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The extended weekend starts off with a launch: that of 247 Sky Bar, which is occupying the old Hollywood Bar and Filmworks space above Taps and Dolls. The bar, which is not open-air as the name might suggest, is putting out its feelers to the hip-hop crowd: last week, they brought in a member of the Wu-Tang extended family for a Rock the Bells aftershow; and tonight, the bar’s official launch party will feature Shock-G and DJ Fuse from the Digital Underground, the Oakland-born, Parliament-Funkadelic-inspired rap group that scored its biggest hit with “The Humpty Dance.” It all starts at 8 p.m. and costs $20.

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Marc Broussard at The Vogue

Marc Broussard didn’t get much love for his latest, self-titled record, his second for Atlantic and his first out-and-out effort to make the charts by leaving behind his soulful, Bayou-based sound for slick, crossover territory. Good thing that his blue-eyed soul — in the region of Daryl Hall, but with deep Southern overtones — can’t be as easily neutered on stage. 8:30 p.m., $18 advance, $20 door, 21+.


Indy Hostel Folk Festival at Indy Hostel
The Spud Puppies, the local bluegrass and roots outfit that had departed from the space-time continuum for the last couple years, will reunite Friday for the first annual Indy Hostel Folk Festival, joined by Tony Marshall, Gamblin’ Christmas and Punkin Holler Boys. Rob Nichols has more this week about the show, which came to life following a tete-a-tete at the Corner Wine Bar open stage between Spud Puppy Gary Wasson and Indy Hostel owner John Newton. 4 p.m., $10, all-ages

The Up + Up Show at Earth House
De Gud Life, an event promotions outfit with a conscience, is always on the lookout for young talent. They’ll showcase their finds Saturday — DJ Txt Book, Tiara Thomas, Fly.Union, Flaco, Ejaaz. Check out our profile of Thomas, who’s been collaborating with the emcee Wale for the past year. Thomas says De Gud Life was one of the few local outfits to give her the time of day before she hit it big. 8:30 p.m., $10 advance (, $15 door.

Marmoset, Richard Edwards, Vess Ruhtenberg, Vacation Club at Radio Radio

Ten years they produced their masterwork, Record in Red, local indie rock outfit Marmoset looks back with a vinyl box set retrospective on Joyful Noise containing their four LPs, two of which (Today It’s You, Tea Tornado) are new to vinyl. Openers testify to Marmoset’s standing in the music community, with Margot singer-songwriter Richard Edwards and Vess Ruhtenberg both taking sets. 9 p.m., $6 (, 21+.


Earth, Wind & Fire with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at The Lawn at White River State Park
One of the finest bands of the funk era, Earth, Wind & Fire found commercial success while trying out a variety of sounds and genres, including Afro-beat (drummer Maurice White played the kalimba, or thumb piano, on just about every album), funk, rock, jazz and Motown. Their last record of note, 2005’s Illumination, successfully put the band in touch with the neo-soul movement, with appearances by OutKast and Raphael Saadiq helping to brush away any cobwebs. 7 p.m., $26.50-69.50 (plus fees), all-ages.

The Script, SafetySuit at Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Radio-friendly Irish rock band The Script has catapulted to the top in the past few years, scoring opening gigs for Paul McCartney and U2. They’ve succeeded with a largely-familiar sound; though its founders worked as producers in the mid ‘00s in Los Angeles with hip-hop and R&B figures like the Neptunes and Terry Riley, The Script is very much in the alt-rock tradition, bringing to mind Matchbox 20 and The Wallflowers. 7:30 p.m., $29.50-45 (plus fees), all-ages.


Indy Jazz Fest: Aaron Diehl Trio, Jeff McLaughlin at The Jazz Kitchen
Indy Jazz Fest kicks off a week of weeknight performances with a shared set by pianist Aaron Diehl, who won the lucrative American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellowship earlier this year, and guitarist Jeff McLaughlin, winner of the 2010 Owl Studios Emerging Artist Competition. Diehl first came on the jazz radar when he was discovered by Wynton Marsalis, and like Marsalis, Diehl knows his jazz history (ragtime can creep into his improvisations at the most surprising times). 7 p.m., $25, 21+.


Indy Jazz Fest: The Headhunters at The Jazz Kitchen
This week, we told the story of how The Headhunters, Herbie Hancock’s old backing band that long ago flew its leader’s coop, found their way to Indianapolis. It has a lot to do with local saxophonist Rob Dixon and the label for which he works A&R, Owl Studios. Tuesday’s show is a release party for The Headhunters first album for Owl, Platinum, a hip-hop influence release with guest appearances by Snoop Dogg and George Clinton. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $25, 21+.

Wilco, Nick Lowe at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
NUVO last spoke to Wilco bassist John Stirratt in 2002, when things were in turmoil for his band (including personnel and label changes, not to mention the camera crew recording all drama for posterity); this week, Scott Hall catches up with Stirratt, who says things have “come together in a wonderful way” in the past few years. With pub-rock great Nick Lowe, who’s set to release his first album in more than four years, The Old Magic. 8 p.m., $27.50-45 (plus fees), all-ages.


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