what to expect, and why you should go


what we heard, and why we think it's important


opinions and analyses of the world of music


local implications of music news from around the world

more than music

conversations that go beyond the performance hall

dance, Events »

Mi Colombia — The Colombian Folkloric Ballet of Houston


Saturday June 28
2:30-4:30 pm
7:30-9:30 pm

Zionsville Performing Arts Center
1000 Mulberry Street, Zionsville


Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to enjoy the best Colombian Folkloric Ballet in the United States! CFB has performed in many venues around the country including the 2008 Latin Grammy Awards. We are pleased to announce they will be performing two shows at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center on June 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm and 7: 30 pm. Get your tickets today at or by calling (317) 733- 4833. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Independent Music and Art Festival (IMAF)


A day-long outdoor festival featuring local musicians, visual artists, and other “independents” in downtown Indianapolis. This annual event, now in its 13th year, honors local musicians and artists who perform original live music and create original work. It provides a unique opportunity for interaction with other local artists and the community.

Ronen Chamber presents… The Rite of Swing

rite of swing

Ronen Chamber Ensemble presents… The Rite of Swing, a French-inspired evening of chamber music and jazz by composer/pianist Becky Archibald. Proceeds benefit Archibald’s opportunity to present her music this July at the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School in Monteton, France.

Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet play @ IMA


Enjoy a performance by the Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet related to the special exhibition Face to Face, The Neo-Impressionist Portrait 1889-1904.

Rupa & The April Fishes @ IMA for Solstice


Jump start the summer season with IMA’s annual celebration in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. Make a little art, have a bite to eat in the meadow, and enjoy genre-bending tunes

Unity of Faith Benefit Concert


Proceeds of the concert will benefit families and neighborhoods in need through The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, “A Catalyst for Working Together for Unity, Reconciliation and Service,” in our community since 1912.

The Fourth Wall


A performance of dance, music and theater by the hybrid arts ensemble, The Fourth Wall. Stretching the boundaries of instrumental music, The Fourth Wall commissions new, interdisciplinary works and reimagines established repertoire. The musicians act and dance while they play.

Beats Antique at the Vogue

beats antique

Joshua Shuck has his mind blown and wishes his belly could have danced

Kyle Long and Brazil’s hip hop


Jason Hidy goes to the Library and discovers Capoeira and Cultural Cannibals

Harmony Talks: Music, Autism + Community

Music Autism Community

“Making Music to Make a Difference: Neurodiversity and the Ethnomusicology of Autism.” Michael Bakan is Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of World Music in the College of Music at FSU and director of the ARTISM project.

Know before you go to hear the Jazz Nonet from Kraków

kazi chl

Kazimierz Chludek is an educator, arranger and teacher in The Wladyslaw Zelenski 2nd degree State Music School in Krakow. He and a group of current and former students are making their second trip to the US. They’ll be playing at the Latvian Community center on Friday April 11th

Weezer in the Mother Church of Country Music


Joshua Shuck shares “Memories” and a Powerpoint presentation with his still not wheezing heroes, Weezer



4 bands + even more artists, jamming separately and jamming together at one of Indy’s coolest bars.

Pucker — Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola


April 12th — Legends: guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola return with PUCKER, a lean and sinewy session marked by fierce grooves, caressing melodies, and startlingly intuitive interplay

Poncho Sanchez + Terence Blanchard


April 13th — 2 jazz giants celebrate the 20th birthday of the Jazz Kitchen

Spotlight 2014


Spotlight is an annual variety show that features Central Indiana’s performing arts organizations and raises money for the Indiana AIDS fund.

La Case Azul


In an unprecedented undertaking, the dancers of GHDT along with specially invited guest artists will present an all-original operatic ballet based on the life of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.

Campus Superstars 2014


t’s time for the 10th anniversary of IU Hillel’s popular Campus Superstar (CSS), a talent competition open to all students attending an Indiana college. Soloists singing a full spectrum of musical genres, compete in 3 rounds of competition for a $5000 Grand Prize!

Zach Lapidus Quintet plays a Herbie Hancock Electric Tribute


One of the top 5 pianists in the nation to reach the finals of the American Pianist Association’s piano competition in 2011, Zach and his cast of young lions are as adventurous as they are grounded in jazz classics.

Joe Henderson Tribute Band w/ Rob Dixon, Sophie Faught & Steve Allee

joe henderson

Tenor saxophonist Rob Dixon and Sophie Faught explore the many side of Henderson’s vast hard-bop repertoire. Supported by the Steve Allee, this will be a show not to be missed.

CD Release Party for Mark Buselli Quintet Featuring Danny Walsh

Mark Buselli Quintet, Jazz Kitchen, 10/22/10

The CD is a mixture of material from Mark Buselli and Steve Allee. It features Jeremy Allen, Steve Houghton and Danny Walsh, a saxophone player that Bob Berg AND Michael Brecker both said was one of the best natural sax players they had ever heard.

Emanuel Ax


Emanuel Ax is a Grammy-winning American classical pianist. He is an internationally acclaimed performer, and a teacher on the faculty of the Juilliard School

Daphnis et Chloé


Daphnis et Chloe will be conducted by ISO Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski, who has earned significant critical and audience acclaim with his ISO performances, and will be choreographed by DK Artistic Director David Hochoy. The ISO and DK will also be joined on stage by the renowned Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

La Asociación de Venezolanos en Indiana — lots of music!

living proof

Fundraising gala for the Venezuelan-Hoosier community, featuring high energy bands from Venezuela and the Midwest

Posi / New Thought Music with Jennifer Ferren

jennifer ferren

As a passionate advocate for spreading the awareness and consciousness of Posi / New Thought Music, Jennifer continues to serve on the Unity Worldwide Ministries ® Music Ministry Team, where she has been a member for the past 8 years.

Steve Allee Big Band

steve allee

April 12th — Pianist, composer, and arranger Steve Allee is a veteran of more than 35 years on the music scene. He works principally in jazz, writing and performing for syndicated radio programs, network television, and motion pictures

George Garzone


April 11th — A member of the jazz trio The Fringe, Garzone has appeared on more than 20 recordings and has perfomed throughout the world. Garzone pioneered the triadic chromatic approach and is well known as a sought-after jazz educator.

Jamey Aebersold Quartet

Jamey Aebersold Quartet

April 10th — Jamey Aebersold is an internationally known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation. He is the director of the Summer Jazz Workshops, which now has more than 40 years on record.

Sophie Faught on the tenor sax

sophie faught

April 9th A Provocate favorite: Nurtured by some of Indiana’s great jazz musicians and educators— Harry Miedema, Brent Walarab, Claude Sifferlen, Mark Buselli, and David Baker—Faught speaks the jazz language with creativity, wit, passion, depth, and soul

#MTMW — Music and Technology in the Midwest


Held at the incredible Rathskeller in downtown Indianapolis, we’re going to raise awareness for local marketing and technology companies while listening to local musical talent. Every dollar raised goes directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Jazz Nonet of Krakow


April 11th — Some of the brightest young stars in Polish jazz play music of: Charlie Parker, Janusz Bielecki, John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Miles Davis, Bronisław Kaper, Sonny Rollins.