This fall is a lot happier than the last in the world of performing arts.
You can start with the ridiculous amount of talent coming from central Indiana, which includes John Legend, the Drive-By Truckers, and Todd Snider. From the plentiful number of concerts and theater dates, I have selected 15 shows that cover almost every corner of performance to hear and see.
Experimental hip-hop and polyrhythms? Understood. An all-female mariachi style band? For sure. Indie rock and blues anthems? Absoutely. Pieces that explore the historical experiences of blacks? Absoutely. An opera with probably the most hated of all title characters? Yeah. You get the picture.
Here is the list of unusual concerts and inventive stage performances that I recommend. Be sure to check the websites of the sites when purchasing tickets, as many require a combination of proof of vaccination, negative tests, and masks. And we all want to make sure those lines move quickly.
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October 2. Annex Hi-Fi, 1044 St. Patrick St. Tickets: hifiindy.com
With an ensemble name pronounced “Bless,” the trio of Sirius Blvck, Oreo Jones and David Moose Adamson create what they call experimental hip-hop. Each layer – the lyrics, the rhythm and the melodic underpinnings – catches the eye on its own, and all together offer an exciting journey. Others clearly hear the same thing: The 37d03d label, which was founded by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, signed 81355.
Indy Bard Festival
7 Oct-Nov 14. IndyFringe Basile Theater, Cat Theater in Carmel and Theater at the Fort in Lawrence. Tickets: indybardfest.com
Yes, please to these new productions of “Measure for Measure”, “Antony and Cleopatra”, “Love’s Labor’s Lost” and “Macbeth”. Also on the deck, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?” From Edward Albee. and “Elizabeth Rex” by Timothy Findley.
Kings of Leon
October 7. Ruoff Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St. in Noblesville. Tickets: livenation.com
Singing the rock anthems “Use Somebody” and “Radioactive” can be a reliable emotional vent. The band captures the sound that made them dear to many independent fans during the first decade of the 2000s and adds enough direction to the songs to keep their mainstream appeal. The tour follows the release in March of their new album “When You See Yourself”.
Flor de Toloache
October 8. The Cabaret, 924 N. Pennsylvania St. Tickets: thecabaret.org
I challenge you not to get goosebumps when you hear these voices of women, who blend beautifully while maintaining their independent character. The result is a whole new approach to mariachi and traditional Mexican music, courtesy of members whose cultural backgrounds include Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States.
October 24. The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Carter Green in Carmel. Tickets: thecenterpresents.org
There is a lot of comfort to hearing Black’s soft voice slide over the lyrics of his hits like “When I Said I Do” and “Like The Rain”. As we move through the pandemic, certain wellness flashbacks are the key to an accomplished artist who delivers interesting anecdotes and acts out what moves him.
November 4. Lo-Fi Lounge, 1043 Virginia Ave. Tickets: hifiindy.com
Singer and songwriter Tuelo Minah brings originality to each of her compositions, making it a joyful and powerful listening. Its sound is a combination of punk, soul, rock, South African protest music and polyrhythms.
November 5-7. The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts, 3 Carter Green in Carmel. Tickets: indyopera.org
Don Giovanni is the most annoying main character, given his obnoxious demeanor towards women and the unrepentant way he evades the consequences. Nevertheless, the end of the opera is satisfactory. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, of course, made it all sound beautifully and terrifying.
John Hiatt and the Jerry Douglas Band
November 11th. Brown County Music Center, 200, boul. in Nashville. Tickets: browncountymusiccenter.com
I challenge you to stop listening to the melodious and introspective “All the Lilacs in Ohio” from the album “Leftover Feelings” that Hiatt, along with the Jerry Douglas Band, released earlier this year. The Indianapolis native has long been known for his songwriting prowess, making gigs brimming with signings and new hits.
November 12. The Palladium of the Performing Arts Center, 1 Carter Green in Carmel. Tickets: thecenterpresents.org
His creativity was on display for a while with Ben Folds Five and hits like “The Brick”. Since then Folds has composed the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, produced solo albums and written for film and television. His performances remain full of energy, and we can even glimpse a little more what is going on in his head thanks to his 2019 memoir “A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons”.
November 16-17. The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. Tickets: thejazzkitchen.com
The talent that will take the stage for this show is overwhelming. Blanchard is a Grammy-winning trumpeter and recently became the first black composer to have an opera – “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” – presented by the 138-year-old New York Metropolitan Opera. The excellent E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet will accompany him to Indianapolis to play his album “Absence”, which celebrates jazz legend Wayne Shorter.
November 26. Old National Center, 502 N. New Jersey St. Tickets: livenation.com
Golden Landis Von Jones’ virtual fame turns physical as he embarks on his El Dorado tour. “Mood,” by Goldn and starring Iann Dior, skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2020, and it’s seen all kinds of TikTok buzz as well as heavy traditional radio time. Goldn’s song and album sits between hip-hop, pop punk, and rock as part of a Gen Z that seeks to further blur the boundaries of musical genres. I’m always here for it.
Clowes Lawn Series
Until October 29. On the lawn of Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University. To free. Schedule and information: butlerartscenter.org
Outdoor concerts don’t end with summer, and I’m happy to report that the Butler Arts & Events Center and Ganggang Cultural Development Society have joined together to bring live music to a leafy location on campus. before the public goes inside to see the tours already scheduled. . Over the next month, the talent includes DJ Slick Vic & Ferris Booler, Dead Silence & Jeremiah Stokes, Gritty N Craft Show, Lorea & Ed Lanier.
Festival of short pieces
October 14-17. Presented by American Lives Theater at the District Theater, 627 Massachusetts Ave. Tickets: indydistricttheatre.org and americanlivestheatre.org
Organized around the theme of “American identity”, this festival will present 15 plays five times each, representing 19 actors and three directors. Considering the length and price – $ 15 for five pieces – you’ll be able to look at all kinds of emotions and topics.
Onyx Festival 2021
October 7-16. The Théâtre de Quartier and the IndyFringe Basile Theater. Tickets: onyxfest.com and indyfringe.vbotickets.com
The annual drama festival dedicated to the stories of black playwrights includes performances of five plays. Among their subjects: a 1940s family drives a fugitive from a Japanese internment camp in Arkansas to New York City, a southern 1950s black family seeks balance and peace, and adult siblings have to deal with their childhood trauma.
December 14. The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave. Tickets: thevogue.com
The songs on Fish’s new album “Faster” offer all kinds of thrills, including a country anthem vocals vibe and rock riffs that showcase his guitar prowess. The energy of one of Fish’s shows is what we all need before a winter in Indiana.
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