Since graduating from college and departing from the oasis of hedonism that is Bloomington, IN, there has been a a single, constant void in my life. It’s not Kilroy’s pepperoni bread sticks (now available downtown and in Broad Ripple). It’s not late night rounds of “Sink the Biz” at Nick’s. It’s not even the early wake-up call for a full day of drinking on 17th St. before a football game that nobody planned on watching. What I miss the most are raucous house parties. Those all night ragers, marked by loud music and questionable decision-making, that only come to a halt when the kegs run dry or the cops show up.
Fortunately for me, I have the opportunity to make up for lost time this weekend. A handful of houses between 927 and 945 E. Morris St. in Fountain Square will transform into music venues for two days of free music. Yes, you read that right FREE. Festivities will kick off this Friday around the Fountain Square Grand Prix and continue until the wee hours Sunday morning.
Cataracts Music Festival offers Indy citizens the opportunity to binge on their favorite local (and a few not-so-local) underground musicians. Check out a list of who will be where below. Also, be sure to check out Cataracts’ Tumblr for a treasure trove of videos from the performing artists. So don’t sleep on an opportunity to get weird, get wet (a dunk tank is promised) and get your ears blown off by some of Indy’s most talented, underappreciated musicians.
Friday, August 17 – Fountain Square Grand Prix – Murphy Building Parking Lot
Saturday, August 18 – Cataracts Music Festival – E. Morris St.
Debbie’s Palace of Noise and Laundry
2:00- Creeping Pink
3:00- Teenage Strange
4:00- Psychic Feel
6:00- Thee Open Sex
7:00- Learner Dancer
8:00- Crys & Heavy Hanging Sun-
9:00- Vacation Club
10:00- Burnt Ones
2:30- Tight Genes
3:30- Ancient Slang
4:30- The Hecks
7:30- Magic Milk
9:30- Expo 70
10:30- White Mystery
Written by Rob Peoni
Tonight marks the tenth annual Tonic Ball in Indianapolis’ historic Fountain Square neighborhood. This year’s festival promises to be the largest in its history, showcasing more than 40 artists at three separate venues. All money from ticket sales supports Second Helpings – a charity organization that provider over 3,000 meals to Indy’s hungriest citizens each day.
The event will kick off with a silent auction at New Day Meadery from 5 – 8 PM. From there, guests will wander toward the tunes. Each of the three venues will feature local artists attempting to create a unique version of songs not their own. Fountain Square Theatre will play host to the Michael Jackson stage, White Rabbit Cabaret will serve as the David Bowie stage and Radio Radio will feature songs by recently disbanded R.E.M.
Indy’s latest and greatest event site Do317.com is powering a nifty schedule that allows attendees to easily map out their scheduled listening for the evening. The music will continue into the wee hours with Hitchhike playing closer at 1 AM at Radio Radio. Tonic Ball promises to be one of the parties of the fall in Indianapolis, and its support of Second Helpings adds another worthwhile reason to attend.
Online sale of tickets are now closed, but a limited number of tickets will be made available at the event itself. Claw, scratch, and elbow folks. Do what you must to get into this event. Just don’t miss it!
Written by Rob Peoni