Don’t get me wrong here. I know that there are plenty of resources for people in Indianapolis who are looking for something to do. I don’t intend to turn MFT into any sort of “show listing” service. And in a city this big, it’s basically impossible to cover every event or concert. But I do feel like it’s a good idea to help get the word out about some of the more “underground” or at least “under-represented” things that are happening in the local indie scene.
There’s no need to waste words or test your patience, kind reader. This week, I thought I’d try simply listing the details for a few hand-selected events happening in the next few days. All of these shows include great local acts, many of whom are active and archived at MFT. But of course, there are plenty of other great events at the same time, and we encourage you to find something you enjoy in this culturally abundant city.
Here are a few of our favorite picks for great shows this week:
Wednesday, Feb. 29
“Barfly Art and Music Show”
What is it: Local comic artist Wayne Bertsch displays hundreds of pieces of his original comic art and features an eclectic lineup of bands.
Where: Locals Only
When: 9 PM
Who: Jenn Cristy, The Innocent Boys, Mojo Gumbo
“Leap Year Show”
What is it: Christian Taylor’s always-righteous semi-monthly Melody Inn showcase lands on Leap Year day and will feature mostly local indie and experimental acts.
Where: Melody Inn
When: 9 PM
Thursday, March 1
“MOKB Presents: The Greenhornes w/ America Owns The Moon”
What is it: MOKB and Do317.com present this great duo of indie pop/rock bands for what is sure to be an entertaining evening. Indianapolis’s America Owns The Moon have returned to playing rare shows in the last few months, and they keep proving why they are one of the best rock bands anywhere.
Where: Radio Radio
When: 8 PM
Price: $12 Adv / $15 Day of
“IndyMojo Presents: Altered Thurzdaze w/ BARE”
What is it: An option for fans of dubstep / dancehall / DJ / hip-hop, etc. This show features local support from bass-heavy DJ duo, Mutiny, and the Electric Kool-Aid Experiment, a collaboration between Grey Granite, Freddie Bunz, and Ed Trauma. Also performing are Ohio’s Dub Terrorists, and L.A. dubstep heavyweight BARE will headline.
When: 9 PM
Who: BARE, Dub Terrorists, Mutiny, Electric Kool-Aid Experiment
Friday, March 2
“I’ve Got Some Kind of Friends”
What is it: Fountain Square artist Benny Sanders presents his own work and selections from several friends for a First Friday party at Shared Heritage. Featuring a variety of musical performances from local acts and beverages for adults. Highly recommended.
Where: Shared Heritage (Murphy Building)
When: 7 PM (music around 8)
Who: Caleb McCoach, Organ Grinder, The Innate, Golden Moses
Saturday, March 3
“She Does Is Magic / Bonesetters / Laura K. Balke”
What is it: Two shows in one day, in two different parts of the city! The earlier show is all ages and features solo and acoustic sets from these indie musicians. The later show will feature more rocking full-band lineups and is 21+. All great local acts whose songs share a focus on melody and storytelling.
Where: Indy CD & Vinyl (early) / White Rabbit (late)
When: 4 PM / 9 PM
Price: Free (early) / $5 (late)