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

This is about what the Kickback brought to Indianapolis

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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