Indy’s Indie (and not so indie) Music Scene: 12/2 – 12/8

December 1, 2013

Indianapolis: Race cars, football, and . . . music? You bet your ass. Indy’s got music happening every night of the week, with outstanding local bands filling halls and touring acts filling arenas. It’s not hard to find something to do in this town but we try and make it a little bit easier.


Wednesday, 12/4

Chance the Rapper at Deluxe

“Chance the Rapper is blowing up. Born Chancellor Bennett, it’s hard to imagine someone with that name growing up to be anything but famous (or at least rich). Still, Chance the Rapper has jumped at every, well, chance at fame, releasing two mixtapes already. The second, Acid Rap, has already been downloaded over 250,000 times.”

Thursday, 12/5

Nocturne: Prohibition Repeal Day Party at White Rabbit Cabaret

“What better way to celebrate the overturning of a law from 80 years ago than to party with burlesque dancers and plenty of strong drinks? That’s the idea behind Nocturne, which brings together jazz, boobs and booze for a night of 1930s-style partyin’. Make that two nights, actually. The Rocket Doll Revue joins Siobhan Atomica on night one, and Tessa Von Twinkle and Bunny Van Doren on night two. Dress in era-appropriate dudes for some bucks off the door price. Rob Dixon and The Naptown Fantasy Swingers own the stage each night. Dec. 5 feat. Siobhan Atomica.”

Friday, 12/6

Veseria at DO317 Lounge

“Indianapolis natives, Veseria have been teasing us for months now over the release of their sophomore LP, “Voyager” to be released March 1st, 2014. December 6th, they are celebrating First Friday in Fountain Square with a sneak peek at the rock quintet’s highly anticipated new record at the Do317 Lounge (Located in Fountain Square’s Murphy Building). Joining them on stage will be local rock legends, Shadeland and Chicago’s powerhouse blues rock masters, Train Company.”

Saturday, 12/7

Dallas Leonard at Kip’s Pub

“Alternative acoustic original and cover music from various genre. Including: Rock, Soul, Reggae and Country. A laid back, yet energetic and entertaining mix of solid music and musicianship.”

Sunday, 12/8

America’s Hometown Band at Emens Auditorium

“Come enjoy the only yearly production program of our America’s Hometown Bands, a community volunteer band, led by Roger McConnell, music director and their guests. The Band features a roster of BSU & East Central Indiana connected performers, and will play in the comfortable and warm festive holiday setting of Emens. The AHB Jazz & Concert Bands and special guest soloists will raise the season spirit. One of this year’s features will be The Magic City Music Men, in this year’s 12th Annual IPR Hometown Christmas Variety Show.”

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MJ is a songwriter and local musician, freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, lover of travel, and a terrible mechanic. When MJ graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Creative Writing, he was immediately barraged with 'questions' of "What are you gonna do, teach?" He is determined to not get a job teaching. So far, so good. With music, MJ's traveled the country touring on his songs. Having spent time in places from Chicago to Seattle, LA to New Orleans, and Nashville to NYC, he is convinced that Detroit and its 'burbs have the the highest concentration of 'native' songwriting talent anywhere. Eat it, New York. You too, LA. MJ started writing for the Urbane Life in the summer of 2011. He also writes for a handful of other websites as well as an immigration lawyer. He used to work in a publishing house. He's glad he's out.

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