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.
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.
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.