What it was

GANGGANG hosted two concert series’ called The Kickback with local musicians and DJs. The Near Eastside neighborhood in Indy invited them to come and activate a vacant space in the area. It was an old garage that had been abandoned, and they immediately realized it’d be a perfect outdoor concert venue.

Working with 10 East Arts to create a concert series that was laid back, inspiring, and safe, we were able to bring a powerful, vibrant energy to a local Indianapolis neighborhood. The first series came late fall 2020 as musicians worried about how to make a living as a musician during a pandemic. The second series in summer 2021 reprised that same energy for even more events.

For the Culture

Bringing People Together

I. The first Kickback series (November-December 2020) came at a time when social isolation was extreme, and artist gigs had virtually vanished, The Kickback safely created both community connection and paying jobs for artists.

  • Unplugged with Allison Victoria and Troubadour with Fab Crew
  • Black Friday hosted by That Peace Open Mic with Living Painting
  • Deckademics DJ Battle
  • Native Sun with Live Painting
  • A Huckleberry Funk Holiday


II. Summer 2021 saw the reprise of the Kickback, bringing even more artists together.

  • Ed Lanier & Kenna & the Kings 
  • Forgotten Tribe & Moor Dub 
  • Off The Vine w/ Mandog, NorrietheGoat & FoxD’Legnd 
  • Deckademics DJ Battle 2 
  • The Shestyle Cypher 
  • Lorea, Taylor Deshawn & Khylan Hayes


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