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Popular dazzling Christmas light show returns to the Indiana State Fairgrounds Nov. 11 - Jan. 1

Indy’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center this fall and it’s bigger and brighter than ever!

 

Along with singing snowmen (over 20’ tall), a life-sized Nativity, Candyland, a giant American flag and a spectacular 240 ft. wall of lights, Christmas Nights of Lights has added their most creative and colorful light display- The Field of Lights. This dazzling light display will be open from 6-10 p.m., Nov. 11 through Jan. 1, 2023 – rain, shine or snow! 

 

This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through millions of LED lights, hundreds of computers, and miles of wires, making it the largest synchronized show in Central Indiana. The entire show is synchronized to traditional and more modern Christmas music. Even more music has been added this year. Visitors of all ages will be awed by the display’s RGB technology that creates larger-than-life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes, mischievous elves, enchanting tunnels of lights, and much more. In the warmth of their own vehicle, guests tune their radio dial to a dedicated signal and sing along to the sounds of the season synchronized to holiday lights. 

 

Important ticket reminder: tickets must be purchased in advance, online at https://www.christmasnightsoflights.com/indianapolis.  Cost is $30 per carload, up to 8 people; $50 per carload, 9-15 people and $75 per carload, 16-35 people. Tickets will be honored in two timeslots – guests may either enter the show anytime between 6-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m. Height of vehicles must be NO MORE than 11 ft. tall to drive through the light display. Guests should enter the Indiana State Fairgrounds at Gate 12, 1698 E. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205. 

 

“We’re thrilled to return to the iconic Indiana State Fairgrounds,” said Richie King, owner, Titan Light Shows, Inc. “The Fairgrounds has been a popular family venue for a remarkable 130 years and we’re thrilled to work with their outstanding team again. We’re honored to be able to celebrate the true spirit of the season by supporting local charities.”  

 

The Arthritis Foundation, Special Olympics, Indy Humane, Salvation Army are among local charities to benefit from a portion of the event’s proceeds.

 

The holiday light show is produced by Titan Light Shows, Inc., Bluff City, Tennessee. 

 

Tips for attending Christmas Nights of Lights (sidebar)

  • Go on-line and make your reservation! Certain nights and time slots sell out fast

  • Make a quick stop at the portable toilets at the beginning of the show.

  • Know how to turn off your headlights, and how to tune your radio to access our station — Google how to do this in advance, if needed.

  • Tour buses with more than a 35-person capacity or limos will not be admitted, as those vehicles are unable to drive safely through the show. Vehicles over 11’ tall will not be able to access the light show, due to height restrictions at the entrance.

Magic of Lights® illuminates Ruoff Music Center this holiday season

This holiday season will be brighter, bolder, and more colorful as Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, is transformed into a vibrant drive-thru, holiday themed light display starting Friday, November 18 through Sunday, January 1, open daily between 6-10 p.m.

 

Tickets for this colorful seasonal event are on sale now at MagicOfLights.com and can be purchased for any day starting at just $20 per vehicle, for a limited time.

 

Produced by Family Entertainment Holdings, LLC, “Magic of Lights” will return to Ruoff Music Center featuring dozens of displays, illuminated canopies, and digital animation, all constructed with millions of individual LED lights to create a memorable holiday experience for the whole family.

 

Inside the comfort of their own vehicle, guests will enjoy the tour’s brand-new displays, including the 32-foot-tall animated Mattel’s Barbie®, Prehistoric Christmas featuring life sized dinosaurs celebrating the season, BIGFOOT® Monster Trucks, Winter Wonderland, as well as Magic of Lights favorites including the 12 Days of Christmas, Toyland and the 200-foot-long Enchanting Tunnel of Lights. Created with over one million sparkling lights, Magic of Lights is a nostalgic and festive event everyone will enjoy.   

 

QUICK FACTS - MAGIC OF LIGHTS

  • A 32-Foot-Tall Barbie Display
  • 2+ million lights
  • 12.6 miles of light cord
  • 3,750 manhours to set up
  • The steel displays are designed, bent, cut and welded into about 800 frames that are combined in different configurations to create each show's giant winter holiday scenes. Each frame of each scene is designed using the latest CAD technology and hand-built in house from 15 pages of design specifications each.
  • Magic of Lights uses about 10 miles of steel to build the displays and 10 miles of LED lighting installed inside the displays, with 10 different colors of LED bulbs
  • Scenes are as high as 32 ft tall and as long as several hundred feet.


For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit MagicOfLights.com.


The Linda Ronstadt Experience at The Strand Theatre tonight

Linda Ronstadt fans should be at The Strand Theatre in Shelbyville tonight.  On stage is 2016 American Idol finalist Tristan McIntosh for The Linda Ronstadt Experience.

 

Previewing tonight's show with an appearance this week on The Morning Show were David Finkel with The Strand and drummer Ethan Leff from The Linda Ronstadt Experience.

 

 

INDOT partners with Indianapolis to welcome back Gen Con

The Indiana Department of Transportation is partnering with local organizers to welcome Gen Con attendees back to Indianapolis.  

Gen Con is a four-day tabletop gaming convention that draws thousands of people to Indianapolis each year. This year’s event will run from August 4-7, in multiple venues in downtown Indianapolis.  

INDOT and the North Split team are working with event organizers and Indianapolis ambassadors to make sure attendees are aware of local road closures.  

Routes to the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium may be impacted by work being performed as part of the North Split Reconstruction. Current closures include:? 

  • Central Avenue: Central Avenue is currently closed to traffic between 11th and 12th streets to allow for structure demolition, pile driving, excavation, and MSE wall installation.?? 
    • This closure is anticipated to continue through mid-August.?? 
    • Northbound traffic detours along 10th Street to College Avenue. Southbound traffic detours west along 16th Street to Alabama Street.?? 

Gen Con participants are staying in hotels across central Indiana. As a reminder, here are the routes that are currently open to downtown Indianapolis:  

  • I-70 westbound collector/distributor (C/D) ramp exit ramp to Michigan Street (13 ton declared vehicle weight restriction effect)??? 
  • I-65 northbound/ I-70 eastbound exit ramp to Washington Street (13-ton declared vehicle weight restriction in effect)?? 
  • I-65 northbound and southbound to Martin Luther King. Jr/West Street? 
  • I-65 southbound to Meridian Street?? 
  • I-65 northbound to Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets? 
  • Delaware on-ramp to I-70 Eastbound from 11th Street ? 
  • All existing ramps on I-70 west of the South Split?? 

Project information can be found at northsplit.com.?? 

INDOT encourages drivers?to slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.?? 

For up-to-date project information, visit northsplit.com or text “NORTHSPLIT” to 468311. Follow the North Split project’s progress on social media at:?? 

Stay informed?? 
For details about lane restrictions and closures associated with current road work throughout the state of Indiana, please visit 511 Cars for more information.?? 


Indiana State Fair unveils 2022 new culinary favorites

The Indiana State Fair unveiled new must-have items to try at this year’s State Fair.

 

In addition to these new tasty treats, fairgoers can also expect the classic must have selections across a wide variety of 140+ different food stands.

 

The 2022 Indiana State Fair returns July 29 - August 21 (closed Mondays & Tuesdays).

 

Bison Lettuce Wrap (Offered by Red Frazier Bison)

Butter Lettuce filled with Ground Bison, Sweet Onion, Water Chestnut, Ginger, Carrot, Soy, Hoisin Sauce.

 

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos walking taco (Offered by Meatball Factory LLC)

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crushed in the bag with taco meat, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream.

 

Carmel Corn (Offered by Sun King)

You know the say, there’s more than corn in Indiana? Well, sometimes it is all about the corn in Indiana! Sun King + Indiana State Fair Beer have partnered again for a new 2022 Indiana State Fair beer. This year’s beer is Caramel Corn. There are 100 lbs of Just Pop In Caramel Popcorn in the batch! Fun fact - kernels hail from a local popcorn farmer. You will be able to get your hands on Caramel Corn beer during the 2022 Indiana State Fair and a limited amount will be available on draft at Sun King tap room locations and at Just Pop In.

 

Pickle Pizza (Offered by Swains Concessions)

Homemade dough with a dill ranch sauce topped with mozzarella cheese, dill seasoning and dill pickles.

 

Deep Fried Brownies (Offered by R&W Concessions)

Ooey Gooey Brownies dipped in funnel cake batter, deep fried then topped with powdered sugar with a drizzle of chocolate syrup for chocolate lovers' taste buds.

 

Deep Fried Cheese Stick (Offered by R&W Concessions)

Mozzarella cheese dipped in corn dog batter then deep fried to a golden brown.

 

Peach Shake Up (Offered by R&W Concessions)

Fresh lemons, sugar, ice, and water along with peach flavoring for a great summertime taste.

 

Iced Mocha Coffee Float (Offered by Hooks Drug Store Museum)

Hand dipped ice cream on top of a chocolate flavored iced coffee, topped with your choice of whipped cream and a cherry.

 

Boba Fun Cup (Offered by Goodwin’s Pork-N-More)

Vanilla Ice Cream layered with Strawberry Boba balls, Sliced Strawberries and Gummy Bears

 

Nitro Fuel (Offered by Goodwin’s Pork-N-More)

Fresh Brewed Lipton Iced Tea mixed with our World Famous Blue Raspberry Lemon Twister.

 

State Fair Charcuterie Board (Offered by Urick Concessions)

Charcuterie, but make it fair themed. We’ve swapped out the traditional cheeses, meats, and nuts for mini funnel cakes, mini corn dogs, salt water taffy, cotton candy, caramel corn and popcorn corn topped with a sprinkle of colored candies - all of your favorite classic Indiana State Fair staples.

 

State Fair Mary (Offered by Urick Concessions)

State Fair Mary. A delicious 24 oz Bloody Mary topped with all the State Fair favorites! 3 skewers of Fair Food Treats like Waffle Fries, Deep Fried Cheese Curds, Deep Fried Mac n Cheese, Mini Corn Dogs, Bacon, Fried Pickles and a BBQ Pulled Pork Slider!

 

The Original Cowpie (Offered by Indiana Ribeye)

It’s a delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie with creamy vanilla ice cream in the center and another chocolate chip cookie to top it off!

 

Vegan Nachos (Offered by Black Leaf Vegan)

Our all vegan nachos are loaded with our fresh tortilla chips, juicy plant based meat, crispy coleslaw, pico de gallo, and cheese, topped with our creamy ranch, guacamole sauce and sweet teriyaki. Your mouth wants to believe it’s all vegan and it tastes so good!

 

Pretzel Nacho Bites (Offered by Wilson Concessions)

Fresh pretzel bites covered in nacho cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, and bacon bits.

 

Mexican Street Corn in a Cup (Offered by Wilson Concessions)

It is made up of roasted sweet corn, mayonnaise, hot sauce, cheese, and Mexican spices.

 

New Crispy Chicken Sandwich (Offered by Wilson Concessions)

It’s a crispy chicken breast on a fresh bun with your choice of toppings (lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, mayo, mustard).

 

Lemon Shake Up Canned Cocktail (Offered by Hi and Mighty)

Made by Hi & Mighty, a new craft spirits distillery on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This bubbly refresher will remind you of the fair during the magic hour in the waning days of summer. Tough day? Shake it off. Good day? Shake it Up!

 

Pit-tatoes (Offered by Indiana Pork Producers Association)

Pit-Tatoes, pulled pork, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and sour cream.

 

Mint Cookie Milkshake (Offered by American Dairy Association Indiana Inc.)

Mint Cookie Milkshake served with crumbled Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies.

 

Quick Quesadilla (Offered by American Dairy Association Indiana Inc.)

Quick Quesadilla served with Indiana’s own Red Gold Salsa!


All IN Music & Arts Festival Labor Day Weekend in Indianapolis

Indy Festival Partners in association with the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center are proud to unveil an exciting lineup along with additional details for the inaugural All IN Music & Arts Festival, set for Labor Day weekend, Saturday September 3 and Sunday September 4, 2022 in Indianapolis.

 

The new festival will take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

 

The event will debut with an intimate capacity footprint for 2022 allowing for a truly special year one experience for attendees, with an emphasis on great songs and amazing performers including Daryl Hall & John Oates, Cage the Elephant, John Fogerty, Portugal. The Man and many more (see the full artist lineup list below). 

 

A very limited number of Early Bird 2-Day General Admission tickets, as well as 2-Day VIP tickets will go on sale today, May 10 at 10:00 AM EST, exclusively at https://www.allinfestival.com. Front Gate Ticketing is the official ticketing platform for All IN Music Festival. For more information about ticketing, VIP offerings, and payment plans, please visit the All IN Festival website.

 

“This festival is going to be the greatest project of my career. I'm beyond excited to create a new chapter in live music history right here in my beloved hometown of Indianapolis,” said All IN Music & Arts Festival co-founder Steve Sybesma.

 

The Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center is located in the heart of Indianapolis between downtown, Broad Ripple and Indy’s bustling northside. The two-day event will combine elements of Hoosier culture and reflect Indiana’s extraordinary hospitality and diversity where you can enjoy the perfect blend of great food & drink and great music. All IN will feature a great selection of premium, local food and beverages, a giant beer garden with local craft breweries, beer stations, cocktail bars, and the All IN Signature Cocktail. Arts, crafts and other activities including the Indiana State Fair Skyride taking you for a birds eye view of the festival grounds.

 

The All IN location at the Indiana State Fairgrounds affords amenities not available at most other festivals, including easy access and parking, and ample clean permanent restroom facilities for all attendees – no porta-johns and no need to wait in long lines. All IN also offers free water refill stations.

 

All IN is a city festival that offers the rare opportunity for a limited number of weekend campers. Car/Tent Camping and RV Spaces with water, power, and sewer are available at the permanent camping facilities of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis and once you register, you become part of the ALL IN Camping Club which guarantees your participation every year. Camping offers a truly immersive festival experience, allowing guests to enjoy their time without the hassle of transportation to and from shows, traffic, or hotel bookings.

 

All IN Music & Arts Festival is a collaboration between powerhouse music industry veterans Steve Sybesma, Paul Peck, Dave Lucas, and Kevin Browning. This team has united to bring to the region this inaugural event and celebration as part of a new and exciting long-term agreement with the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.

 

The festival will connect artists and fans through shared moments of inspiration and is proud to present a showcase of musicians that champion positivity and connection. In addition to All IN’s formidable headliners, it will also include performances on three stages representing multiple genres including Lucinda Williams and Her Band, Trampled by Turtles, Dawes, Misterwives, Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs, The Four Tops and many more. 

Lincoln Amphitheatre to launch three-date "Amp Unplugged" Sunday series

The Lincoln Amphitheatre is adding a smaller, three-date Sunday series of events called “Amp Unplugged” to its 2022 performance schedule. The events will be late afternoon “matinee” performances and be diverse in genre.

 

“The intent of this series is to not only expand our seasonal offerings, but to bring performances to our Kyana Woodstock Performance Stage that we might otherwise not be able to bring as part of our normal Saturday series of events,” said Marc Steczyk, Lincoln Amphitheatre Director. “We are limiting this to three Sundays this year to gauge community and regional interest and, if successful, we’ll give stronger consideration to adding more Sunday dates in future years.” 

 

Amp Unplugged performances are for all ages with seating as general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Concessions, including beer/wine for guests 21 and over, will be available.

 

The 2022 Amp Unplugged Sunday dates are:

  • Sunday, August 28, 4 p.m. central: Kentucky Shine. Having recently performed at the ROMP Music Festival (among other events), Kentucky Shine has been recognized as one of the region’s strongest emerging bluegrass talents.
  • Sunday, September 11, 4 p.m. central: “American Roots” presented by members of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. A scaled back version of the EPO will present “American Roots” featuring brass versions of popular songs at the root of the American experience.
  • Sunday, October 9, 4 p.m. central: Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio.  Duke Tumatoe has opened for the likes of Muddy Waters, George Thorogood, and John Fogerty and his songs are a mix of comedy and blues. He is also known for his regular performances on the Bob & Tom Show

 

The Amp Unplugged performance series is presented with support from the Perry County Community Foundation and the Spencer County Community Foundation.  Tickets for all Lincoln Amphitheatre events, including the 2022 season opening evening with Garrison Keillor (from NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion) on May 14 and the Henry Lee Summer performance on June 4, can be found at www.LincolnAmphitheatre.com or directly bit.ly/2022LincolnAmp.

  

About the Lincoln Amphitheatre

As one of the largest fully-covered amphitheaters in the United States, Lincoln Amphitheatre is a majestic 1,500-seat venue located within Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City, Indiana, the boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln. The venue is under the management of the Indiana Destination Development Corporation. For additional information, call 812-937-2329 or email lincolnamphitheatre@visitindiana.com


Heywood Banks brings genius and buffoonery to The Strand on Saturday

He is a nationally syndicated comedian who sings songs called "Toast" and "Big Butter Jesus".

 

The Strand Theatre is opening its doors Saturday night for the return of Heywood Banks.

 

Heywood spoke with GIANT fm about his return to The Strand.

 

 

 

Tickets are $25 and will be sold at Shelbyville Paint, Flooring, & More, online at https://strandpac.square.site/ , and at the door.


Shelby County Players presents 'Love Letters' for Valentine's Day celebration

Four different couples will star in productions of 'Love Letters' for the Shelby County Players.

 

 

Love Letters is the love story of Andy and Melissa told through the letters that they wrote to one another throughout their romance. From notes passed at school, to post cards sent during vacations, to letters from college, to greeting cards filled with feelings. Come experience the highs and lows of this couple as they navigate life together and apart.

 

Thursday, February 10: Chuck and Bonnie Oswald

Friday, February 11: Adam and Jasmine Sweet

Saturday, February 12: Jeff and Willandra Malone

Monday, February 14: John and Susie Pouder

 

Food, wine tasting & socializing from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  Show begins at 7:30 pm.

 

 

 

 

Popular drive-through Christmas light display returns to the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center

A family holiday tradition continues at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center and it’s bigger and better than ever!

 

The show will feature singing snowmen (over 20’ tall), a life-sized Nativity, Candyland, a giant American flag and a spectacular 240 ft. wall of lights, making it the largest synchronized show in Central Indiana. This dazzling light display will be open from 6-10 p.m., November 12 through January 2, 2022.

 

New this year: tickets must be purchased in advance, online at https://www.christmasnightsoflights.com/indianapolis. Tickets will be honored in two timeslots: enter the show anytime between 6-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m. Cost is $30 per carload, up to 8 people; $50 per carload, 9-15 people and $75 per carload, 16-35 people.

 

This family-friendly event features a 2-mile car ride through more than a million LED lights synchronized to traditional and more modern Christmas music. Visitors of all ages will be awed by the display’s RGB technology that creates larger-than-life trees, glowing snowflakes, dancing candy canes, mischievous elves, enchanting tunnels of lights, and much more. In the warmth of their own vehicle, guests tune their radio dial to a dedicated signal and sing along to the sounds of the season synchronized to holiday lights.

 

This immersive experience will be offered snow, rain or shine every evening, including holidays. The height of vehicles must be NO MORE than 11 ft. tall to drive through the light display. Guests should enter the Indiana State Fairgrounds at Gate 12, 1698 E. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205.

 

“We’re thrilled to return to the iconic Indiana State Fairgrounds,” said the Richie King, Titan Light Shows, Inc. “The Fairgrounds has been a popular family venue for a remarkable 128 years and we’re thrilled to work with their outstanding team again – especially given that we’re able to celebrate the true spirit of the season by supporting local charities.”  

 

The Arthritis Foundation, Salvation Army and Indy Humane are among local charities to benefit from a portion of the event’s proceeds. The holiday light show is produced by Titan Light Shows, Inc., Bluff City, Tennessee.

 

For more information, visit, www.christmasnightsoflights.com.

 

Tips for attending Christmas Nights of Lights (sidebar)

  • Make a quick stop at the portable toilets at the beginning of the show.
  • Know how to tune your car radio and turn off your headlights — Google how to do this in advance, if needed.
  • Tour buses with more than a 35-person capacity or limos will not be admitted, as those vehicles are unable to drive safely through the show. Vehicles over 11’ tall will not be able to access the light show, due to height restrictions at the entrance.
  • Don’t forget to bring snacks!

Dave Chappelle's Pilot Boy Productions brings 'UNTITLED' documentary arena tour to Gainbridge Fieldhouse Nov 12

Dave Chappelle will screen his ‘untitled’ documentary across 10 arenas throughout the US, including Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 7 p.m. The independent film is produced by Dave Chappelle and produced and directed by Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (American Factory).

 

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

Fueled by the murder of George Floyd, shut-in by the closures of business due to the pandemic, and unable to perform around the country, the movie follows Chappelle as he provides the community he calls home with two things desperately needed in difficult times – economic and comic relief. What began as an experimental socially-distanced live comedy show in a neighbor's cornfield, grew into an unforgettable summer with his neighbors, friends and fellow comedians.  Ultimately, Chappelle’s cornfield concerts would serve as a model of courage not just for his community, but for the entire live entertainment industry. 
 
No cellphones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at this show. Upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the concourse. 

 

Anyone caught with a cellphone in the venue will be immediately ejected. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience.

 

DISCLAIMER
Pilot Boy Productions, Inc. and/or Dave Chappelle own all rights in the content and materials, including any jokes and sketches (the “Materials”), delivered during his performance. The Materials may not be copied, translated, transmitted, displayed, distributed, or reproduced verbatim (the “Use”), in whole or in part, in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, without the express prior written consent of Pilot Boy Productions, Inc. Any Use of the Materials without the express prior written consent of Pilot Boy Productions, Inc. is strictly prohibited and shall be subject to all available legal remedies, whether in equity or at law at the cost of anyone who violates this prohibition.

 

ABOUT DAVE CHAPPELLE
Dave Chappelle is an American comedian, screenwriter, television and film producer, and actor. Recognized as one of the greatest comedians of all time, Chappelle was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2019. Chappelle’s work in stand-up comedy, writing, producing, and acting has earned him more than 30 nominations and awards in television and film for projects that include his groundbreaking sketch comedy television series, Chappelle’s Show, guest appearances on Saturday Night Live, and his comedy specials, most recently earning his fifth Emmy Awards in 2021. In audio content, Chappelle has won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album three years in a row, 2018 through 2020. In 2017, Netflix cited Dave Chappelle: Collection 1 as the most-viewed comedy special ever on their network.

 

ABOUT PILOT BOY PRODUCTIONS
Pilot Boy Productions, founded in 1992 by comedian and actor Dave Chappelle, is a film and television production company dedicated to producing thought-provoking, cutting edge and award-winning television, concert films and live events. Chappelle jokes the name “Pilot Boy” comes from the numerous pitches he made to television executives in his younger days. “I’d walk thru the door and say, 'Here comes Pilot Boy!’" Since then, Chappelle has self-produced six nominated and award winning concert films and recently signed deals with both Netflix and Luminary to produce content for their streaming platforms. 

ABOUT JULIA REICHERT & STEVEN BOGNAR  
Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar are Academy Award and Primetime Emmy–?winning documentarians based in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Their films include Oscar winner American Factory   ????, 9to5: The Story of a Movement, A Lion in the House and the Oscar nominated The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant. Reichert’s films Union Maids and Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists were both nominated for Academy Awards. Her film Growing Up Female is the first film of the modern women’s liberation movement, and has been named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Celebrating over 50 years in filmmaking, Reichert is co-founder of the filmmaker’s distribution cooperative New Day Films, a US film distribution company that provides movies directly to schools, unions, and community groups. Partners in life and film, Bognar and Reichert have taught film and social documentary at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and at American University in Washington, D.C.  

ABOUT LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

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.

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