The Best Indianapolis Venues for Concerts & Live Music [Local Guide]

Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans — these cities are all known for their thriving music scenes. But what about Indianapolis? While it may not be as obvious, there’s something for every kind of music lover, from jazz and R&B to hip-hop and rock in Indiana’s capital city. Not to mention that Indy boasts some of the best music venues in the Midwest.

Here are some of the top spots for seeing live music and concerts in Indianapolis:

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Indianapolis Music Venues

Old National Centre

502 N New Jersey St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Located in the center of Indianapolis’ Mass Ave Arts District, this historic venue boasts the oldest stage in downtown Indianapolis. The building originally opened in 1909 as the Murat Temple, which housed meetings of the Indianapolis Shriners. Its distinctive look and Middle Eastern-style architecture immediately made it a local landmark. The venue contains a total of nine different event spaces, including the Murat Theatre at the Old National Centre, the Egyptian Room concert hall, and the Deluxe room. With a maximum capacity of 2,500, it’s one of the city’s most popular live music venues and has featured performances from legends such as Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, as well as modern favorites like Twenty One Pilots, Wilco and The Black Crowes.

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TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park

801 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Boasting scenic views of Indianapolis’ White River, this outdoor venue is located in the White River State Park complex in the heart of downtown. The amphitheater has 2,500 reserved seats under a covered artistic canopy, and 3,500 general admission lawn seats for a total capacity of 6,000. Within walking distance of five-star hotels, restaurants, and the Indianapolis Convention Center and more, it’s a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. Many iconic performers have graced the stage of the amphitheater, including Bob Dylan, the Moody Blues, Florence and the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, and Arcade Fire.

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Gainbridge Fieldhouse

125 S Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Home to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers and the WNBA’s World Champion Indiana Fever, Gainbridge Fieldhouse is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis and also doubles as one of the city’s most popular live music venues. It began life as the Conseco Fieldhouse in 1999, and is packed with modern amenities despite the fact that its exterior was designed to look like a high school gym to evoke the illustrious history of Indiana high school basketball. Since then, some of the biggest names in music have performed here, including Ricky Martin, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, U2, Prince, Britney Spears, and Shania Twain.

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The Vogue


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6259 N. College Ave, Indianapolis IN 46220

Situated in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, The Vogue is one of the most famous and popular music venues in the Midwest. It originally opened as a movie theater in 1938 and was converted into a night club nearly four decades later in 1977. The 1,000-capacity venue has seen countless notable musicians grace its stage, including Johnny Cash, Snoop Dogg, Blondie, Willie Nelson, and Bonnie Raitt.

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8 Seconds Saloon


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111 N Lynhurst Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46224

Built in 1952 and originally known as the Lynhurst Bowl, this former bowling alley is now home to the largest dance floor in the Midwest. Following its initial life as the local bowling lane, it was transformed into Little Bit of Texas, which became known as one of the best clubs in the country for line dancing. In 1999 it reopened as 8 Seconds Saloon, reportedly named after the qualifying ride time in bull riding. It has since transcended its country roots with notable performers from all genres, including rockers Dio and Marcy Playground. Country stars Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton have also taken the stage.

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