Indianapolis Music Events 3/25 to 3/28: Girl Talk, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and NUVO’s Anniversary

This weekend in Indianapolis music, lots of big events and shows are coming to the Circle City. Indianapolis is finally waking up; the last couple weekends have held slim pickings for music fans, but this weekend it seems like Indianapolis bands and musicians have finally decided to get out into the six Indianapolis cultural districts. There are tons of great shows going on this weekend, both big and small, but there are a couple highlights that you should definitely check out.

Probably the biggest Indianapolis event this weekend is the 20th anniversary of NUVO Newsweekly. The Indianapolis magazine, long a voice for underground Indianapolis art, counter-culture, and news, will be celebrating the start of its third decade in publication at the Talbott Street Nightclub on Friday. The show will go on most of the night and features performances by The Leisure Kings, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, a host of DJ’s, and more. Tickets can be bought at the Barley Island Brewery in Broad Ripple Village or at any Indianapolis Scion dealer; this one of a kind celebration of the #1 independent voice in Indianapolis media is sponsored by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 92.3 WTTS, My Old Kentucky Blog, A Squared Industries, and more.

Another big party this weekend will be held at the Murat Centre. Girl Talk, the current mashup king of the United States, will be bringing his hectic live show the renowned Indianapolis music venue on Saturday. If you decide to go, you can expect Top 40 hits effortlessly entwined with some bizarre choices, including Neutral Milk Hotel, Boston, Oasis, Pixies, and Weezer. But a Girl Talk show is much less about the music and more about getting down and dirty on the dance floor. DJ Gregg Gillis knows how to handle a crowd, directing the energy of the moment like a master. Whether you’re a fan of mashups or not, you’ll still probably have a night to remember at Girl Talk.

Also, hip hop fans should be sure to check out the Vogue on Monday. The original lineup of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be taking the stage with Indy hip hop heroes DJ Indiana Jones, G Fresh, and the new supergroup Tornado Alley, which combines the talents of Rusty Redenbacher (of Mudkids), Alpha Live, and Mr. Kinetik. Check out our handy show calendar below to figure out where you want to be this weekend.

Thursday, March 25
Trampled by Turtles and Spoonjoint @ Radio Radio

Video of Trampled by Turtles performing live on the radio in Knoxville; Trampled by Turtles will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Hey Hey Melodica, The Bears of Blue River, and Deep Cricket Night @ The Melody Inn

Music video for “Hey Kid” by Hey Hey Melodica; Hey Hey Melodica will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Needtobreathe, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, and Graham Colton @ The Vogue Theater

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


Miggs @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of Miggs performing “Perfect” live on television; Miggs will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Insomniacs @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

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

Will Woodrow Project and Danny Thompson Trio @ The Music Mill

Video of the Will Woodrow Project performing live; the Will Woodrow Project will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Roy Meriwether Trio @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of the Roy Meriwether Trio performing live in Atlanta; the Roy Meriwether Trio will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Megan Maudlin @ Indiana UniversityPurdue University in Columbus, Indiana
Voodoo Rose Productions @ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Friday, March 26
NUVO Newsweekly 2oth Anniversary Celebration w/ Twin Peaks, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Leisure Kings, and More @ Talbott Street Nightclub

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

Max Allen Band, Twin Cats, Ladymoon, Hyryder @ The Vogue

Video of the Max Allen Band performing live in Avon; the Max Allen Band will be performing in Indianapolis this weekend

Clifford Ratliff and the Indiana Avenue All Stars @ Chatterbox Jazz Club

Video of Clifford Ratliff performing live with the Indianapolis Jazz Company

Stephen Jerzak, Stereo Skyline, The Downtown Fiction, We Should Whisper, and Great Big Planes @ The Emerson Theater

Video of The Downtown Fiction performing live; The Downtown Fiction will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Alvin Jett and Phat NoiZ w/ The Thunder Club @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of Alvin Jett and Phat NoiZ performing live in Missouri; Alvin Jett and Phat NoiZ will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Arborea and Oblio @ Earth House Collective

Video of Arborea performing a Devendra Banhart cover; Arborea will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Natalie Stovall @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of Natalie Stovall performing live at Ft. Bragg; Natalie Stovall will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Tantric @ 8 Seconds Saloon
Birds & Batteries @ Melody Inn

Music video for “After a Flood” by Birds & Batteries; Birds & Batteries will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Endiana and Andrew Bean and the Lady Apollo @ Birdy’s Bar
Lemon Wheel @ Gallagher’s II

Video of Lemon Wheel performing live in Indianapolis

One in the Same @ Jillian’s Downtown
Saturday, March 27
The Victor Mourning and Accordions @ Noble Coffee and Tea Company in Noblesville, Indiana

Video of The Victor Mourning performing live at SXSW; The Victor Mourning will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Girl Talk @ The Murat Centre Egyptian Room

Music video for “Play Your Part, Part 1” by Girl Talk; Girl Talk will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Evergreen Terrace, Death Before Dishonor, Stray From the Path, and Opponents @ The Emerson

Music video for “New Friend Request” by Evergreen Terrace; Evergreen Terrace will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Celtic Woman @ The Murat

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

Gene Deer @ The Rathskeller

Video of Gene Deer performing live at the Bean Blossom Blues Festival in Indianapolis

W. T. Feaster Band and The Thunder Club @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of the WT Feaster Band performing live; the W.T. Feaster Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Cornfield Mafia @ 8 Seconds

Video of The Cornfield Mafia performing live in Indianapolis

Glass Halo CD Release Party with The Glass Identity Crisis, Red Letter Merchant, and the Tyler Bender Band @ Birdy’s

Video of Glass Halo performing live at Birdy’s in Indianapolis

Goldie & Exquisitely Yours @ Chatterbox
Sunday, March 28
Harry Goodloe Jr. Project @ The Athenaeum

Video of Cynthia Layne performing with Harry Goodloe Jr. (drums) at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis


Monday, March 29
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DJ Indiana Jones, G Fresh, and Tornado Alley @ The Vogue

Music video for “The Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 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