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Jazz Fest Returns to Indy

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

While the leaves might be changing colors, music festival season still isn’t quite over in Indianapolis.

Slated to take place over the weekend of Oct. 1-2, Indy Jazz Fest returns to Garfield Park in 2022 with another world-class lineup of performers. Showcasing Grammy award winners, local Indy standouts and everything in between, the festival will feature a wide variety of artists that fit under the jazz umbrella, from the New Orleans funk stylings of Tank and the Bangas to R&B chart-topper Lalah Hathaway.

“We could not be more excited to return to outdoor performances,” says Indy Jazz Fest director David Allee. “The ability to offer a setting where all ages can enjoy the wide range of jazz styles meets the core mission of the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation in attracting new audiences to the jazz idiom.”

Gates to the festival will open at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with performances taking place on the MacAllister Amphitheater stage. Below is a quick rundown of what you can expect to hear at Indy Jazz Fest 2022.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

Tank and the Bangas - New Orleans-based "Tiny Desk" competition winners

Lalah Hathaway - Grammy award-winning R&B vocalist

Norman Brown - Smooth jazz guitar favorite

Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science - Grammy award-winning drum legend

From the 317 – A showcase of all that Indianapolis has to offer, featuring Josh Kaufman, Bashiri Asad, Sarah Scharbrough, Rob Dixon, Charlie Ballantine, Rusty Redenbacher, Brandon Meeks and Richard “Sleepy” Floyd

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2

Robert Glasper - Four-time Grammy award-winning pianist

Ghost-Note – A percussion-based breakout of the Grammy award-winning band Snarky Puppy, blending elements of hip-hop and jazz fusion

Rebirth Brass Band - New Orleans brass band icons

Butcher Brown – A ‘70s jazz-funk fusion throwback

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra - Innovative steel pannist

To learn more about this year’s Indy Jazz Fest, be sure to visit IndyJazzFest.net, where you can also purchase tickets to the two-day event.


Living in Fountain Square, Seth is an arts and entertainment writer, often covering Indy's burgeoning music and theatre scenes.