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Snatam Kaur will be performing Sunday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend with a blowout show at Birdy’s. The venerable local Web site, which made household names of such disparate types as Matt Fecher and Wudearnt, has invited some of the city’s top names for the Saturday show.

Performing will be Jessica Benge, State, The Shivers, Blacksoil Project, 19Clark25 and Creepin’ Charley.

IMN Assistant Editor and local bassist-of-choice Ryan Williams spoke about what the site has meant to the community.

“It’s meant several different things as the Web site has evolved — it’s been a rallying point, a clubhouse, a kiosk, a soapbox and more,” he said. “Basically, it’s been whatever the community using it has wanted it to be at the time. That said, my belief is that it’s made communication between several different facets of our musical community easier and more productive.”

Williams will be sitting in with Benge’s band for the set.

Steve Hayes and Ryan Williams have been caretaking the site ever since Fecher moved away last year. As for the Web site’s future, Williams said, “I’d like to see us work with more people, both within and outside the Web site, to bring more attention to music growing inside and coming to Indianapolis. As much as I like working with Steve, we can always use new blood and ideas.”

All lovers of music will enjoy the show at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Sunday. Snatam Kaur, one of the world’s foremost devotional singers, will be performing live in Indianapolis as part of her Celebrate Peace World Tour. The Celebrate Peace concerts feature Eastern-inspired chant music with Snatam Kaur as the lead vocalist accompanied by guitar playing by Guru Ganesha Singh and Krishan Khalsa’s tabla rhythms.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 317-818-1800 or going to The church is located at 100 W. 86th St. The show is sponsored by the Midland Yoga Center, operated by Indiana music icon Paul Mahern.

Luna Music is throwing a party for the opening of its third store on Saturday, April 1 at the new 5202 N. College Ave. location. The city’s largest independent retailer of CDs and records, Luna — which opened in 1994 — also has locations on the Northside and downtown.

Local rocker Vess Ruhtenberg of the Zero Boys and other bands will launch things with a solo performance at 6 p.m. at the south Broad Ripple store.

The new Luna is at the intersection of 52nd and College, along with the classic Red Key bar and a few excellent locally owned restaurants. “This is already a great neighborhood, and, with the expansion of the local restaurant and retail scene, it’s getting better all of the time. We also think this is going to be more convenient for a lot of customers. We’re thrilled to be here,” said owner Todd Robinson.

Luna Vice President Jason Pierce will manage the new store. Look for coverage of the opening in next week’s paper.

The Indianapolis Art Center will be the location for a concert featuring world-renowned flutist Matthias Ziegler on Wednesday, March 29. The principal flutist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Ziegler is considered an innovator and architect of a new dimension of classical music. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. For more information, visit

In other news, tickets go on sale Friday for Southern Culture on the Skid’s Saturday, May 20 show at the Vogue. They’re $15 and available at the Vogue box office or through Ticketmaster.

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, everyone’s favorite band, will be performing Thursday, Aug. 31 at the Verizon Wireless Music Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1. Pavilion tickets are $35 and lawn tickets $25 and will be available through Ticketmaster.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will release a 28-song double CD in May. Called Stadium Arcadium, the disc is produced by the legendary Rick Rubin. The first single, “Dani California,” will premiere on MTV at 11 p.m., April 4.


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