The icons of Indiana:
- Michael Jackson
- John Mellencamp
- Axl Rose
Where to visit:
Lover of live music? Whether you want to find a local indie act, a beat you can move to, or a national headliner on a big stage, you’ve come to the right spot. Here’s our guide to Indy’s live music scene:
The Vogue, located just south of the Broad Ripple strip, is recognized as one of the most popular and storied music venues in the Midwest. Originally opening as a premiere movie theatre in 1938, nearly 40 years later it was transformed into one of Indy’s top nightclubs. Here you’ll find a great variety of national touring acts and artists on the rise, as well as the #1 dance club in Indianapolis.
The 19th-century Athenaeum Building downtown houses The Rathskeller, where Wednesday through Saturday (and occasionally Sundays) they host a variety of the best live local bands – not that some larger acts haven’t stopped there as well! With the atmosphere of a “lively beer hall in Munich,” and the perfect backdrop of Indy’s skyline, you’d be missing out if you didn’t visit and experience it for yourself.
The Jazz Kitchen doubles as Indy’s prominent jazz club and restaurant, showcasing many local, regional, and international jazz acts. The Jazz Kitchen’s Latin dance night and year-round music schedule helped secure their spot on Downbeat Magazine’s list of the “World’s Top 100 Jazz Clubs.”