This weekend, the stars will come out for the annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration. In addition to the concerts previously announced, Club Industry will be packed with the rich and beautiful people on both Friday and Saturday. Starting at 9 p.m. will be "So Iceee," a show presented by the clothing line Encye, Geffen/A&M/Interscope and W.A.R. (World Ain't Right) Records. The show will be hosted by recording artists Boyz N Da Hood and Dale Davis, founder of W.A.R. On Saturday night, the Sean John "Preserv da Sexy" afterparty will be at Club Industry, this time co-hosted by Davis and boxing champ Lamon Brewster. My man Noah the Arkitech will be spinning both nights. Advance tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Speaking of Black Expo, Friday night's performer, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, is doing an exclusive interview with NUVO to coincide with the release of his amazing new album, Grown and Sexy. Look for it in the July 27 issue of NUVO, one day after the disc hits stores.
On Saturday afternoon, Luna Music at 1315 W. 86th St. will hold a special parking lot party starting at 11 a.m. Performing will be Harvey Poe, The Hoovers (noon), Castle Oldchair (1 p.m.), Seven Degrees From Center (2 p.m.), Everything, Now! (3 p.m.) and special guests The Black Keys (4 p.m.), prior to their appearance that night at the Music Mill. There'll be free food and fun available.
But wait, there's more. The Castanets will perform at the downtown Luna store at 2 p.m. Thursday, and The Wrens will play the 86th Street shop at 6 p.m Thursday.
Sunshine Concerts regrets to announce that the Daryl Hall and John Oates concert scheduled for this past Tuesday has been cancelled. Tickets should be returned to the point of purchase for a full refund.
When the Warped Tour hits Indy next week, four local bands will be performing on the Ernie Ball Local Heroes stage. They are Fort Wayne's Blame It On Rio, South Bend's The Urinal Mints and two Indianapolis bands, Dystalis and The Two-Bit Terribles. The bands are also entered in a $25,000 contest determined by online voting. For more information and to vote for your fave, visit battleofthebands.com.
On the national front, a notable new album this week is Willie Nelson's Countryman, produced by Don Was. It's Willie's reggae album with a cover adorned with marijuana leaves. (Palm trees will replace the reefer on the version sold at Wal-Mart.) It contains a stirring version of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come" and a song penned by Johnny and June Carter Cash for the album. Nelson is currently on tour with Bob Dylan but will play a solo show at the Vogue in August.
Speaking of Willie, he and John Mellencamp announced Monday that this year's Farm Aid concert will be held Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, Ill. It's the 20th year for the concert. For artist and ticket information, visit www.farmaid.org.
On Wednesday night, July 13, the White Stripes will host their first-ever televised concert, to be broadcast at 7 p.m. Indianapolis time on MTV2. Their most recent album, Get Behind Me Satan, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, their best to date.
And, of course, next week will bring the fifth Midwest Music Summit at various venues around town. See next Wednesday's NUVO for previews and recommendations.