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First, The Playboy Psychonauts play Sahm's Tavern downtown (433 N. Capitol) tonight at 7pm. Please come and join us for this early show before heading down to Fountain Square. We're so considerate, aren't we?

Tonight, The English Beat make a triumphant return to Radio Radio. Saturday, the venue recovers in time to host Davy Jay Sparrow, Danny Thompson Trio, and The Innocent Boys.

The Vollrath brings in Project Hero, Pragmatic, Orange Willard, and New Addiction. Tomorrow, look for Gypsy Revival, Sequoyah Prep School, and The Riverwinds. Sunday wraps the whole weekend up with Burnt Ones, Learner Dancer, Child Bite, and The STNNNG.

The White Rabbit Cabaret welcome anti-folk heros Paleface and Mo tonight.

Noted singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston with opener Nicholas Barron grace the Wheeler Arts Community tomorrow night.

Don't forget our regular visitors, too:

  • Swing Night at the Fountain Square Theater tonight
  • Live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House Saturday
  • Live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend long
  • Live jazz at Maria's Pizza

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

I could probably just stop the whole blog post with Tonic Ball tonight. Seriously - Radio Radio and the Fountain Square Theater, 33 or so acts, covering the Beatles for a good cause.

In fact, I think I will stop here.

Wait, there's Saturday, too. So might as well cover it all.

If you're not going to drink the Tonic tonight, check out Devil To Pay, Lo-Pan, Bulletwolf, and Devils of Belgrade tonight at the Vollrath. Tomorrow, there's Kenny Howes and Rotovox.

Radio Radio has Free Energy and Hollerado tomorrow.

And, of course, there's live jazz at Maria's Pizza tonight, live acoustic music at Red Lion Grog House tomorrow, and live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend long. Enjoy.


New IMN Podcast and Tonic Ball

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm.

Also, just a quick plug for tomorrow's Tonic Ball - well, not so much a plug as some advice. The podcast and Top 10 list have it listed as the #1 show, and rightly so. It's a huge event featuring some of the best musical talent Indianapolis (and now Nashville) has to offer, which means there are going to be huge crowds. So, the advice:

  • Don't worry, there will be plenty of parking, either in the bank lots or on the streets. You may have to walk a block or two, but you'll be OK.
  • If you're looking for a pre-event dinner, get to the restaurants a little early. Plenty of people are thinking like you.
  • If you want to spend a good deal of time in Radio Radio, GET THERE A LITTLE MORE EARLY. Seriously, it always packs out by 9 or so, and there's a line out the door. One in, one out. It'll be a bit crowded in the theater, too, but that has more room than the club. Consider yourself warned.

Enjoy the show, and we'll see you Friday.


Fountain Square Music This Weekend

At Radio Radio this weekend, the electronic rock act F.U.Z.Z. reunites in their hometown this very evening. Tomorrow, you can catch Hoots and Hellmouth and Annie and the Beekeepers. Actual bees will not be present.

The Vollrath Tavern has Maravich, Bulletwolf and Secrets Between Sailors tonight. Tomorrow, the tavern presents Ill Ease, Lines of Nazca and Lasercrust. While it is being presented as the 48th birthday party of Wick (drummer for LON), records show he is at least 7 years younger than the show indicates.

For the jazz fans, there's Swing Night tonight at the Fountain Square Theater, and you can see a smaller combo Friday and Saturday nights at Maria's Pizza. Toss in acoustic music at Deano's Vino all weekend, and you're pretty much set.

Thanks to all that visited the Upper Room last night for the Playboy Psychonauts show. It was quite entertaining to manage the Steelers game and the setlist at the same time, but I pulled through splendidly, if I do say so myself. Toss in an overtime win, and all is right with the world. Thank you, and good night.


Fountain Square Music This Weekend

The weekend schedule at Radio Radio is a little light, so make the trip on Monday to hear William Fitzsimmons, Rosi Golan, and Chase Coy.

Deano's Vino has Sour Mash tonight and Wilson and Company tomorrow. Tim Brickley's swing band plays the Fountain Square Theater tonight, and Frank Glover and Claude Sifferlen is at Maria's Pizza.

And though it's not this weekend, there are quite a few hardcore shows happening at the Murphy Building later this month, so welcome to the neighborhood. I'll try to wander by the doors and get a schedule soon.

And that's it. Enjoy the weekend, all.


Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio has Cash Bash tonight - celebrating the Man In Black with Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes with special guest Mark Miller from BR-549.  Tomorrow's show has been cancelled.  Don't go to it - the performers won't be there.

Big Car Gallery's Art!Bike! party tonight features some music, according to their website.  I'd go just to see what they mean.

Deano's Vino has New Augusta this evening and the Last Drop Jug Band tomorrow.

Finally, there's jazz at Maria's Pizza tonight and swing music from the Boilermaker Jazz Orchestra at the Fountain Square Theater.  Enjoy.


Fountain Square Music For This Weekend

Radio Radio has Those Darlins, Kentucky Nightmare and Dorsey tonight.  Tomorrow brings Miles Nielsen, Healing Sixes and Dark Matter Halos.

Sam's Saloon features Lollipop Factory, Marionette Rebellion and Gay Black Republican tonight, and The Highway and Fairview play tomorrow.

I need to get more details, but Maria's Pizza (right on the Square) is hosting live jazz at some point.  The Fountain Square Theater has their swing night tonight as well.  Enjoy!


Fountain Square Music This Elongated Weekend

Radio Radio brings in KRISTEENYOUNG and Yuki Saturday for shoegaze followed by a little vocal weirdness.  Wednesday, they close out the year with Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes with Bigger Than Elvis.  It's part of a much larger retro New Year's Eve celebration that ranges over the entire Fountain Square building, including dance parties in the Fountain Square Theater and the two duckpin bowling alleys.

Sam's Saloon is closed this weekend in preparation for the Pattern-Hungry Records New Year's Eve Bash taking place Wednesday.

Big Car Gallery is throwing a Bohemian New Year's Eve party Wednesday night - there's a lot going on at this particular event, but the music portion includes performances from Tonos Triad, Adam Kuhn, Beat Debris, The Tapedeck Few, Oakdale Drive and The Bone Fags.

Deano's Vino has New Augusta tonight and the Shirtless Biddles tomorrow.  Their New Year's Eve celebration is only described as "beer-influenced," so there you go.

So stay safe and enjoy your New Year's Eve celebrations.  Please get taxis, hotel rooms and all the necessary accoutrements, and take care.


Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio hosts the Born Again Floozies with opener Peter Kienle of Kwyjibo Saturday night.

Sam's Saloon has the Bone Fags and Pigtail Crooks tonight, with soul/funk masters Blackberry Jam, Freddie T, and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound Saturday night.

The Fountain Square Theater's Swing Night takes place tonight beginning at 7:30.  Afterwards, head over to Deano's Vino for Wilson and Company.  Cliff Snyder and friends appear tomorrow night.

And, of course, this is the last week for the Country Christmas Cabaret at the American Cabaret Theater.  I have yet to decide what will become of the cowboy hat after I'm done with this show.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio has Centro-Matic, One Baptist General and South San Gabriel tonight. Tomorrow bring the Indie Band Collective showcase featuring Amo Joy!, Dorsey, John Kill and the Stereofidelics.

Sam's Saloon has Black Stone Ritual, Pulse 8 and Dead Broke for Metal Night tonight, and they bring in Twin Monster, The Dirty Thirty and Hot Jimmy & The Charred Remains tomorrow.

Deano's Vino welcomes Shogun Attractions tonight and Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters tomorrow. And it's Swing Night at the Fountain Square Theater, featuring the Blue Skies Big Band.