Week of September 20th

I was in Denver last week, so no FlavaDave Thursday post. Sorry about that. It was a crazy time. I got an eye ulcer, I was peed on by a dog, and I was in a car for a total of 40 mostly consecutive hours over two days. However, I was able to see beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater, I got an alligator cake for my birthday, and I saw terrific sets from Spoon, the Flaming Lips, Art Brut, the Rev, Margot, and more. I’m really glad I went.

On to the live music picks of the week:

- Everthus the Deadbeats, Red Light Driver, Loretta, Those Young Lions
Thursday the 27th, @ The Vogue, $7, 9 PM

It is hard to argue that the Vogue is the best music venue in town. It is the perfect size, the sound is usually good, and it looks really cool. That is why it is so sad to see the noticeable lack of live, local music at the venue. On the heels of the excellent Rev Peyton show, a killer line-up of four of my favorite bands invades the Vogue. If this show goes as well as the Rev show did, local music could once again become a fixture. If you have any interest in seeing music thrive in this city, you MUST come out. That is an order. I can’t wait.

- Early Day Miners, Marmoset, Creepin’ Charley & the Boneyard Orchestra
Saturday the 22nd, @ Radio Radio, $5, 9 PM

It might surprise many Indy residents to hear that one of the most respected Indie labels in the country calls Bloomington home. But that is the case for Secretly Canadian. Hopefully, the secret will be leaked a little bit more this Saturday night, as label mates Early Day Miners and Marmoset share the stage. Creepin’ Charley, an Indy favorite, supports.

- Indianapolis Metal Fest
Saturday the 22nd, @ Birdy’s & Knights of Columbus, $20, noon

The name kinda speaks for itself here. Come break your neck at two adjacent venues with a full day of tr00 kv1t metal. Bands include CLEAN UP, DAVID LADUKE, OBITUARY, REMAIN, DAATH, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, BENEATH THE SKY, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, HEMLOCK, TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY. They are so brutal, I couldn’t type them in lower case letters. It just wouldn’t seem right.

- Masterpiece in a Day
Saturday the 22nd, @ Fountain Square, free, all day

This is an awesome event that challenges strangers to come together to create art, music, and more in just a few hours time. It’s like capturing an epiphany in a bottle.

From the website:

The music competition, which randomly pairs two musicians to create and perform a song that day, pays $700 per musician for first place, $300 each for second and $150 each for third. The winner of the music competition will be selected by judge and audience vote during the live competition that starts at 4 p.m.

Check these events out, or find some other way to support local art in the city this weekend. Have a good week; I’ll see you ot there.