Indianapolis Music Events 3/11 to 3/14: Murder by Death, Megadeth, and Norah Jones

In Indianapolis music this weekend, spring rains seem to be thawing out the icy grip that Old Man Winter has had over the Indianapolis cultural districts. As the streets of downtown Indianapolis melt, so too do the slew of Indianapolis bands who were just biding their time, waiting to emerge in the bright sunlight with new music and new shows. Unfortunately, the thaw isn’t entirely finished; there are still not as many shows as there should be in Indianapolis this weekend.

But that’s not to say that there’s nothing good going on in Indianapolis music venues this weekend. Quite the contrary; there are quite a few pretty awesome Indianapolis events that’ll be taking the stage all over the Circle City. For example, the Murat Centre, an Indianapolis performing arts venue that usually brings international superstars to the Indy stage, has not one, but two superstars performing this weekend. First up is legendary thrash metal band Megadeth, making ears bleed at the Murat on Thursday. After that, the venue takes a turn to the softer side; American crooner Norah Jones will be bringing her delicate compositions and beautiful voice to the Murat stage on Saturday.

Aside from these two headlining shows, there are other Indianapolis bands worth seeing this weekend. Dramatic orchestral rock group Murder By Death will be returning to their Indiana University hometown of Bloomington to play at The Bishop, a relatively new music venue. Two classic Indianapolis musical organizations are also performing this weekend; the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will be performing a violin concerto by Stravinski on Thursday (see highlights of the Indianapolis  Symphony Orchestra’s 2010/2011 season), and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra will be playing at the Athenaeum on Friday.

Check out the handy Indianapolis music event calendar below to see which shows fit your bill. This weekend might be a good weekend to expand your horizons in the Indianapolis music department a little bit; try venturing outside of downtown Indianapolis to see what you can see.

-Bryan Johnson

Thursday, March 11
Parasia and Claude Brissart @ Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of Parisia performing live in Indianapolis

OK Death Ray and The Guggenheim Steamroller @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Okay Death Ray performing live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis

The Flying Toasters @ Joe’s Grille II

Video of The Flying Toasters performing live in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Classical Series Presents Stravinsky Violin Concerto @ Hilbert Circle Theater

Video of members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performing live at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis

Matthew Roberts @ Columbia Club
Megadeth, Testament, and Exodus @ The Murat Centre

Video of Megadeth performing “Tornado of Souls;” Megadeth will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Red Wanting Blue @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Red Wanting Blue performing “Audition” live; Red Wanting Blue will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Dwellers @ The Melody Inn

Music video for “Whatever Makes You Happy” by The Dwellers; The Dwellers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Voodoo Rose Productions @ Rock Bottom
Paul Stout @ Bucky’s Grill and Pub in Westfield, Indiana

Music video for “Storms” by Paul Stout; Paul Stout will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Mardelay, Erratic, and X103 @ Locals Only

Video of Mardelay performing live at Slamology in 2007; Mardelay will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Friday, March 12
Danger is My Middle Name, Method to My Medium, We Might Be Villians, The Gnashers @ The Emerson Theater

Promo video for Danger is My Middle Name; Danger is My Middle Name will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra with INDYKLEZ @ Athenaeum Building

Video of Angela Brown singing with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in Indianapolis

The Last Good Year, Records, Hot Rails, Picture Yes @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of The Last Good Year performing live at Spin Nightclub in Indianapolis

Mike & Joe @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Mike & Joe performing live; Mike & Joe will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Gary Appleton and Sal @ Jillian’s Downtown
The Daniel Joseph Band @ Mo’s Pub
Branch Gordon @ Indianapolis City Market

Video of Branch Gordon performing a cover of “3 AM;” Branch Gordon will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Fareed Haque and Willerm Delisfort @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of Fareed Haque performing live with Sting; Fareed Haque will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Steve Trent and Guy @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Music video for “For Now” by Steve Trent; Steve Trent will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Audio Recon and The Wizards @ Melody Inn

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

Spanky’s Clubhouse @ Pucker’s

Video of Spanky’s Clubhouse performing live; Spanky’s Clubhouse will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

American Cheese @ Pepper’s
Impossible Jazz Collaboration (IJC) @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Shawn Plonski and the Impossible Jazz Collaboration performing live at the Chatterbox Jazz Club in Indianapolis

Saturday, March 13
Goliathon, Absinthe Junk, Impure Jazz, and Sinnerfold @ The Emerson

Video of Absinthe Junk performing live in Nashville; Absinthe Junk will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Living Proof @ Scotty’s Brewhouse
Henderson, The Ilum Project, and King Street Conspiracy @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of King Street Conspiracy performing live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis

Aberdeen Project @ Mo’s
DJ David Fields @ Circle Centre Mall

Video of DJ David Fields performing live at Jillian’s Downtown in Indianapolis

Julane Lund @ Mallow Run Winery

Video of Julane Lund performing in Russia; Julane Lund will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Lunch Among Cannibals @ The Strand Theater in Shelbyville, Indiana

Video of Lunch Among Cannibals performing live at the Music Mill in Indianapolis

Norah Jones @ The Murat

Video of Norah Jones performing “Don’t Know Why” live; Norah Jones will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

ZOO, Periphonic, and Doon @ The Monkey’s Tale
Blue Luster @ Radio Radio

Video of Blue Luster performing live at the Vogue in Indianapolis

The Idle Kings and Lennenfield @ The Muse in West Lafayette, Indiana

Video of Lennenfield performing live; Lennenfield will be playing with The Idle Kings near Indianapolis this weekend

My Yellow Rickshaw @ Claddagh Irish Pub

Video of My Yellow Rickshaw performing live in Indianapolis

Corporate Rockers @ The Ale Emporium

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

Corey Cox @ 8 Seconds

Video of Corey Cox performing live in the studio at WCDQ 106.3; Corey Cox will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Murder By Death and The Coke Dares @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana

Music video for “Brother” by Murder by Death; Murder by Death will be playing near Indianapolis this weekend

Sunday, March 14
The Goldmine Pickers w/ Rodney Cordner, and Craig Stinson @ Birdy’s

Video of The Goldmine Pickers performing live at the Indy Folk Series in Indianapolis

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