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A Few 2019 Music Events & Festivals
Posted April 22, 2019 by Kati Taylor
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April 22, 2019
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This year is full of fun music related events throughout Indiana. I have had fun participating, volunteering, and attending several already but there’s much more to come.

What events have you checked out this year and what are you going to next?

There is plenty to get involved with in the music world. It will nurture your soul. It will inspire you. Plus it will support our awesome local arts scene and performers so that the community we continue to build together thrives. Join in building an inclusive, creative culture the midwest. You will enjoy the new sounds and experiences, expand your mind, contribute to our local culture, and meet some awesome new friends along the way!

Below are a few of the events and festivals I have already attended and a few I am looking forward to. Remember that this is just a tiny snapshot. There is so much more and I encourage everyone to find and support the causes and events they love.

 

PAST:

 

Bloomington Music Expo – February 9th

This is the first year I participated and it was a blast seeing so many diverse music lovers pass through who caught live performances during the event. The expo had “…over 50 exhibitors including over 20 vinyl vendors, 7 record labels, several music art makers and 25 different music-related organizations.” I volunteered at the Musical Family Tree booth where we accepted donations and had boxes full of tapes, CDs, and vinyl records by Indiana artists available. It was fun to spread the word about MFT projects and talk about our mission in supporting the local music scene.

 

 

Record Store Day – April 13th


Record stores throughout the state (and everywhere!) highlight this event in their calendars every year. This year MFT held one of our panel discussions at Irvington Vinyl & Books on Record Store Day. Luna shut down the streets for their huge block party. Indy CD & Vinyl had performances and festivities that even when into the following day! Many stores had giveaways and RSD deals so local music lovers and collectors had a great opportunity to expand their collections.

 

 

Woo Grl! – April 20
Website: woogrlfest.com

This was the inaugural festival and it was all about celebrating and supporting diversity in the music scene. “Woo Grl! Festival is a music festival based in Indianapolis, IN that is dedicated to highlighting women and underrepresented performers in the Indiana music community… Proceeds from WOO GRL Fest benefit Girls Rock! Indianapolis and their mission to teach positive self-esteem and self-expression through music education and mentoring.” I saw several awesome (and some intense!) performances by favorite artists and some that were new to me. Another cool thing about this festival is that it was an all-ages event so families with kiddos could attend together. This festival has a great purpose and I look forward to the next one!

 

UPCOMING:

 

Yuck Fest – April 24th through April 28th
Website: yuckfestindy.com

Rocketship Comedy hosts quality, independent standup comedy shows and this is the first year they will hold this comedy, music, and art festival. There is a diverse lineup of standup, variety shows, music, and art included. It takes place at several venues throughout Indianapolis. While it is a comedy focused festival it features local musicians including Sirius Blvck and Kiddo. Check out the website for the full lineup! Support local artists and check out this premier event. Go Yuck Yourself!

 

John Hartford Memorial Festival – May 29th through June 1st
Website: johnhartfordmemfest.com
 

This is my favorite music festival and will be my 6th year attending. There are so many awesome local bluegrass, folk, jazz, and jam bands participating plus catch some nationally known artists. They even host contests and activities for armature and upcoming musicians. Celebrate the legacy of John Hartford. Camp out in the sunshine (or rain!) in beautiful Bean Blossom, make new friends, and participate in jam sessions that go till the wee hours of the morning. I encourage everyone to go enjoy (as it is coined) “the most laidback festival in America.”

 

MFT Smarter Scene Educational Series – June 20th
 

If you haven’t been to one of these before, join Musical Family Tree for an educational discussion featuring local musicians, artists, and business owners. This one will focus on mental health in the arts community. The MFT education committee has been working on this series and this is the 2nd year for it. We hold one discussion or panel per quarter and it's an open forum for questions. This one will be at Square Cat Vinyl, an all-ages venue, so everyone can participate. Watch our social media pages for details and be sure to RSVP. If you’re interested but cannot attend on this day, don’t worry. All of these events are filmed and our volunteers are working to make them available for online viewing.

 
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