with Bolth, The Dream is Dead, Five Second Cummings, Up! Scumbag and more
The Underground, Harrison Center for the Arts
Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., $10, all-ages
In the past few years, an indigenous music scene has blossomed in the Circle City, thanks — in large part — to Steven Zumbrun and Piradical Productions. There have always been bands playing at bars or youth centers to various degrees of success, but now some of these bands are joining together to focus on their cultural role in the community.
Zumbrun took it upon himself to start booking bands under his Piradical Productions label because no one else was booking shows that he wanted to see.
“There was a big outcry in the local scene that the only bands getting shows were metal-core bands, so I wanted to change that,” he says.
Working through the Harrison Center for the Arts, Zumbrun brought together local punk, hardcore and ska bands and planted the seed for an Indianapolis punk scene at the Harrison’s Underground. Now that seed has germinated and grown with help from Zumbrun, eager music fans and, of course, the bands.
“The scene still isn’t where it should be in regards to the all-ages crowd,” Zumbrun says. “We have a lot of room to grow, but I think it is stronger and more stable than in recent years.”
On June 23, Zumbrun will bring together bands for one giant rock and roll festival, Piradical Fest. Highlighting the Fest are hardcore champions Five Second Cummings and Bolth, as well as pop punk acts Highway Magic and Wolfy. In total, 22 bands are playing, so come prepared for an entire day of musical saturation. See why the best bands are the ones grown at home.