These days, building a business that enriches lives is a rare occurrence. A fast-food franchisee may believe that opening a new location will be a lucrative investment, but other than money, what are the community benefits? For most franchise owners, money is enough of a reason. But what choices does a person have if they want financial stability and an opportunity to make a real difference in their community?
If you hold yourself to a higher business standard, franchise opportunities in Indianapolis, IN are now available with Always Best Care.
Since being founded in 1996, thousands of American families have trusted Always Best Care senior care for compassionate home care services. We are known for providing the very best non-medical home care for seniors who wish to remain at home as they age. Our home care franchise owners play a crucial role in preserving the independence and dignity of our clients, and now you can too.
Simply put, the home care industry is booming. If you're reading this page, you're in the right place at the right time. As a result, you can find senior care business opportunities in just about every American community. As the home care market continues to grow, your home care business will grow as well, and that growth is easy to sustain when you consider these U.S. based stats:
During the next 30 years, seniors will make up 20% of the U.S. population. When given a choice, these people want to maintain their current lifestyle, not check into a nursing home. The challenge is that as people age, mobility problems, health issues, and memory lapses happen more frequently. About 80% of seniors have at least one chronic health condition, while 50% have at least two. So, while seniors want to age at home, they need a little help to do so. As an Always Best Care franchisee, that's where you come in - to provide consistent, compassionate support to the growing demographic of seniors who need care in your community.
The bottom line? Since home care is the fastest-growing industry in the U.S., and seniors represent the fastest-growing demographic of our population, capitalizing on home business opportunities is a stable path to profitability for decades to come.
However, changing demographics aren't the only factor driving unprecedented growth in the home care industry. Attitudes are changing about aging, too.
Statistics show that most baby boomers have a strong desire to remain independent as they age. These hardworking Americans are turning their noses up at the idea of spending their golden years in a strange nursing home. They have an unshakeable yearning to live life at home as long as possible. This factor, combined with advances in modern medicine that are helping seniors live longer, has set the stage for more home care franchise opportunities than ever before.
Research by the University of Alabama shows that more than seven million people in the U.S. need some form of home care. This fact is bolstered by the rising trend of "aging in place." Seniors not only want to be self-sufficient - they wish to remain at home, where the surroundings are familiar and family is near. Always Best Care nurtures this need by providing quality in-home care that helps both the seniors in need and their families.
When you implement Always Best Care's proven business model, your senior care franchise in Indianapolis, IN will become a pillar in your community. You will be part of a highly regarded, reputable organization that others will respect. While you refine your reputation and earn respect, you'll be living an entrepreneurial lifestyle that lets you make a difference in other people's lives.
Great entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for recession-resistant franchising opportunities. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, in-home care is now an essential service -- one that will continue to be needed, regardless of the economy. No matter what hurdles we must overcome, one thing is for sure: people will always need care.
At Always Best Care, our proven franchise model enables hundreds of dedicated franchisees the opportunity to achieve financial freedom in the most uncertain times. Our award-winning training program provides franchisees with the tools to succeed and the stability they need.
Always Best Care is one of the fastest-growing senior care franchise systems because our franchisees are more than just business owners, they are compassionate professionals dedicated to helping others. Perhaps most importantly, their home care business lets them care for people in their community while building a rewarding business for themselves.
There's a reason why Always Best Care is consistently recognized by media outlets like Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Gator, and Franchise Business Review. We are one of the few senior care franchise systems that offer individuals from all walks of life the chance to generate three potential revenue streams in their community:
Our practical, proven business model gives home care franchise owners the certainty of increasing revenue, the promise of longevity in the marketplace, and the perks of an entrepreneurial lifestyle. Our in-home care, assisted living, and home health care services are trusted by families across the country. And unlike some senior care businesses, the Always Best Care brand is synonymous with excellence. We are dedicated to doing everything possible to help you build a successful home care franchise in Indianapolis, IN, including:
Like most things in life, you must establish a solid base of knowledge and expertise to achieve success in the home care industry. Fortunately, our unmatched training and support system makes it easy for new franchisees to get started on that path sooner rather than later.
Always Best Care has one of the most successful training systems in the industry. Aptly named ABCUniversity, our training program focuses on the operational activities of setting up, managing, and marketing your senior care agency. During your franchise onboarding process, you will work directly with a National Director or Area Representative, as well as the VP of Franchise Training.
We utilize a variety of media resources and time-tested techniques to help new franchisees absorb the Always Best Care system. When training is complete, new business owners learn the key methods needed to operate a successful Always Best Care franchise.
Building a successful senior care business isn't easy, and it will take time. However, Always Best Care provides new franchisees with unparalleled ongoing support on both local and corporate levels.
Based near your local franchise market, National Directors and Area Representatives provide business-building advice, on-the-spot coaching, and one-on-one mentoring. They offer extensive industry experience throughout multiple markets with guidance from our Executive Leadership Team - an invaluable experience for new and seasoned franchisees alike.
Always Best Care was one of the first senior care franchise companies to provide this additional layer of local assistance, mentoring, and proactive strategic growth. All new franchise owners can count on the following:
Our experienced corporate team works with new in-home care franchise owners to provide comprehensive training for you and your staff, marketing resources, performance metrics, turnkey operating tech, systemwide benchmarking, national accounts, and customer satisfaction support.
Your local Area Representative and our National Directors work with all new franchisees to arrange mentoring opportunities, communications and team-building strategies, and ongoing strategic planning. That way, you have a leg up in your market and access to key resources to build your confidence as you develop your business.
Your Always Best Care franchise development specialist will make sure you have contact information in your state to complete any state licensure requirements. We link you to the nation's top health care licensure consultants, thus allowing you to discover the most cost-effective and time-efficient procedures to get your license, launch your business, and begin serving your community.
Each Always Best Care franchise territory is protected and exclusive to you using zip codes in your state.
Our powerful combination of corporate and local support paves a clear and proven path for new Always Best Care franchise owners to succeed. And with your initial training, field training, and ongoing support, you always have access to Always Best Care repesentatives as you grow your senior home care business.
You may have seen a home care franchise for sale in Indianapolis, and thought to yourself, "I can do this! The timing may not get better than today." Of course, being ready and motivated to take on the challenges of franchise ownership is a must. However, some very careful self-analysis is needed before buying a franchise.
The reality is this: business ownership is not easy. While Always Best Care does everything in its power to set up new franchisees for success, the franchise owner must be prepared to manage the business. The very best home care franchise owners accept that they may have to work harder than they ever have in their lives.
Are you ready to make that commitment?
Ask yourself these questions before moving forward, so you can make a rational, educated purchasing decision:
The "secret" to franchising success is the consistency of the services and products that customers find at franchise locations. When you advertise the sign and logo of a franchise, you're letting customers know that you follow a specific system. If you are fiercely independent and refuse to follow established formulas, home care franchising might not be for you.
Anybody thinking about opening a home care business needs to be honest about their finances. One of the most common reasons businesses fail is a lack of capital. Remember, you will need enough money to both open and operate your home care business. Though Always Best Care is proud to offer low start-up costs relative to other franchises, an investment of time and money is required.
Your ability to interact well with your franchisor, franchisees, employees, and customers is crucial to your initial and ongoing success. After all, many franchise businesses are based around interacting with people. During the course of your day, a solid problem-solving skillset is also needed to succeed. To run a successful franchise, it's crucial to maintain good relationships with your corporate team, in-house staff, and customers.
If you're ready to seize the day and take destiny into your own hands, we're prepared to help you with the next steps of owning an Always Best Care franchise.
The next steps in your discovery process is to talk with an Always Best Care representative, request a Franchise Disclosure Document, complete an application, and "validate" everything you have learned about our winning franchise business model. Once complete, you will have a candid discussion with current franchisees who have been selected by experience to reach their entrepreneurial dreams.
At Always Best Care, we believe in providing you with the info you need to make an informed choice about our home care business franchise opportunities. Our Franchise Disclosure Document has detailed information covering the most important matters for prospective franchisees. We consider your Franchise Disclosure Document to be an indispensable legal document covering your rights and obligations. Once read, you will understand the relationship between Always Best Care and its home care franchisees.
With your discovery process finalized, your last few steps will be to have a private conversation with Always Best Care President and CEO Jake Brown. After your one-on-one meeting, our corporate team will approve or deny your status as an Always Best Care franchisee. Your personal meeting with our President and CEO may take place via video conference or phone. If you prefer, we can make arrangements for an in-person Discovery Day, where you can meet with our executive team at our corporate headquarters in Roseville, CA.
If you have made it this far, it's now time to learn more about Always Best Care and the enriching opportunity that lies ahead. If you are ready to turn your dreams of living an entrepreneurial lifestyle into reality, you're closer than ever before. By downloading our free E-Book , you're taking the exciting next steps towards building a home care business that makes a true difference in your community.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts are expected to make additional quarterback maneuvers before the offseason ends, but they bolstered the position a bit with the signing of former Philadelphia Eagles backup Gardner Minshew.India...
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts are expected to make additional quarterback maneuvers before the offseason ends, but they bolstered the position a bit with the signing of former Philadelphia Eagles backup Gardner Minshew.
Indianapolis holds the fourth overall pick in next month's NFL draft, with which it is expected to select a quarterback. But Minshew, an experienced, young veteran, gives the Colts some peace of mind at a position that was a source of constant problems in 2022.
Minshew, 26, reunites with first-year Colts coach Shane Steichen, who was the Eagles' offensive coordinator the past two seasons. Minshew started two games in place of injured Eagles starter Jalen Hurts last season and brings familiarity with Steichen's offensive principles to what is expected to be a young quarterback unit.
Minshew said Friday that Colts officials did not specify what his role would be but that he would be ready for anything.
"I really don't have any expectations," he said. "I've come here to work hard and to have fun."
Minshew has started 32 games in his four seasons, including 14 as a rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019. He has thrown 44 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his career, during which he has posted a 93.1 passer rating.
The Colts have more quarterback decisions to make, including what to do with veteran Nick Foles. He is under contract for one more season. The Colts also have 2021 draft pick Sam Ehlinger on their roster. Last year's original starter, Matt Ryan, was released Wednesday.
Indianapolis endured a great deal of turmoil at quarterback last season, with Ryan being benched twice, Foles suffering a season-ending injury and Ehlinger being promoted to starter before later being demoted.
Minshew becomes, arguably, the most viable quarterback on the roster. Foles is nearing the end of his career and Ehlinger has had very limited experience. Signing Minshew gives the Colts options if and when they draft a quarterback, providing the luxury of not immediately inserting the newcomer into the starting lineup.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts are widely expected to draft their quarterback of the future in April.In the meantime, Indianapolis has found a veteran backup who can handle the starting role if a y...
INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts are widely expected to draft their quarterback of the future in April.
In the meantime, Indianapolis has found a veteran backup who can handle the starting role if a young quarterback isn’t ready to go right away.
The Colts have agreed to terms on a one-year, $3.5 million, fully-guaranteed deal that includes another $2 million possible in incentives with former Jaguars and Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew, a league source confirmed to IndyStar on Thursday night.
Indianapolis released former starting quarterback Matt Ryan on Wednesday, picking up more than $17 million in cap savings, and although veteran Nick Foles remains on the roster, it’s likely Foles also will not be back after just one season with the Colts, leaving Sam Ehlinger as the only returning quarterback in Indianapolis.
Minshew fills a key role for new head coach Shane Steichen.
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For starters, the Colts need an experienced quarterback who can handle the starting role if a potential rookie isn’t ready right away, and Minshew has started 24 games over four seasons in the NFL, including lengthy stints with the Jaguars in 2019 and 2020.
More importantly, Minshew already knows Steichen’s playbook, the terminology and how the new Colts head coach puts a game plan together, making him the perfect quarterback to help tutor a young player in the offense, and to tutor the offense as a whole.
When a new head coach installs his system, it often helps to have veterans who know the ropes to help the rest of the team pick up the terminology and system quickly.
Unable to hold onto the starting role in Jacksonville despite throwing 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions over 20 starts, Minshew has spent the last two seasons as the backup quarterback behind Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia, making four starts. Minshew completed 62.5% of his passes in those starts for 1,102 yards, an average of 8.1 yards per attempt, seven touchdowns and four interceptions, going 1-3 in his four starts.
But just as importantly, Minshew's presence doesn't change the franchise's likely course of action in resetting the quarterback position with a rookie to develop.
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Colts owner Jim Irsay already declared the team's intention when Steichen was introduced, citing the new coach's track record of developing Hurts and Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert as one of the deciding factors in the hire.
“You just felt that Shane had a lot of that offensive magic, which is hard to find in this league,” Irsay said. “Offense, in my mind, can be a little more complex. It takes a lot more time to develop, knowing we’re going to have to find a young quarterback to develop, that’s a key factor.”
The task has gotten a little bit more difficult since Irsay said those words.
Indianapolis holds the No. 4 pick in April's draft, a selection that puts the Colts firmly in range to take one of the four quarterbacks expected to be taken in the first round: Alabama's Bryce Young, Ohio State's C.J. Stroud, Florida's Anthony Richardson and Kentucky's Will Levis.
Two of those quarterbacks will almost certainly be off the board by the time the Colts pick.
Carolina, led now by former Colts head coach Frank Reich, pulled off a blockbuster trade with Chicago last week, leaping over the Colts and everybody else into the No. 1 pick. Barring a shocking pick by Houston, the quarterback-desperate Panthers and Texans will take passers with the No. 1 and No. 2 picks.
The possibility remains that Carolina and Houston leave the Colts with a rookie quarterback who needs time to develop. Richardson, in particular, is a raw prospect with outstanding physical tools who might need seasoning, and the same could be said for Levis, who played in pro-style offenses at Kentucky but struggled last year.
Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard didn't do anything to suggest that the Colts won't be taking a quarterback in April's draft.
But he did suggest that it's possible the Colts go through a transitional year, playing a veteran quarterback while the rookie develops behind him.
"If it works out that way?" Ballard said. "Yeah, it's definitely on the table."
The extra $2 million in incentives baked into Minshew's contract would come into play then.
And even though Minshew's $3.5 million is guaranteed, the Colts managed to find a capable veteran option for a little less money than similar backups around the league.
Former Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett signed a one-year, $8 million deal in Washington that included $7.5 million guaranteed. Carolina signed veteran Andy Dalton to a two-year, $10 million deal that includes $8 million guaranteed and could rise to $17 million with incentives. Former Washington backup Taylor Heinicke got a two-year, $14 million deal from Atlanta that includes $6.32 million in guarantees and could go higher with incentives.
Minshew's deal is far less than that, signaling at least a temporary end to the Colts paying significant prices for veteran quarterback play. Indianapolis gave Brissett a two-year, $30 million deal when he stepped in for a retiring Andrew Luck in 2019, paid Philip Rivers $25 million to take the Colts to the playoffs in 2020, handed Carson Wentz $21 million in 2021 and paid Ryan $24 million last season, plus another $12 million guaranteed that made an impact on this year's cap. Indianapolis carries $18 million in dead money after releasing Ryan, and a move to release Foles would put another $1.5 million in dead money on the cap.
Assuming the Colts are drafting a quarterback in April, Indianapolis won't be paying anywhere close to those prices in 2023, an important consideration for a roster that has significant needs at wide receiver, offensive line and cornerback moving forward.
All of those moves are still likely forthcoming.
But the Colts have the veteran quarterback they needed.
Who they're drafting to learn from Minshew, and potentially play in front of him, is the big question.
The Dallas Cowboys remained largely quiet in the first 24 hours or so of the negotiation window -- that is, until Tuesday afternoon.Dallas is acquiring cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the Colts in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick, NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported. Rapoport reported later Tuesday that the Cowboys are re-signing linebacker ...
The Dallas Cowboys remained largely quiet in the first 24 hours or so of the negotiation window -- that is, until Tuesday afternoon.
Dallas is acquiring cornerback Stephon Gilmore from the Colts in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick, NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported. Rapoport reported later Tuesday that the Cowboys are re-signing linebacker Leighton Vander Esch to a two-year, $11 million contract.
The 2019 Defensive Player of the Year has been a bit of a nomad in recent seasons, moving from New England to Carolina via in-season trade in 2021 before signing with Indianapolis in 2022. In both seasons, Gilmore proved he still has plenty left in the tank, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2021 and playing at a high level in 2022. Pro Football Focus ranked Gilmore as the ninth-best cornerback in the NFL in 2022 according to defensive grade, which included a coverage grade of 81.1. His 11 passes defensed, two interceptions and 66 tackles support this evaluation.
Gilmore played a key part in a Colts defense that quietly compiled a solid season, thanks to the efforts of players like Gilmore, Rodney McLeod and DeForest Buckner. Sensing that the Colts likely won't expect to contend for a title in 2023, Indianapolis capitalized on Gilmore's remaining value, sending him to Dallas for a Day 3 pick.
With Trevon Diggs and 2022 breakout defender DaRon Bland, Dallas doesn't necessarily have a massive need at the position, but it could certainly use another experienced player who can still cover receivers at a high level. The Cowboys believe that is precisely what they've gained in Gilmore, a Pro Bowl-caliber player who can do everything the team wants in Dan Quinn's defensive system.
Tuesday's addition of Gilmore and re-signing of safety Donovan Wilson signals a change in approach for Dallas, which focused heavily on offense in the last two years while enjoying surprisingly positive production from a defense that ended up being the team's strength. With this in mind, Dallas is doubling down on defense with the hopes it can take some pressure off the offense and carry the Cowboys to victory.
Dallas' decision to re-sign Vander Esch falls in line with this change.
Gilmore certainly brings winning experience to Dallas, his third new home in three years.
INDIANAPOLIS – Gardner Minshew II has arrived in his third NFL city in five years eager to extend his working relationship with Shane Steichen and open to whatever that entails.“I really don’t have any expectations,’’ he said Friday. “I’ve come here to work hard and to have fun.“If we do that every day, we’re going to end up in a good place.’’It’s much too soon to project where that might be, or how Minshew figures into helping carry a team that fini...
INDIANAPOLIS – Gardner Minshew II has arrived in his third NFL city in five years eager to extend his working relationship with Shane Steichen and open to whatever that entails.
“I really don’t have any expectations,’’ he said Friday. “I’ve come here to work hard and to have fun.
“If we do that every day, we’re going to end up in a good place.’’
It’s much too soon to project where that might be, or how Minshew figures into helping carry a team that finished with a seven-game losing streak and a 4-12-1 record last season to a place more acceptable.
The Indianapolis Colts are in major reboot mode at quarterback, and that began with the release of Matt Ryan earlier this week. It was expected, freed up $17.2 million in salary-cap space and assured the team will have its seventh different opening-day starter in September.
That might be whichever quarterback of the future general manager Chris Ballard selects with a top-4 pick in the April 27 draft.
Or it might be Minshew if the team believes the incoming rookie would benefit from sitting and learning behind a veteran before being exposed to NFL defenses. That’s a very real option after the Colts signed Minshew to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $3.5 million that could add another $2 million if play-time incentives are triggered.
Minshew isn’t wading into the What if? discussions.
“First off, assuming is always a dangerous game,’’ he said. “Like I said, I’ve come here to work hard and to help the team in any way I can. So, whatever that role is, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability.’’
Minshew’s four-year career – the first two in Jacksonville, the past two in Philadelphia – exposed him to both aspects of the position. He started 24 of 34 games with the Jaguars – an 8-16 record with 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions – only to be traded when they selected Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick in the ’21 draft.
The last two seasons with the Eagles, he worked as Jalen Hurts’ backup and was limited to nine games and four starts.
“It went by fast, I guess,’’ Minshew said. “A lot of fun, a lot of learning. Really looking forward to being able to use the experience I’ve had the last four years moving forward.’’
The Colts haven’t commented on Minshew’s acquisition, but it made too much sense for it not to occur. They were in the market for a reliable bridge to a rookie quarterback and Minshew was a valuable part of Steichen’s offense that past two seasons.
“Fired up to be working with Shane again,’’ Minshew said. “He’s a guy I have a ton of respect for, not only as a coach but just a guy.
“I’m really excited for how he is going to be as a head coach. You have to be on the same page, quarterback and playcaller. He does a very good job of kind of defining what we need, what he expects and what he wants out of each play. He’s very detailed and when you do that, it kind of takes some of the guesswork out and lets you play a little more freely within the rules, if that makes sense.’’
The Steichen/Minshew history can’t be overstated.
Minshew has been in the room the past two years as Steichen has sharpened the offense he and Nick Sirianni built, and the one Steichen will install in Indy. That intimate knowledge will prove invaluable if Minshew opens the season as the starter and as he helps indoctrinate a rookie quarterback.
It also should prove beneficial that Minshew has history with Colts’ first-year coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Cooter was an offensive consultant with the Eagles in 2021.
“I have a tone of respect for how he sees the game,’’ Minshew said. “I really look forward to working with him. He’s obviously been around, seen a lot of things.
“I love how he sees the game and it’s going to be a lot of fun to work with him and Shane.’’
Minshew mentioned two offensive pillars for Steichen’s offense.
“Explosive plays and turnovers,’’ he said. “If you look at who wins games in the NFL – teams that win the turnover battle and teams that win the explosive-play battle. If you do those things, you give yourself a real good chance.’’
Minshew provided both with the Eagles. He averaged 8.1 yards per attempt and 13 yards per completion while tossing seven touchdowns against four interceptions.
Again, Minshew spoke glowingly about Steichen.
“One of the biggest things about Shane is he’s just straight up. He tells it like it is. He’s himself all the time,’’ he said. “I think that allows for open and honest communication, especially in the quarterback room and that’s imperative.
“The connection between the quarterback and the playcaller, you really have to understand not only what he’s calling but why he’s calling it. I think that’s huge.’’
Although Minshew is new to town, he’s familiar with how the Colts operate. The Jaguars selected him in the sixth-round of the 2019 draft, but Minshew thought he might end up elsewhere.
“I was fired up to come here and work with Shane,’’ he said. “This is a place I thought was a possibility I could’ve came in the draft. I had some great meetings with Chris Ballard, and Nick Sirianni was actually here at the time.
“I love how Chris Ballard builds teams. They always have high character, hard-working teams that play hard and love football, and that shows up on tape.
“I’ve always had a lot of respect for how they do things here.’’
You can follow Mike Chappell on Twitter at @mchappell51.
For anyone lamenting a cold, dismal March, I have excellent news: It's about to get worse.The weather may improve, but the local vibe is set for a titanic shift to the emotional, the sad and the angsty, as nine bands born of and molded by the '00s emo music revival are set to perform in Indianapolis within an 80-day span starting at the end of May.The summer of sadness will be bookended by two of the all-time greats, Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Eat World, performing outdoors in the heart of the c...
For anyone lamenting a cold, dismal March, I have excellent news: It's about to get worse.
The weather may improve, but the local vibe is set for a titanic shift to the emotional, the sad and the angsty, as nine bands born of and molded by the '00s emo music revival are set to perform in Indianapolis within an 80-day span starting at the end of May.
The summer of sadness will be bookended by two of the all-time greats, Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Eat World, performing outdoors in the heart of the city.
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Although the genre has faded, and its paragon bands have grown in complexity and depth, I'm morbidly pleased to share this list of summer shows sure to make millennials realize the feelings we had at 16 weren't as complex as we once thought.
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We kick off of course with the greatest of the emo genre. The alpha and the omega. The best and worst of our feelings in band form.
Death Cab played a solid set at the All IN Music & Arts Festival in September, but unfortunately, the memory that stuck with me from that show was frontman Ben Gibbard waving off the crowd for clapping horribly off-beat.
We won't be getting the double nostalgia sandwich of Gibbard's The Postal Service and Death Cab playing their seminal albums, "Give Up" and "Transatlanticism," back-to-back. That tour is largely skipping the Midwest.
But we do get the modern version of Death Cab, which brings a more diverse sound.
A group known for bringing positive energy, even to the sad, teenaged lyrics of its early music, will be up next. Like Death Cab, Paramore has outgrown the emo label with more than a decade of solid writing and performing outside the genre.
But also like Death Cab, the band shows flashes of that early melancholy. I have somehow never seen Paramore live, but that will soon be rectified.
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Indianapolis's contemporary rock festival, WonderRoad, features a few emo veterans.
Saturday headliner Weezer may not be closely identified with the genre, as it was already a mainstream hitmaker by the mid-'90s, but the group did as much to lay the groundwork for post-millennium melodramatic rock as any.
In 1996, the group released "Pinkerton," an emo album before the term regained significance featuring tracks written by frontman Rivers Cuomo after he went back to college and got sad.
But it's all good stuff at a Weezer show. There's no wasted motion up there.
On Sunday, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will have what you need. The Wilderness is a solid modern band in its own right, but McMahon pulls heavily from his two emo powerhouse projects, Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, to make this a millennial can't-miss set.
Jack's Mannequin's "Everything in Transit" is a perfect album. It came out the summer before senior year, and we would blare it at the pizza shop I worked in while making dough every morning.
Another pillar of '00s emo was announced Monday, as Dashboard Confessional will open for Counting Crows in June.
In a cruel twist of fate, we will have to choose between this show and the first day of WonderRoad. An intrepid fan could theoretically catch Dashboard then drive to Garfield Park for Weezer, but that would be as costly as it is ambitious.
Dashboard are the true lords of the sappy love song wing of the genre and worth a look if you're skipping WonderRoad.
Tickets are growing scarce for one of the year's biggest shows, so this is not one to wait on for my fellow sad kids.
Truth be told, I've never been a huge Fall Out Boy fan. But I am looking forward to seeing what the band can do in front of what I'm guessing will be 20,000+ in attendance at Ruoff.
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Two familiar bands for mid-aughts teenagers here: Taking Back Sunday and Motion City Soundtrack.
About five years ago, I saw Taking Back Sunday open for Dashboard Confessional at a park amphitheater down the street from my high school. It was a dream show filled with nightmare moments, as every bathroom trip and beer run involved making small talk with people I hadn't seen since high school.
The festival's title tells me everything I need to know about this one.
An incredible show was quietly announced earlier this week, as Jimmy Eat World will play with Manchester Orchestra and Middle Kids in August. All three are excellent bands.
Jimmy Eat World playing "Bleed American" live is an out-of-body experience. It's so loud you feel it in your spleen. It's one of the five moments that comes to my mind when I conceptualize live music in general, and that's after seeing hundreds of bands in 25 years as a music fan.
Do not miss this show. I've already marked this as my birthday present. I will not be working that night.
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Rory Appleton is the pop culture reporter and columnist at IndyStar. Contact him at 317-552-9044 and [email protected], or follow him on Twitter at @RoryDoesPhonics.