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Summertime brings plenty of free outdoor concerts all over Indianapolis, giving music lovers of just about every genre an opportunity to enjoy the summer breeze while listening to some awesome local — and national — musicians.

Summer concerts provide the perfect backdrop for a picnic with friends and family or a chance to just relax on a blanket and let the stress of the workweek melt away.

You have no reason to sit in the house and lament that there’s nothing to do this summer. Get out and enjoy some summer sounds!

Concerts on the Canal, 450 W. Ohio St.

All performances are 6-8 p.m.

• May 30 — Jessie Brown (country, rock and soul)

• June 6 — Rob Dixon (classic jazz)

• June 13 — Living Proof (pop, R&B and dance)

• June 20 — Deb Mullins (cabaret with a mix of standards, bluesy jazz and pop)

• June 27 — Groove Essential (dance hits)

• July 4 — Soul Deep (soul, jazz and rock)

• July 11 — The Bishops (party songs)

• July 18 — Gordon Bonham (blues)

Eagle Creek Park (Jazz on the Point), 7840 W. 56th St.

All performances are at 6:30 p.m.

(Free with park admission)

• May 29 — Charlie Ballantine Quartet

• June 12 — Owl Music Group

• June 26 — Gary Walters & Friends

• July 10 — Amanda Gardier Quintet

• July 24 — Rob Dixon & Triology

• Aug. 7 — Monica Herzig Acoustic Project

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1702 Broadway St.

• June 29 — 4:30 p.m., Latin Arts Celebration (featuring Pavel & Direct Contact) 

• Sept. 7 — 1 p.m., Kennedy King Block Party (featuring 69 Ways and Chocolate)

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Concert

Indiana Black Expo also has two other concerts — Music Heritage II and “The Official After Party” on July 20 — that aren’t free.  Get tickets at

• July 19 — 6-11:30 p.m., Music Heritage I (featuring Guy, Con Funk Shun and Angela Winbush) at American Legion Mall. VIP tickets are available for $40.

• July 20 — 2-4 p.m., The Love and Hip Hop Free Concert (featuring Carl Thomas and Chubb Rock) at Exhibition Hall in the Indiana Convention Center

Tarkington Park, 45 W. 40th St.

• June 13 — 6 p.m., Indy Shakes 

• July 9 — 11:30 a.m., Griot Drum Ensemble 

• Aug. 16 — 7 p.m., Toy Factory 

Watkins Park, 2360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.

• May 19 — 5 p.m., Tad Robinson Band and Todd Harrold Trio 

• June 9 — 5 p.m., Schawayna Raie and Harpman & Friends 

• July 14 — 5 p.m., Rebekah Meldrum & Paul Holdman Band and Milton Tees Blues Band

• Aug. 11 — 5 p.m., Cathy Morris & Friends and Billy Myers & the Trash Collectors 

• Sept. 8 — 4 p.m., Urban Renewal and Simply United 


If you can’t get enough of the canal, here are other activities to enjoy — but it will cost you! Get pricing information by calling or visiting the website before you go.

• Kayak, boat and bike rentals — 317-767-5072,

• Gondola rentals — 317-340-2489,

• Segway tours — 317-253-1910,

• White River State Park — 317-233-2434,

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