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55 local bands to cover the music of Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, OutKast and Taylor Swift at Tonic Ball 2022

Second Helpings fundraiser planned for November 18, 2022 in Fountain Square

Organizers for the Tonic Ball annual fundraising event have announced the artist lineup for its 2022 fundraiser for local hunger-relief agency Second Helpings. Presented by Eskenazi Health, the 21st annual Tonic Ball concert will welcome 55 bands across four general admission venues in Fountain Square. Representing wide-ranging styles, the bands will cover the music of four iconic musical acts: Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, OutKast and Taylor Swift. 

The band lists include:

  • Celebrating Aretha Franklin at White Rabbit Cabaret: Meghan Cristeen Martin & The 1900, The Girl Called BOOKS, Convoy, Wendy Reed, Dysfunktion Brass,The Fabulous Sasuage Kings, The Auburns, The Lakewoods, Chick Grizzly, Howard feat. Jessica Benge, The Breakes, The Ombudsmen, and Ponce
  • Celebrating Jimi Hendrix at Radio Radio: Shadeland, The Last IV, Matt Boyer, Ampersand Blues Band, Coolidge, Black Plastic Glasses, The Boogie Knights, Sadie Johnson, We’re Not Squibnocket, Tommy Baldwin, Half The Neighborhood, Lani and the Tramps, Bomb Dylan, and The Arc of Etheline
  • Celebrating OutKast at Square Cat Vinyl: The Brothers Footman, Mr. Kinetik and The Movement, Clint Breeze & the Groove, Mina & the Wondrous Flying Machine, Bashiri Asad & the Lady, Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars, Maciann, Beatty & the Bayonets, Andrew Bean & the Lady Apollo, Teresa Reynolds and the Slicktones, Boldylocks, and Ed Lanier
  • Celebrating Taylor Swift at the Hi-Fi: Emma Peridot, Brother O Brother, Public Universal Friend, Kristen Bales, J. Elliott, Craig Bell and The Dead Man’s Handle, The Long Arm, The Common, Jennasen, Phyllis, Kit and the Arsonists, Lunar Event / Red Light Driver, Caleb McCoach, The Trumans, Sister Sinjin, and  Finest Grain

This year’s stages are sponsored by Sun King Brewing, Sam Ash Music Stores, Navient Community Fund and Eskew Law.

Tonic Ball begins at all venues at 7 p.m. Musicians will celebrate the feature acts with covers of hits and hidden bangers, from Shake It Off to Natural Woman at each of the four rooms: Radio Radio, White Rabbit Cabaret, the Hi-Fi and – the newest venue – Square Cat Vinyl. Several bands will play the sponsor experience room at the Fountain Square Theatre. This year marks a return to an in-person event, following two years of virtual concerts that supported Second Helpings. 

“This year’s lineup truly represents the depth of talent we have in this town – any of these acts could be a headliner on any stage,” said Ben Shine, Tonic Ball committee co-chair. “We’re all grateful that these bands put aside a night to volunteer their skills and time to support Second Helpings.”

Second Helpings is an Indianapolis nonprofit focused on food rescue, hunger relief and job training in Central Indiana. It has been the benefiting organization for each of Tonic Ball’s 21 concerts. Tonic Ball is a volunteer-run event that harnesses generosity and musical talent in service to making Indianapolis a better place.