Indianapolis Music Events 9/30 to 10/3: The National, Owen Pallett, Eric Johnson, Punk Rock Night’s 10th Anniversary

This weekend in Indianapolis music, three guitar masters converge on Clowes Memorial Hall, High Violet meets high fantasy at the Old National Centre (formerly the Murat Centre), and Punk Rock Night adds a few grey hairs with their tenth anniversary. As usual in Indianapolis, there are plenty of shades on the musical kaleidoscope this weekend, from shock rock (GWAR is playing on Monday) to light jazz (Femmes Blu Festival). There’s a stellar lineup of bands and artists coming to the Circle City this weekend; the only problem will be figuring out with ones to go see.

On Saturday, Eric Johnson, Andy McKee, and Peppino D’Agostino will bring their virtuoso guitar talents to Clowes Memorial Hall. Eric Johnson is a Grammy winning guitarist who is perhaps best known for his hit single, “Cliffs of Dover,” off of his massively acclaimed 1990 album, Ah Via Musicom. Where Johnson plays with a showy blues swagger, his bill mates on Saturday would rather take the understated approach with acoustic finger picking. Andy McKee is a phenomenon of our modern times; he shot to stardom after one of his YouTube videos, “Drifting,” went viral. Nowadays “Drifting” has over 32 million views and McKee is in high demand in venues around the United States. Peppino D’Agostino is a self made, self taught Italian guitarist who has earned countless awards, including “Best Acoustic Guitarist” by Guitar Player magazine. Their show in Indianapolis this weekend should be a phenomenal set of guitar chops and showmanship.

Moving away from the virtuoso front, The National and Owen Pallett will be performing at the Old National Centre, also on Saturday. The National are still riding high off of their critically acclaimed 2008 release, High Violet, an album with countless spine tingling moments, usually involving the deep baritone of lead singer Matt Berninger and the guitar arrangements of the classically trained Bryce Dessner. Owen Pallett is also a classically trained musician; his two best albums, He Poos Clouds and Heartland, combine polyphonic loops, samples, Pallett’s emotive violin and piano arrangements, and plenty of video game references. The two together should be a dynamic and incredibly well attended Indianapolis event; be sure to buy your tickets early.

For an often overlooked piece of Indianapolis history, head to the Melody Inn for a night to remember. If you’re not that into the underground music scene in Indianapolis, The Melody Inn’s weekly Punk Rock Night might have escaped your attention. Now entering its tenth year of existence, an incredible feat for a local music showcase, Punk Rock Night is still in full swagger, and the organizers plan to show off a little bit this weekend. The Indianapolis music venue will be celebrating the event’s tenth anniversary over three nights, starting on Thursday. Punk Rock Night favorites, new and old, will be playing the celebration of anti-bourgeois, D.I.Y., get drunk and get bloody Indianapolis bands, including Gay Black Republican, The Vibrators, Dan Glenzig, The Dockers, Luxury Pushers, and many more. Regulars at Indy punk venues like The Dojo, E.S. Jungle, and The Emerson Theater should check out the 10th anniversary celebration of Punk Rock Night at the Melody Inn from Thursday through Saturday.

There are plenty more shows going on in Indianapolis this weekend aside from the highlights above, so check out the Indianapolis show calendar below to plan your weekend:

Thursday, Sept 30
Like Bats, Stymie, Bent Life, Deceiver @ The Dojo

Video of Like Bats performing “Lousy” live; Like Bats will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Hold Steady, Wintersleep @ The Vogue Theater

Video of Wintersleep performing “Oblivion” live; Wintersleep will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Trampled by Turtles, These United States @ Birdy’s Bar & Grill

Video of These United States performing “I Want You to Keep Everything” live; These United States will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Punk Rock Night 10th Anniversary w/ The Vibrators, Dan Glenzig, The Punch-Ups @ The Melody Inn
Yeasayer @ The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Yeasayer performing “Ambling Alp” live; Yeasayer will be playing near Indianapolis this weekend

Ribs N’ Bone @ Apres Jack’s Lounge

Video of Ribs N’ Bone performing live; Ribs N’ Bone will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Trevor Reynolds Band @ The Slippery Noodle Inn

Video of the Trevor Reynolds Band performing “Look At You Look At Me” live; the Trevor Reynolds Band will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Emily Ann Thompson @ The Indianapolis Artsgarden

Video of James Weston and the Shackles performing with Emily Ann Thompson; Emily Ann Thompson will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Butler Scion Free Thursdays w/ Jascha @ Locals Only Art and Music Pub

Video of Jascha performing live in Indianapolis

Mike Posner @ Old National Centre

Music video for “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner; Mike Posner will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Friday, Oct 1
Friday Nite Classic Cabaret w/ George Clinton @ Indiana Convention Center

Video of George Clinton perforing “We Want the Funk” with Parliament Funkadelic; George Clinton will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

David Dondero, Darren Hanlon, Adam Kuhn @ White Rabbit Cabaret

Video of David Dondero performing “When the Heart Breaks Deep” live; David Dondero will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Louis Hayes Trio @ The Jazz Kitchen

Video of jazz drummer Louis Hayes performing with Cannonball Adderly and others; Louis Hayes will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Punk Rock Night 10th Anniversary Night 2 w/ roast of Greg Brenner, Gay Black Republican, The Give-Ups, The Dockers @ Melody Inn

Video of Gay Black Republican performing “Corporate Slave” live at Punk Rock Night at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis

Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors @ Indianapolis Artsgarden

Video of Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors performing live in Bloomington; Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Femmes Blu Festival w/ Nancy Moore, Monika Herzig, Carolyn Dutton, Heather Ramsey, Jennifer Kirk, and more @ The Athenaeum Theatre
Gene Deer @ The Rathskeller Restaurant

Video of the Gene Deer Band performing with Sara Hall; Gene Deer will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Battle of Birdy’s Round 1, Week 9 w/ Bearfoote Jackson, DeVault, A Bad Idea, StepSon, Periphonic, Divine Soul, Forsaken Sights @ Birdy’s Bar
Taking Rosa @ Champps Americana Bar & Grill


Toy Factory @ Ale Emporium

Video of Toy Factory performing live in Indianapolis

Zanna-Doo @ McQ’s Pub and Eatery Meeting Place

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

Blonde Sonja @ The Britton Tavern in Fishers, Indiana
The Flying Toasters @ The Lakehouse

Video of The Flying Toasters performing live at The Vogue in Indianapolis

Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band @ The Vogue
Through Being Cool @ Mo’s Irish Pub

Video of Through Being Cool covering “Cult of Personality” live near Indianapolis

Saturday, Oct 2
Eric Johnson, Andy McKee, Peppino D’Agostino @ Clowes Memorial Hall

Video of Eric Johnson performing “Cliffs of Dover” live; Eric Johnson will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The National, Owen Pallett @ Old National Centre‘s Murat Egyptian Room

Video of The National performing “Afraid of Everyone” live on the David Letterman Show; The National will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Punk Rock Night 10th Anniversary Night 3 w/ The Queers, The Slurs, Luxury Pushers, Down-Fi @ Melody Inn

Video of The Luxury Pushers performing “3 Minute Manifesto” live at the Ugly Monkey in Indianapolis

40% Steve, The Elect @ The Rathskeller

Video of 40% Steve covering “Under the Bridge” at SPIN Nightclub in Indianapolis

Jason Reeves, Joe Brooks @ Radio Radio Music Lounge

Video of Jason Reeves performing “Reaching” live; Jason Reeves will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Last Good Year @ Britton Tavern

Video of The Last Good Year performing live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis

Sunday, Oct 3
Drive-By Truckers, The Henry Clay People @ The Vogue

Video of The Drive-By Truckers performing “Women Without Whiskey” live; Drive-By Truckers will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Thirty Seconds to Mars, Neon Trees, New Politics @ The Old National Centre

Video of 30 Seconds to Mars performing “This Is War” live; 30 Seconds to Mars will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

Matt Pond PA, Calumet Reel @ The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana

Video of Matt Pond PA performing “New Hampshire” live; Matt Pond PA will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

The Stanton Moore Trio @ Bluebird

Video of the Stanton Moore Trio performing live at Bonnaroo; the Stanton Moore Trio will be playing in Indianapolis this weekend

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