by Woe of Tyrants; Woe of Tyrants will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Carbon Leaf and Suzanna Choffel @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Music video for “Learn to Fly” by Carbon Leaf; Carbon Leaf will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Flying Toasters @ Joe’s Grille 2

Video of the Flying Toasters performing live in Indianapolis

Meet the Artists XXII @ Indianapolis Central Library

Promotional video for the Meet the Artists event at the downtown Indianapolis public library

Jen Edds @ 8 Seconds Saloon
Friday, Feb 19
Festival of Winds and Percussion @ University of Indianapolis
Punkin Holler Boys @ Melody Inn

Video of the Punkin Holler Boys performing at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis

Goldie @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Goldie performing live in Indianapolis

Bela Fleck: the Africa Project @ Clowes Memorial Hall

Video of Bela Fleck and the Africa Project performing live; Bela Fleck will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Classical Series @ Hilbert Circle Theater
Stacie Sandoval and Ken Fary Trio @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Stacy Sandoval performing live at the Fiesta Festival in Indianapolis

Green River Ordinance, Sleeperstar, and Sun Domino @ Radio Radio

Video of Green River Ordinance performing at SXSW in 2009; Green River Ordinance will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Painkiller Hotel, Take the Sky, Odyssey Favor, Finest Grain @ Birdy’s Bar

Music video for Painkiller Hotel’s “Voice in My Head;” Painkiller Hotel will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Here Come the Mummies @ The Vogue

Video of Here Come the Mummies performing live; Here Come the Mummies are coming to Indianapolis this weekend

Doug Henthorn Trio @ Jillian’s Downtown
Jester Kings @ Ale Emporium

Video of Jester Kings performing live near Indianapolis

The Hip Drop Funk and Soul Jam @ ARTBOX Gallery
Lemon Wheel @ Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of Lemon Wheel performing live at the Oasis Lounge in Indianapolis

Bomar and Ritter @ Chateau Thomas Winery
Chevelle, Sick Puppies, and Janus @ The Murat Centre Egyptian Room

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

Brian D @ Bread Ladies Cafe in Greenfield, Indiana
Sarah Grain @ Earth House Collective
Saturday, Feb 20
Apollo Meets Vega, 12 Hours of Kaos Betrayed With a Kiss, and For Glory and Empire @ The Emerson Theater

Video of Apollo Meets Vega performing live; the band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Tony Monaco @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of Tony Monaco performing live; Tony Monaco will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Kellen Strutz and Friends @ Chatterbox
Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore @ Radio Radio

Video of Daniel Martin Moore performing “Stray Age;” Daniel Martin Moore will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Corey Cox @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Corey Cox performing in the studio; Corey Cox will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Evan Roberts, ReVera, and P-IC @ Birdy’s Bar
Stereo Deluxe @ Jason Ritchie Hockey Foundation Event

Video of Stereo Deluxe performing live on the Indianapolis Music Channel

Olympians, Until Then, Same as Sunday, and Deas Vail @ The Freedom Center in Greenwood, Indiana

Video of Same as Sunday performing live on the Indianapolis Music Channel

Toryn Green and Spanky’s Clubhouse @ The Music Mill

Music video for “Let Your Love Ring Out” by Spanky’s Clubhouse, an Indianapolis band

Sunday, Feb 21
Butler University All-Star Band and Wind Ensemble Concert @ Clowes Memorial Hall
Coles Whalen @ Birdy’s

Video of Coles Whalen performing live; Coles Whalen will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada, and Dark Tranquility @ Murat Centre

Video of Killswitch Engage performing live; Killswitch Engage will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

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