My face after reading Tonic Ball's band announcement press release 


Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Tina Turner and Beck? I have so many feelings about this year's Tonic Ball artists. I can't handle the excitement. 

We've copied the official release below, interspersed with some music vids of our choice. Check out our EXTENSIVE Tonic Ball coverage (including multiple cover stories over the years) here. 

Tonic Ball 14 to Feature music of Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Tina Turner and Beck
Annual concert will take place in Fountain Square on Friday, November 20, 2015, and raise funds for Indianapolis hunger relief agency Second Helpings.

August 7, 2015 – The Tonic Indy organizing committee announce today the four bands that will be featured in the Tonic Ball concert on November 20. A longtime staple in fall must-do lists for Indianapolis, Tonic Ball 14 will celebrate the music of Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Tina Turner and Beck at four Fountain Square music venues – Radio Radio, The Fountain Theatre, White Rabbit Cabaret and The Hi-Fi. Tickets sales open September 4. Bands interested in playing Tonic Ball 14 can visit to sign up.

Tonic Indy will host three additional events to lead up to the Ball. The Hi-Fi will host a free preview concert on October 2 with She Does is Magic, Last IV, Joey Welch and G.R.I.T.S. (featuring members of Hyryder). On November 13, Tonic Gallery—a silent art auction—will feature “re-covered” album art and concert posters. On November 14, Tiny Tonic will offer children and families a chance to be a part of the Tonic experience with a free concert and opportunity for families to tour Second Helpings.

Tonic started in 2002 with a one-night performance of Gram Parsons songs at Radio Radio. Since then, it has grown to be one of the most popular nights of art and music in the city each year. Last year’s sold-out concert and related events brought in close to $95,000, with every dollar going directly to Second Helpings. This year’s Ball is presented by Eskenazi Health.

About Tonic

Tonic Indy is a celebration of local music and art. Tonic Ball is a night of fun and excitement, all for a good cause. Each year we pick four iconic bands and/or musicians, ask some of our favorite local performers to cover a few of their songs, sell tickets to the show, and give all the proceeds to our favorite charity: Second Helpings. As complements to Tonic Ball, Tonic Gallery gives visual artists a chance to strut their stuff alongside their musical counterparts, and Tiny Tonic offers little rockers the chance to party and fight hunger, too.

About Second Helpings

Second Helpings transforms lives through the power of food. By accepting donated perishable and overstocked food, the organization prepares nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day and distributes them free of charge through social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. For more information, visit

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