Wednesday, February 22, 2023
More Music Event Info.
Music was a big part of people’s lives when the first settlers gathered in the Monroe County and Bloomington, Indiana area in the early 1800s. They worked hard and entertained each other by singing songs and playing musical instruments. The circumstances are different, but we still love to share music with our friends today. Home to world-class musical artists, cool live music venues, successful record labels, beloved radio stations, one-of-a-kind music events, and the best music school in the country, Bloomington is a music town. We invite you, your family, friends, and all music fans and kind people to our area at any time to check out the many musical offerings we have to enjoy. A few 2023 highlights are below and you can find more information at www.musicbloomington.com.
2023 Music Festivals
Culture Shock - April 15 at Dunn Meadow.
Burning Couch Festival - April 16 at Switchyard Park.
Riddle Pointe Boogie - May 6 at Lake Lemon.
The Cosmic Songwriter Festival is a new live music festival featuring musical artists sharing the stage to perform original songs. Dates and venues: Wednesday, May 17 – Orbit Room (Jaimee Harris, more). Thursday, May 18 – The Bluebird (Jason Wilber, Local Honeys, more). Friday, May 19 – Blockhouse Bar. Saturday, May 20 – Bloomington Music Expo and Buskirk-Chumley Theater (SG Goodman, Aaron Lee Tasjan, more).
Also taking place on May 20 is the fourth annual Bloomington Music Expo. This marketplace for vinyl records, CDs, tapes, art, apparel and other music-related items will be held at the Switchyard Park from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There will be a Cosmic Songwriter Festival showcase from 12 noon to 3:00 PM.
The Bloomington Early Music Festival supports history-based performances from the medieval period through the early 19th century to inspire multi-cultural connections between audience and artists. BLEMF started in 1997 and the 2023 event takes place May 21-28. Check the website for most recent event announcements.
The Indiana University Arts & Humanities Council presents the fourth Granfalloon, a celebration of art, ideas and community inspired by Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The event runs June 7-11 at venues on the Indiana University campus and around Bloomington. Grammy winners the Flaming Lips and Arrested Development will headline the main-stage free show on June 10 in downtown Bloomington. On June 9, Oscar-nominated Son Lux performs at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Langhorne Slim performs at The Bluebird, and more at various locations.
Switchyard Park Thursday Night Summer Music Series (free shows starting at 6:00 PM): Thursday, June 15 – Makaya McCraven and Funk Almighty. Thursday, July 20 – Shannon & The Clams with Say She She and Abby Jeanne. Thursday, August 24 – Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway with Henhouse Prowlers.
RealFest - June 24 at Dunn Meadow.
The annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival celebrates the diversity, beauty, and joy of music and arts from cultures around the world. 2023 dates are September 28 through October 1.
Hobble Wobbles Pub - Monday night open mic.
Honky Tonk Tuesday & Open Mic - every Tuesday at Blockhouse Bar.
Call & Response Jazz - every Wednesday at Blockhouse Bar.
Cosmic Songwriter Club - first Wednesday of every month at Orbit Room.
The Cabin - open mic on Thursdays.
Food Truck Friday - food and live music every Friday running April through October at Switchyard Park.
Fairfax Bar & Grill (Thursday Blues Jam)
The Switchyard (house show series)
B97 - top 40
The Quarry - rock
Spirit 95 - christian
WCLS - classic hits
WFHB Community Radio - eclectic mix
WGCL - talk
WIUX - Indiana University student radio
WTTS - triple A