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World Music

This guide provides basic resources for the study of World Music (MH 308).
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Music Festivals in/around Indianapolis


Outlined blue and white logo of the All IN Music & Arts FestivalHeld in mid-September at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the All IN Festival is a 2-day music and cultural celebration curating "Dreamsets" of music, art installations, and local food and drink options.

Indy Jazz Fest logoHeld in late September: "Indy Jazz Fest is a year-long project of the not-for-profit Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. We are committed to keeping the legacy and future of jazz in Indianapolis at the forefront. We are supportive of all organizations that wish to promote jazz and encourage both individuals and organizations to utilize our resources to help further jazz awareness and the vibrant jazz scene in Indianapolis." -- description from the Indy Jazz Fest website

Logo of the Uncle Pen Fest announcing "bluegrass festival and hall of fame induction"Held in late-September at Bill Monroe's Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom, IN.  Uncle Pen Fest is not only a Bluegrass Festival, it is also serves as the annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This is one of many festivals and live music events hosted by the historic home of the Brown County Jamboree, a long-standing variety show begun in 1941.

logo featuring a lotus flower in red relief with the text Lotus Education and Arts FoundationHeld in late-September: "The Lotus Festival is proudly based in downtown Bloomington and named in part for Indiana musician Lotus Dickey (1911-1989).

Lotus offers both ticketed showcases and free events for all ages. From their FAQ: "Lotus is distinguished among festivals by not relying on “headliners”, but rather presenting a non-hierarchical mix of performers and prioritizing discovery and inspiring encounters with the new and often unfamiliar. ... Each year, the festival typically showcases a roster of 25-30 different artists or groups." -- description from their FAQ

8-bit logo design that reads GRANFALLOON Bloomington, IN -- Everything was digital and nothing hurt

Held in early June: "Presented by the IU Arts and Humanities Council and inspired by legendary Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the Granfalloon brings together musicians, artists, thinkers, and good people from all walks of life for a celebration of art, ideas, and community

The festival kicks off the Bloomington summer arts season and highlights the creative spirit of our region by tapping into the enduring ethos of Vonnegut’s life and work: promoting civic engagement, encouraging independent thought, and championing art and creativity as essential to the spiritual life of individuals and the health of our democracy." -- description from their homepage

Logo showing an image of roads intertwined with clouds and a sun with the text Wonder Road Indianapolis superimposedHeld in mid-June: WonderRoad Festival is an all-ages festival that describes itself as "a weekend music, arts and culinary festival ... featuring multiple stages of contemporary concerts and events including art, children’s activities, adventure, education and superior food offerings."



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