Tonic Ball began as a grassroots fundraising event in 2002, when a small group of do-gooders decided they wanted to put on a show to raise money for a good cause.

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About Tonic Ball

Tonic Ball is a celebration of local music and art. It’s a night of fun and excitement. And it’s all for a good cause. Each year we pick three iconic bands and/or musicians, ask some of our favorite local performers to cover a few of their songs, sell tickets to the show, and give all the proceeds to our favorite charity: Second Helpings. That’s Tonic Ball in a nutshell. Learn more.

Tonic Gallery

As a complement to Tonic Ball, Tonic Gallery gives visual artists a chance to strut their stuff alongside their musical counterparts. And the goal of Tonic Gallery is the same as Tonic Ball: raising money to help end hunger. This year, we’re asking artists to donate album-sized art inspired by their favorite LPs. Artwork will be sold in a silent auction at Well Done Marketing on Friday, November 15th from 6pm to 9pm—exactly one week before Tonic Ball. 100% of proceeds will directly benefit Second Helpings. Read more.

Tiny Tonic

Tiny Tonic is a free event for kids held the weekend before Tonic Ball on Saturday, November 16th from 11am to 1pm. This year, we’re featuring kid-friendly versions of Grateful Dead, Pixies, and Tom Petty songs performed by the inimitable Ruditoonz. And we’ll have lots of other activities to keep our littlest Tonic fans busy, including art, crafts, and lunch. Get more. 

FAQ for Bands
Jun 30
Lucky 13

We gave our friends over at the Indy Star some inside info, and it’s not just second hand news: On November 21, Tonic Ball 13 will celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac (plus the solo work of Stevie Nicks), Velvet … Continue reading

Nov 13
Tiny Tonic: Little Rockers Fight Hunger

Tiny Tonic, a Tonic Indy event, features musical fun for the youngest Tonic fans. On Saturday, November 16 from 11 am to 1 pm at Second Helpings, Ruditoonz will be performing child-friendly versions of our featured artists: The Grateful Dead, The Pixies, … Continue reading

Sep 25
Tonic Gallery: The Covers Project

Tonic Gallery 2013 is all about the LP. Or the LP cover. We’re inviting artists to rethink, reimagine, remake and remodel their favorite album covers. In short: All Tonic Gallery pieces will be 12″x12″ art – fit to cover a … Continue reading

Sep 6
Tonic Ball 12 – First Line-Ups Announced!

The waiting was the hardest part, but you don’t have to wait anymore. We poured over our band submissions, made some difficult decisions and came up with a pretty stellar line-up. Bands will reunite, singers will croon, guitars will jangle. We’ll … Continue reading

Jul 28
Tonic Ball 12!

We’ve got some big news about Tonic Ball 12, but we weren’t quite sure how to tell you. At first, we wanted you to come to this page and see a big headline reading, Tonic Ball 12: Nothin’ Left to … Continue reading

Nov 14
Tonic Ball is Sold Out!

Every year, about a month before the big night, each member of the Tonic Ball Committee wakes in a terrible sweat after dreaming that this was the year nobody comes to the Ball. Well, folks, this isn’t the year. Tickets … Continue reading