Your Guide to the Venues of Chreece
Chreece is unique in its setup as it breaks the tradition of giant stages in a large field and instead takes over an entire downtown Indianapolis neighborhood. This year Chreece will span 8 different venues in Fountain Square. Here’s what you need to know about where you can catch shows this Saturday:
HI-FI is where you’ll be able to catch a few of the more rowdy headliners like Valee, Drayco McCoy, and Flaco. The venue hosts a bar indoors as well meaning you can definitely get your drink on before hopping in the mosh pit. Be mindful that HI-FI is a 21+ venue and is rather small so make sure you arrive a little early for the artists you want to be barricade for.
Although White Rabbit is well known throughout the city for their dance nights and burlesque shows, this Saturday night it will be taken over by Black Moon, Mud Kids, and several other local artists. Walking to this venue is the best time to stop and grab a bite to eat since it’s located in the heart of Fountain Square. This is another 21+ venue so make sure you grab your ID.
Pioneer is the one of the most aesthetically pleasing venue on Chreece’s route this year. The exposed brick, European inspired bar will contrast well with the flows and beats that artists will be bringing to Pioneer all afternoon. Pioneer is another 21+ venue.
Typically a place to grab a great lunch and cocktail, it’s going to be interesting to see this restaurant transformed into a stage for acts like Double A and Mathaius Young this Saturday. (But I would still 100% recommend that you stop by another day and try something off of their delicious menu) Thunderbird is also a 21+ venue.
When I was in high school I always described Hoosier Dome as a venue that was the size of my living room. Although it is a actually a bit bigger than my living room, the small size of the venue allows for every show to be an intimate experience. Make sure you swing by their graffiti covered bathrooms for a quick Indy selfie while you’re there.
Kuma’s Garage is exactly what it sounds like: a garage across the street from Kuma’s Corner. This is a very small venue, but it gives that punk DIY feel that is the perfect setting for rap shows. The perks of this venue include a bathroom and the fact that you can carry food and drinks from Kuma’s over to Kuma’s Garage.
THE FOUNTAIN PLAZA
The Fountain Plaza, located right next door to Pioneer Indy, is the only outdoor venue at Chreece this year. This is a great place to enjoy some music while soaking up those last few rays of sun this summer. Since it is a central, and iconic, spot in Indy, I would recommend this as the place to meet up with your friends.
Squarecat is where I caught a few of my favorite Chreece sets last year. The record store lends itself so well to an intimate hip-hop show setting. The fact that you can flip through, and purchase, vinyls between sets is just an added bonus.