'The Strokes' to play at Birdy's

Visit to Indianapolis part of a world wide tour.

New York City-based band, The Strokes, will put on a sold-out concert at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Birdy's Bar & Grill in Indianapolis.

Jeff Sample, Birdy's entertainment coordinator said the venue was lucky to get The Strokes in such a small market. This stop to Indianapolis is part of a worldwide tour that will sweep through several American cities in November. The closest stop after the Indianapolis show will be in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 23.

"We're not a big venue," Sample said. "We're a little bit bigger capacity-wise than The Vogue."

The Strokes got its start in 1998 in New York City and is comprised of Fabrizio Moretti on drums, Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr. on guitar, Nikolai Fraiture on bass and Julian Casablancas singing lead vocals.

"Here, stateside, there's a ton of people who know who they are," Sample said when asked how well-known this band is to East-Central Indiana.

Currently, the band holds the No. 84 spot on Billboard's charts and has been on the charts for the last four weeks with hits released off of its Sept. 25 album titled "Is This It," which was released by RCA, including singles, "Hard to Explain," "Last Nite" and "Someday."

Several Web sites have compared the group to others such as Velvet Underground, Television and The Stooges.

Though this group has an alternative feel, its members dress unlike most mainstream groups. The Strokes' clothing is described to be a style in which "the '70s and '80s fell into the same laundry hamper," according to the bands official site.

Tickets for this show were $12 in advance, before the show sold out, and because of the venue Birdy's, located on 71st and Keystone in Indianapolis, is limited to ages 21 and older. all those attending must be over 21.


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