By Andy Wilson
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. – Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban will headline the annual Firestone Legends Day Concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 27, 2017, the day before the 101st Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Tickets sales began today, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at 10 a.m.
Urban’s songs have reached the top of the charts 21 times, most recently with current smash hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Urban has recorded eight studio albums and is the first male Country artist to debut atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He’s won both a People’s Choice Award and an American Music Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe. He’s also won eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, has had five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums and is a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry.
“Firestone Legends Day has become an awesome way to celebrate the night before the Indianapolis 500 each year and having Keith Urban headline this year’s concert is going to be fantastic,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “Keith’s many chart-topping Billboard hits, along with his appreciation for racing, will give thousands of spectators a can’t miss show to help celebrate the 101st Indy 500 Race Weekend.”
“The Firestone Legends Day concert has become a much anticipated Indianapolis 500 tradition, and we are excited to partner with the Speedway to bring superstar Keith Urban to the IMS stage,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “This event gives us the perfect platform to showcase the hard work and trusted dependability that make up the Firestone brand, and it allows us to connect with passionate country music fans in an engaging way.”
Dustin Lynch and Clayton Anderson will be special guests and fill out the full lineup.
Lynch’s self-titled debut album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. His lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans. “Cowboys and Angels” became a modern day country classic, ending the year as one of Billboard’s Top 5 Country Songs of 2012. Racking up over 25 million views on YouTube/VEVO, soaring to #1 on the MTV Music Meter and selling 2.4 million digital singles, the Tennessee native brings a fresh combination of traditional influences and edgy intensity to the genre. His sophomore album WHERE IT’S AT, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and has tallied over 750,000 tracks sold to date.
Over the past four years, southern Indiana native Clayton Anderson has managed to do the unthinkable – he’s cracked into country music backwards, independently and with a fury.
Anderson has released three albums, including his brand-new project, Only To Borrow. Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, this six song EP was written and produced by Clayton and some of music’s most talented writers, musicians and producers. The album’s first single, “In the Dark” garnered immediate streaming activity online and captured the attention of influential music playlist programmers. Armed with new music and an electric live show, Clayton Anderson is not only here to stay, but a force to be reckoned with.
General admission tickets for the concert start at $40 and access to the Firestone Concert Pit near the front of the stage is set for $75. Prices will increase closer to the concert date. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.ims.com or call (800) 822-INDY. Children 3 and under are free to the concert.
IMS ticketholders can sign up to receive pre-sale information by clicking here. Details will be communicated via email this week.
Fans with tickets for the Firestone Legends Day Concert will be admitted free to Legends Day activities. Admission to IMS on Legends Day will be $10 for adults, with children 15 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
Other featured events on Legends Day presented by Firestone include the annual Public Drivers’ Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers and an Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.
The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
By Ryan Cunningham
On behalf of Chef JJ’s
Companies looking for the most unique team building experience in Indianapolis, Indiana will find it with an “Iron Chef” competition at Chef JJ’s Downtown and Chef JJ’s Back Yard.
Those who think that team building is only about ropes and ladders will be pleasantly surprised when they step into Chef JJ’s modern, state of the art facility and put on their chef’s apron.
The experience is one that will remain with participants long after the event is over. During a team building event at Chef JJ’s, it is not uncommon to be working together to grill a gourmet pizza or steak to perfection on the Big Green Egg.
The lasting effects of a team building event here include not only making return trips to Chef JJ’s for grilling classes or beer dinners but also taking new skills home to impress family and friends.
If one is to do an online search for Chef JJ’s team building, they will find plenty of rave reviews from fans just like Shani Johnson who had this to say, “We had our team building event here and it was absolutely perfect! It was a pleasure working with the staff beforehand to create an experience that was just right.”
She went on to say “The format of the team challenge had the perfect flow and it was enjoyable for all! We have a couple of finicky appetites, and most of us have little to no experience on a grill, so I was a bit nervous about everyone being able to make something that we would actually want to eat once it was completed!
“The chef managed to teach us about food, seasoning, meats, and the Big Green Egg while guiding us through the process, but yet giving us plenty of room to be creative. The end results were 2 delicious meals (one from each team) to share and enjoy. You’ll be amazed at the ideas that you can come up with when you’re on a time crunch!”
Teams are led by the chefs, through several different challenges that encourage teamwork, creativity, cooperation and organization. Each participant works together with fresh, local ingredients to create a delicious and bountiful meal that will satisfy an entire group, all while grilling on the Big Green Egg.
This is truly a unique team building event that every participant will enjoy. Any company in the greater Indianapolis area would be wise to check this out. After attending a recent team building event, Carol Honeycutt said, ” Amazing place. Had an amazing team event here for work. Would highly recommend anyone going there.”
Chef JJ’s has two convenient locations. Chef JJ’s Downtown is located at 42 West South Street within walking distance to all major hotels, the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium and has a relaxing patio as well as a rooftop garden and dining area.
Chef JJ’s Backyard is located in Broad Ripple at 1040 Broad Ripple Avenue with a beautiful patio overlooking the White River. Both locations feature state of the art sound systems, flat screen TV’s and WiFi.
Founded in 2005, Chef JJ’s is a unique, personal and hands-on culinary experience with a focus on the Big Green Egg®, corporate team building, private events and grilling classes. For more information about Chef JJ’s corporate team building or private dinners at Back Yard or Downtown, please visit http://www.chefjjs.com/.
By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.
Celebrate the birth of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking advantage of special offerings in Downtown Indy. FREE admission to Downtown’s top attractions, volunteer opportunities and more help make this year’s tribute to the iconic civil rights leader a fun, meaningful one for the family. To view all these events online, visit: www.downtownindy.org/event-coll…/…/martin-luther-king-jr-day.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
FREE admission with donation on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Spend the afternoon at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hear Indy poets, singers and artists speak of love. Practice mindfulness, relieve anxiety through a large group meditation, and engage with others through activities and random acts of kindness. Donations can include non-perishable food items, toiletries and school supplies for the MLK Community Center.
White River State Park
Receive FREE admission Monday, Jan. 16 with a donation of one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction for Gleaner’s Food Bank. The Park is also offering complimentary parking. Visitors may park in the underground garage located off Washington Street in front of the Indiana State Museum, in the surface parking lots at the Indianapolis Zoo and Victory Field and in the surface parking lot across from Victory Field next to the Park’s Visitor’s Center.
Enjoy the museum’s holiday exhibit, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure and Titan of the West: The Adams Collection of Western and Native America Art. Be sure to check out the lunch specials at the Eiteljorg Museum Cafe.
Indiana State Museum
Films, activities and performance art fill the museum in celebration of the life of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Indiana First Robotics Team from Southport High School will make a special appearance. The museum in its entirety is open to the public, and engages visitors in unique and meaningful ways that reflect the vision of MLK, Jr. Stay for lunch – the Farmer’s Market Café will be open.
Eskenazi Health and the Indianapolis Indians will offer free health screenings at the Indiana State Museum. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., nurses will also be available to discuss the importance of primary and preventive care. Anyone who participates in the health screenings will receive a complimentary ticket to Opening Night at Victory Field on April 6 courtesy of the Indianapolis Indians. Plus, Rowdie, the Indians mascot, will stop by for autographs between 11 a.m. and noon.
Walk the grounds and see animals, especially the ones that love the cooler temperatures. Favorite activities will include petting sharks, looking eye-to-eye with orangutans and gazing at dolphins (12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
NCAA Hall of Champions
Get your workout in at the NCAA Hall of Champions where current and former student athletes lead classes. Guests can participate in a scavenger hunt and register for hourly raffle prizes. At 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., watch the film “Game of Change,” involving the 1963 NCAA men’s basketball tournament regional semifinal. Mississippi State, an all-white team, sneaks out of town in the middle of the night despite protests from the governor and state police of Mississippi to play a Loyola team that features four black starters.
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience, narrated by Brad Pitt, the film is a one-of-a-kind celebration of life and the grand history of the cosmos, transporting audiences into a vast yet up close and personal journey that spans the eons from Big Bang to the dinosaur age to our present human world. Shown for free as space permits at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. Make sure to get your IMAX tickets early that morning as there is limited seating capacity and tickets are typically gone before noon.
Indiana Historical Society
FREE admission on Monday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Head to Indiana Historical Society for performances, programs and service opportunities, as well as free admission to the award winning Indiana Experience. Watch a short play featuring Hoosier reactions to Robert F. Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis the night Dr. King was assassinated. The theater will also be home to a special performance by the Griot Drum Ensemble at 1:30 and 4 p.m. This presentation will treat visitors to African folktales accompanied by traditional instruments. guests can fill in a dream cloud with words or pictures featuring their own hopes for the future. The IHS traveling exhibition Who is a Hoosier? will also be on display.
Guests are invited to help pack care packages to benefit HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program, with items provided by Target and the Gentle Dentist. HealthNet will also be collecting new or gently used cold-weather items – hats, gloves, socks, coats and hand warmers – for its Homeless Initiative Program in honor of Jill Buck and two of her children who were killed in a crash in 2015.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
FREE admission on Monday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At The Children’s Museum enjoy activities, storytelling by Portia Jackson about courageous children from the Civil Rights Movement (11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.) and performances by The Griot Drum Ensemble (10:30 & 11:45 a.m.) and the Freetown Village Singing Troupe (1 p.m.)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Music of the Earth Festival
FREE performance, Monday, Jan. 16, noon at Eskenazi Hospital
Seven Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, led by violinists Sherry Hong and Charles Morey, will take listeners on a poetic journey through an intimate performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The performance takes place at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital: Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse.
Day of Service at IUPUI
Monday, Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hundreds of students, faculty and guests will volunteer at various sites around Indianapolis for the IUPUI Day of Service – a tribute to Dr. King’s commitment to service and social justice. Participants meet at the IUPUI Campus Center.
Landmark for Peace Memorial
Of course, if you are headed to Downtown Indy, stop by Martin Luther King Park (1702 Broadway St.), the site where Robert Kennedy gave his memorable speech the night King was assassinated in 1968. The park is home to the Landmark for Peace memorial sculpture, designed and executed by Indiana artist Greg Perry. The sculpture – showcasing King and Kennedy reaching out to each other – honors the contributions of both leaders.
By Joy Hernandez, President
Full Circle Nine Gallery
Indianapolis, IN—The Full Circle Nine Gallery (FC9) is proud to announce its grand opening as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour, on Friday, February 3, 2017.
The grand opening will commence at 6pm, lasting until approximately 9pm, and admission is free. The new gallery is located within the Circle City Industrial Complex, specifically Suite B23, in the South Studios. Patrons may enter through the South Studios door.
The FC9 grand opening will premiere with the work of 8 artists: Jeanne Dill, Kimberly Ewing, Dan Haynes, Joy Hernandez, Rachel Illingworth, Andrew Koeling, Terrence Loftus, and Robin Toulouse. The artists offer a diverse collection of their work, from abstract to pop to traditional, created using a variety of media such as paint, aerosol, photography, assemblage, metalwork and mixed media.
About the Artists
The Full Circle Nine Gallery aims to provide a space and a gallery home for artists of various styles and media, brought together by good will and common art goals.
“We are a fantastic ragtag mix of artists who take our work seriously,” said mixed media artist Rachel Illingworth. “And yet, we still work to boost each other up, to be more professional and even more creative. We are different because we support each other while still providing a platform for us each to do better in our own personal art business.”
“They aren’t as much a crew as they are a family, with everything that entails,” said artist and gallery secretary Andrew Koeling. “We come from different backgrounds, but came together for a shared purpose: to support one another and to collectively make something greater than any of the independent parts.”
About the Full Circle Nine Gallery
The Full Circle Nine Gallery operates as an artist cooperative gallery, with each of the member artists and the board dividing gallery duties and artists roles. The artists will work together to help each other advance in skill and practice, as well as to bring success to the gallery. It is located at 1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46202. For more information, or for artists interested in joining the Full Circle Nine, please visit http://www.fullcirclenine.com/.
Full Circle Nine Gallery
1125 Brookside Ave. Ste. B23
Indianapolis, IN 46202
By Andy Wilson
INDIANAPOLIS – Live music venue HI-FI, located in the popular Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis, will re-open to the public on Friday, January 20, 2017, with a fresh look and expanded performance space increasing the venue capacity to 400 people.
Indianapolis native Otis Gibbs will headline the grand reopening, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance ($15 at the door), available via Ticketfly.
The 30-day transformation, which included acquiring the space formerly occupied by local art gallery iMOCA, will accommodate the increase in both visitors and touring artists. With the new venue size, the HI-FI is now able to attract larger acts and provide a desirable mid-sized event space while continuing to grow with a neighborhood known for its art and music culture.
The growth will create an enhanced experience for visitors and artists with a dedicated artist green room, an expansive stage, new restroom facilities, a dedicated box office, additional seating, and upgraded sound and lighting systems.
“Our focus has always been on creating amazing live music experiences,” says HI-FI owner Josh Baker. “This expansion will allow us to hone in some key elements of that experience for our fans. With our focus on artist development, our expanded space will maintain its scalability allow us to expand and contract to suit a wide range of shows and artists including general admission and seated events.”
“A room this size will fill a void in the Indy market and provide a good proving ground for bands looking to grow into Indy’s bigger rooms, like The Vogue,” said Jason King, Entertainment Manager at The Vogue and owner of IndyMoJo Presents.
HI-FI has been on a growth trajectory since opening its doors in 2014. The venue has averaged 160 shows annually and will have hosted more than 500 shows over the past three years. Shows are constantly being added to the ever-growing schedule.
2017 Winter – Spring Schedule
January 20 – Opening Night | Otis Gibbs w/ Amy Lashley
January 21 – The Tillers
January 24 – Joan of Arc
January 27 – Mike Adams At His Honest Weight
January 28 – Gangstagrass
January 29 – Rainbow Kitten Surprise
February 1 – Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Dead Horses
February 2 – Wayne Hancock
February 3 – Free First Friday w/ Metavari
February 4 – Corey Cox
February 9 – Myzica
February 13 – Busty & The Bass
February 14 – The Marcus King Band
February 16 – K.FLAY
February 17 – Jay Brookinz Battle League
February 18 – Opposites Attract w/ moxxie, The Stampede String Band
February 24 – An Evening with Chamber Music
February 25 – Old Shoe & The Schwag feat. Allie Kral
March 4 – 2nd Annual Random Band Challenge
March 5 – Mickey Avalon
March 6 – The Wild Reeds
March 7 – THE GROWLERS
March 10 – Bollywood Bhangra w/ DJ Kyle Long
March 13 – Eisley
March 15 – Elizabeth Cook
March 16 – Agent Orange, The Queers, Guttermouth
March 17 – The Reverend Peyton’s Bid Damn Band CD Release Party
March 24 – Andy Suzuki & The Method Record Release
April 5 – Margo Price
April 6 – Tom Waits Tribute
April 8 – Saint Aubin, Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery
April 14 – TAUK
April 29 – The Easthills – 5th Anniversary Concert Celebration
May 3 – Eilen Jewell
May 21 – Oddisee & Good Company
April 27 – Bollywood Bhangra w/ DJ Kyle Long
For more information about Hi-Fi and its concert schedule, please visit: http://www.hifiindy.com/