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Indiana State Fair announces Free Stage performance lineup For 2021

The Indiana State Fair today unveiled the 2021 list of all scheduled performers who will appear on the Indiana State Fair Free Stage July 30 through August 22 (Fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

 

All shows at the Indiana State Fair Free Stage are free with paid fair admission and seating is first-come, first-served.

 

The 2021 Indiana State Fair Free Stage lineup includes:

All artists, dates and times are subject to change without notice

  • State Fair Yacht Rock Night with Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall & Orleans presented by Yacht Rock Radio - Friday, July 30
  • John Waite and Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty, presented by IndianaRockHistory.com - Saturday, July 31
  • Mary Mary, presented by WTLC FM - Sunday, August 1
  • Josh Turner - Wednesday, August 4
  • Run Forrest Run, Ultimate 90s Party Band - Thursday, August 5
  • Noah Cyrus - Friday, August 6
  • Blanco Brown - Saturday, August 7
  • Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, presented by WTLC FM - Sunday, August 8
  • for KING & COUNTRY - Wednesday, August 11
  • TBA – Thursday, August 12
  • Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe - Friday, August 13
  • Home Free - Saturday, August 14
  • Casting Crowns - Sunday, August 15
  • Happy Together Tour featuring The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Classics IV, The Vogues, The Cowsills - Wednesday, August 18
  • Barracuda - America’s Heart Tribute - Thursday, August 19
  • The Beach Boys - Friday, August 20
  • Latino-Fest at the Indiana State Fair, presented by Radio Latina – featuring AK7, Banda Blanca and La sonora Dinamita de Colombia - Saturday, August 21
  • Gospel Music Festival with headliner Hezekiah Walker, presented by WTLC AM & FM - Sunday, August 22

 

The 2021 Indiana State Fair is scheduled to open on Friday, July 30 and runs through August 22, when you can enjoy The Greatest 18 Days of Summer at this iconic Hoosier tradition.

 

The Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

The safety of our guests, staff, and community is our number one priority. Please follow CDC guidelines regarding wearing masks. There are no capacity restrictions for Free Stage concerts and no reserved seating.

 

 

Our Hospice 35th Annual Free Summer Concert featuring headliner, Yacht Rock Revue back live for 2021

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana proudly announces that Yacht Rock Revue, featuring Columbus locals, Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson, will be back this year to perform live at the Our Hospice 35thAnnual Free Summer Concert on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 4, 2021, starting at 6:30 PM.

 

Local band, 40 Years of College, will be this year’s opening act.

 

“We are very excited to bring back Yacht Rock Revue to perform live and in-person atMill Race Park. Last year, Yacht Rock Revue performed virtually from Atlanta due to the pandemic and many of our viewers requested an ENCORE for this crowd favorite,” said Laura Leonard, Our Hospice President.

 

“We were very pleased with the quality of the virtual show last year but very excited to have them in-person at Mill Race Park. Our Hospice is a not-for-profit, community based service that relies heavily on the generosity of our communities to support our largest fundraiser so we can continue to provide high-quality, palliative and end of life care for your family, friends and neighbors.”

 

“Our Hospice along with our presenters, Faurecia and Columbus Regional Health, want to make sure we continue to keep everyone safe this year. We will stay updated and follow CDC, Bartholomew County and Our Hospice guidelines at the event,” said Leonard.

 

“Last year, our concert team came up with some unique events to help celebrate prior to the concert. We are already making plans to bring some of these events back, the drive-thru baked cookie & raffle ticket sales and the popular American Legion Fish Fry, to help buildexcitement and anticipation for this year’s concert. The format of the concert will be more condensed and additional information and guidelines will be communicated to the public once we get closer to the concert date. We hope everyone will help in our efforts to make this a safe and fun event.”

 

“The health and safety of our community including those attending the Our Hospice Summer Concert are our top priorities,” said Bartholomew County Health Officer, Dr. Brian Niedbalski. “Our Hospice will be working directly with me and the Covid Task Force of Bartholomew County to ensure the health guidelines in place at the time of the concert are followed. It is exciting to bring back this long-standing tradition to Columbus and we ask that everyone attending comply with the guidelines and recommendations so we can all enjoy this annual event.”

 


 

Yacht Rock Revue will perform an evening of smooth songs from the 70’s and 80’s. This top-notch group of musicians has already rocked onstage with John Oates, Eddie Money (RIP), and both versions of the band Player. They’ve trademarked the term “yacht rock,” both metaphorically and literally (U.S. Registration Number 3834195). From humble beginnings in a basement, to touring in partnership with Live Nation and Sirius XM, they now headline sold-out shows across the country, from Webster Hall in New York to the Wiltern in L.A.

 

Yacht Rock Revue’s first original record is ten songs inspired by the smooth sounds of the Seventies and Eighties. They’ve brazenly titled it Hot Dads In Tight Jeans – forgive them for bragging, but that’s what they are – and it returns Yacht Rock Revue to their roots in original music. The band has been featured in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, CNN, and the Indy Star.   

       

The local connection, Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson, met in the fourth grade in Columbus, Indiana, went on to Indiana University in the late nineties, and formed the band Y-O-U before launching Yacht Rock Revue.“We are thankful to Yacht Rock Revue members for their continued partnership in helping us make our summer concert an event that our communities can enjoy as we raise funds to further our mission,” said Leonard. “We are grateful for the on-going support of our concert presenters, Faurecia and Columbus Regional Health,” said Leonard.

 

After many years, 40 Years of College will be back on the Hospice stage as the Opening Act with guest vocalist, Janie Gordon. 40 Years of College started when college friends – who became doctors – decided to put a band together. When other musicians joined – who also happened to be doctors – the decision was made to name the band in reference to the combined time they spent in higher education. Since then, there have been a number of changes to the lineup, but the music has remained the same. Members include Mike Stiver (vocals), Dr. Roy Goode (guitars and vocals), Dr. Dave Larson (keyboards, guitars and vocals), Dr. Drew Robertson (keyboard, guitars, and vocals), Bob Caudell (bass), and Kevin Welsh (drums and vocals).  Janie Gordon is the formerChoral director at Columbus North High school and well known in Columbus for her involvement in the annual American Pie rock music/history concert every spring and with the Mill Race Theater Company musicals. She was a member of 40 YOC in the early days and has performed with the band on numerous occasions since.

 

We are currently soliciting sponsors, contributors and benefactors and everyone can purchase raffle tickets. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Julie Davis at (812) 371-7973, jdavis3@crh.orgor make a donation “In Memory Of” or “In Honor Of” a friend, family member, or in appreciation of our staff members athttps://www.crh.org/hospiceconcert

 

To purchase $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win $10,000, please contact Tabitha Saltzman at (812) 662-3194, tsaltzman@crh.org, or purchase online at https://www.crh.org/hospiceraffle, direct debit only.

 

Indiana Forest Alliance to host Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Skyline

The Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA) is once again hosting its popular Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in a COVID-friendly format.  This year’s event will be held at the Skyline Drive-In Theater in Shelbyville, on Thursday May 20. 

 

Land preservation, environmental justice, water and wildlife are just a few of the topics to be featured in the 14 short-length nature films to be screened.  The event kicks off with Onward Ever: The Becoming of Indiana’s White River, by Brandon Walsh, which examines the future and potential of Indiana’s White River. 

 

“The goal of the film festival is to promote advocacy and education on environmental concerns

that affect us all,” said Morgan Whitacre, IFA's Director of Development. "After having to cancel the festival last year, due to COVID, we are happy to provide a socially-distanced format which will allow  Hoosiers who love Indiana forests to come together for an entertaining and inspiring evening.” 

 

The film festival, which benefits the IFA, is an exciting opportunity to “engage with like-minded people who care about Indiana nature,” said Brown County resident David Seastrom, a member of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival steering committee, and current President of the IFA Board.

 

Tickets for the event are priced at $40 per car, and $10 for student vehicles.  They can be purchased ahead of time by visiting  www.indianaforestalliance.org or at the Skyline Drive-In on the night of the festival.  Gates will open at 7:30 for outdoor socializing, a raffle and concessions; the screening begins at 9:00 pm.

 

Sponsors for the event include:

 

Title Sponsor:  Integrated Program in the Environment at Indiana University Bloomington

Marquee Sponsors:   Wasatch Lake, Caesar’s Entertainment

Feature Sponsor:  Mary Kay Rothert and Tom Zeller; Wild Tecumseh Friends

Media Sponsor: WFHB Bloomington

 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, presented by the IFA, is organized by the South Yuba River

Citizens League in California. 2020 marks the 18th year of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival nationally.

 

The Indiana Forest Alliance is a non-profit, statewide organization founded in 1996, dedicated to

preserving and restoring Indiana’s native hardwood forest ecosystem for the enjoyment of all.

 

Jim Gaffigan announces 2021 The Fun Tour; November 19 at Bankers Life

Jim Gaffigan announced today his 2021 The Fun Tour will tip off August 14 in Wilmington, with a stop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on November 19.

 

Tickets can be purchased at www.BankersLifeFieldhouse.com or at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office, which is open Monday-Friday from noon-5pm. Presale begins Tuesday, May 11 at 10am and will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 14 at 12pm local time.

 

Gaffigan’s tour itinerary also includes a number of rescheduled shows from 2020 that were moved due to the pandemic. For rescheduled shows, all previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates listed below.

 

Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, two-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life.

 

A top ten comedian according to Forbes’ 2019 comedy list, Jim recently released his 8th stand-up special, The Pale Tourist, on Amazon which was nominated for a Grammy. He was also recently awarded for being the first comedian to reach one billion streams on Pandora.

 

Up next, Gaffigan will be seen as the lead in the Sci-Fi dramedy, Linoleum, and will star as the role as Mr. Smee in Disney’s Peter Pan and Wendy, opposite Jude Law and Yara Shahidi. He will also be heard in Disney/Pixar’s highly anticipated film, Luca, opposite Jacob Tremblay and Maya Rudolph which is premiering June 17th.

 

On the silver screen, his many credits include Three Kings, Super Troopers 1 & 2, and Chappaquiddick. 2019 was Gaffigan’s biggest year to date with an astonishing eight films releasing, three which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival including Troop Zero with Viola Davis and Alison Janney, Them That Follow and Light From Light – with many festival goers and press calling Gaffigan the “King of Sundance.”

 

In addition to two seasons of the critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical The Jim Gaffigan Show, which he wrote and produced with his wife Jeannie, and his widely popular stand-up comedy specials, Gaffigan has guest starred on many television comedies and dramas, ranging from Portlandia and Bob’s Burgers to the HBO cult hits Flight of the Concords to dramatic roles in Law & Order.

 

Gaffigan has won two Emmy awards for his humorous commentaries on CBS Sunday Morning. In 2015, Gaffigan had the great honor of performing for Pope Francis and over 1 million festival attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia.

Lineup announced for Shelbyville's 2021 Music in the Park summer event series

The City of Shelbyville will present its annual free admission summer events series for 2021 known as Music in the Park. The live shows will once again be held at Blue River Memorial Park located at 725 Lee Boulevard in Shelbyville.

 

This year’s lineup is a celebration of music genres across the board – including Indiana jazz legends Gordon Bonham Blues Band & The Rob Dixon Trio, 80’s nostalgia band Heart and Soul (The Premier Tribute to Huey Lewis and the News), and Brazil, Ind., native and Indiana legend Henry Lee Summer – as well as a night of classic theatre with the 10th Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park.

 

The annual Music in the Park summer event series is a local family favorite and a chance for the City of Shelbyville to give back.

 

“We are excited for another great summer,” said Karen Martin, Director of Shelbyville Parks & Recreation. “The City of Shelbyville is dedicated to its community and Music in the Park is the perfect way to show it.”

 

All shows are family friendly, ideal for those on a date night or spending time with family or friends. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for each evening packed with fantastic entertainment.

 

Events are free to the public.

 

Shows for the 2021 Music in the Park Summer Event Series Include:

Saturday, June 12Gordon Bonham Blues Band & The Rob Dixon Trio - a night of blues and jazz will light up the summer night when two Indiana legends hit the stage. Gordon Bonham Blues Band and the jazz greats the Rob Dixon Trio are two of the most popular acts on the scene that will bring their blistering live performances to kick off the summer concert series in grand fashion.

 

Saturday, July 24 – 10th Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park – a night of classic theatre in the park. Brown Box Theatre Project’s tour of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” depicts the story of a group of soldiers that are reminded that life and love are not so black and white as they return from war. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, “Much Ado About Nothing” debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust.

 

Saturday, Aug. 7 Heart and Soul (The Premier Tribute to Huey Lewis and the News) – a night of 80’s nostalgia. Heart and Soul was formed in August of 2018, assembled from some of the best musicians that Northeast Ohio has to offer. Heart and Soul recreates the experience of a Huey Lewis and the News concert, striving to duplicate the sights and sounds of the beloved group.

 

Saturday, Sept. 11 Henry Lee Summer - a night of country, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and blues. Expressing a raw and impulsive style of rock ‘n’ roll, Brazil, Ind., native Henry Lee Summer always adds his own voice and style. Rocking crowds since 1982, Summer’s sales over the years have toppled over one million, with such crowd favorites as “Sweet Love,” “Til Somebody Loves You,” and “Forever Just Ain’t What It Used to Be.”

 

For more information, please visit shelbyparks.com. All dates and acts subject to change without notice.

 

Jurassic Quest Drive Thru Dinosaur Experience to migrate through Indianapolis

More than 70 photorealistic dinosaurs are ready to return from extinction to delight families and dino fans everywhere, as Jurassic Quest Drive Thru, the nation’s largest and most realistic dinosaur experience, will be at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center April 30-May 9.

 

After welcoming millions of guests to sold-out events across the country, Jurassic Quest Drive Thru will transform South Lots of the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center into a fun-filled drive-thru experience complete with baby dino and trainer meet and greets, photo opportunities, a choose-your-own-audio-adventure tour and memories of epic proportions.

 

Jurassic Quest's herd of animatronic dinos – from the largest predators to playful baby dinos – are displayed in realistic scenes that allow guests to experience them roaring and moving as they drive through the tour.Jurassic Quest worked in collaboration with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur was painstakingly replicated in every detail, from coloration to teeth size(!) to textured skin, fur or feathers, drawing on the latest research about how we understand dinosaurs and ancient giants of the sea looked and moved.Although the drive-thru experience means visitors will stay safe inside their vehicles, they’ll still need to avoid the swinging tail of the 50-foot Spinosaurus and the gigantic grinning Megalodon!  

 

Tickets for Jurassic Quest are just $49 per vehicle (8 people or less) and available only at www.jurassicquest.com. An audio tour comes standard with every purchase (choose from two; special accommodations can be made for the hearing impaired) as well as a safari-style digital souvenir photo of your vehicle and family transported back in time via a Jurassic setting. Special souvenir packages and other add-ons can be purchased at check out.

 

Jurassic Quest Drive Thru guests now get to choose their own audio adventure! Jurassic Quest’s own Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick and Park Ranger Marty provide a fun-filled soundtrack for the hour-long trip back in time to help visitors navigate the dino herd and learn little-known dino facts – packed with plenty of lighthearted humor to tickle funnybones of every age (“get ready to Tricera-STOP here…”)! Visitors can opt for the original audio tour in English and Spanish or a brand-new audio adventure led by Safari Sarah with the rest of the crew serving up A BIG surprise for everyone at the end!

 

In addition to the life-like dinosaur exhibits, there will be opportunities to visit with one-of-a-kind baby dinosaurs and the Jurassic Quest team of dino trainers. Though no two visits are ever the same, all attendees will leave with the same bragging rights, “We Survived Jurassic Quest 2021!”

 

More than 2 million people have attended the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru since the national tour launched in June with stops in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Detroit, Atlanta, Orlando, Cincinnati, Houston and more.

 

Designed to be thrilling but not scary for our littlest adventurers, big or small, young or old, Jurassic Quest Drive Thru guests have a dino-mite time!

 

TICKETS & LOGISTICS

Jurassic Quest Drive Thru adventurers will need to buy tickets in advance online at www.jurassicquest.com. Tickets are $49 per vehicle and include a 100% ticket guarantee that in the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason, ticket purchases will be automatically refunded for the full purchase amount. Guests must travel through the drive-thru in the comfort of their own vehicle – no rentals or golf carts will be provided, and walkers are not allowed. To ensure participant safety, all guests must ride inside their vehicles (yes, pets inside vehicles are allowed), no riders in truck beds, however. Trailers are also not allowed – we’re worried they might tempt the hungry dinos too much! Oversized vehicles and vehicles with 9 or more riders are permitted but must contact Customer Service, customerservice@jurassicquest.com, for pricing and scheduling. A full list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found online at https://www.jurassicquest.com/drive-thru-faqs.

Fishers Parks announces 2021 Fishers Summer Concert Series

The Fishers Summer Concert Series hosted by Fishers Parks will return beginning June 1, featuring local and national performing acts in the heart of downtown Fishers at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater (6 Municipal Drive). The free concert series includes performances on Tuesday and Friday evenings, presented by IU Health Saxony, and Wednesday lunchtime concerts presented by Meyer Najem. The series will conclude with the return of the popular two-day Blues Fest celebration on Labor Day Weekend.

 

Fishers Parks continues to monitor federal, state and local guidelines daily, and will adapt accordingly. Admission is free (limited first come, first served). Operating restrooms, hand washing, and sanitization stations will be available on site. Patrons are encouraged to wear face masks. No outside alcohol allowed. Vendors will be available on site to purchase adult drinks and other refreshments. Chairs and blankets are welcome.

The 2021 season lineup includes:

 

Tuesday Nights
Starting June 1 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Nickel Plate District Amphitheater

  • June 1: Living Proof
  • June 8: Karma Band
  • June 15: Mike & Joe
  • June 22: The Midtown Mad Men
  • June 29: Cool City Band
  • July 6: The Nauti Yachtys
  • July 13: Henry Lee Summer
  • July 20: Country Summer
  • July 27: Toy Factory

Friday Nights
Starting June 25 | 8 p.m.
Nickel Plate District Amphitheater

  • June 25: SPARK! Fishers – Spin Doctors: Grammy nominated band best known for their early 90’s hits, "Two Princes" and "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong,” which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 7 and No. 17, respectively.
  • July 2: Free Fallin – The Tom Petty Concert Experience
  • Sunday, July 4: GlamëricA – A tribute to the awesome era that was ‘80s hair and glam metal!
  • July 9: Pearl Jam Tribute - Chicago
  • July 16: Purple Veins – The Essential Prince Tribute Band
  • July 23: Hard Day’s Night Beatles Tribute
  • July 30: Creedence Revived – The World Premier CCR Tribute Band
  • August 6: Heroes – The David Bowie Experience
  • August 13: The Soul Pocket Band – A night of R&B and Dance classics
  • August 20: Pink Droyd – The North American Theatrical Pink Floyd Concert with Laser Light Show
  • August 27: Uptown Funk – Tribute to Bruno Mars
  • September 3-4: Fishers Blues Fest – the full lineup will be announced soon

Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts
June 2 – August 25 | Noon – 1 p.m.
Central Green (1 Municipal Drive)
*indicates children’s entertainment

Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion announces 2021 lineup for free admission Summer Concert Series

The City of Kokomo is proud to present its 2021 free admission summer concert series at the Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion at Foster Park in downtown Kokomo. This year’s lineup offers a little bit of something for everyone, with performances from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, My Sinatra starring Cary Hoffman along with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, Monsters of Yacht (a night of 70’s & 80’s yacht rock hits), and more.

 

The Kokomo concert series aligns with many of the local themed festivals throughout the summer, creating even more entertaining activities for area families and beyond. “The City of Kokomo takes pride in making our summer concert series bigger and better every year with the array of talent we are able to bring to the stage,” said Kokomo Mayor Tyler Moore. “With all that folks have had to sacrifice this past year, these events will provide a great opportunity to give back to the community we love and appreciate.”

 

All concerts are family friendly, ideal for those on a date night or spending time with family or friends. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for each evening packed with fantastic entertainment.

 

The concerts are general admission seating and are free to the public.

 

 

2021 KOKOMO SUMMER CONCERT SERIES LINEUP:

 

Saturday, June 12 – Carver Center Summer Celebration featuring Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Pioneers of the modern New Orleans brass band movement, Dirty Dozen Brass Band is recognized worldwide as an unstoppable musical machine. They have been featured guests both in the studio and onstage with artists including Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Crowes, and many others. For more information, visit www.dirtydozenbrassband.com.

 

Saturday, June 26HOGfest featuring Max Weinberg’s Jukebox. For 45 years Max Weinberg has held the drum chair behind Bruce Springsteen & The E Street band, playing before millions around the world. He expanded his role as band leader and resident music historian while anchoring the house band for Late Night with Conan O’Brien for 17 years. Max Weinberg’s Jukebox comes armed with an unlimited repertoire of classic songs, engaging the audience in a truly interactive concert experience. Max is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For more information, visit www.maxweinberg.com.

 

July 1, 2 & 3 – The Haynes Apperson Festival. Full details and lineup for this year’s event will be announced soon.

 

Saturday, July 10Weberfest. Full details and lineup for this year’s event will be announced soon.

 

Saturday, July 24Rhumfest. Artists for this event are TBA but are bound to feature Kokomo area favorites from solo artists to bands. The event will also include favorite past and present musicians out of the Rhum Academy. The event is set to start at 3 p.m.

 

Saturday, Aug. 14Fireman’s / Jeep Rally featuring Nashville’s Finest. Nashville’s Finest combines two new up-and-coming Nashville bands (Zeona Road and The GD Saints) with established recording and touring musicians who have played with some of the world’s biggest acts.

 

Saturday, Aug. 21 My Sinatra with The Kokomo Symphony. Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS special into a biographical, often hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero Frank Sinatra. Hoffman captivates the audience with his intimate journey of what it was like growing up fatherless with three musician uncles, who played on some of Sinatra’s greatest recordings, turning Sinatra into a fantasy father. Hoffman authentically sings Sinatra, creating a musical score about his lifelong obsession. For more information, visit www.mysinatra.com.

 

Saturday, Sept. 18Summer’s End featuring Monsters of Yacht. Featuring classic 70’s and 80’s yacht rock hits, Monsters of Yacht deliver rocking recreations of songs by artists like Toto, Christopher Cross, the Bee Gees, Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, and more. They have the skills and attitude needed to pay tribute to the artists of the yacht rock genre with a powerful live show featuring accurate vocals and performances of the classic yacht rock songs. For more information, visit www.monstersofyacht.com.

 

All Kokomo Summer Concert Series shows will adhere to federal, state and local health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19 and follow a plan approved by local health departments.

 

Visit http://kokomosummerseries.com for more information on the series overall. All dates and acts subject to change without notice.

 

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About Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion:

Kokomo Performing Arts Pavilion is an outdoor music venue located at the corner of Washington and Superior Streets in downtown Kokomo, Ind. The summer concert series is an annual event featuring live music shows in a festive, family-friendly environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. 

Live shows to return to the 92-year-old Anderson Paramount stage

In the spirit of returning to normal when it is safe to do so, the Anderson Paramount Theatre (1124 Meridian St, Anderson, IN) is excited to announce the addition of six live shows to its live schedule in 2021. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m., via AndersonParamount.org. These shows are presented in partnership with the Anderson Paramount Theatre and Honeywell Arts & Entertainment.

 

The Glenn Miller Orchestra – Wednesday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Most seats at $19 and $29; Limited premium seating at $65

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is alive and well 80 years after its original formation. Featuring 16 musicians and singers, the group will bring timeless classics like “Tuxedo Junction,” “A String of Pearls,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000” to Anderson.

 

Buddy Guy with Special Guest Ally Venable – Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Most seats at $45 and $65; Limited premium seating at $129

Ranked as one of the top guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone, Buddy Guy is known for his electrifying live performances. The pioneer of the Chicago blues sound has influenced musicians like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

 

The Oak Ridge Boys – Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Most seats at $35, $45, $55; Limited premium seating at $75

The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of country hits and earned them GRAMMY, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards. They will embark on a special tour this year in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their mega-hit “Elvira.”

 

Mark Lowry – Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Most seats at $19 and $29; Limited premium seating at $45

Mark Lowry is loved around the world in the realm of gospel music. He started making music at age 11 and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an entertaining communicator who can make audiences laugh, cry, and think.

 

Three Dog Night – Friday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Most seats at $39 and $49; Limited premium seating at $100

Legendary music icons Three Dog Night, celebrating five decades, sold more records and concert tickets than any other band from 1969 to 1974. Their hits include “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Easy to be Hard,” and “An Old Fashioned Love Song.”

 

A Very Merry Christmas with The Lettermen – Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Most seats $25, $35. Limited premium seating $100.

Kick off the holiday season with pop vocal trio The Lettermen as they perform traditional Christmas classics plus your favorite Lettermen hits including “Goin’ out of My Head,” “Theme From a Summer Place,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and more.

 

Tickets to additional live shows and events at the Paramount Theatre can be purchased at AndersonParamount.org or by calling the Paramount Box Office at 765.642.1234.

 

In the event of a show reschedule or cancellation due to COVID-19, ticket buyers will be contacted directly with updated information via email or direct phone call.

 

For all media inquiries, contact Morgan Ellis at mellis@honeywellarts.org or by calling 260.274.1429.

 

About Honeywell Arts & Entertainment

Honeywell Arts & Entertainment encompasses the full range of arts opportunities and venues of The Honeywell Foundation, a nonprofit public arts charity in Wabash, Indiana. The organization is dedicated to the enhancement of artistic, social, cultural, and recreational opportunities for all. Offerings take place online and at six venues: the Honeywell Center, Honeywell House, Eagles Theatre, Charley Creek Gardens, Dr. James Ford Historic Home, and the 13-24 Drive In. Programs are made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts: a federal agency, and by generous donors. For more information about The Honeywell Foundation, visit HoneywellArts.org

 

About the Anderson Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre Centre & Ballroom has been in operation since Aug. 20, 1929. The Paramount has inspired many spectators with its architecture, entertainment and history. On behalf of generous local benefactors with an appreciation of history, the theatre continues to shine as brightly on the outside as the stars do inside. The Paramount offers residents and visitors unique entertainment options year-round in partnership with Honeywell Arts & Entertainment. For more information about the Anderson Paramount Theatre, visit AndersonParamount.org.

 

The Strand Theatre looking ahead to performances, audiences coming out of pandemic

The show must go on.  But in the case of this coronavirus pandemic it's more of a question of when the shows will resume for The Strand Theatre in Shelbyville.

 

David Finkel visited The Morning Show to talk about the ongoing work at The Strand and looking ahead to when they can  welcome audiences for performances.

 

 

Rushville's Riverside Park Amphitheatre announces 2021 Summer Concert Series lineup

A diverse range of national, regional and area talent will once again be featured this summer as part of the 2021 Free Summer Concert Series at Riverside Park Amphitheater in Rushville, announced by the Riverside Park Organizing Committee.

 

All shows will adhere to federal, state and local health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19 and follow a plan approved by the local health department. 

 

Riverside Park’s annual summer concert series has never been more highly anticipated following a challenging 2020. We are proud to bring the talent, range of genres, and stage experience of this year’s acts to the residents of Rushville and beyond,” said Mike Pavey, Mayor of Rushville.

 

Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute) will open the series on Saturday, June 19. Slippery When Wet has played more than 1500 shows throughout the U.S. alone and has traveled to Africa, Mexico, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. They have headlined on more than 60 cruises on the Royal Caribbean cruise line and played the Super Bowl 48 Pregame Show in East Rutherford, N.J., in 2014. The band’s shows are the most attended and highest grossing of any Bon Jovi Tribute in the country.

 

All My Rowdy Friends (Hank Williams Jr. Tribute) continues the series Saturday, July 17, featuring front man Frank Morrow portraying the appearance, sound, and stage presence of the original “Bocephus” himself. Touring across the U.S. since 2009 with a fan base that reaches nationwide, All My Rowdy Friends performs the music of Hank Jr., with the same originality and high energy of an actual concert as you would see Hank Jr., in today!

 

The Red Clay Strays will bring high energy and a unique sound to the stage on Saturday, July 31. With influences ranging from Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Lee Lewis and Waylon Jennings to southern gospel, they blur the line between country and southern rock while bringing an authenticity that defines who they are as a band. The Red Clay Strays hail from Alabama and are Brandon Coleman: lead vocals, guitar; Drew Nix: vocals, electric guitar, harmonica; Zach Rishel: electric guitar; Andrew Bishop: Bass and John Hall: drums.

 

Dirty Deeds (The AC/DC Experience) will take audiences on a theatrical ride through rock ‘n’ roll history on Saturday, Aug. 14. This group has been touring the U.S. for more than 20 years bringing forth their high energy and wildly entertaining tribute to one of the world's best rock bands, AC/DC! Earning a reputation for their attention to detail and passion for the music, Dirty Deeds The AC/DC Experience recreates the exact sound of AC/DC by capturing the unique and exact tone that the super group has come to be known for.

 

Experience classic yacht rock songs from the 70’s and 80’s with The Monsters of Yacht on Saturday, Aug. 28. The band delivers rocking recreations of songs by artists like Toto, Christopher Cross, the Bee Gees, Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, and more. The Monsters of Yacht has the skills and attitude needed to pay tribute to the artists of the yacht rock genre with a powerful live show featuring accurate vocals and performances of the yacht rock hits we all know and love.

 

Finishing out the 2021 season as part of RUSHfest on Saturday, Sept. 18 is Electric Avenue ‘The 80's MTV Experience’ a high-definition snapshot of an era when vintage synthesizers and drum machines were at the top of the food chain. Barring the invention of time travel, Electric Avenue is, hands down, the most accurate and exciting 80’s Pop Tribute you’re going to find anywhere this side of 1988. Electric Avenue delivers spot-on renditions of Tears for Fears, Wham!, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Howard Jones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Level 42, Naked Eyes, Soft Cell, Kenny Loggins, INXS, Prince, The Clash, OMD, David Bowie and more. 

 

The opening acts for each show will be announced at a later time.

 

Sponsorship: Sponsorship packages are available now from $5,000 to $500. Each sponsorship level will provide partners with different levels of advertisement. Also available are Friend of the Park sponsorship packages that run $100 down to $25. For more information on sponsorships, please call Carla Sharpe at 765-932-3735 or email: secretary@cityofrushville.in.gov

 

Covered Pavilion Rental and Vendor Permits: The covered pavilion is available for rent at each event. It can be rented for $150 for half of the space or $300 for the entire pavilion per event. Vendor permits are also available. For more information on pavilion rental opportunities, vendor permits and ordinances please call Carla Sharpe at 765-932-3735 or email: secretary@cityofrushville.in.gov

 

About Riverside Park Amphitheater: Riverside Park Amphitheater is an outdoor music venue located at 100 West Water Street in Rushville, Ind. The venue is a great concert destination annually hosting live music events and creating a great family-friendly environment with all performances taking place on Saturday evenings. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. There is a beer garden on-site for adults over 21 years of age, however no alcohol is to be brought into the park and all coolers are checked upon entry. Parking is conveniently available in gravel lots or in surrounding business lots with easy shuttle service to and from the amphitheater. Special handicap parking is also available. Past performers include Rusted Root, Georgia Satellites, The SteelDrivers, The Romantics, Stephen Pearcy, Cracker, Gaelic Storm, Clare Dunn, Clayton Anderson, ZOSO, The High Kings, John Waite (Bad English, The Babys), Who’s Bad, Sweet Tea Trio and many more.

ALABAMA 50TH Anniversary Tour rescheduled

After considering the guidance of public health experts to ensure the wellbeing of fans, the ALABAMA concert originally scheduled for April 8, 2021 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 15, 2022.

All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled date will be honored on the new performance date.

 

Please go to www.ticketmaster.com or visit us in person at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Conner Prairie grounds open for weekend winter experiences

This winter, guests can explore Conner Prairie’s grounds in immersive -- and socially distanced -- ways. 

 

The museum will debut new outdoor experiences Saturday and Sundays this winter with grounds open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. While buildings are closed due to COVID-19, during these special weekends, guests will be welcomed outside for timed outdoor excursions led by a Conner Prairie interpreter, special behind-the-scenes guided tours of the grounds, and whimsical play-based activities for all ages. Timed tickets are required for entry for all experiences as well as for those who would like to just enjoy our grounds. 

 

Through the winter month’s activities will focus around a central theme. In January, Conner Prairie visitors will be immersed into “All Things Cold,” exploring activities such as period survival skills, modern survival skills, trapping and trading, ice archeology, ice fishing, sledding, and more.

 

February’s events will invite guests to “Enter the Outdoors,” with a winter edition of a nature scavenger hunt, programming that highlights winter animal adaptations, and other cold-weather activities. 

 

In March, Conner Prairie will celebrate the “Change of Seasons,” featuring Story Strolls around the grounds, programming explaining ways to explore nature with all our senses, and how broken things are made like new again.


To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of guests and staff alike, tickets for our winter experiences must be reserved in advance, with timed entries scheduled to adhere to attendance limitations. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit: www.https://www.connerprairie.org
 

About Conner Prairie 

Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in Central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 400,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically-themed encounters and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today. Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization – accredited by the American Alliance of Museums – that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations for sustainability and growth. For more information visit ConnerPrairie.org.

 

"An Evening With Michael Bublé" cancelled

“An Evening With Michael Bublé”, scheduled for March 18 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, has been called off.

 

The concert, which was pushed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been canceled because it “conflicts with previously scheduled renovations” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

 

Ticketmaster says refunds will be processed automatically but may take up to 30 days.

 

Those who purchased through the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office may bring tickets for in-person refunds, Monday through Friday, 12 p.m.– 5.pm. 

Slippery Noodle Inn owner has died

The oldest bar in Indiana has lost its owner. 

 

The Slippery Noodle said on Facebook Thursday morning that Hal Yeagy Jr. has died. 

 

"The Head Noodle will be missed by all and we hope you join us in celebrating the legacy he leaves behind. On behalf of the blues community, decades of patrons and staff, his friends and his family we thank Hal for the music and countless memories.  In his honor, drink a cold Budweiser and consider a donation to any of his favorite charities, the American Cancer Society or the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. We’ll keep the music playing for him."

 

The Slippery Noodle Inn opened in Indianapolis in 1850 as the Tremont House, and has had many names over the years including Germania House, Beck's Saloon and Moore's Beer Tavern, later Moore's Restaurant during Prohibition. Then, in 1963 it was bought by Harold and Lorean Yeagy, Hal's parents, and became The Slippery Noodle Inn. 

 

Hal took over the bar in 1985 after his dad died. 

No Lights at the Brickyard this year

A big attraction during Christmas time is not happening this year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

The annual Lights at the Brickyard has been canceled. It's an event where IMS puts up different displays of Christmas lights all over the inside of the track and you can drive around the track in your car and look at them.

 

The speedway saying it's "to allow for end-of-season testing and track maintenance." IMS would not say if the event will return in 2021.

 

They also would not say if the coronavirus pandemic played a direct role in the decision to cancel the event, but that "it's fair to say the pandemic underscored the need to provide additional flexibility" going forward.

 

The statement adds "we appreciate everyone who has come out to celebrate the holiday season with us in recent years. It has been a pleasure to share such a special time of year with our fans."

Letterman, Manning collaborate at Ball State University

Ball State University on Tuesday hosted alumnus and television legend David Letterman and two-time Super Bowl champion and longtime Indianapolis Colt, Peyton Manning. 

 

Letterman and Manning arrived early Tuesday morning to film an episode of “Peyton’s Places,” a football-themed documentary series hosted by Manning that is produced and broadcast by ESPN. The show was filmed at Ball State upon the suggestion of Letterman. 

 

“It was exciting to have David Letterman and Peyton Manning on our campus today,” Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns said. “Mr. Letterman is proud to be a Ball State graduate, and I am grateful that he returned to our campus with Mr. Manning. They’re two stars with strong connections to our state. 

 

“I look forward to seeing the program that they filmed here today that will air in January,” Mearns said. “The location they chose will showcase our beautiful campus.” 

 

Letterman, ’69, former host of Late Show with David Letterman, has given back generously to his alma mater over the years, most notably through a lecture series. His name also resides on The David Letterman Communication and Media Building, which was completed and opened in 2007. 

 

Because of the pandemic, and because of a tight schedule, the production of the show was done privately. Work wrapped up at approximately 4 p.m. 

 

The day’s events included filming at Scheumann Stadium and at Frog Baby in the heart of Ball State University’s campus.  

 

“It was an exciting day for our football program.,” said Beth Goetz, Ball State University’s Director of Athletics. “The team was thrilled to engage with these two Indiana legends for ‘Peyton’s Places.’ We are grateful for the opportunity to help showcase our campus, as it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our student-athletes and coaches.” 

 

Visual assets from today are not being shared at this time, but can be viewed during the upcoming season of “Peyton’s Places.”   

Get your Mike Pence Fly bobblehead

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has created a “Mike Pence Fly” bobblehead. It commemorates the moment from Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate when a fly landed on Pence’s head and stayed there for over two minutes.

 

On a base bearing his name, the bobblehead features former Indiana Governor and Vice President Mike Pence in his debate-night suit, wearing a white shirt and red tie, with a fly on his head. The bobblehead also incorporates a plexiglass-like barrier and includes a removable mini fly swatter.

 

“Social media has been abuzz with talk of the fly at last night’s debate, and when we received several requests for a bobblehead with Pence and the fly, we knew we had to get to work,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We think this will be another fun bobblehead to put a smile on people’s faces as they look back at 2020.”

 

This is the second bobblehead featuring Vice President Mike Pence that the Hall of Fame and Museum has released.

 

It is available for $25 each. There is also a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order and are expected to ship in January.

Eddie Van Halen dies after battle with cancer

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Van Halen died Tuesday at the age of 65.

 

In a tweet, his son said Van Halen lost his long battle with cancer this morning.

 

He's considered one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. He founded the group Van Halen with his brother Alex, bassist Mark Stone and singer David Lee Roth.

No downtown Indy visitors for Circle of Lights

This year's Circle of Lights in Indianapolis will be made-for-TV only--to be seen on the Friday night after Thanksgiving.

 

Union electrical workers will light the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, as always. But there will be no live gathering on the Circle. Downtown Indy, Inc decided it would be too risky.

After summer of Covid-19 cancellations Shelbyville Parks and Rec hosts Music in the Park

Panama, a Van Halen tribute band, played before a large crowd Saturday night at Shelbyville’s Blue River Memorial Park.

 

Music in the Park was an enjoyable sight for Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Director Karen Martin.

 

 

Martin says Blue River Memorial was built for events like this.

 

 

So, with the parks department finally able to hold some events, with consideration given to social distancing for Covid-19, what’s on the upcoming schedule?  Martin says they’re getting ready for Halloween.

 

 

Wiz Khalifa's HotBox to open in Indy

Starting in October, if you live in the Indianapolis area, you'll be able to order food from a new restaurant created by Wiz Khalifa.

 

The rapper is starting up a delivery-only restaurant called HotBox, not to be confused with Hot Box Pizza, which is based in Indianapolis.

 

Wiz Khalifa is known to be a marijuana enthusiast, and some of the menu items will have a nod to cannabis, but will not actually be infused with cannabis. Other items will have names based off some of his work.

 

A full menu has not been released yet, but some items include:

 

-"Blazed Ends," which are burnt ends tossed in a smokey sweet barbeque

-A turkey burger and house-made chips

-"Mac & Yellow" macaroni and cheese

-"Mile High" Dark Chocolate brownie

 

HotBox will also have locations in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Washington DC, Houston, and New York City.

 

They're expected to open on October 1.

Conner Prairie Corn Maze honors 200th anniversary of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

This year, Conner Prairie’s award-winning corn maze won’t just challenge puzzle-hungry guests, it will serve up some screams, too.

The maze -- named one of the 10 best in the nation by USA Today in 2019 -- transforms into a scare-filled haunt after dark. Families will enjoy navigating the 22,160-foot corn maze during the day. But from sunset to 10 p.m. on select nights during the Headless Horseman Festival, the Haunted Maze interactive attraction brings the legend to life in a terrifying new way.

This year’s design –sponsored by Corteva Agriscience -- is a nod to the event’s literary heritage. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the maze depicts a sword-wielding headless rider leaping out of an open book, surrounded by bats in flight.

The maze features three adventure paths full of twists and turns:

  • Puzzle Maze: Test your wits in our family-friendly puzzle maze.
  • Kids' Maze: Younger guests will love this shorter maze that’s perfect for little ones.
  • Haunted Maze: Inspired by real ghost stories of the region, explorers should prepare to be scared when they enter this maze during the Headless Horseman festival in October.


Social distancing will be maintained, with staff pacing guests as they enter the maze, and limits placed on the number of guests who can explore the maze together. Masks must also be worn at all times, in accordance with the State of Indiana and City of Fishers mandates.

“We’re so happy to preserve this fall experience for families who have had so many traditions disrupted due to COVID-19,” said Norman Burns, president and CEO of Conner Prairie. “We’ve taken safeguards to ensure we’re providing a safe event for our visitors and employees, and doing all that we can to deliver the same thrills and family fun guests have come to expect.”

 

The maze is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, Sept. 26. Paid museum guests and members can enter the maze for $5 per guest and $3 per member. Children under two are free.

 

Visitors can also explore the corn maze during the Headless Horseman festival on select dates from Oct. 1-30. Gates open for Headless Horseman at 6 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. Activities and hayrides may run until 10 p.m. or later.

 

Explore an aerial view of this year’s maze design by visiting connerprairie.org/explore/things-to-do/corn-maze/ to learn more. 

The Strand hoping to provide entertainment again in July

It's been much quieter at The Strand Theatre than was planned for 2020.  Only 13 performances have taken place this year thanks to COVID-19.

 

David Finkel talks about some shows that are on the calendar for July and what The Strand's volunteers have been up to during the pandemic.

 

 

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