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Cher comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Feb. 14, 2019

From world-renowned divas on the rise, to rock ‘n’ roll legends heading into retirement, next year’s concert calendar in Indianapolis is already panning out to be a pretty special one. Legends like Paul McCartney, Cher, Elton John and Kiss will all be in town, as well as relative newcomers Kacey Musgraves, Kurt Vile, and Mitski. With many more show announcements yet to come, here’s an initial preview of 30 big shows to look out for in 2019.

JANUARY

Kacey Musgraves

  • Jan. 9
  • Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
  • LiveNation.com
  • Hailing from Nashville, this rising pop star landed on several “year-end” lists with 2018’s Golden Hour. Praised for its country-disco sound, Golden Hour is a finalist for Album of the Year at the 2019 Grammy awards.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

  • Jan. 15
  • Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (Fort Wayne)
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • With a decades-old catalog of hits, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have announced their final U.S. tour, with this Fort Wayne show marking the only Indiana date.

FEBRUARY

Cher

  • Feb. 14
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • The Goddess of Pop ascends on Bankers Life Fieldhouse, fresh off the release of her ABBA covers album, Dancing Queen.

Travis Scott

  • Feb. 20
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • On the heels of dropping one of 2018’s hottest hip-hop releases, Travis Scott visits Indy on the second leg of his electrifying Astroworld tour, which has already received high praise from many.

Kurt Vile and the Violators

  • Feb. 21
  • The Vogue
  • Ticketfly.com
  • After collaborating with Courtney Barnett on an album in 2017, Philadelphia indie rock troubadour Kurt Vile returned in 2018 with his latest solo full-length, Bottle It In.

MARCH

Mariah Carey

  • March 9
  • Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
  • LiveNation.com
  • It’s the eleventh tour for the diva, this time in smaller theatres around the U.S. where her towering, angelic vocals will no-doubt shine. The timeless pop star visits Indy in support of her 2018 album, Caution.

Metallica

  • March 11
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • With a shredding history that dates back to the mid- ‘80s, these metal legends visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse as part of their “WorldWired Tour.”

Gary Clark Jr.

  • March 18
  • Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
  • LiveNation.com
  • A modern blues star, Gary Clark Jr. has performed with everyone from B.B. King to the Rolling Stones in his young career. The Texas native’s Spring run of tour dates are in support of a forthcoming 2019 album.

Jeff Tweedy

  • March 21
  • Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
  • LiveNation.com
  • After visiting Indianapolis as the frontman of Wilco in 2017, Jeff Tweedy returns to the state in support of a new solo album titled WARM.

Kelly Clarkson

  • March 22
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • After performing the national anthem at last year’s Indianapolis 500, Kelly Clarkson returns to Indy, presumably in between seasons of television’s The Voice, in support of her 2017 album, Meaning of Life.

Mumford & Sons

  • March 25
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • This British four-piece hasn’t looked back since the massive breakthrough success of 2009’s Sigh No More. Marcus Mumford and company now make their way to Indy in support of a fourth full-length titled Delta.
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Mitski

Mitski (Bao Ngo)

APRIL

Justin Timberlake

  • April 2
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • After canceling a 2018 date due to bruised vocal cords, the “SexyBack” star rewards fans for their patience with this long-awaited show in support of 2018’s Man of the Woods.

Mitski

  • April 2
  • Deluxe at Old National Centre
  • LiveNation.com
  • Signed to Bloomington-based label Dead Oceans, Mitski landed on several of 2018’s year-end lists with her album Be the Cowboy. With this show in Indy, she receives support from notable opener Jay Som.  

Ariana Grande

  • April 12
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • With 2018’s Sweetener, Ariana Grande made her mark on the international pop landscape, thanks to the immensely popular hit “No Tears Left to Cry.” The renowned diva looks for an even bigger 2019 as she’s expected to release a fifth album, Thank U, Next,in the not-so-distant future.

MAY

Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive

  • May 1
  • Egyptian Room in Old National Centre
  • LiveNation.com
  • Two sides of the globe come together for this co-headlining metal show. Hailing from Australia, Parkway Drive released their Reverence album in 2018, while New England’s Killswitch Engage plans to release a new album in 2019.

Virginia Avenue Music Fest

  • May 8-12
  • Virginia Avenue (Indianapolis)
  • VirginiaAveMusicFest.com
  • Headed into its fifth year, this multi-day music festival showcases a myriad of local acts across several stages on Virginia Avenue. An event rooted in community, Virginia Avenue Music Fest also added an educational element last year with the addition of panel discussions.

Slayer

  • May 16
  • Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
  • LiveNation.com
  • One of metal music’s all-time greats, Slayer has decided to call it quits after decades of badassery. Before closing the book, however, the band is hitting as many cities as it can, including this stop in Indianapolis with opening support from Lamb of God.

JUNE

Paul McCartney

  • June 3
  • Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • Even after all these years, Sir Paul McCartney is still here, there, and everywhere. After making his way to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2013, the former Beatle comes back to the Hoosier state supporting his 2018 solo record, Egypt Station.

Dead & Company

  • June 12
  • Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
  • LiveNation.com
  • Jerry Garcia may no longer be up front, but Grateful Dead fans far and wide now know that John Mayer makes for a pretty damn good replacement. Bob Weir, Mayer, Mickey Hart, and company make their way back to Indy for another show out at Ruoff in 2019.

Carrie Underwood

  • June 16
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • Since winning American Idol in 2005, Carrie Underwood has blossomed into a country music superstar, scoring a slew of hits along the way. With this visit to Indy, she is out supporting her 2018 album Cry Pretty.

Twenty One Pilots

  • June 28
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • This alternative rock duo had its breakthrough in 2015 with the album Blurryface. Now back on the road in support of a 2018 record titled Trench, they stop by Bankers Life Fieldhouse before heading back to Columbus, Ohio for a pair of hometown gigs.

JULY

Tedeschi Trucks Band

  • July 24
  • Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
  • LiveNation.com
  • Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks bring their massive blues ensemble to Indianapolis once again for a headlining show out at the Lawn. This time around, Tedeschi Trucks Band has Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope opening up.
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The men of Chreece: Ron “DJ Indiana Jones” Miner, Jay Brookinz, and Sean “Oreo” Jones

AUGUST

Iron Maiden

  • Aug. 24
  • Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
  • LiveNation.com
  • Yet another metal great featured on this list, Iron Maiden makes a stop in Indy as part of their “Legacy of the Beast” summer tour. With this series of dates, the group has promised their “biggest production ever.”

Chreece Hip-Hop Festival

  • Late August
  • Chreece.com
  • Now four years in the making, Chreece is Indianapolis’ premiere showcase of local hip-hop talent. In addition to Naptown’s best, attendees can also expect acclaimed national headliners. Last year, for example, the fest featured GOOD Music’s Valee and old-school legends Black Moon.   

“Weird Al” Yankovic

  • Aug. 29
  • Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
  • LiveNation.com
  • The king of parody polka makes a return trip to Indy in 2019. This time, however, he’s backed by a full orchestra. Expect especially epic versions of songs like “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy,” and more.
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Kiss

Kiss (Jen Rosenstein)

Kiss

  • Aug. 31
  • Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Centre
  • LiveNation.com
  • Gene Simmons and company pay Indianapolis one final visit as part of their “End of the Road” farewell tour. Fans can anticipate hearing hits like “Detroit Rock City,” “Rock And Roll All Nite,” and more as the classic rock group pulls out all the stops one final time.

SEPTEMBER

Indy Jazz Fest

  • September 2019
  • Various Indianapolis Venues
  • IndyJazzFest.net
  • Indy Jazz Fest carries on the longstanding history of jazz in Indianapolis by welcoming some of the world’s best players to town. In addition to touring acts, the festival also regularly showcases the city’s best talent, giving jazz lovers a chance to discover a new favorite local or two.

Holler on the Hill Festival

  • September 2019
  • Garfield Park
  • HollerontheHill.com
  • Started in 2018, Holler on the Hill takes place at historic Garfield Park, providing audiences with an outdoor festival experience just as autumn rolls around. Designed with a communal aesthetic in mind, the fest features national, regional, and local performers of the folk, rock, Americana, and blues varieties.

OCTOBER

Elton John

  • Oct. 25
  • Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • Ticketmaster.com
  • After a storied career, The Rocket Man visits Indianapolis to wish his beloved fans goodbye. Elton John’s show at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is part of a three-year farewell tour that spans more than 300 dates across five continents.

NOVEMBER

Tonic Ball

  • November
  • Various Fountain Square venues
  • TonicIndy.com
  • One of Indy’s most cherished music traditions, this annual Fountain Square shindig benefiting Second Helpings brings together local musicians of all backgrounds to honor some of music’s greatest heroes.

Seth Johnson, Music Editor at NUVO, can be reached by email at sjohnson@nuvo.net, by phone at 317-254-2400 or on Twitter @sethvthem

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An Indianapolis native, I regularly write about music and the arts for NUVO. Other obsessions include the Pacers and my cat Lou.