Update: The author Angie Thomas canceled her appearance on March 13th in the central library.
We’re looking back and forth in Indianapolis this month.
Increase the nostalgia factor and relive your childhood with the Chieftains, Alice Cooper, Eagles, Howard Jones and almost every R&B singer of the 90s. Then see what’s next with shows from Judah & the Lion, Ty Dolla Sign, and more. Attend a food festival dedicated to tacos and March looks amazing.
Here are 20 events in chronological order:
1st WFYI Ice Miller Wine Fest
March 18, March 2, Old National Center, 502 N. New Jersey St., $ 75-150, WFYI.org, (317) 636-2020.
NPR subsidiary WFYI is working hard to educate and educate the community. And you love wine. This is a no-brainer. The 19th annual Ice Miller Wine Fest features samples from over a dozen wineries and breweries, as well as delicious entrees.
2. The chiefs
March 16, March 4, Clowes Hall at Butler Arts Center, 4602 Sunset Ave., $ 39-49, ButlerArtsCenter.org, (317) 940-6444.
For decades the chiefs have been synonymous with contemporary Irish people. The Dublin-based band made their debut in the 1960s after winning six Grammys, recording with Van Morrison, Bon Iver, Sinead O’Connor and many others – and making bagpipes generally cooler than ever.
March fun:Best Indianapolis Food Events
Get your tickets now! Gen Con will likely sell out for the second time
3. Josh Turner
9 p.m. March 7, 8 Seconds Saloon, 111 N. Lynhurst Dr., $ 20-35, Ticketmaster.com, (317) 486-1569.
“I need a pretty little girl from my hometown.” This is South Carolina country star Josh Turner – in other words, this low-voiced pop singer is about as squeaky clean as his pearly white smile. Expect a number of his catchy country pop hits next door (he has plenty of them).
4. Theory of a dead man
March 19, 7 p.m., Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave., $ 27.50, TheVogue.com, (317) 259-7029.
Canadian rockers Theory of a Deadman came out in the early 2000s with the same sassy choruses and crisp guitars as hit makers Hinder, Seether and Shinedown. This is alt-rock radio gold, so get on with your roughest look and get ready for Rawk.
8 p.m., March 8, Hi-Fi, 1043 Virginia Ave., Suite 4, $ 20, HiFiIndy.com, (317) 986-7100.
Low came to define the slow-core Midwestern scene of the ’90s with (you guessed it) slowly building ballads, minimalist instrumentation, and muted vocals. They kicked it up a bit over the following decade, but a low show is still a quiet, emotional stroll. No mosh pit here.
6. Howard Jones
March 20, March 9, Tarkington at the Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Green Carmel, $ 45-50, TheCenterForThePerformingArts.org, (317) 843-3800.
The fact that every pop hit today is based on the blips and beeps of a synthesizer has a lot to do with Howard Jones. The English singer pioneered new music technology in the 80s with hits like “Things Can Only Get Better” and “Life in One Day”. Unfortunately, Jones is still not wearing his heyday anti-gravity hair.
7. Ty Dolla sign
March 20, 11 a.m., Deluxe at the Old National Center, 502 N. New Jersey St., $ 24.75, LiveNation.com, (317) 231-0000.
Rapper / singer Ty Dolla Sign has released or appeared on some of the biggest hits of the last decade, including “Swalla” and “Work from Home” (between those two alone he has earned over a billion Spotify spins). His is soft, sexy hip-hop with a healthy dose of pop.
March 20, March 20, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., $ 99.50 and up, Ticketmaster.com, (317) 917-2727.
Classic rock doesn’t get much more classic. The Californian band have only released seven albums in the past 45 years, but hits like “Hotel California” and “One of These Nights” could fill places in the decades to come.
9. Angie Thomas
Change of plan: Thomas canceled her talk on March 13th. For more information, call (317) 275-4099.
Author Angie Thomas performed her 2017 bestseller “The Hate U Give” on the dissonance between the poor neighborhood of a teenager and the chic prep school. It’s a book you and your teenage children can enjoy – and an event that will get you talking.
10. Adam Trent
7:30 p.m., March 14, Clowes Hall at Butler Arts Center, 4602 Sunset Ave., $ 32-52, ButlerArtsCenter.org, (317) 940-6444.
After the success of his Broadway hit “The Illusionists”, the magician Adam Trent is on fire. Not literally – although we wouldn’t be surprised if he could do it too. At this 90-minute performance, you will absolutely wonder how in the world he did it.
11. Experience with sports legends
Opening March 17 at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, 3000 N. Meridian St., Included in Museum Price, ChildrensMuseum.org, (317) 334-4000.
The Children’s Museum wants your children to know that sport is not just for professionals. The new Sports Legends Experience includes 12 different segments (thinking: running, putting, running) that you can explore while learning about health and fitness. Plus, kids learn about size from some real sports heroes.
March 17, 5 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Sold Out, Ticketmaster.com, (317) 917-2727.
Of all the divas who topped the charts in the early 2000s, Pink always had the greatest edge and personality. Their hits always mixed insanely funny jams (do you remember “Get the Party Started”?) And touching, personal hymns (do you remember “Just Like a Pill”?). It’s not all nostalgia, however. Her 2017 album “Beautiful Trauma” was Sad-Pop-Gold.
13th Taco Festival Spring Break
2 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 18, Indiana Discount Mall, 3585 Commercial Dr., Facebook.com/IndianaDiscountMall, (317) 291-6502.
If you can’t go to Cancun this spring, all is certainly not lost. Visit the Indiana Discount Mall. No, seriously – you will have food trucks lined up serving delicious, authentic tacos. Try the cabeza or beef. Thank us later.
14. Judah and the lion
March 19, March 22, Egyptian Room, Old National Center, 502 N. New Jersey St., $ 23.50, LiveNation.com, (317) 231-0000.
We should have seen this coming. Judah & the Lion mix the giant folk-rock melodies from Mumford & Sons with the pop-lite beats from Maroon 5 – and the result is the catchiest music you’ve heard in years. Good luck getting these tunes out of your head.
22.-25. March and 29.-31. March, IndyFringe, 719 E. Clair St., various events free, others $ 12-15, IndyFringe.org, (317) 522-8099.
For the seventh time, IndyFringe’s OnyxFest celebrates the work of African American playwrights. This year the work examines the links between Jewish and black communities, gospel music and the complexities of the family. We can all find out.
16. Joel McHale
7:15 p.m. and 9:45 a.m. 23.-24. March, Morty’s Comedy Joint, 3824 E. 82nd St., $ 25-35, MortysComedy.com, (317) 848-5500.
He got you through E! ‘S “The Soup” and NBC’s “Community” made us laugh. Before you check out his brand new Netflix series (we’ve already had a look – it’s great), watch Joel McHale in person.
17. Alice Cooper
7:30 p.m., March 29, Murat Theater at the Old National Center, 502 N. New Jersey St., $ 29.50 and up, LiveNation.com, (317) 231-0000.
This tour is called “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper” – but aren’t they all? The godfather of macabre rock’n’roll will draw on his exuberant 2017 album “Paranormal”, but he certainly won’t ignore the huge spider’s web of permeable hits.
18. “Weird Al” Yankovic
7:30 p.m. March 29, Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Center Green Carmel, sold out, TheCenterForThePerformingArts.org, (317) 843-3800.
This national treasure of satire, parody and accordion is trying something new this year. “Weird Al” Yankovic’s tour doesn’t feature costumes, props, or video screens, and it plays a plethora of non-parody songs.
19th Indiana Comic Con
Noon to midnight March 30, 10 am to midnight March 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1, Indianapolis Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., IndianaComicCon.com, $ 30-60.
Indiana Comic Con has dozen of reasons to attend. This year alone, you can see people from The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter series, Power Rangers, Star Trek, and more. But when else can you meet Noah Schnapp – aka Will from “Stranger Things”? Enough said.
20th 90s block party
7:30 p.m., March 31, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., $ 39 and up, Ticketmaster.com, (317) 917-2727.
Urban radio of the 90s will be almost entirely represented with this stacked bill: Monica, Ginuwine, Guy, Teddy Riley, 112 and Jagged Edge will take the stage. Montell Jordan’s invitation must have been lost in the mail, but there are enough hits to go around.