Archive for June 2, 2012

Summer Sounds Fill Downtown Indianapolis

"Concerts on the Canal" at the Indiana History Center

“Concerts on the Canal” at the Indiana History Center. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Enjoy summer to the fullest with fun musical performances! Each venue has something unique planned, so there is a sound for everyone.

The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park waterfront stage is the perfect setting for any show, including this summer’s fantastic concert lineup! Call 317.231.0000 or log on to for more information.

July 1             Counting Crows

July 7              Umphrey’s McGee with guest G.Love and Special Love Sauce

July 12            O.A.R. with guest Rebelution

July 29            Florence + The Machine with guest The Walkmen

Aug. 12           WTTS The Last Summer on Earth Tour featuring Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and Cracker

Aug. 14           Unity Tour 2012 featuring 311, Slightly Stoopid and The Aggrolites

Aug. 24           Rhythm Revue Tour 2012 featuring The Dukes of September

Sept. 30          The Avett Brothers


Old National Centre

The Old National Centre’s summer schedule includes a fantastic concert line-up in both the Murat Theatre and the Egyptian Room! Call 317.231.0000 or log on to for more information and ticket prices.

June 3       TECH N9NE

June 6       Mewithoutyou

June 7       Flogging Molly with Special Guests

June 10          Glen Campbell

June 12          Willie Nelson

June 13          Fun.

June 14          Flux Pavilion

June 15          Childish Gambino

June 20          Norah Jones

June 22          Bill O’Reilley & Dennis Miller

June 23          Nada Surf

July 10            Young the Giant

July 11            Fiona Apple

July 17            Ingrid Michaelson

Aug. 1             Ledisi

Aug. 3             Kaskade

Aug. 8             The Wiggles

Aug. 18           IL Volo

Sept. 15          Reverend Horton Heat

Sept. 26          Earth, Wind & Fire

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Bankers Life Fieldhouse will host some of the biggest names in the music industry this summer.  Visit for more information and ticket prices.

June 11          Roger Waters: The Wall Live

Aug. 3             The Indiana State Fair Presents: Barry Mannilow

Aug. 4             The Indiana State Fair Presents: Train

Aug. 8             The Indiana State Fair Presents: Journey with Pat Benatar featuring Neil                             Giraldo and Loverboy

Aug. 17           The Indiana State Fair Presents: Blake Shelton with guest Caroline Kole

Sept. 13          Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour


Indianapolis City Market – Live Performance Series

The Indianapolis City Market features live music on various Wednesdays through the summer from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the West Plaza.

June 6                                    Bill Rumely

June 13                      Island Breeze

June 20                      Bashiri Asad

June 27                      The Michaels

July 11                        Emma Wynne

July 18                        James Pennell

July 25                        The Michaels

Aug. 8                         Emma Wynne

Aug. 29                       The Michaels


Indiana Historical Society – Concerts on the Canal

Enjoy a fun summer evening along the Downtown Canal at this popular FREE outdoor summer concert series (see photo above).  Performances are at the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursdays, except July 5. The July 4 Celebration is from 5 – 9:30 p.m. You may rent a table on the Terrace or bring your own chair or blanket and sit on the grassy hill across the Canal. Cafe, outdoor grill and cash bar are available.  Reserved tables for eight are $45 ($40 for IHS members) or tables of four are $35 ($30 IHS members).  Call 317.232.1882 to reserve a table or log on to for more information.

June 7            John Vander Gheynst Jazz Orchestra
June 14          Blair Clark
June 21          Endless Summer
June 28          Shannon Forsell and the Roy Geesa Band
July 4              Indianapolis Municipal Band & The Impalas
July 12            Tom Wright
July 19            King James and the Verses
July 26            Wendy Reed
Aug.  2            Deb Mullins
Aug. 9             Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra

The Rathskeller at the Athenaeum Biergarten

Summer is the perfect time to get the group together and head to The Rathskeller Biergarten for great food, drinks and live entertainment! Check out all the entertainment by logging on to

June 1            Red Wanting Blue

June 2            Possum

June 8            Polka Boy

June 9            Gene Deer

June 14          The Tides

June 15          Brett James & The Contraband

June 16          Woomblies

June 17          YLS Wishfest featuring Zanno Doo & Jester Kings

June 21          Harper

June 22          Zanno-Doo

June 23          Natalie Stovall

June 24          Atom Heart Mother

June 28          Brave Combo

June 29          Living Proof

June 30          Cousin Roger

July  4             Zanno Doo

July  5             Frank Bradford & Doug Henthorn

July  6             Honor By August & The Elect

July  7             The Late Show

July  12           Gypsy Revival

July  13           Woomblies

July  14           Frank Bradford & Doug Henthorn

July  19           Tennessee Walker

July  20           Chase Stites & Jennie DeVoe

July  21           Lloyd Dobler Effect

July  26           Heavy Finger

July  27           Tyler Bryant

July  28           Mother Grove

Aug. 1             Black Voodoo

Aug. 2             Uncle Juju

Aug. 3             Polka Boy

Aug. 4             Gene Deer

Aug. 10           Zanna Doo

Aug. 11           Woomblies

Aug. 16           Red Wanting Blue

Aug. 17           Cousin Roger

Aug. 18           Bunny Brothers

Aug. 22           Frank Bradford & Doug Henthorn

Aug. 24           Brent James & The Contraband

Aug. 25           The Elect

Aug. 31           The Flying Toasters

Are you a Karaoke singer? Join Can you Rock?, a search for Central Indiana’s premiere vocalists at The Rathskeller June 5, 13, 20 & 27 and July 11, 18 & 25 (finale). See if you have what it takes to perform in front of a live band comprised of top-notch musicians from four of the most in demand bands in the City, including Zanna Doo and Living Proof.


Easley Winery – Groovin’ in the Garden

Enjoy a glass of fine wine and live music at the Easley Winery Groovin’ in the Garden concert series! Bring a group of friends, split a bottle of wine and enjoy great entertainment. Concerts are Tuesdays 5 – 7 p.m. and Saturdays 2 – 5 p.m. For more information, check out or call 317.636.4516.

June 2            Island Breeze

June 9            Jamodo

June 16          Kenny Kipp

June 23          Second Wind Trio

June 30          Island Breeze

July 7              Luke Austin Daugherty

July 14            Tonos Triad

July 21            Indiana Island Band

July 28            Tonos Triad

Aug. 4             Second Wind Trio

Aug. 11           Island Breeze

Aug. 18           Tonos Triad

Aug. 25           3:1 Band

Sept. 1             Davis & Devitt

Sept. 8            Kenny Kipp

Sept. 15          Island Breeze

Sept. 22          Tonos Triad

Sept. 29          Indiana Island Band


Scotty’s Brewhouse Live @ 5

Head to Scotty’s Downtown for live music on the patio every Thursday at 5p.m.

June 7            Gordan Bonham

June 14          Steve Kennan

June 21          Paul Holdman

June 28          Gordan Bonham

July 5              Gypsy Revival

July 12            Steve Kennan

July 19            Gordan Bonham

July 26            Paul Holdman

Aug. 2             Gypsy Revival

Aug. 9             Steve Kennan

Aug. 16           Gordan Bonham

Aug. 23           Jon Conover

Aug. 30           Paul Holdman


Indianapolis Zoo – Zoolapalooza & Animals and All That Jazz

The “wildly” popular Zoolapalooza concert series is back, featuring some of the area’s best decade bands including Zanna Do and The Flying Toasters. Concerts are Friday nights June 15 – July 13 at 5:30 p.m. and are included with regular zoo admission.  Visitors can enjoy delicious food and beverage options from Centerplate Catering while viewing the lemur and flamingo exhibit.

Come to the zoo on Thursday evenings July 12 – Aug. 16 to hear some great jazz and see the animals (until 7 p.m.)! All performances begin at 5:30 p.m. and are included in zoo admission.  Enjoy costumed mascots, the playground and Kroger Splash Park, to keep the kids entertained too!  Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs, although plenty of seating will be available. Line up coming soon! Call 317.630.2001 or visit


Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Free Concert

This FREE show will take place Friday, July 20 on the lawn of the American Legion Mall. Bring your family, food and lawn chairs and enjoy entertainment by Gladys Knight, ConFunkShun and Zapp.  Smoking, grills, pets, glass and tents are prohibited. For more information, call 317.925.2702 or visit