10 things to do this Labor Day weekend 

1. Indianapolis Indians vs. Toledo Mud Hens

Sept 4-5, times vary. If you haven't been able to make it out to Victory Field this season, this weekend is your last chance to do so. Watch the Indians take on the Toledo Mud Hens in the final two games of the regular season. There will be fireworks post-game and since it's summer in September the weather is going to be perfect. Take the family to the ballpark to celebrate Labor Day weekend!

2. Samuel Vázquez: A Rhythmic Pulse

Sept. 4, 7 p.m. As Vázquez ages, life seems to be coming full circle for him. He no longer participates in First Fridays, nor has his Harrison studio. "I see myself separating. I am understanding aging. I love to see getting older. ... Now I am just like let me do my work, don't bother me." This exhibit will be his first one in two years in Indy, although he lives here with his wife. The long break was a bit of a jump, having gone from five to seven in-town shows a year to shipping most of his work around the country.

Vázquez goes back to his roots

Vázquez in front of his piece "Never Letting Go." - HAROLD LEE MILLER
  • Vázquez in front of his piece "Never Letting Go."
  • Harold Lee Miller

3. BASSMENT at The Boiler Room Barcade

Sept. 5, 9 p.m. This is one of the more unique events that I've seen up pop up around town. The Boiler Room is a basement turned barcade featuring games like skee ball, Mario Kart, and Pac Man. The NAP DNB All-Stars aka NuM3R1K, DJ Hollow Point, Gizzmo, Antik One, and Physko-lojik will be bringing the heavy bass to the basement. Gaming, dancing and drinking, sounds like a baller time to me.

4. Jon Stites, Todd McComas

Sept. 5, 7 p.m. There will be plenty of libations and laughs, but this show isn't just about comedy. The profits will go to the sons of Shannon O'Malia Hall, who was murdered last year. Sour Mash plays tunes after the comedic relief.

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5. Veseria Tour Launch Party Sept. 5, 9 p.m. After crowdfunding campaign to help send the band out on the road, the lady and gents of Veseria will kick off their Midwest tour with a show at the Hi-Fi for friends and family to send them off. Shiny Shiny Black and Traveling Suitcases will open.

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  • Lou Barlow
  • Rachel Enneking

6. Lou Barlow CD Release

Sept. 4. Currently with Dinosaur Jr. on a midsummer stretch alongside art rock oddballs Primus, he's already gearing up for some September solo dates to coincide with the release of Brace The Wave, a brand new solo album written partially while on the road. His first solo album since 2009's Goodnight Unknown for Merge Records, the record promises nine songs "without drums, without regrets" and further extends his working relationship with Joyful Noise.

Lou Barlow demolishing the "Limelight"

7. ‘Merica Campaign

Sept. 4, 7 p.m. Yup, go ahead and say it with exactly that beer-can-crushing inflection that you want to. This show is actually a play off of the idea of being the stereotypical American. The ideas range from surveillance to consumerism and event some elbow shots at celebrity idolization. The show changes locations and runs until the election this fall. The artists listed for this round are: Pamela Ashton, Shan Gogh Designs, Matt Kräck Art, Craig Roberts, CS Stanley (look for a profile on him soon in NUVO), Emerald Erin, Barfly and Peggy Newman Herrod.

8. Hillbilly Haiku Americana Music Festival

Sept 4, 5 p.m. Support regional Americana music and the Sycamore Land Trust at this annual event, plus enjoy some cold Upland brews. This year Larry Keel Experience will headline, plus support from Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes and Glass Mountain.

Rob Dixon performs at the Labor Day Street Fair
  • Rob Dixon performs at the Labor Day Street Fair

9. Labor Day Street Fair

Sept. 7, noon. Looking for Labor Day plans? The Jazz Kitchen has had you covered for the last 18 years – and this year they’re bringing their street fair back. Wendy Reed, Pavel & Direct Contact, and Rob Dixon & Triology perform at this College Ave. part.

10. Osogbo Art and Heritage Exhibition Opening Reception

Sept. 5, 6 p.m. Austrian artists Susanne Wenger and Ulli Beier began the Osogbo School of Art in Osun State Nigeria in the early ‘50s. The goal was to create an “experimental art club” that eventually was a point of origin for well known artists like Chief Muraina Oyelami, Chief Jimoh Buraimoh, Yinka Adeyemi and Twins Seven Seven. This exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of Wenger’s birth and will feature original works by her and other first generation artists.


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