Six free Thursday shows to include rock, poetry, jazz, hip-hop and open mic nights 

The Butler Arts & Events Center (BAEC) and cultural development firm GANGGANG announced plans to collaborate again this year on the popular Clowes Lawn Series. Aimed at bringing new artistic talent and perspectives to the Butler University campus, the six-show series promises live entertainment that caters to a variety of interests, free to all on the expansive lawn of the newly renovated Clowes Memorial Hall. 

Talented young ensembles HURRICANe + The Gang and Tom Foolery & The Laughing Stock will kick off the concert series on Thursday, July 7, bringing jazz, funk, hip-hop and more to Butler’s lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and to enjoy food trucks, beer and wine sales (coolers welcome too!), beats by Deckademics, and a family-friendly vibe. Shows will take place on Thursdays at 6:30 PM and will be hosted by Justin Bland from the Made Man Improv team.

·       July 7 – Series Open: HURRICANe + The Gang and Tom Foolery & The Laughing Stock 

·       July 14 – Poetry Night: Mariah Ivey

·       July 21 – Rock the Block: Wife Patrol and Lost in the Dark

·       July 28 – Rhymes & Reasons: Mr. Kinetik & Rusty Redenbacher* and Krishawn

·       August 4 – That Peace Open Mic: presenting The Singer’s Cypher

·       August 11 – Series Finale: PsyWrn Simone

“GANGGANG is all about bringing more equity and culture to cities, which is easy to do when you’re surrounded by talented musicians and artists,” says Alan Bacon, Co-Founder of GANGGANG. “We’re grateful for Butler’s contribution to the growing creative economy, and we hope to see the community come out this summer for free live music and fun.”

Born out of the pandemic and a civil rights movement, GANGGANG is an Indianapolis-based cultural development firm on a mission to produce, promote, and preserve equity and culture. 

“We’re very excited to continue our partnership with GANGGANG for the second season of the series,” says Aaron Hurt, VP of Arts, Events, and Enterprise for Butler University. “Last fall was a great success, and we look forward to continuing to showcase Indy’s creative culture on our campus.”

The Butler Arts & Events Center (BAEC) is a collection of venues on the Butler campus dedicated to meaningful experiences in and through the arts. Our mission is to bring people together to celebrate community. The BAEC serves the Butler, Indianapolis, and larger Central Indiana communities, hosting more than 300,000 patrons annually for a variety of presentations that provide shared experiences in the performing and visual arts.

Both organizations are excited to bring this outdoor entertainment series back and to utilize a shared space on Butler’s campus. Surrounded by three of the BAEC venues—Clowes Memorial Hall, Schrott Center for the Arts, and Lilly Studio Theatre—this lawn creates an intimate space while still offering the ambiance of nature.

For more information about the full lineup of these events and all other BAEC programming, visit For more information on GANGGANG, visit

Media Contacts:

Joanna Hodges

Director of Engagement

Butler Arts & Events Center

Keri Kirschner