MojoStock 2010: Cool Music, Good Cause, Great Festival

What are the best parts of summer? Some would say it’s the bright sunshine, the way everything is alive, vibrant, and green, the warm wind through your hair, or the way everything seems more relaxed during the summer. Some people give the bevy of live music the vote, especially in Indianapolis, where it seems there’s another free Indianapolis music event every time you turn around. Still others would say it’s the sense of camaraderie that develops during the summer time, when everybody’s grilling, throwing frisbees outside, or just sitting on the porch, watching the sun go down.  However, though you might have a hard time deciding which of these summer qualities is the best, there’s an Indianapolis event that combines all three: MojoStock 2010.

Video of Rich Hardesty performing to a huge crowd at the 2009 iteration of MojoStock, an Indianapolis festival. MojoStock 2010 will take place on Saturday, July 17


MojoStock 2010, run by the popular Indianapolis business and social networking site,, is a 24 hour Indianapolis festival with live music, free food (well, if you bring a grill), local Indianapolis art, Indianapolis bands and DJ’s, and plenty of friends and good times. MojoStock takes place in the Sleepybear Campground, a popular RV camping spot in Noblesville, Indiana, just across the way from a huge Indianapolis music venue, the Verizon Wireless Music Center. During MojoStock, participants wallow in the sunshine with lawn games, lots of beer (the festival is BYOB), personal grills, good conversation, and a general feeling of well-being. This party is an Indianapolis attraction for all ages, though those under 21 can’t participate in the BYOB portion of the festival.

Video slideshow of pictures from events at Sleepybear Campground, the site of MojoStock 2010, an Indianapolis festival


Wandering through the campground, you’ll smell all sorts of delicious grilling vittles, hear laughter from the hundreds of tents dotting the grounds, and probably hear a lot of Indy‘s best live music from one of the two stages at the event. Tons of Indianapolis bands are making an appearance at MojoStock 2010, most of them jam bands and DJ’s straight from downtown Indianapolis. There are two stages at MojoStock 2010: the Jam Stage (which features, you guessed it, jam bands) and the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Tent, where you can groove all night long to the pulsing bass of the best party starters in Indianapolis nightlife.

Video of The Twin Cats performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis; Twin Cats will be playing at MojoStock 2010


Though it’s only in its second year, MojoStock has already attracted a fat list of great Indianapolis performers for this year’s iteration. The full lineup has yet to be released, but so far you can expect to see progressive jazz jam band Twin Cats, Psynapse (nicknamed “Dubstep Jesus”), electronic producer Adam Jay, spaced out jammers Hyryder, supergroup Pocket Fullah Nasty (the band has musicians from The Great Hookup, Session Brothers, and Fernhead), dance DJ’s Shiva and Gizmo, and many, many more. The artists performing at MojoStock 2010 have a lot to live up to; the 2009 iteration of MojoStock had the likes of Rich Hardesty, Ladymoon, Sour Mash, and The Great Hookup on its roster.

Video of Hyryder performing “Goin’ Home” live at the Rocky Ripple Arts Festival in Indianapolis; Hyryder will be playing at MojoStock 2010


Perhaps one of the best parts about MojoStock 2010 is the fact that you can feel good about buying a ticket to this event. Part of every ticket sale goes to Relay for Life, an Indianapolis non-profit organization that rallies and fights against cancer in all its forms; it’s a well known, national organization that’s done a lot of work to defeat the dreadful disease. On top of that, 20% of all ticket sales go to support the bands and artists performing at MojoStock 2010, something rare in a musical climate where bands usually get squat. Buying a ticket to MojoStock is a great way to support the music scene in your Indianapolis cultural district, whether it’s Broad Ripple Village, Mass Ave, or Indiana Avenue.

So if you’re a fan of summer, you should head on up to Noblesville on Saturday, July 17 for a kaleidoscope of fun in the sun at MojoStock 2010. 28 live Indianapolis bands, community interaction, the natural beauty of Central Indiana, and good times with friends all come together at MojoStock. Sponsors of this mega event include NUVO Newsweekly, The Mousetrap, WRZX 103.3 (X103),, and many more. Tickets are $30, but for that cheap price you get to see 28 bands and DJ’s, camp out at the Sleepybear Campgrounds, and get those warm fuzzy feelings inside because you’ve supported starving artists and donated to kick cancer to the curb. Come on out to MojoStock 2010 and get your summer mojo back!

MojoStock 2010 w/ Twin Cats, Hyryder, DJ Shiva, and More
Saturday, July 17
Tickets: $30

Sleepybear Campground
13231 E 146th St
Noblesville, IN 46060

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