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August 16, 2012

IndyFringe Pairs Music with Theater

by @thoughtontracks

Indianapolis’ eighth annual IndyFringe Festival officially kicks off tomorrow evening in and around downtown’s Mass Ave. The 10-day event has grown into one of the city’s most celebrated cultural happenings and offers local residents the opportunity to convene in a summer celebration of the arts. This year’s festival is taking the party to the streets with a diverse line-up of musical performances that will be housed in the IndyFringe Beer Tent, located at the intersection of Mass Ave. and College.

This is exactly the type of multimedia approach that I have been looking for from Indy’s art scene.  For a city with a small-town feel, Indianapolis’ various “scenes” – for lack of a better term – remain incredibly fragmented.  Some of those barriers have begun to blur as First Friday events have grown to encompass live music alongside the visual arts. Nevertheless, I am thrilled to see IndyFringe showcase everything from jazz to indie rock in an attempt to indulge all of the attendees’ senses.

A full list of the beer tent’s line-up can be found below. Local brewery, Flat 12 Bierwerks‘ Misummer Apricot Wheat is the official festival beverage, and will be served throughout the event. Free entrance to the beer tent will be granted to anyone with a backer button, but music fans simply looking to hang out in the tent may purchase a wristband for $1. Eager attendees can head downtown tonight for a preview of the week’s performances. Downloads of the festival schedule and Fringe Map are available at the IndyFringe website. The social media-inclined can follow the festivities via Twitter through the official hashtag: #Fringe12.

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IndyFringe Beer Tent Schedule

Thursday, August 16

Opening Night Party – Performer Showcases

Friday, August 17

IndyFringe Music Night Featuring:

Hotfox

Young Heirlooms

Saturday, August 18

Indy Jazz Festival Showcases featuring:

Rob Dixon and Trilogy with Indy Jazz Fest Band

Cynthia Layne

4Evolution

Sunday, August 19

4 PM: Blues with a Twist ft. Ken Skelton & Paul Henry

5-7 PM: Sticky Fingers

 Wednesday, August 22

Brazil Dance Exchange Party Night

Thursday, August 23

DoItIndy Showcase featuring:

Missing Pieces

MG & The Gas CityThree

Edge of Dance

DJ Jammin Joe Hutton

Friday, August 24

IndyFringe Music Night featuring:

Bears of Blue River

The Dapper

Saturday, August 25

IndyFringe Music Night featuring:

Mark Alexander & The Good Shame

Chandelier Ballroom

Sunday, August 26

4 PM: Blues with a Twist ft. Ken Skelton & Paul Henry

5-7 PM: Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels

Written by Rob Peoni

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