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I Made Rock 'N' Roll

2/22: Sonic Stories (POSTPONED)

THIS EVENT ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, FEB 22 HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE COMING SOON!

I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll honors Black artistry and authorship in the rock genre at its festival on May 18th in Indianapolis, in media, and now in listening sessions. These listening sessions will celebrate the authors of the world-famous genre through curated listening experiences, film screenings, and live performances. The first of these sessions, Sonic Stories, will happen on February 22nd in a repurposed, Broad Ripple, speakeasy setting. Expect funky vibes, bar service, and a cool auditory experience, along with conversations about the rich legacy and continued influence of Black artistry in rock music.

Guests will hear curated selections of rock music created and inspired by Black musicians, along with stories from curators about how these songs have influenced their lives—and culture in general.

Doors open at 6:30PM at 6281 N. College Ave – the former Crackers Comedy Club space next door to The Vogue.

Tickets are $10, available for advanced purchase below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me more about the artists in the lineup?

Janelle Monáe

Multi-talented musician, songwriter, actress, writer, producer, and ten-time Grammy nominee, Janelle Monáe will headline the inaugural I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll Festival. A trailblazer like artists such as George Clinton, Prince, Lauryn Hill, and OutKast, Monáe is both a student and teacher of Afro-Futurism. Their music surpasses genre and time, combining technology with raw creativity while utilizing theatrical storytelling to create new musical landscapes. From their musical compositions and electric live performances to their short fiction collection The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe exemplifies a core value of Rock ‘N’ Roll: creative and unapologetic self-expression. View official artist website.

Gary Clark Jr.

This four-time Grammy award-winning musician and performer exemplifies the deep connection between Blues and Rock ‘N’ Roll music. As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he has recorded with R&B artists including Alicia Keys and Childish Gambino and has collaborated with rock stars such as Foo Fighters, Tom Morello, and Sheryl Crow. His fourth studio album, This Land, was released in 2019. View official artist website.

Robert Randolph Band

A six-time Grammy nominee, Robert Randolph came onto the national scene as the front person of Robert Randolph and the Family Band in 2003 with its debut album Unclassified. The album’s high-energy infusion of Gospel and Rock, paired with Randolph’s pedal steel playing introduced a wider audience to the legacy of “sacred steel”, a style of pedal steel guitar playing popularized and passed down among African American Pentecostal churches. Unclassified was nominated for “Best Rock Gospel Album” at the 46th Grammy Awards. Robert Randolph and the Family Band has released two live albums and six studio albums, the latest being 2019’s Brighter Days. View official artist website.

Joy Oladokun

Singer-songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun was raised in a small farming community in Arizona, so it was seeing a video of Tracy Chapman—a queer, black woman with a guitar—in which Oladokun saw herself and decided to pick up the instrument. Her blend of folk, country, and rock has captivated listeners ever since. Her debut album In Defense of My Own Happiness (2021) topped year-end lists from American Songwriter, Billboard, and PopMatters and was nominated for Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist at the 2022 GLAAD Media Awards. Her fourth studio album Proof of Life was released in 2023. View official artist website.

Meet Me @ The Altar

Since its founding in 2015, pop-punk band Meet Me @ the Altar (M.M.A.T.A.) has taken audiences by storm as a talented band of queer women of color on the pop-punk stage. From meeting and trading song ideas online to signing with Fueled By Ramen in 2020, the band has performed at Lollapalooza and TwitchCon and opened for Green Day. M.M.A.T.A. released its debut EP Model Citizen in 2021 and followed up with debut album Past // Present // Future in 2023. View official artist website.

Inner Peace

I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll proudly welcomes Indianapolis’s own Inner Peace to our inaugural festival. Known for its high-energy performances and charismatic frontman, Inner Peace is the result of Indy’s longtime collaborating rap and hardcore scenes. Featuring members of Big Hog, L.I.B., and The Resource Network, the band is fronted by rapper Drayco and was named an ‘Artist to Know’ by Revolver Magazine in 2023. View official artist Instagram.

What ticket and experience packages will be available for the festival?

All attendees of the I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll Festival must have a General Admission ticket to enter the event. Attendees will have the option to purchase additional add-ons during the checkout process.

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS:

  • General Admission Tickets | $75+

    • Access to the festival stage
    • Access to beer stations, cocktail bars, merchandise, restrooms, and free water refill stations (bottled water is available for purchase)
    • I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll GA wristband

OPTIONAL ADD-ON PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Go Gold | $250

    • Access to the VIP Club Lounge
    • Dedicated private bars with full beverage options (for additional purchase)
    • Access to air-conditioned, private VIP restrooms
    • I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll Gold wristband
  • Go Platinum | $350

    • Access to VIP viewing area to stage right of Main Stage
    • Dedicated private bars with full beverage options (for additional purchase)
    • Access to VIP Club Lounge
    • Access to air-conditioned private VIP restrooms
    • I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll lanyard
  • Reserved Cabana | Prices Vary

    • Access to covered tent, table, and chairs for up to 10 people
    • Cabana locations will line the east side of the sunken garden and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis
  • I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll Inaugural T-Shirt | $25

    • Inaugural, custom year one t-shirt designed by a local artist
    • Pickup will be at the Festival Merch tent during the festival
    • This discounted price will only be available for add-on purchases made in advance. Day of show merch will be at a higher price point.
Is re-entry allowed throughout the event?

No re-entry will be allowed during the festival. The gates will open at 12 pm and the first performance will begin at 1 pm. The event will end at 10 pm.

We will have food trucks, vendors, activations, and live performances to keep you engaged and entertained all day long!

Is this an all-ages Festival or is there an age restriction?

This is an all-ages event. Children under 10 years of age can attend for free and do not need a ticket, but all other attendees will need a General Admission ticket to enter the venue.

What ADA and accessibility accommodations will you provide at this event?
  • The Festival will provide a secure section with unobstructed views for folks with additional accommodation needs as well as ASL interpreters on stage.
  • There will be a medical tent on-site for all attendees.
  • The terrain of this event is a well-maintained and level grass field.
  • There will be ADA-accessible restrooms available on-site.
  • There will be ADA-accessible parking near the festival via city-provided parking.

Need ADA tickets? Please contact the I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll box office team via phone (317-259-7029) or email at info@imaderocknroll.com and we will assist you!

Are chairs and blankets allowed to this festival?

Chairs and blankets will be permitted and there will be a designated area for ground seating at the event.

What are prohibited items to bring into the festival?
  • All firearms and guns (with or without a permit)
  • Bladed items of any kind
  • Coolers (unless medically necessary)
  • Beach umbrellas (normal umbrellas permitted)
  • Alcohol or controlled substances
  • Beach chairs 
  • Aerosols, including pepper/mace spray, sunscreen and bug spray
  • Fireworks, flammable liquids, and other explosive materials
  • Audio recording devices (unless you have been granted a Press Pass)
  • Monopods, tripods, and selfie sticks
  • Backpacks and other large bags
  • Beach balls and other inflatable items
  • Confetti, glitter (any items that may be thrown), and face paint
  • Bull horns, musical instruments, and other noisemakers
  • Hula hoops and juggling sticks
  • Illegal drugs
  • Laptops/tablets
  • Laser pens
  • Pets
  • Tents
  • Totems
  • Any other item deemed inappropriate by management/staff
Is this a rain or shine event?

Yes, this event will happen rain or shine! Should there be severe weather, our staff will notify you via our social media channels, email, and push notifications in the I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll app. Unless temperatures or conditions are deemed dangerous by weather emergency professionals, the event will happen! All set times are subject to change due to weather.

Will there be refunds available for any reason?

No refunds will be permitted for the festival.

What job opportunities are available at the I Made Rock 'N' Roll Festival?

Forty5 is currently looking to hire a variety of part-time and seasonal staff members to work events across multiple venues and brands including I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll Festival, Rock the Ruins at Holliday Park, and The Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple. To learn more and apply today, please visit forty5.com.

GANGGANG is also hiring for a variety of open positions. To learn more and apply today, please visit ganggangculture.com.

I have a question that wasn't answered here. What can I do?

For vendor, sponsor, media, partnership, or other inquiries, please reach out to info@imaderocknroll.com and a member of our team will get back to you soon.

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Janelle Monáe
Gary Clark Jr.
Robert Randolph Band
Joy Oladokun
Meet Me @ The Altar
Inner Peace
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Gary Clark Jr.

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Robert Randolph Band

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Joy Oladokun

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Meet Me @ The Altar

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Inner Peace

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