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List of Famous Bands from Indianapolis

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List of Indianapolis bands, listed by their level of fame. This Indianapolis musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Indianapolis bands are included, as well as many Indianapolis musicians of underground status. This list of Indianapolis musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Indianapolis bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

This list features bands like Babyface and Freddie Hubbard.

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  • 1


    Urban contemporary, Adult contemporary music

    AlbumsChristmas With Babyface, MTV Unplugged NYC 1997, Face2Face, Tender Lover, Lovers

    Kenneth Brian Edmonds (born April 10, 1958), known professionally as Babyface, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 number-one R&B hits...  more

    #255 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years#158 of 252 The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time#70 of 100 The Greatest Motown Artists Of All Time

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    Freddie Hubbard

    Hard bop, Post-bop

    AlbumsThe Eternal Triangle, The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big Four, Boliva, Here to Stay, Yes

    Frederick Dewayne Hubbard (April 7, 1938 – December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop, and post-bop styles from the early 1960s...  more
  • 3

    Dottie Rambo

    Christian music, Southern Gospel

    AlbumsDown by the Creek Bank

    Dottie Rambo (March 2, 1934 – May 11, 2008) was an American gospel singer and songwriter. She was a Grammy and multiple Dove Award-winning artist. Along with husband Buck and daughter Reba, she...  more

    #1311 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#124 of 525 Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?#36 of 43 The Greatest Female Gospel Singers

  • 4

    Leroy Carr

    Chicago blues, Piedmont blues

    AlbumsComplete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 1: 1928–1929, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 2: 1929–1930, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order

    Leroy Carr (March 27, 1905 – April 29, 1935) was an American blues singer, songwriter and pianist who developed a laid-back, crooning technique and whose popularity and style influenced such artists...  more

    #161 of 222 The Best Blues Artists of All Time#39 of 100 The Best Musical Artists From Indiana#29 of 114 The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists

  • 5


    Christian music, Pop music

    AlbumsNeed You Now, Chaotic Resolve, Blink, Plumb, candycoatedwaterdrops

    Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide,...  more

    #64 of 233 The Best Christian Rock Bands & Artists#14 of 82 The Best Christian Alternative Rock Bands#184 of 385 The Best Contemporary Christian Artists

  • 6

    The Ink Spots

    Rhythm and blues, Vocal music

    AlbumsThe Best of the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots, Ultimate Collection, Prisoner of Love, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Ink Spots, If I Didn't Care

    The Ink Spots were an American pop vocal group who gained international fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Their unique musical style presaged the rhythm and blues and rock and roll musical genres, and...  more

    #243 of 265 Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees#504 of 1,681 The Best Rock Bands Of All Time#116 of 152 The Best Soul Singers/Groups of All Time

  • 7

    J. J. Johnson

    Third stream, Hard bop

    AlbumsThe Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 1, Jay and Kai + 6, Jay & Kai, Cleopatra Jones

    James Louis Johnson (January 22, 1924 – February 4, 2001) was an American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. Johnson was one of the earliest trombonists to embrace bebop....  more
  • 8

    The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

    Traditional music, Folk music

    AlbumsBetween The Ditches, Peyton on Patton, The Pork n' Beans Collection, The Gospel Album, The Wages

    The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is a three-piece American country blues band from Brown County, Indiana. They play more than 250 dates per year at venues ranging from bars to festivals. To date,...  more
  • 9

    Amos Easton

    Chicago blues, Piedmont blues

    AlbumsFrom Georgia to Chicago 1931-1937, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 2: 23 March to 27 October 1934

    Admiral Amos Easton (May 7, 1905 – June 8, 1968), better known by the stage name Bumble Bee Slim, was an American Piedmont blues singer and guitarist....  more
  • 10

    After 7

    Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsTakin' My Time, Reflections, After 7, The Very Best of After 7, Heat of the Moment

    After 7 is an American R&B group founded in 1987 by brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, and Keith Mitchell. Jason Edmonds, son of Melvin Edmonds, later joined. The Edmonds brothers are the siblings of...  more
  • 11

    Gwen Stacy

    Christian hardcore, Metalcore

    AlbumsThe Life I Know, ...I Believe in Humility, A Dialogue, Demos 2006, Demo 2006

    Gwen Stacy was an American metalcore band that was signed with Solid State Records. Their name came from the character Gwen Stacy, who appeared in the comic book The Amazing Spider-Man as the...  more
  • 12

    Kevon Edmonds

    Contemporary R&B

    Albums24/7, Who Knew

    Kevon Edmonds (born February 25, 1957) is an American singer and actor. He is the older brother of producer, songwriter and singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds....  more
  • 13

    The Four Freshmen

    Barbershop music, Traditional pop music

    AlbumsTwo Classic Albums from The Four Freshmen, Voices in Love / Love Lost, More 4 Freshmen and 5 Trombones, Day by Day, The Stars in Our Eyes

    The Four Freshmen is an American male vocal quartet that blends open-harmonic jazz arrangements with the big band vocal group sounds of The Modernaires The Pied Pipers, and The Mel-Tones, founded in...  more
  • 14


    Modern rock, Post-grunge


    Transmatic was an American rock band from Indianapolis, Indiana. They released one EP with and full length album on Immortal Records/Virgin Records/EMI which spawned a minor hit single...  more
  • 15

    AlbumsThe Dust of Retreat, Rot Gut, Domestic, Animal!, Buzzard

    Margot (; French: [maʁɡo]) is a French given name for a female, a short form of Marguerite. Persons named Margot include the following:...  more
  • 16

    Sloppy Seconds

    Garage punk, Punk rock

    AlbumsDestroyed, The First Seven Inches... and Then Some, More Trouble Than They're Worth, Knock Yer Block Off, Endless Bummer

    #280 of 327 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time#138 of 220 The Best Classic Punk Bands

  • 17

    Scott Leonard

    Pop music, A cappella
    Charles Scott Leonard IV (born October 11, 1965) is an American singer and a member of the cappella group Rockapella, the former house band on the PBS children's geography game show Where in the...  more
  • 18


    Thrash metal, Deathrash

    AlbumsTwo (Poverty), One (Hellbound), Demo Anno 2004

    Demiricous is a death/thrash metal band from Indianapolis, Indiana formed by Nate Olp, Scott Wilson, Ben Parrish (of Upheaval), and Christopher Cruz. In 2005, they self-released a demo which caught...  more
  • 19

    The Dream is Dead

    Metalcore, Hardcore punk

    AlbumsHail the New Pawn, Letter of Resignation, Taking Friendly Fire, The Gates of Slumber

    The Dream is Dead was a hardcore punk band based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their music contained many American political anti-authoritarian themes....  more
  • 20

    Beata Moon

    Classical music

    AlbumsBeata Moon, Earthshine

    Beata Moon (born 1969) is a Korean-American classical pianist and composer....  more
  • 21

    Zero Boys

    Punk rock, Hardcore punk

    AlbumsMake It Stop, Vicious Circle, Livin' in the 80's, History of Cassette

    The Zero Boys are a hardcore punk quartet from Indianapolis, Indiana fronted by Paul Mahern. Other members include bassist Scott Kellogg, drummer Mark Cutsinger and guitarist Dave Lawson. Their first...  more
  • 22

    Year of Desolation

    Thrash metal, Groove metal

    AlbumsYour Blood, My Vendetta, Woods of Desolation

    Year of Desolation is an American metal band formed in Indiana in 2001. They are influenced by classic rock and heavy metal, and have undergone an overwhelming number of line-up changes. They...  more
  • 23

    Everything, Now!

    Psychedelia, Art rock

    AlbumsBible Universe, Sunshine of Doom, Ugly Magic, Police, Police!

    Everything, Now! are an indie-rock band based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. They self-released their debut album, Sunshine of Doom, in 2003. Their next album, POLICE, POLICE! was released by Standard...  more
  • 24


    Metalcore, Hardcore punk

    AlbumsOut Of Darkness..., Ascension

  • 25

    Burn It Down


    AlbumsLet the Dead Bury the Dead, Make Them Talk

    Burn It Down was a metalcore band from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, whose full-length album, Let the Dead Bury the Dead, was released in 2000 on Escape Artist Records. Produced by Ed Rose,...  more