The Bluebird: Bloomington’s Own Songbird

The Bluebird is one of the many cool music venues located at the home of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The Bluebird is a historic Indianapolis bar that’s been around for quite a few years, though perhaps not as long as other Indianapolis music venues like The Music Mill, The Vogue, and the Slippery Noodle Inn. This Bloomington bar showcases a wide variety of Indianapolis bands and bands from around the United States. Local favorites like Good Luck, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, and Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s play alongside national touring artists in this intimate, classic venue.

Video of Amos Lee performing live at The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana


Far from a simple music venue, The Bluebird is also incredibly active in the Bloomington arts community. It helps sponsor lots of Indianapolis arts ventures and some Indianapolis media outlets, including 92.3 WTTS, the “In Search of a Song” program of WFHB 91.3, which showcases many Indianapolis bands, including Jennie DeVoe, and the Indy Acoustic Cafe Series, an Indianapolis event series that hosts independent musicians at the Wheeler Community Arts Center. The Bluebird also gets behind several Bloomington and Indianapolis restaurants, including Bucceto’s, Jake’s, and Baked of Bloomington.

Video of Everclear performing live at The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana


The Bluebird is the host of several fun music events each week. On Tuesdays, the Indianapolis music venue holds a Battle of the Bands with a rotating stable of guest judges. Up and coming artists, touring bands, and amateur songsters can play original songs at the Tuesday Battle of the Bands for the top prize. Some judges at the Battle of the Bands include the owner of Bloomington’s Secretly Canadian record label, the owner of The Bishop, and a writer for Pitchfork Media and The Village Voice. Every Monday, The Bluebird has Karaoke with Jason Groth. Show off your musical chops or embarrass yourself by singing “Bohemian Rhapsody;” either way, the drinks are cheap and the songs are a lot of fun.

Video of The Join performing live at The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana


When Indianapolis music venues and Indianapolis things to do cease to be enough for you, consider making the short trip down to Bloomington for a visit to The Bluebird. You’ll likely be able to catch an awesome indie band or two. Plus, every time you go to The Bluebird you’ll be contributing to the local art scene, something anyone can get behind. Weekly events like the Tuesday Battle of the Bands and the Monday Karaoke night provide plenty of fun distractions from your IU studies. The historic Bluebird is a great place to go to get a feel for the Bloomington music scene.

The Bluebird
216 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN

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