Indiana’s first Black rock music festival to honor Black artistry and authorship in rock music.

The I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll Festival, co-presented by GANGGANG and Forty5, honors Black artistry and authorship, and is designed to celebrate and center the beauty, equity, and culture of an iconic American sound.

I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll hosted a series of listening sessions and educational programming, culminating in a celebration of Black artists’ influence on rock ‘n’ roll at the American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday, May 18 featuring Janelle MonáeGary Clark Jr.Robert Randolph BandJoy OladokunMeet Me at the Altarand Inner Peace.

I Made Rock 'N' Roll Pre-Show

I Made Rock 'N' Roll Pre-Show

I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll hosted a pre-show showcasing the talent of the Midwest with Indy-based and regional acts. The show featured 81355, The New Respects, Wife Patrol, and The Last IV.

CM in the PM

CM in the PM

We joined forces with the Indy Creative Mornings team for an incredible evening learning about Black authorship in Rock ‘N’ Roll and the festival. The event featured an all-star panel of artists and creatives including: Nicole O’Neal, Hayes Barnes, Rusty Redenbacher, and Richard Gilliam.

Festival Lead-Up Programming

Festival Lead-Up Programming

I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll hosted a lead-up series to engage and educate on the origins of Black rock prior to the festival in Indianapolis. Programs include a screening of the 2023 documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything and a Q+A session with the film’s director Lisa Cortés, and a listening session featuring a curated auditory experience, bar service, and conversations about the rich legacy and continued influence of Black artistry in rock music.

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