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Debutants training for Bluegrass Deathmatch

Junk Ditch hosting Earth Day party; Columbia City sets First Fridays’ lineup, Quiet Riot in Warsaw

The Matchsellers and Debutants will perform June 30 at Baker Street Centre.
Nick Braun

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published April 19, 2023

Baker Street Centre will host a unique event on Friday, June 30, as local bluegrass favorites Debutants and The Matchsellers out of Kansas City, Missouri, hit the stage for a Bluegrass Deathmatch.

The one-of-a-kind show will feature 10 boxing-style rounds with each band trying to “knock the other out of musical consciousness.” Patrick Shown will be on hand to referee the “bout.” 

The venue also has announced they will host Brass Metropolis: A Tribute to Chicago, an eight-piece band with all the artistry and virtuosity of early Chicago, on Sept. 16. 

Come to the intimate setting of Baker Street for this musical journey that brings together all the elements that made Chicago extraordinary: intricate vocal arrangements, a phenomenal horn section, a dazzling rhythm section, and the contrast and interplay between Terry Kath and Peter Cetera. 

Tickets for both shows are available at, at all Wooden Nickel Records locations, and at the door the night of the show.

Mark Earth Day with live music at Junk Ditch

Junk Ditch Brewing Company will be the place to be to support the planet and local music on Saturday, April 22.

Sustain Indiana’s second annual Pick Up & Throw Down begins with trash pick-up at Lawton Park from 9-11 a.m., followed by a “throw down” at Junk Ditch with live music by Swell Time, The Namby Pamby, and Los Galaxy from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Along with music, there will be food trucks, a kids learning area, a sustainability information booth, a clothing swap, and a plant swap.

Columbia City sets First Fridays lineup

First Fridays return this summer to downtown Columbia City. 

You know the drill: Round up the troops and head out for an evening of food trucks, local vendors, and live music from 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

This summer’s musical lineup includes JD3 & The Jondo Trio (May 5), Light Steps (June 2), All Gone Blue (July 7), Zen BBQ (Aug. 4), Alicia Pyle (Sept. 1), and Jailbreak (Oct. 6).

Quiet Riot ready to rock at Warsaw benefit

Warsaw will be banging their heads on Friday, June 16, when the mighty Quiet Riot come to town. 

The Rockin’ Concert for Riley will be at Glover Pavilion in Warsaw’s Central Park. All you have to do is bring a lawn chair or blanket and get ready to rock with the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts. 

The band’s current lineup includes longtime guitarist Alex Grossi, vocalist Jizzy Pearl, drummer Johnny Kelly, and founding member Rudy Sarzo on bass. Together, they are celebrating 40 years of the band’s classic third album Metal Health

Things will get under way with the band Cream Camino at 6:30 p.m. followed by Quiet Riot at 8 p.m. 

The concert is free and serves as a fundraiser for K.C. Riley Kids Fund.

Expo Center bracing for hard-hitting show

Hard rock giants Motionless in White and Grammy-nominated act In This Moment are teaming up for a co-headlining tour that will have them trekking through the U.S. this summer. 

Lucky for us, the tour will be making a stop at the Expo Center at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, Aug. 16, with Fit For a King and From Ashes to New as supporting acts. 

Motionless in White and Fit for a King are touring in support of their latest albums, Scoring the End of the World and The Hell We Create, respectively. From Ashes to New will be releasing a new album titled Blackout in July, while In This Moment are still riding high from 2020’s Mother

Tickets available at and at the Coliseum. 

Foreigner making trip to Coliseum

Another show invading the Coliseum Expo Center will be Foreigner on Tuesday, Oct. 24. 

With 10 multiplatinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner are universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world. 

With anthems like “Juke Box Hero,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Dirty White Boy,” they are still going strong more than 40 years into the game. 

Those tickets are also on sale at and in person at the Coliseum. 

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