Hoosier Dome’s High School Battle of the Bands seeks to bring new talent to light


Scumbelina, a contestant from last year’s battle, has continued to have a strong presence in Indianapolis’ music. (Submitted photo)

During the course of the next two months, Piradical Productions will be accepting application for the High School Battle of the Bands. The event aims to collect bands of young musicians from all throughout central Indiana. All-ages shows and the continued growth of the Indiana music scene are of utmost importance toStephen Zumbrun, Piradical founder.

“The primary goal with the High School Battle of the Bands is to give exposure and encouragement to new bands. The majority of bands that will be participating have never played the Hoosier Dome,” said Zumbrun. “For some bands, like last year’s winner, it is their very first show.”

Due to Indiana’s bar laws, Indianapolis and its surrounding communities have always been problematic for underage concertgoers and band members. Since its founding in 2005, Piradical Productions has been dedicated to all-ages entertainment in Indianapolis.


“We are trying to give new bands a chance to play that have never played the Hoosier Dome or any other venue before,” said Zumbrun.

A panel of judges will examine the applications and trim the crowd down to 24 bands based on a number of criteria. Quality of music, proximity to Indianapolis and the age of the band are all taken into consideration.

For Piradical, the intention of the battle is a bit of a two-way street. New and upcoming acts can interface directly with the individuals booking shows, as well as perform their music live. At thesame time, Piradical gains access to some of tomorrow’s most popular local acts from the start, and can work to build a community around them as time goes on.

“I am excited to have a bunch of new bands come through and experience a grass roots local venue for the first time,” said Zumbrun. “Even though the Hoosier Dome is a relatively new venue compared to the ES Jungle (where the battle was held last year), I’m still hoping for a great turn out.”

To those looking to try their hand at music, Zumbrun encourages them to go out there and make it happen.

“The more people making music, putting on concerts (even if it is in their own basement) and going to shows, the better it is for the whole music scene in central Indiana,” said Zumbrun.

  • WHAT: Hoosier Dome’s High School Battle of the Bands
  • WHEN: Round One – April 21 and 22, 1 to 9 p.m., Finals – May 5, 6 to 10 p.m.
  • WHERE: Hoosier Dome (1627 Prospect St., Indianapolis)
  • INFO: Visit piradicalproductions.com

Piradical Productions is accepting applications for local high school bands. Apply as soon as possible at www.piradicalproductions.com/battle. The first two rounds of the competition will take place April 21 and 22 at The Hoosier Dome (1627 Prospect St., Indianapolis) with the finals on May 5.

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