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Victor Manuelle cant stop the rain.
  • Victor Manuelle can't stop the rain.
Even with the music scene at low ebb during these winter months, there's plenty to see, including what I'll call this week's most adventurous pick — well, only adventurous if you're unfamiliar with the worlds of salsa, merengue and bachata. Saturday night, the Invaders Tour 2010 will bring some legitimately big names from those genres — salsa vocalist Victor Manuelle, Merengue singer Elvis Crespo — to the creatively-named Westside event space The Venue (5110 W. Pike Plaza Road). Manuelle's stuff typically charts on the Billboard's Latin Albums and Top 200 Albums charts, and Crespo is a Latin Grammy winner. The thing is, the cheapest ticket starts at $40. But if you're wont to complain that Indy only gets metal or rock or whatever shows, then you ought to pony up and check this one out. 8 p.m. start, 21+.


And here are few more editor-approved options for this weekend, most of them cheaper:

Friday

Chris Isaak, Steven Page
Murat Theatre, 502 N. New Jersey St.
7:30 p.m., $24.75-$65 (plus applicable fees), all-ages
This year's WTTS Rock to Read Christmas Concert is headlined by virile crooner Chris Isaak with an opening set by former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page. Proceeds from the show will go towards children's reading programs at the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library.

Crypto-Kats, Art Adams, Danny Thompson Trio
Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St.
10 p.m., $7, 21+
A night of rockabilly, featuring the Crypto-Kats (reunited), Art Adams (a Rockabilly Hall-of-Famer who recorded back when it was the next big thing) and the Danny Thompson Trio (of Bigger than Elvis fame).

Twin Cats, Hyryder, UV Hippo, Psynapse
The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave.
10 p.m., $8, 21+
A mostly local night of music from the jam scene. The Twin Cats have recovered from an equipment robbery in Chicago earlier this year, soldiering on as kings of the jam scene. Grand Rapids seven-piece Ultraviolet Hippopotamus usually shortens its name, because it's surprisingly tricky to spell hippopotamus. With local jam trio Hyryder and the "dubstep Jesus" Psynapse, so named because he's fond of dirty bass tracks and long, dirty-looking hair.

Saturday

Martine Locke, Trina Hamlin
Earth House, 237 N. East St.
8 p.m., $18, all-ages
About a month back, we ran a story on Martine Locke, the Australian-born singer-songwriter who recently settled in the Irvington area. But by the time our profile on Locke hit the stands and our website, her show that week — a gig at the IndyIndie clubhouse that was recorded for release as a live album — was already sold out. So this may be your first chance to catch Locke, at least if you learned about her from NUVO. And she shares equal billing for this holiday show with Trina Hamlin, an NYC-based performer who drops by our fair city about once a year.

Henry French & The Shameless, Win with Willard, Ranger
Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect St.
8 p.m., $5, 21+
You can put this one on tape: Local singer-songwriter Henry French will record a live album Saturday night at Radio Radio, accompanied by a backing band, the Shameless, that includes Thom Daugherty (The Elms) on guitar and Steve Fulton (Mardelay) on drums. French will play songs from his first EP, Swagger and Sway, as well as new work. Daugherty has been busy as a studio sideman and producer since the final Elms show at the end of July.

Solstice 2
Tru Nightclub, 6235 N. Guilford Ave.
9 p.m., $10, 21+
Reid Speed and Mike Dearborn headline Solstice 2, an EDM showcase celebrating the one-year anniversary of a working relationship between web portal Indymojo.com and DJ affinity group G9 Collective. The California-based Speed, who runs Play Me Records, an industry leader in the fields of dubstep and fidget house, explained in a recent tweet how her work keeps her young: “I thank DRUM & BASS every day for its anti-aging properties. The slower you move…the faster you die.” Chicago techno DJ Dearborn returns to Indianapolis for the first time since 1999. With local support from Shiva, Psynapse, Kodama, Hollow Point, Defi, Wes Clay and Johnny Mack.

Shatter the Silence
Locals Only, 2449 E. 56th St.
10 p.m., donations accepted, 21+
A hip-hop, R&B and rock concert to benefit women and children displaced by domestic violence. Guest are encouraged to donate new sheets and towels, gently-used household goods and appliances and non-perishable food items. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Performances by R&B vocalist MVL, hip-hop duo Mic Sol and Ace One, retro MC Andy D, Mudkids MC Rusty Redenbacher and jam band Sugar Moon Rabbit.

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