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Rolling Stone hosts The Bacardi Bash, Feb. 4

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The Bacardi Bash

The Bacardi Bash. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Angela Summers
On behalf of The Bacardi Bash

Rolling Stone magazine hosts The Bacardi Bash on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., at the Crane Bay Event Center, 511 West Merrill Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

This event features live performances by LMFAO, Lupe Fiasco, Cobra Starship, and Gym Class Heroes. Special guest DJ is Taryn Manning. General admission is $1,070, and a VIP Cabana for 10 is also available (see Web site for pricing).

A portion of the ticket sale for either the Bacardi Bash or the Rock & Roll Tailgate will go to one of our following partners just by using the corresponding promotional code below. And Tailgate attendees have a chance to win a ticket to the Super Bowl and hang out with NFL legend Joe Montana in the Rolling Stone suite.

IndyCog: angela14jcd

IndyFringe: angela3JCD

Boys & girls Club of Indianapolis: angela13jcd

Damien Center: angela12jcd

Gaia Works: angela10jcd

Center for Wellness for Urban Women: angela8jcd

Indy Rainbow Chamber: angela6jcd

V.O.I.C.E.S.: angela7JCD

Care for Kids Foundation: angela7JCD

The Villages: angela4JCD

Also, Rolling Stone hosts The Volkswagen Rock & Roll Fan Tailgate event on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, 1-5 p.m., featuring Jane’s Addiction and The Roots, with special guest DJ Pete Wentz. Same location. See

Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

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Indianapolis Artsgarden

The Indianapolis Artsgarden is the home of the Art and Soul Celebration. staff photo.

By Brittany Smith
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

February is Black History Month and venues throughout Downtown are offering a wide range of events celebrating African-American heritage and traditions. For a complete calendar of events, search online at

Experience living Black History on Indiana Avenue

Indiana Avenue is a powerful version of the American dream through an African-American lens.  The Avenue is the historic African-American commercial, entertainment and worship center.  Today’s landscape is filled with enduring landmarks, a burgeoning university campus, contemporary residences and a lush waterway.  Indiana Avenue truly is rhythm reborn. The rich heritage comes to life on stage, in public art, museums, art galleries, nightlife and in the church. Visit for more information about Indiana Avenue.

Also located on Indiana Avenue is the historic Madame Walker Theatre Center. The Madame Walker Theatre Center, housed in the historic Madame C.J. Walker Building, has long symbolized the spirit of creativity and community pride in Downtown Indianapolis. Join Jeff Henderson, an award-winning chef and bestselling author, for his inspiring journey from serving nearly a decade in prison to becoming the Executive Chef at Café Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas Feb. 16. Celebrate Black History Month with the Walker Theatre by spending your lunch hour at Soul Food Friday, Feb. 24th. Soul Food Friday features an independent African-American caterer or restaurant with music. Also join the Madame Walker Theatre for Jazz on the Avenue Feb. 24 in the Ballroom for live jazz and cocktails. Call 236.2099 or visit for more information.

Art & Soul at the Indianapolis Artsgarden

Don’t miss more than 15 FREE performances throughout the month of February as part of the 16th annual Art & Soul in the Indianapolis Artsgarden, which kicks off Jan. 27.  This annual celebration of African-American art and artists celebrates Black History Month.  The performances feature a broad range of musical, dance, spoken word, poetry and living history from both established and emerging artists. Highlights throughout the month of February include Bashiri Asad, Cynthia Layne, the Asante Children’s Theatre and many more. For more details and a schedule of events, visit or call 317-631-3301.

Learn about Black history

Experience the plight of slaves on a dangerous journey for freedom in Follow the Drinking Gourd, a SpaceQuest Planetarium show at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Feb. 1 – 29. For more information, visit

Head to the Central Library to observe the works of locally-prominent African-American artists in the 24th annual “Meet the Artists” exhibit Feb. 3 – March 31. This year’s theme is “A Post Super Bowl Extravaganza.” Works representing a variety of artistic mediums can be viewed throughout the Library.

Visit the Indiana State Museum to see REPRESENT: Art by African-Americans now – July 15. Don’t miss REPRESENT Family Day, Feb. 11! Enjoy the inspirational sounds of a gospel choir, move to the rhythm of high-energy dancing, experience a cultural organizations fair, create your own adinkra cloth, explore the exhibit and more. This celebration of Black History Month will provide you with a day full of family fun and a new appreciation for the long history of African-American artists here in Indiana.

The ISO’s FREE Celebration of Black History concert honors the significant impact of African-American culture on classical and symphonic music, as well as the superb artistry and creativity of black artists, composers and conductors.  Join the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the 27th Anniversary Celebration of Black History Concert Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. conducted by Indianapolis native Kazem Abdullah. Relive The Magic of Motown with a tribute to the biggest movers and shakers of an unforgettable era Feb. 17 & 18. Featuring soulful sounds, theatrical panache and inspired arrangements of the vocal quartet Spectrum, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will take you back to the 60s with stirring renditions of the music that defined a generation.

The Indiana Historical Society and Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library invite children and families to learn about Indiana’s rich African-American history by participating in the Indiana Black History Challenge. The Challenge encourages contestants to investigate famous African-American Hoosiers and their contributions to society now – Feb. 29.

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.

Super Bowl Village Events for Feb. 2, 2012

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Peyton Manning at the NFL Experience

Peyton Manning passes over the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center--but don't YOU. It's worth the trip! staff photo.

By Dianna Boyce
2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee

Indianapolis – Below is the schedule of public events for Thursday, February 2, 2012, from the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.

Thursday Highlights


What:              The NFL PREP Leadership Series: Sports Career Expo

Where:            Pike Performing Arts Center

6701 Zionsville Road

Indianapolis, IN 46268

When:              9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Sports Career Expo enlists professionals from all aspects of the sports industry to inform, educate and enlighten high school student athletes about career opportunities available in the professional sports industry.


What:              Indianapolis Youth Education Town Ribbon Cutting at the Chase Near

                                    Eastside Legacy Center

Who:                Greg Ballard, Indianapolis Mayor

Antoine Bethea, Anthony Gonzalez and Brandon King, Indianapolis Colts players

Andre Carson, Representative

Chris Draft, Geneo Riley, Darrin Smith, Damon Watts, Retire NFL players

Toby Gerhart (Minnesota Vikings) and Demarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys), NFL


Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner

Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner

Mark Miles, Chairman, 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee

James Taylor, President and CEO,

Dr. Eugene White, Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools

Where:            Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and Indianapolis YET

725 North Oriental Street

Indianapolis, IN 46202

When:              11:00 a.m.

NFL Charities donates $1 million annually as part of its Super Bowl Legacy Grant initiative to support underserved youngsters in Super Bowl host cities. For the last 18 years, NFL Charities has supported the construction of Youth Education Towns (YETs) in Super Bowl cities nationwide as a lasting legacy of the game. The YET program is aimed at positively impacting youth in at-risk neighborhoods. This year, NFL Charities contributed $1 million to fund the establishment of the Indianapolis YET.

Prior to the press conference, current and former NFL players who received NFL Charities grants and NFL Youth Football Fund grants within the past year will host an NFL Giving youth football clinic in partnership with USA Football at 10:00 a.m. for local children at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and YET.

What:              Military Outreach

Where:            Camp Atterbury

Edinburgh, IN 46124

When:              2:00 p.m.

NFL players, Colts cheerleaders and team mascot, Blue, will meet with more than 1,000 soldiers and their families. The event will feature autographs, photos, food and beverage and a question and answer session with the NFL players. Local high school football players will also attend the event

What:              Tazon Latino VI

Where:            Indiana Convention Center, NFL Experience

When:              2:00 p.m.

This event features notable NFL alumni and Hispanic celebrities competing in a flag football game televised nationally on Univision.


What:              3rd Ranger Battalion Combat Veteran Cory Smith is highlighting the difficult transition so many veterans face by making a very difficult, public and personal transition – he’s running home. Home for Cory is Indianapolis, 565 miles from Columbus, Georgia. Cory has teamed up with a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Gallant Few, Inc. which helps veterans by finding veterans who have already previously made their own transition and are now successful civilians.

Where:            Touchdown Alley, Super Bowl Village

When:              5:30 p.m.


What:              VH1 Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam

Where:            Indiana State Fairgrounds, Pepsi Coliseum and Champions Pavilion

When:              6:00 p.m. Doors Open; 7:00 p.m. Live Show begins.

A premier, national-televised concert featuring star-studded performances by award-winning artists including Gym Class Heroes, B.o.B., All-American Rejects and guest appearances by top celebrities and NFL players.

Super Bowl Village

Theme:            Super Heroes

Where:            Georgia Street

Hours:             11:00 a.m. – Midnight

Daily attractions include: Tailgate Town (games & tournaments); Zipline ($10 a ride); Kinect NFL PLAY 60 FanDome; ESPN Broadcast Studio; The Huddle at Circle Centre; lights and pyrotechnics shows; Ice Gurus Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield from Food Network’s Ice Brigade creating ice sculptures; Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders; football field activities and unique street performers.

Thursday Schedule


11:30 a.m.       Hero, Jr. (Pepsi Stage – Meridian Street)

12:45 p.m.       John Spencer (Pepsi Stage)

2:00 p.m.         Corey Cox (Verizon Stage – Pennsylvania Street)

3:15 p.m.         Otis Gibbs (Pepsi Stage)

4:30 p.m.         Sixpence None the Richer (Verizon Stage)

5:30 p.m.         National Anthem performed by Angie Johnson

Color Guard by US Air Force Color Guard

5:45 p.m.         Red Wanting Blue (Pepsi Stage)

7:00 p.m.         Edwin McCain (Verizon Stage)

8:15 p.m.         Gringo Star (Pepsi Stage)

9:00 p.m.         (approximate time) Synchronized pyrotechnics, specialty lighting and video show

9:30 p.m.         Darius Rucker (Verizon Stage)


NFL Experience presented by GMC

Indiana Convention Center

Hours:             3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Produced by the National Football League, the NFL Experience presented by GMC is a pro football interactive theme park that offers participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions and the largest football memorabilia show ever. Tickets are available by going to, calling 1-866-849-4635, or visiting the NFL Experience presented by GMC box office at the Indiana Convention Center. Online purchase orders can also be printed from ticket kiosks onsite at the Indiana Convention Center. Tickets will go on sale one hour before opening daily. To get a list of players signing autographs in the NFL Experience, call 1-888-635-2273 or visit


What:              Media Center Fan Gallery

Where:            JW Marriott (Media Center)

When:              Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tickets (free) available at NFL Shop at the Indiana Convention Center starting at 10:00 a.m. Fans will have free behind-the-scenes access to portions of the Media Center where they will be able to see NFL players, celebrities and other athletes interviewed at Radio Row. More information can be found here.


The Huddle

Circle Centre Mall

11:00 a.m. – Midnight

The Huddle will provide entertainment and dining options for visitors, as well as the LIDS Locker Room with a wide assortment of Super Bowl XLVI and NFL merchandise.

XLVI Roman Numerals Display

South half of Monument Circle


Super Care Clinic

Open 24 hours beginning at 6:00 a.m.

Union Station, 300 South Meridian, Suite #145

A full-service urgent care visit center operated by a coalition of Indianapolis-area healthcare facilities. More details at

Transportation and Parking

Thursday will see the volume of motorists and pedestrians in downtown Indianapolis start to increase as Super Bowl ticketholders arrive in the city. Expect more congestion and delays throughout downtown including around the hotels and key venues like Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday (Mike Epps performance) and Saturday (Pacers vs. Magic game). 


Other updates:

Monument Circle:  Because of the popular XLVI Roman numeral display and the taping of the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show, we continue to encourage motorists to avoid travel on the south half of Monument Circle. Traffic may be closed at times for public safety, especially during afternoon and evening hours. Caution should be used even when open.

Avoid Pinch Points: We are still encouraging motorists to avoid key “pinch” areas due to congestion and delays during peak rush hour periods unless traveling to specific destinations along those streets:  Morning rush hour, avoid South Meridian and South Illinois north of South Street.  Afternoon rush hour, avoid Capitol between Maryland and Washington Street, Maryland between Capitol and Pennsylvania, and Ohio between Delaware and Capitol.

Now is the time:  If downtown workers haven’t tried public transportation or car pooling, now is the time. Free service on IndyGo on Thursday and Friday. If you are not on an IndyGo bus route, look for the closest IndyGo park and ride site to your home. Service on the Indy Express Bus from Carmel and Fishers. Car pool with friends, co-workers, or family. Check out:


New Parking Option for Fans through Saturday: Because of extra capacity, an additional parking option is now available for $10 onsite on a first come basis at the north and east Park and Ride locations (327 North Illinois and 101 North New Jersey respectively). The fee does NOT include a shuttle ride but the parking locations are within walking distance to the Super Bowl activities.