Sleater-Kinney, Carl Bernstein, and Young@Heart Chorus at This Year’s Granfalloon Festival

Staff report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The annual Granfalloon Festival is set to kick off the Bloomington summer arts season with a diverse lineup featuring iconic musicians and a renowned journalist. The festival, inspired by the works of Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut Jr., runs from June 6-8, 2024, and promises an engaging mix of music, literature, and community events.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein, known for his work in breaking the Watergate scandal, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The event will feature a moderated discussion with David Tolchinsky, Dean of the IU Media School, followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing.

On Friday, June 7, the Young@Heart Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Known as the world’s leading senior citizen chorus, the group will present heartfelt renditions of songs by artists such as David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, and Sonic Youth. Their performance is expected to appeal to music lovers of all ages.

The festival’s main stage concert on Saturday, June 8, will be headlined by riot grrl legends Sleater-Kinney. They will be joined by The Linda Lindas, a band hailed as “the world’s coolest adolescent band,” and the energetic ensemble My Son the Hurricane. The concert begins at 5 p.m. and is free to the public, with premium ticket options available.

Granfalloon, presented by the IU Arts and Humanities Council, celebrates art, ideas, and community. It features a variety of events across Bloomington, supported by numerous local organizations and businesses, including Indiana University groups, community organizations, and individual supporters.

For a full schedule of events and ticket information, visit the Buskirk-Chumley Theater’s website.

Contact: Buskirk-Chumley Theater 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408 Phone: 812-323-3020 Website:

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