14 Female-Fronted Bands to Check Out at Tonic Ball 2019

From Oh Europa and Cara Jean Wahlers to Manners, Please and The Girl Called Books—these groups will take the stage on November 22.
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Tickets to Tonic Ball seem to sell out in a minute each year, but that’s because it’s one of the most spectacular nights you’ll ever have in Indianapolis. (Plus, proceeds go to a great cause: Second Helpings.)

At this year’s fundraiser on Nov. 22, more than 80 bands will pay tribute, in 20-minute sets, to the Ramones, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Radiohead, Bob Marley and the Wailers, and the Beastie Boys. Many of those bands will be fronted by amazing local women. Here are 14 worth checking out:

Steel Dynamics Stage At Radio Radio featuring the music of the Ramones

7:30 p.m.: Meghan Cristeen Martin (Americana, folk)

Midnight: The Arc of Etheline (alt/pop rock)

Sysco Stage at Pioneer featuring the music of Diana Ross and the Supremes

7:20 p.m.: Adrian + Meredith (Americana, with their own twist)

8:20 p.m.: Cara Jean Wahlers (folk/acoustic)

8:40 p.m.: Manners, Please (indie pop)

9:20 p.m.: Eliot Bigger (progressive rock)

Eskew Law Stage at Fountain Square Theatre featuring the music of Bob Marley and the Wailers

7:20 p.m.: Emma Peridot (mix of pop, EDM, R&B)

8 p.m.: Lani and the Tramps (rock, soul, funk, and jazz)

8:40 p.m.: The Girl Called Books (R&B, soul)

10:40 p.m.: Keller & Cole (indie pop)

Cummins Stage at the Hi-Fi featuring the music of Radiohead

9:20 p.m.: Mina & The Wondrous Flying Machine (indie rock with a hint of jazz)

10:40 p.m.: Sarah Grain & Billions of Stars (folk, bossa nova, rock, Americana, jazz)

11 p.m.: There Are Ghosts (’80s/’90s college rock, new wave, alternative)

12:40 a.m.: Oh Europa (psychedelic progressive pop)

Image: Oh Europa is an Indianapolis band whose members—including Michelle Marti (left) and Rebecca Jade—have roots in England, Wales, and Australia. They’ll play at Tonic Ball on Nov. 22.

Tonic Ball is sold out but tickets occasionally become available. Click here for info on the wait list.

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