Cool drinks. Intoxicating views. So says the tagline on the website of Sky Bar's website, http://www.skybar.com/ . Sky Bar features music consultant the Swedish-born dj Stella Nutella. Her music ranges from banging progressive trance til deep and groovy electro and house. The are various special nights, from Halloween to White Party to Sweetest Day, Sky Bar is not a club to miss.
Would a Fifth Quarter Lounge by any other name rock as hard? This isn’t really a thought experiment so much as a question we can easily answer, as the 5QL has had many names over the years (Indy’s Jukebox most recently), and they’re back to help keep our hard rock and metal scene alive. Most shows are on the weekends, and the ticketing situation varies from show to show — some are ticketed online and others are just cash-at-the-door. As with most of the smaller venues in town, the best way to keep updated on their calendar is through social media.
The cavernous 8 Seconds transports urban cowboys right back to the Wild West with storefronts and shoeshine shops lining the walls and an enormous mural that must be seen to be believed. Line dancing is a staple, as is a hell of a good time. Bring your friends and your boots. Live music includes national acts like Gretchen Wilson and Chris Young.
Be Here Now is Muncie's progessive, underground beer and wine bar/entertainment venue.
"Be present, in yourself, always. Be Here Now."
Where would you rather be on a balmy summer evening than sitting among your friends at a picnic table, listening to live music, drinking beer from a 24-ounce cup? The Rathskeller’s unique architecture and decor offers the authentic German beer hall experience year round, but it’s especially fun in spring and summer when you can sit outdoors in the communal environment of the Biergarten with other revelers. You'll hear it all: from polka, to folk, to rock, and even R&B as you quaff from the Rathskeller’s fine selection of draft beers and — who knows? —maybe make some new friends. Days vary. Check schedule at rathskeller.com for more details. 21+.
Tucked away amidst the never-ending row of chain stores and fast fooderies along Keystone Avenue, Birdy’s is one of the premier live music venues in the city. Boasting an excellent sound system and a room that holds a good-sized crowd, Birdy’s has been hosting live music weekend in and weekend out for as long as most scenesters can remember. The venue hosts both national acts and emerging local artists, as well the biggest and best annual battle of the bands in Indy. If you like live music, sooner or later you’ll end up at Birdy’s.
Formerly The Cinemat, the Bishop's got a split personality. One side is a practically empty space, with a low stage at one end and band merchandise at the other. Swing through a door, and you'll be in the bar, which is lined with back-to-back cushy booths that face a long bar. They've recently obtained a full liquor license, in addition to their wine and craft beers. Smoke-free (like all of Bloomington's venues) and comfortable, The Bishop books a variety of local, mid-level, and small national acts. It's a laid-back joint that begs for a weekday trip.
The Bluebird is one of Bloomington's oldest clubs; it features a variety of rock acts and burlesque troupes. History of Rock professor Todd Hollinden host a wildly popular cover concert at the end of every school year, which packs former students and wannabe rockers into every space of the club. Dip into a Dirty Bird, a lethal blue mixed drink that's laid more than one person down. There are multiple layers to the club, which allows for easy viewing of the stage from various vantage points.
The Chatterbox, a live jazz staple for more than 25 years in the Mass Ave Cultural District, is one of the city’s smallest and hottest nightspots. You’re never going to get anything less than a great set from whomever is performing, especially if that’s Chatterbox regular Cynthia Layne, or any number of headliners who seem to wind up here after playing one of the nearby bigger venues. The Chatterbox is a rarefied breed in Indy’s nightlife scene: thoroughly sophisticated, yet entirely proletarian. Not coincidentally, it’s also a regular NUVO Best of Indy winner.
One of two newly-renovated music venues in the basement of the Old National Centre, Deluxe is officially open for business. After kicking off its new career as a music venue on New Year’s Eve with Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Deluxe is already booked steady as a site for music, parties, and live entertainment such as burlesque. Like its cousin, The Amber Room, Deluxe is a spacious venue with arched ceilings that's finished in an art deco style. This venue is 18+ but don’t worry: There is a bar located immediately off Deluxe, as well as a roped-off VIP area, if you’re feeling particularly swanky.
The Emerson Theater is the granddaddy of Indy’s all-ages scene. National and regional acts ranging from the All-American Rejects and Coheed and Cambria, to Kill Hannah and Mindless Self Indulgence have toured through this venue in recent years. With a holding capacity of 400 people, the former neighborhood art theater had it seats removed for an in-your-face glimpse of live music. Recently, they installed a new sound system, and have been hosting an array of metalcore and pop punk shows. The crowd is largely and predictably determined by the names on the marquee.
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