Soul singer Allison Victoria, jam band 800 lb. Gorilla and indie-rockers Veseria are the latest acts scheduled for Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts’ new Studio Series, which presents the best in local and regional original music in an intimate nightclub-style or listening-room setting.
The Center hopes to attract a young and diverse audience to more casual events at its black-box Studio Theater, which can be set up in various configurations from standing space to 200-person seating. Studio Series events feature a cash bar and free parking in the adjacent Center Garage off 3rd Avenue SW.
The series kicked off Dec. 6 with a co-headlined bill of singer/songwriter Brett Wiscons and indie-folk band Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars. Tickets are now on sale for three new dates: Allison Victoria and her band, Feb. 29; 800 lb. Gorilla, April 4; and Veseria, May 30.
Singer/songwriter Allison Victoria has quickly built a strong reputation and fan base since she began playing Indianapolis open-mic events in 2016. She was a featured artist at the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ 2019 Art & Soul festival, and her blend of soul, hip-hop, R&B, folk and gospel sounds has been heard on WFYI-FM’s Small Studio Sessions. A growing presence on the Midwest jam scene, Indianapolis-based 800 lb. Gorilla blends indie-esque songcraft with funk, jazz and electronica influences to create a driving, danceable sound. Led by the husband/wife songwriting team of Patrick and Jen Roberts, Veseria is an Indianapolis band that mixes rock, folk, blues and punk into a fusion that defies categorization.
Each show begins at 8 p.m. and is open to all ages. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance through the Palladium Box Office, online at TheCenterPresents.org or by phone, 317-843-3800.