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Every Local Act Playing Fountain Square Music Festival 2017
Posted October 03, 2017 by Seth Johnson
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Don't blink now because we're almost to Fountain Square Music Festival weekend. Taking over Indy's Fountain Square neighborhood this Friday and Saturday (Oct. 6-7), the fest will bring several marquee acts to town, including Phantogram, Dr. Dog, Bishop Briggs, Real Estate and more. Being the local music lovers we are, however, there are also countless Indiana acts that we at MFT look forward to checking out this year.

Below, we've laid out a bit of information on all 35 of the Indiana acts performing at Fountain Square Music Festival 2017. So get out there, and be sure to listen local.

 

Richard Edwards: Formerly the frontman of much-loved Indianapolis indie rock band Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Edwards released his debut solo effort on Joyful Noise Recordings this past March.

Lily & Madeleine: Since releasing their debut album on Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty Records back in 2013, this pair of Indianapolis sisters has risen to national notoriety, even opening up for John Mellencamp on one of his most recent tours. Read all about their latest album, Keep It Together, in this interview we did with them last year.

Hoops: After making noise in the blogosphere following the release of several stellar tapes, this Indiana guitar-pop group signed to Fat Possum Records in 2016, eventually releasing their first full-length on the label in 2017.

Dream Chief: Cousins John and Luke Tuttle make up this Indianapolis electro-pop duo, who scored a major Spotify hit with their song "Can?t Shake U".

Ghost Gun Summer: Indianapolis' most prominent hip-hop collective, Ghost Gun Summer combines the powers of Oreo Jones, Sirius Blvck, John Stamps, G Granite and Freddie Bunz.

Thunder Dreamer: Hailing from Evansville, this rising dream rock band recently released an album on 6131 Records  a label also known for releasing music by Julien Baker.

Brandon Whyde: Known for his soulful, whiskey-soaked voice, Brandon Whyde recently celebrated the release of his new album, Silver Apples of the Moon, just last month.

PRXZM: An electro synth-pop duo, PRXZM consists of Indiana University students Emma Maidenberg and Nick Ortega. Read a recent interview they did with EDM Chicago here.

Shiny Penny: Earlier in the year, this Kokomo rock band won the opportunity to open up for Bon Jovi when they visited Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Mathaius Young: This budding Indianapolis rapper received much praise for his track "Take Off" from highly regarded Midwest hip-hop blog Fakeshore Drive.

JAC: Short for Jason Aaron Coons, this Indianapolis indie pop artist is known for writing severely catchy tunes. "I'm pop, and I'm not ashamed to say it," he told NUVO in 2016.

The Wldlfe: With influences like The 1975 and LANY, this indie pop band made a splash on Noisetrade with their debut 2016 EP, New, before following that up with another EP titled ILY in February 2017.

Slater Hogan: Since he first started DJing in 1998, Slater Hogan has risen to international notoriety, playing in cities such as New York, Miami, Paris, London, Helsinki, Oslo, Sydney and more.

Mike Adams At His Honest Weight: Described as being "somewhere between Robert Pollard, Morrissey, Tony Clifton, Elvis and your lovable dad" up on stage, Mike Adams never ceases to entertain. His music catalog speaks for itself too.

Charlie Ballantine: One of Indy's premier jazz guitarists, Charlie Ballantine recently released an album titled Where Is My Mind? featuring his own take on the classic Pixies song of that same name.

Player Piano: On his debut album, Radio Love, Player Piano (a.k.a. Jeremy Radway) combines the propulsive grooves of Funkadelic with the exuberant pop experimentalism of David Bowie.

Busman's Holiday: Known for their masterful harmonies, brothers Lewis and Addison Rogers made their major label debut with the release of Popular Cycles on Indianapolis' Joyful Noise Recordings. Read more about the album in our interview with the duo.

DJ Indiana Jones and DJ Topseed: There's no telling what will happen when two of Indy's most legendary DJs take the stage together.

Clint Breeze and the Groove: Led by drummer/producer Clint Breeze, this talented jazz/hip-hop act often draws comparisons to The Roots. Get a taste of their sound on Breeze's highly regarded album, Nappy Head.

Amy O: One part of the Bloomington duo Brenda's Friend, Amy O's recent album on Bloomington-based label Winspear marks her most stunning collection of songs to date.

Saint Aubin: This Indianapolis trio describes their sound as a soulful collision of alt-rock, and jazzy folk music. Last year, they released an EP titled They Say You Are A Giant.

Bigfoot Yancey: Fronted by Virginia Folk Festival co-founder Mike Angel, this folk/bluegrass group celebrated the release of their latest album, Hills, in April.

America Owns the Moon: A longtime favorite of Musical Family Tree, America Owns the Moon is Midwest rock 'n' roll at its finest, with Indianapolis music veteran Christian Taylor's excellent songwriting at the forefront.

J. Elliot: Former frontman of the band Stereo Deluxe, Jay Elliot has recently found success pursuing a solo career, playing multiple gigs around Indianapolis every week.

Peter Oren: With a baritone voice reminiscent of Bill Callahan, Peter Oren is an Indiana-born, everywhere-based singer-songwriter currently on the rise.  Get a taste of his upcoming album Anthropocene here.

Caleb McCoach: One of Indianapolis' most highly regarded songwriters, Caleb McCoach's lyrical prowess is on full display on his 2016 album Gone Forever.

Vess Ruhtenberg: From United States Three to the Zero Boys, Vess Ruhtenberg has been a part of numerous irreplaceable Indianapolis bands over the years. With this appearance, however, you can expect to hear cuts from his upcoming solo record, Tremendous Downtime.

Brandon Lott: This Indianapolis R&B artist may be young in age, but you certainly can't tell from his music. Get a good taste of his polished, Frank Ocean-like sound on the track "XIX".

manners, please.: Initially started as somewhat of a joke, this synth-pop band has quickly risen in the ranks of the Indianapolis music scene. Fronted by Katrina Bolyard and Jennasen Snyder, manners, please received much praise for their submission in last year's Tiny Desk Concert competition.

The Tourists: Hailing from the Circle City, this alt-pop band shows off their knack for hook writing on the single "Livin' Like We're Dreamin'".

Keller & Cole: Landon Keller and Kara Cole make up this sincere yet powerful acoustic duo. Get a taste of their sound courtesy of this live Catalyst Session.

Chris Wilson: Mixing indie folk and acoustic rock, this Spark Joy Music singer-songwriter recently released a collection of songs titled The Fragile EP.

Hales Corner: Fronted by Wesley Cook, this Indianapolis-based indie rock band made an excellent first impression with their 2016 album, Garden View.

Master Key: Master Key is the ethereal singer-songwriter project of Bloomington's Donna Mikayla Mundy.

Back to the Future Dance Party with DJ Metrognome: Get down to all the best old school grooves with Indy's own DJ Metrognome.

Get advanced tickets to the festival here.

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