With the official start of Summer 2012 just days away, we thought now would be a good time to talk about one Indianapolis’ favorite summer night pastimes, concerts on the Lawn at White River State Park, sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance. The lineup this year offers something for just about every musical taste.
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- The Outlaw Roadshow Featuring Counting Crows kicks off the summer on Sunday, July 1 at 6:30 PM. Special guests include Good Old War, Foreign Fields, and Filligar.
Counting Crows features the unique voice of lead singer Adam Duritz. Their most popular songs include “Round Here,” “Mr. Jones,” and the Academy Award nominated “Accidentally in Love” from the hit film Shrek 2.
- The popular Hoosier jam band Umphrey’s McGee plays on Saturday, July 7 at 7:00 PM, with guests G. Love & Special Sauce.
Originally from South Bend, Umphrey’s McGee’s music is often referred to as “progressive improvisation.” Their sound has been influenced by early progressive rock bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, and early Genesis, with a little Iron Maiden thrown in.
Alternative hip-hop band G. Love & Special Sauce is known for their unique, “sloppy”, and “laid back” blues sound that encompasses classic Philly R&B.
- O.A.R. rows onto the Lawn on Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 PM.
O.A.R. (short for Of a Revolution) was formed while members were attending Ohio State University. The band has become a hit among college students due to massive online distribution over campus networks.
- Florence + the Machine makes a return appearance on Sunday, July 29 at 7:00 PM.
2011 was the breakout year in the US for the group, who were nominated for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammy Awards. The group’s second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, debuted at number six on the US charts.
- Indianapolis radio station WTTS celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the Last Summer On Earth Tour, Sunday, August 12 at 6:30 PM.
This special event features Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and Cracker – four bands the local FM Rock station (92.3) played when it first went on the air 20 years ago.
- 311 & Slightly Stoopid perform on Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 PM.
311 (pronounced “three-eleven”) is generally known as an alternative rock band, but their sound has also been classified as rap rock, rap metal, funk rock, funk metal, reggae and jazz fusion.
Slightly Stoopid’s music has been described as “a fusion of acoustic rock and blues with reggae, hip-hop, and punk.”
- The Dukes Of September Rhythm Revue 2012 rolls into town on Friday, August 24.
This “supergroup” starring rock legends Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs plays a combination of hits from the members respective careers as well as a wide variety of covers.
- JUST ANNOUNCED: the legendary Bob Dylan and his band make a rare appearance in Indy on Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 PM. Need we say more?
Tickets for this very special event go on sale at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 22.
- Alternative rock band Cake plays on Friday, September 7 at 6:00 PM, with guests, Canadian indie rock and New Wave band Metric.
Cake’s 2011 release, Showroom of Compassion, became the band’s first album to debut at the top of the Billboard charts, selling 44,000 copies in the first week after release.
- Closing out the 2012 season, the indie band Avett Brothers brings their acoustic roots sound to Indianapolis on Sunday, September 30 at 7:30 PM.
The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones. This should be a great show to end the summer with.
For more information about any of these upcoming shows, visit the White River State Park website.