Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay | Red Hat Amphitheater | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay

When: Sat., July 4, 7 p.m. 2015

As nostalgia-milking package tours go, the combination of the Violent Femmes and the Barenaked Ladies makes more sense than the usual random summer docket, dispatched from amphitheater to amphitheater to take royalties on memories. Both acts, mind you, are beloved live groups, if for very different reasons. The Femmes’ minimal setup and maximal energy added an avowed punk gusto to songs about waiting on the bus or, appropriate for the Fourth of July, behaving badly and perhaps blistering in the sun. Likewise, at least stateside, the Ladies’ goofy but endearing 1996 live album, Rock Spectacle, pushed them into platinum status and made it clear that they took having fun seriously while making fun of some very serious issues. They’ve both lost some shine, some members and some relevancy in intervening years, but at least those getting paid to perform seem to have long enjoyed it. —Grayson Haver Currin

Price: $29.50-$75

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