2019 Schedule

Thursday, May 9

WonderLab After Dark: The Science of Kurt Vonnegut

6:00-9:00 p.m. (21+)
WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology
308 W. 4th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Help kick off Granfalloon 2019 with hands-on activities based on the science behind some of Vonnegut’s most famous works. Enjoy local food and drink as you explore the museum and learn more about Vonnegut and the many ways science influenced his fiction.

Feel the chilling scientific truth of Ice-Nine, listen closely for the hypnotic wavelengths of Euphio...and beware the chrono-synclastic infundibulum!

Featuring a special musical performance by Flashback to Never.

Tickets available online or at WonderLab.

Friday, May 10

An Evening With Dave Eggers

7:00-8:30 p.m.
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Circle, The Monk of Mokha, What is the What, A Hologram for the King, and The Lifters. He is founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a humor website, and a journal of new writing, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern.

In his foreword to Kurt Vonnegut: Complete Stories& Eggers wrote, "'Damn it, you got to be kind.' This epitaph was written on a gravestone Vonnegut drew and sent to me. One could try to make Vonnegut's philosophy more involved than that, but it wouldn't get any closer to the truth. Be kind. Do no harm. Take care of your family. Don't start wars."

Tickets available online or at the Buskirk-Chumley box office.

Friday, May 10

Club Fest: The Bluebird

7:00 p.m.
The Bluebird Nightclub
216 N. Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

The Granfalloon musical extravaganza kicks off with a stellar club fest show featuring Khruangbin, Sudan Archives, and Huckleberry Funk.

Khruangbin is an instrumental trio from Houston, Texas. Pitchfork said that their second album, Con Todo El Mundo (2018), "crafts a unique, psychedelic vibe that hangs between continents and eras." Check them out on NPR's Tiny Desk.

Sudan Archives is a violinist and vocalist who writes, plays, and produces her own music. Drawing inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, she is self-taught on the violin, and her unique songs also fold in elements of R&B, and experimental electronic music. Check out songs from her self-titled debut album on SoundCloud.

Huckleberry Funk is a funk/soul band based in Bloomington, Indiana. Check out their Tiny Dorm Room Concert.

Tickets available online or at Landlocked Music.

Friday, May 10

Club Fest: The Bishop

10:00 p.m.
The Bishop
123 S. Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

The Granfalloon Club Fest stays in full swing as it shifts over to the Bishop for a show featuring Chrome Sparks, Barrie, and Austin White.

Chrome Sparks is the solo project of Jeremy Malvin. Fader has described his music as 'form-shifting beats [that] seem to resonate with spaced-out chillers and hyperactive party kids alike." Listen to "O, My Perfection" from his album Chrome Sparks.

Barrie is a Brooklyn-based band described by Fader as "your new favorite dream-pop band from all over the world." Check out their latest singles on Spotify.

Austin White is a performer based in Bloomington, Indiana. Check out his single "easy 2 please" on BandCamp.

Tickets availableonline or at Landlocked Music.

Friday, May 10

Late Night Dance Party

10:00 p.m.
The Blockhouse Bar
205 S. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47404

The Granfalloonery goes late into the night with a dance party at The Blockhouse featuring DJ Action Jackson and other local Bloomington DJs.

Listen to tracks from DJ Action Jackson's Rad Summer with Lemi Vice on SoundCloud.

Tickets available online or at the door.

Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11

Vonnegut on Stage: War, Technology and Unintended Consequences

May 10, 3:00 p.m.
May 11, 6:30 p.m.
Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Center Auditorium
122 S. Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Cardinal Stage, Bloomington’s professional theatre company, presents an evening of dramatic adaptations of Kurt Vonnegut's short stories from Welcome to the Monkey House in partnership with the 2019 Granfalloon Festival presented by the IU Arts & Humanities Council. Staged readings will include "Epicac" (adapted by Vonnegut) and "Report on the Barnhouse Effect" (adapted by Claris A. Ross for NBC radio), which speak to Vonnegut's wariness of the military industrial complex and the unintended consequences of technological advancement. Each performance will be immediately followed by a short panel discussion with Vonnegut experts.

Tickets available online or at the Buskirk-Chumley box office.

Granfalloon Festival Music Passes cannot be used to redeem tickets to this special add-on event. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for each performance, so attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as capacity crowds are expected.

Saturday, May 11

Outdoor Music Fest

5:00 p.m. (All ages)
Upland Brewing Company
350 W. 11th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Granfalloon 2019 concludes with an outdoor extravaganza of music, festival fun, and delicious local libations featuring Neko Case, Parquet Courts, and Durand Jones & The Indications.

Neko Case is an American singer-songwriter and former member of the Canadian indie group The New Pornographers. The A.V. Club ranked her newest album, Hell-On (2018), #2 on their list of Best Albums of 2018. (We demand a recount!) Check out the video for the title track "Hell-On."

Parquet Courts are a punk band from New York City. Spin said of their most recent album, Wide Awake! (2018): "For all its eclectic spirit, this album has a straightforward message: the world can be a terrible place, and there’s no better way of surviving it than getting together with other people you care about, whether you’re marching or dancing." Check out the video for the title track, "Wide Awake."

Durand Jones & The Indications are a soul band whose five members met while students at Indiana University. Their new album American Love Call comes out in March 2019. Check out the video for "Don't You Know."

Tickets available online or at the Buskirk-Chumley box office.