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Hard Rock’s 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour

July 19, 2011 Leave a comment
Hard Rock Memorabilia Bus

ABOVE: Hard Rock Memorabilia Bus. Photo provided by Hard Rock Cafe and used with written permission.

Guest Blogger:
Samantha Novitski, Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis

WHAT:            Hard Rock’s 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour Heads to Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis

WHEN:            Wednesday, July 20th from 2:00pm-8:00pm

WHERE:           Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis, 49 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN, 317-636-2550

Coming soon to Indianapolis!  On Wednesday, July 20, 2011, Hard Rock’s 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour, featuring memorabilia from the world’s greatest rock legends and icons, will head to Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis!

Fans will have the chance to experience rock history with Hard Rock’s 40th Anniversary Memorabilia Tour, honoring the lives and legends of rock’s greatest, like Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and John Lennon, as well as today’s hottest artists, including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and Katy Perry, and many more

From unique clothes and lyrics, to historic instruments and rare personal items, Hard Rock has chosen the top 40 most iconic pieces of music memorabilia from its collection and will take guests through some of the most memorable years in rock history.

Fans will be able to relive some of music history’s most memorable moments and experience some of Hard Rock’s authentic and prized memorabilia.  Items from legendary artists on display include Buddy Holly’s signature glasses; Michael Jackson’s unforgettable jacket worn in the video for “Beat It”; the wedding dress worn by Madonna on the cover of her controversial “Like a Virgin” album; Jimi Hendrix’s custom Flying V; Ray Charles’ Braille Playboy Magazine; Johnny Cash’s handmade Grammer guitar and much more.

Memorabilia from today’s top contemporary artists will also be on tour, from the dress worn by Katy Perry when she famously dove on a birthday cake; and a feathered jacket worn by Brandon Flowers of The Killers; to Justin Bieber’s skateboard; and a coat worn by Snoop Dogg in the movie “Starsky & Hutch.”

Hard Rock’s memorabilia team scoured its vault and searched Hard Rock Cafes and Hotels worldwide to find the best pieces, and with more than 73,000 items in the collection, it was an extremely difficult task.  With so many unique items to choose from, Hard Rock took to its Facebook page and asked fans to vote on the final items included on the tour.  Pieces from AC/DC, KISS, Slash and Kurt Cobain are just a few of the items that won over the hearts of Hard Rock fans worldwide and found a place on this historic tour.

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Destination: Carmel, Indiana

July 19, 2011 1 comment
Main Street in Carmel, Indiana

ABOVE: Main Street in Carmel, Indiana, part of the Carmel Arts & Design District. staff photo.

Guest Blogger:
Lisa Sirkin Vielee, Hamilton County CVB

The city of Carmel, Indiana is recognized as a national leader in quality of life, and for good reason. Carmel is home to sports, arts and culture, shopping and family fun.

For example, Carmel is home to Crooked Stick Golf Club, site of the 1991 PGA Championship and the 2009 US Senior Open (up next for the course is the 2012 BMW Championship.) Carmel also is home to Pete and Alice Dye, the architect and designers of the Crooked Stick course as well as Brickyard Crossing and other championship courses.

Simon Property, one of the largest shopping corporations in the world, also calls Carmel home. You won’t have to travel out of the city to experience one of Simon’s signature outdoor malls, Clay Terrace. With a David & Mary Spa, boutique shopping unique to central Indiana, and upscale restaurants, Clay Terrace offers a great shopping and dining experience.

If you prefer art galleries, Carmel’s Arts & Design District  is your destination. You can find everything from jewelry, painting, sculpture, glass, textiles – even hand-cut meats at Joe’s Butcher Shop. Located on Main Street and Rangeline Road, the District also is home to the new Indiana Design Center, as well as many special events, including the International Art Festival in the late summer. This year’s festival takes place on September 24.

Carmel’s newest attraction is also one of the most harmonic. The Center for the Performing Arts offers classical, jazz, pop and country music as well as dance, theatre and special performances in three venues; The Palladium, The Studio and the newest venue, the Tarkington, opening August 6.  Coming up later this year: Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, Martin Short, Wynonna, and the Chinese Acrobats, just to name a few.

There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor concerts at Cool Creek Park as well. Speaking of the outdoors, you can bike or walk throughout the city on the Monon Trail. You can even rent a bike from Carmel Cyclery! Head south on the trail from the Arts & Design District until you reach the Monon Community Center for even more recreation. The outdoor pool features a lazy river, splash pad and water slides, while the indoor pool is surrounded by basketball courts and an indoor jogging track.

Carmel continues to add attractions and amenities. Next up is the Grand Opening of City Center, scheduled for later this year. Anchored by the Center for the Performing Arts, City Center will be a one million square foot, multi-use project, combining luxury residences, retail and dining, a cultural village and public art.

With all this to offer, is it any wonder Carmel won the Number 14 spot on Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” list in 2010?

For more information on Carmel or any other of Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns, visit