2011 in Review: Top live shows

Bomba Estereo

Editor's note:NUVO contributor, DJ and Cultural Cannibal Kyle Long picks his top ten live shows for the year, including one that may be cheating a bit.

Top 10 live shows:

1. L. Subramaniam - Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

I admit I'm cheating here, violinist L. Subraniam played Indy at the tale end of 2010, but the master of South Indian carnatic music's performance was so extraordinary it cast a shadow over every concert I attended in 2011.

2. Bomba Estereo - Lotus Fest

For 2 nights in a row Bomba Estero destroyed Bloomington, using electronic music and psychedelic rock to interpret a variety of regional Colombian music styles.

3. Bilal - Madame Walker Theater

Bilal delivered a flawless, electrically charged set of classic soul music at the Madame Walker Theater.

4. Creole Choir of Cuba - Lotus Fest

I was completely overwhelmed by the sound of the Creole Choir of Cuba, a powerful blend of choral music and Afro-Cuban drumming.

5. Forro in the Dark - Vogue Theater

It's not an easy task to upstage Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz, but Forro in the Dark pulled it off with their hip, modern take on the rural Northeastern Brazilian music called Forro.

6. Gogol Bordello - Vogue Theater

Gogol Bordello's gypsy-punk sound massacred a sold-out Vogue audience.

7. Delhi 2 Dublin - White Rabbit Cabaret

On paper, Delhi 2 Dublin's bend of Celtic music and bhangra didn't sound too appealing to me, but their infectious live show wowed everyone in attendance.

8. Das Racist - Athenaeum

Das Racist's first show in Indy was a fundraiser for the Latino Youth Collective. The group's chaotic, ramshackle performance was by far their most entertaining appearance in Indy.

9. Yuval Ron Ensemble - Central Library

Ron is an incredibly talented Israeli oud player, but the ensemble's Sukhawat Ali Khan stole the show with his ecstatic qawwali Sufi singing.

10. Kate Lamont - Broad Ripple Music Fest

Lamont's performance at BRMF struck me as a well-executed homage to the early 90's trip-hop scene, echoes of Massive Attack and Portishead reverberated through the Vogue.


Kyle Long pens A Cultural Manifesto for NUVO Newsweekly and in 2014 began broadcasting a version of his column on WFYI.

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