Ever since live shows have returned this spring, I’ve been gulping a dizzying emotional cocktail. It’s one part thrilled glee and one part stirred-up restlessness.

That’s a long way of saying that I’m excited about basically every live music show, play, dance concert, you name it, that’s traveling through Indianapolis. But my editor gave me a tough assignment, as editors sometimes do. She asked me to curate a list of summer shows that’s quick to read, and that means I can’t list every show, as much as I’d like to.

So I present these 10 — just the tip of my summer bucket list that’s overflowing after 15 months of staying close to home. The shows check a lot of boxes: first for a new venue, traditional favorites, all-female cast, Grammy greatness and Hoosier roots. These recommendations are worth cramming into your calendar app, which is no doubt already struggling to load all the cool things you’ve previously planned.

Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas (from left) and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins of the musical group TLC appear on stage during the finale of the UPN television reality show "R U The Girl" at the Orpheum Theatre on September 20, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

July 22-24 and 29-31. Taggart Memorial Amphitheatre at Riverside Park. Register: indyshakes.com

We’re about to see what $9.2 million from the Lilly Endowment built — and repaired. After sitting on more than one sad, endangered buildings list, the Thomas Taggart Memorial is no longer crumbling and now attached to a new companion: an amphitheater. It will be the home for the Indianapolis Shakespeare Co. I can’t wait to feast my eyes on those lovely sightlines and my ears on the multilayered jokes from my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays. 

Band of Horses

July 29 at Hi-Fi Annex. Tickets: hifiindy.com

Musician Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses performs at the Hangout Stage during 2017 Hangout Music Festival on May 20, 2017, in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

If you need to travel into the recesses of your mind to try and sort out 2020, this is the perfect show to set you on that course. Songs like “The Funeral” still prompt YouTube commenters to share some of their most vulnerable emotional moments — the type that crop up during late-night introspective listening sessions. While the show is sold out at this point, there’s still a waitlist — and, of course, a long summer packed with more great artists at the Hi-Fi.