by Ben Shine
It’s an amazing time to be alive and a fan of music in Indianapolis. It’s a month full of interesting, unique, cerebral, funny and engaging musical performances. In a perfect world, I’ll make it to all of these concerts, screenings, festivals and benefit concerts in the next four weeks. Do yourself a favor, look over the following list and pick one or two shows that you hadn’t heard about or wouldn’t normally go see. Then go.
Tell Me More About Evil
Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Luna Music
Luna music will set up the big screen among the rows of vinyl for a special screening of Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s Tell Me More About Evil. The film, shot in 16 millimeter, is a portrait of the band that includes stripped down versions of songs from their latest Slingshot to Heaven album. They’ll be giving away a signed test pressing of the accompanying album (only available on vinyl or cassette) and be brewing up some of the band’s signature brew from Dark Matter Coffee.
Here's a preview of the film:
Musical Journeys of Immigrant Composers
Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall
As part of this year’s Spirit & Place Festival, this event brings together local classical musicians to explore music shaped by journeys from oppression. The concert and talk should be a compelling exploration of the way external events can shape a composer’s life and creations.
Peelander-Z with Last IV
Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. at Radio Radio
One of the many bands throughout music history that claims lineage from interstellar locations, Peelander-Z mixes equal parts rock show, performance art and audience participation to its high energy and hilarious shows. Local forces of nature, members of Last IV hit the stage to open the evening.
Irvington Creative Music + Film Festival
Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at The Irving Theatre
There’s almost too much super-cool stuff going on in this one event to fit into this space. It will be a night of strange genius. The ICMFF is centered around a screening of The Case of the Three Sided Dream, a film about the life and music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the enigmatic, eccentric and blind jazz musician who could play multiple melodies and multiple rhythms on several horns simultaneously. The evening will also feature performances by Paul Metzger (who plays a 23-string banjo), Tim Kaiser, DMA, HYRROKKIN and more.
Venzago Conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Opus 55 – The Eroica
Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. and Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. at Hilbert Circle Theatre
I’m a huge fan of Krystof Urbanski and the direction he’s taking our Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, but am equally excited to see Mario Venzago return for a special performance of Beethoven’s epic symphony. It’s a super-sized symphony that will feature the first musician in history to sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie,
If you were lucky enough to grab a ticket while they were available, you’ll get to see 60 bands pay tribute to some of rock n’ roll’s biggest legends in Fountain Square. In its 13th year, Tonic will celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac, Velvet Underground, Nirvana and the Foo Fighters. It’s one of Indy’s best nights of music and art. The concert is sold out but the art component, Tonic Gallery happens Nov. 14 th and features music-focused artwork by local artists. There’s a Tiny Tonic too on Nov. 15th, where the entire family can join in too.
Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. at Indy CD & Vinyl
Indy CD & Vinyl’s monthly kid-focused Sunday afternoons feature interactive performance from local kid rocker, Mr. Daniel, (and maybe his mini-me, Roland) as well as kid-focused activities and special music promotions. Great for parents who love live music but who spend more time on the weekend focused on naptime than going to shows in Naptown.
Slick Rick “The Ruler” with DJ Indiana Jones
Nov. 25 at 11 p.m. at The Jazz Kitchen
To me, Slick Rick is the Mohammed Ali of rap. He’s the ultimate combination of technique and style -- nobody matches his silky smooth voice or on-point rhymes in the last 30 years. This is a rare performance in Indy and an incredible opportunity to see one of Hip Hop’s most unique voices. Did I mention he’s my favorite rapper ever?