Indianapolis Music Events 6/10 to 6/13: Independent Music and Art Festival, Grey Granite, Becky Archibald

This weekend in Indianapolis music, get ready for festivals, festivals, festivals. Yeah, it’s summer time in the Circle City, and that means tons of Indianapolis festivals of every shape, size, and color. And what’s a good Indianapolis festival without a cadre of stellar Indianapolis bands to provide a soundtrack? This weekend, get out on the town and see what local artists have been working on all winter, tour some of Indy‘s numerous green spaces, or experience something new at one of the six Indianapolis cultural districts. There’s lots of musical Indianapolis things to do this weekend; let’s go over a few highlights.

On Thursday, you can support local musician Becky Archibald on her quest to return to the south of France to enrich her already laudable musical training. The Rite of Swing is a fundraising effort for one of the rising stars of musical Indianapolis education, who will be performing standards and some of her own original compositions with a set of professional musicians from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Also Thursday, don’t miss atmospheric psychedelic group One Eskimo at Radio Radio and the Chemical Envy CD Release Party at the Melody Inn.

On Friday, TRU Nightclub provides the perfect opportunity for you to dance away into oblivion. The popular Indianapolis nightlife spot is hosting its much-hyped Favorite Girl Party, where a whole slew of some of the best Indianapolis DJ’s will be spinning tunes all night long. Head on down to TRU Nightclub near downtown Indianapolis to check out Grey Granite, Paul Michael, Oreo Jones, and more.

There’s two cool Indianapolis art and music festivals going on on Saturday. The most well known of these is probably the Talbot Street Art Fair, but if you’re interested in local art you should check out the Independent Music and Art Festival going on at the Harrison Center for the Arts. Outside the Harrison Center will be a full lineup of Indianapolis bands playing live music all day, including Wolfy, Denison Witmer, Jookabox, Elsinore, and Indianapolis jazz master Rob Dixon. Inside the building will be the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, where tons of local artists will be hawking their work.

Take a look at our comprehensive Indianapolis show calendar below to see where you’ll end up spending your Indy weekend:

Thursday, June 6
The Rite of Swing @ Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

Video of the 2009 Rite of Swing event in Indianapolis

One Eskimo @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Music video for “Kandi” by One Eskimo; One Eskimo will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Freelance Whales, Peter Wolf Crier @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Video of Freelance Whales performing “Generator First Floor” live on NPR; Freelance Whales will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Michael Coleman and the Backbreakers @ The Slippery Noodle Inn
Concerts on the Canal presents Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) Faculty Jazz Combo @ Indiana History Center
Jeff DeHerdt @ Muldoon’s Irish Pub in Carmel, Indiana

Video of Jeff DeHerdt performing with Jennie DeVoe and other Indianapolis musicians

Kills and Thrills, Through the Fire, Change Today @ The Dojo

Music video for “Transylvania Twist” by Kills and Thrills; Kills and Thrills will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Brokencyde, Jefree Star, Blood on the Dance Floor, Stereos @ The Emerson Theater

Music video for “Booty Call” by Brokencyde; Brokencyde will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Michaels @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana
Indianapolis Parks Summer Concert Series w/ The Tides @ Holliday Park
Susan Souza @ Mass Ave Wine Shoppe

Video of Susan Souza performing “Waves” live; Susan Souza will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

4 On the Floor @ Champps Americana Restaurant
Corey Cox Band @ Moon Dog Tavern

Video of Corey Cox performing “Fishing in the Dark” live at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis

Picture Yes, Left Side of Clearview, Montauk Monster @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill
Aberdeen Project @ Mo’s Irish Pub
Chemical Envy CD Release Show w/ Barefoot Engineering, The Three Vessels, Headless Thompson Gunners @ The Melody Inn
Free Energy, Jukebox the Ghost, Drink Up Buttercup @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Jukebox the Ghost performing “Good Day” in a studio session; Jukebox the Ghost will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Cartographer, Bad Day at the Air Show, United Sons of Toil @ The Vollrath Tavern

Tour video of the United Sons of Toil; United Sons of Toil will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Friday, June 11
Kwanzaa Pops, The IRB Sound Band, Higher Ground Movement @ The Ugly Monkey

Video of the Higher Ground Movement’s guest appearance with Tony Dread in Indianapolis

Danny Thompson Trio, Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes @ Locals Only

Video of Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes performing live at Locals Only in Indianapolis

Favorite Girl Party w/ Paul Michael, Grey Granite, Oreo Jones, DJ 100 Proof, DJ Gabby Love @ TRU Nightclub

Video of Grey Granite performing live at Luna Music in Indianapolis

Big Caddy Daddy, Perry Weber & the Devilles @ Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of Big Caddy Daddy performing “All Summer Long” live; Big Daddy Caddy will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Red Wanting Blue, Possum @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

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

Verdict, Run Amok, Off Balance, The Room Colored Charlatan @ Emerson Theater
Blonde Sonja @ Moon Dog

Demo video for Indianapolis based dance band Blonde Sonja

Condominium, Picked Clean, Vital Error, Duke Nukem @ Dojo

Video of Vital Error performing live in Indianapolis

Seven Pleasures @ The Jazz Kitchen
Tonos Triad, snorb!, The Better Bidness Bureau @ Big Car Gallery

Video of Snorb! performing live at Stumpjack Coffee; Snorb! will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Corey Smith @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Corey Smith performing “If I Could Do it Again” live; Corey Smith will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Devils of Belgrade CD Release Show w/ Devil to Pay, Lo Pan, Sleepbringer @ Melody Inn

Music video for “Megistotherium” by Devil to Pay; Devil to Pay will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Living Proof @ Champps Americana

Video of Living Proof performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis

Spaceship Boombox, Saints and Strangers, Band of Beards @ Birdy’s Bar

Video of The Band of Beards performing live at Radio Radio in Indianapolis

The Steepwater Band, Healing Sixes @ Radio Radio

Video of Healing Sixes performing live at the Music Mill in Indianapolis

Zanna Doo @ Mickey’s Irish Pub

Video of Zanna-Doo performing live at the Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis

The Bishops @ Mo’s Pub
Dave and Rae @ Bertee’s Sports Cafe

Video of Dave & Rae performing “I Will Survive;” Dave and Rae will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Trophy Wives, Vacation Club, Black Heat @ The Vollrath

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

Sophie Faught Jazz Quartet @ Chatterbox Jazz Club
Saturday, June 12
Independent Music and Art Fest @ Harrison Center for the Arts

Video of the 2009 Independent Music and Art Festival in Indianapolis

Stanley Clark and Hiromi @ Jazz Kitchen

Video of the Stanley Clarke Trio performing with Hiromi live; Stanley Clarke and Hiromi will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Mic Sol and Ace One, Andy D, MVL, Breakdown Kings @ Locals Only Pub

Video of Mic Sol & Ace One performing “The Light” at Spin Nightclub in Indianapolis

Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, Cox Brothers, Waldemere Revival @ The Bluebird

Video of The Waldemere Revival performing “Lost in my Way” live; The Waldemere Revival will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend


Harley Poe, End Times Spasm Band, The Involuntarys @ Vollrath Tavern

Video of Harley Poe performing “Corpse Grinding Man” live at The Vogue in Indianapolis

J Dowell & The Wrongly Accused, Perry Weber and the DeVilles @ The Slippery Noodle

Video of Perry Weber and the DeVilles performing live; Perry Weber and the DeVilles will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Jessie Brown @ 8 Seconds Saloon

Video of Jessie Brown performing “White Liar” live at the Moon Dog Tavern in Indianapolis

The Right and Wrong All-Day Music Fest w/ Oui Si Only You, Another Day Dying, Shadowbox, Cadences @ The Emerson

Music Video of Oui Si Only You’s “New Clear Beauty;” Oui Si Only You will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Sour Mash @ Indianapolis City Market
Eagle Creek Folk Music Festival @ Eagle Creek Park
Mike Freer, Steve Mullan @ Lazy Daze Coffee House
Threat Level, Betrayed With a Kiss, Before I Fall, Etched in Red, Far from Fallen, Lanimilbus @ Rock House Cafe

Video of Threat Level performing live at 8 Seconds Saloon in Indianapolis

Eyes on Fire, Caden’s Cry, Verdict @ Birdy’s

Video of Caden’s Cry performing “Affliction” live at CT Peppers in Indianapolis

Sunday, June 13
Emery, Queens Club, Sent by Ravens, Kiros @ ES Jungle

Video of Emery performing “Walls” live; Emery will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

If I Had a Nickel @ The Moon Dog

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