The Black Keys Break It Down at White River State Park

Each Summer, the White River State Park becomes a hub for activity. Indianapolis fairs and festivals use this Indianapolis park by day. By night, the Lawn at White River State Park becomes an unparalleled Indianapolis music venue. The Black Keys perform at the Lawn at White River State Park Friday, June 10 with opening acts Booker T. Jones and Nicole Atkins. This Indianapolis music event begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets run $35 plus processing fees.

The Akron born Black Keys have taken over our airwaves recently with this hit song “Tighten Up” off of their recent album Brothers. This very cool band is steeped in blues and wrapped up in rock and roll. Like The White Stripes, The Black Keys are a guitar and drums duo with a Midwestern background. With Dan Auerbach on vocals and guitar and Patrick Carney on drums, the band formed in 2001 in Akron, Ohio.
According to an interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” their name came from a schizophrenic artist the pair new in Ohio, who would leave incoherent messages on their answering machines referring to their fathers as “black keys” like the “D flat” when he was mad at them. These college dropouts have gone a long way from “horticultural technicians” for a low-rent property owner in Ohio. The friends mowed lawns together to make ends meet, and practiced music together to feed their souls.

They got their start when they put together their very first tour in 2002 to promote their album The Big Come Up. They financed their tour by mowing lawns and saving funds. Their plan was to promote the album around the United States, go back to Akron, mow some more lawns, save money and maybe tour again. Though they get fired from the mowing business, the pair continued on with their plan to tour around the country.
When Rolling Stone gave their album four stars and more than 100 people showed up in Seattle to see them, The Black Keys eagerly traded up from lawn care to making music. Since then, they have released five other albums. But it wasn’t until recently that the group became known on the national stage. In 2011, they were nominated for five Grammy Awards and took home three golden gramophones including Best Recording Package, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Friday they will take the stage after Booker T. Jones and Nicole Atkins. Jones is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger and producer best known for his time as the front man for Booker T. and the MGs. The winner of a lifetime achievement Grammy Award, Jones has written songs for the best in the business including Bill Withers, Earth Wind and Fire, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and Neil Young. Nicole Atkins is a singer songwriter who is on the rise. Her songs have been featured in commercials and on late night television.

Don’t miss The Black Keys in concert at the Lawn at White River State Park. Before the concert, grab dinner at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, keep the party going over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

The Black Keys, Booker T. Jones and Nicole Atkins
Friday, June 10 at 8:00 pm

The Lawn at White River State Park
801 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204