200 Years of Hoosier music
2016 marked the Bicentennial of the great State of Indiana, and we at Indy CD & Vinyl are so incredibly proud to have supplied the entire music playlist at The Indiana State Museum in Downtown Indianapolis!
All of the music we hand-selected represents works that have been created by Indiana musicians, composers, writers, and producers, making all the songs connected to Indiana in some way.
Popular music has always been used to express our social, political, and economic life. Throughout the 19th Century, patrons eager for music attended festivals and went to concert halls that popped up in cities across Indiana. Places like Germainia Theater, the Grand Opera House and Maennerchor Hall provided programs that were dominated by classical musical forms, but slowly regional folk songs and popular American hymns and ballads began to work their way into the mainstream.
The early decades of the 20th Century saw a revolution in popular music with the emergence of ragtime, blues, and jazz. African Americans became a creative force in clubs along Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis, and in recording studios like Gennett Records in Richmond. Then, in 1956, the birth of rock 'n roll revolutionized American popular music once again, dominating the airwaves and live performances.
Today, the Indiana music scene is thriving. From serious songwriters and musicians to jam bands having a good time, home-grown artists from all across Indiana continue to produce creative and exciting content in all genres of music. Nightclubs, music venues, and record stores throughout Indiana help support local artists, nurturing a vibrant cultural scene.
Below is a list of artists represented in the playlist we curated, playing in the State Museum lobby and bridge. Please dig deeper and listen to as many as you can!
Abner Trio / Action Strasse / Adam Lambert / America Owns The Moon / Amnesty / Amo Joy / Ann McWilliams / Apache Dropout / ari. Ari. / Arrah & The Ferns / Arson Garden / Art Adams / Baby Huey / Babyface / Bashiri Asad / Beta Male / Big Ed King Singers / Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows / BigBigCar / Bill Gaither Trio / Birdmen of Alcatraz / Black Cat Rebellion / Black Fabio / Blackberry Jam feat Jumbo Shrimp / Blake Babies / Blaq Lily / Blind Melon / Bonesetters / Booker T & The MGs / Born Again Floozies / Bowels of Judas / Brando / Brazil / Brother O Brother / Buccaneer / Buddy Emmons (with The Country Boys) / Buddy Montgomery / Burn It Down / Burnt Ones / Cameron McGill / Carl Storie / Carrie Newcomer / Chamberlain / Charlie Davis / Chevy Downs / Chris Botti / Circle City Band / Circle City Deacons / Claude Thornhill / Claude Thornhill & Gil Evans / Cloakroom / Cole Porter / Connie Smith / Coven / Crystal Gayle / Datura Seeds / David Baker / David Barajas / David Peck / Days Of The New / Defiance, Ohio / Demiricous / Deniece Williams / Devil to Pay / Dick Powell / DMA / Dorsh / Dow Jones and the Industrials / Duke Tumatoe / Early Day Miners / Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign / Eddie Condon / Eisenhower Field Day / Elizabeth Souza / Emanuel / Emily Wells / Everthus The Deadbeats / Everything, Now! / Extra Blue Kind / Faith Band / Fax Arcana / Four Freshmen / Frank Dean / Freddie Hubbard / Gary Burton / Gates Of Slumber / Geno Washington / Gentleman Caller / Goliathon / Good Seed / Grey Granite / Guns N Roses / Harley Poe / Haste The Day / Henry Lee Summer / Hero Jr / Heywood Banks / Hinx Jones / Hoagy Carmicheal / Carmicheal's Collegians / Hotfox / Houndmouth / Impossible Shapes / In the face of War / Indian City Weather / Interphase / J.J. Johnson / J.R. Robinson / James Bell and The Turner Brothers / Janet Jackson / jascha. / Jason Wilber / Jeff DeHerdt / Jennie DeVoe / Jerry Lee Williams and the Crowns / Jethro Easyfields / Jimmy Guilford and the Cool City Band / John Brim / John Hiatt / John McLaughlin / John Mellencamp / John Wilkes Booze / Johnny Ross & The Soul Explosion / Johnny Socko / Jookabox / Junior Brown / Kaiser Cartel / Kaleidoscope Jukebox / Kate Lamont / Kentucky Nightmare / Kilgore Trout / Killjoy Confetti / King Deuce / King Wolf / KO (Kristen Newborn) / Krista Detor / LeRoy Carr / Letters In English / Lionel Hampton / Lisa Germano / Little Voice / Liz Janes / Lonnie Mack / Loretta / Lunar Event / Mablab / Majhas / Malbec / Male Bondage / Manchild / Mandy Marie and The Cool Hand Lukes / Margot and The Nuclear So and Sos / Marmoset / Martin Green / Matchbox Twenty / May Aufderheide / Mel Rhyne / Melvin "Deacon" Jones / MG & The Gas City Three / Michael Jackson / Middletown / Mock Orange / Monika Herzig / Motley Crue / Mudkids / Murder By Death / Mystikos Quintet / Pravada / Project Bottlecap / Push-Pull / R. Dean Taylor / Racebannon / Rapider Than Horsepower / Ray Price / Red Light Driver / Rich Hardesty / Roadmaster / Rob Dixon & Triology / Rooms / S.A.I.N.T. Recon / Sandi Patty / Sardina / Scrapper Blackwell / Sidney Catlett / Sir Winston and the Commons / Skafish / Slide Hampton / Sloppy Seconds / Smoking Popes / Sneaky Pete / Some Girls / Son Lux / Songs: Ohia / Soulpaint / STATE / Steve Allee / Steve Warriner / Strand of Oaks / Sufjan Stevens / The Academy / The Ataris / The Coke Dares / The Dream is Dead / The Elms / The Gizmos / The Hampton Sisters / The Highlighters Band / The Ink Spots / The Jabs / The Jackson 5 / The Junekill Ward / The Last Good Year / The Lettermen / The Mastersounds / The McCoys / The Pieces / The Retreads / The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band / The Rhythm Machine / The Slurs / The Vanguards / The Wabash Cannonballs / The Why Store / Those Young Lions / Tony Cheeseborough (Ohio Players) / Toxic Reasons / Transmatic / Twin Cats / Umphrey's McGee / United States Three / Usurp Synapse / Vacation Club / Van Halen / Vess Ruhtenberg / Virgin Millionaires / Vulgar Boatmen / We Are Hex / Wes Montgomery / Wilber DeParis / Wright Brothers / Yank Rachell / Zero Boys