Archive for May, 2012

Downtown Indianapolis Summer Festivals

Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival

At last year’s Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Summer is just around the corner and that means the return of fun festivals! Don’t miss any of the festivities featuring a variety of food, music and entertainment. For more information, call Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. at 317.237.2222 or log on to

Vintage Indiana

Celebrate Indiana culture and sample more than 200 award-winning wines June 2 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in Military Park. Enjoy food from Indiana’s top culinary experts, dance to live music, browse local art and visit the KidZone for interactive fun with the family. Tickets are $22 in advance; $25 at gate; $10 designated driver 21 or over; ages 6 – 20 are $5. For more information, log on to or call 800.832.WINE.

Indy Pride Festival

Enjoy the Pride Parade down Mass Ave June 9 at 10 a.m. Afterwards, spend the afternoon in American Legion mall enjoying live music, informational booths, dancing and food from various vendors. For more information, log on to

Let’s Meet PBS KIDS in the Park

Gather the family and meet Cat in the Hat, Clifford, Curious George and other PBS KIDS favorites on June 9 in Military Park. WFYI Public Broadcasting’s 18th annual Let’s Meet PBS Kids in the Park will be a fun afternoon with live entertainment on three stages, hands-on educational activities and a wide selection of festival foods from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, log on to or call 317.715.2006.

Independent Music + Art Festival

Don’t miss this exciting event June 9 from noon – 8 p.m. at the Harrison Center for the Arts. The annual event honors local musicians with live music performances, visual artists and more. Food and beverages are available for purchase from Judge’s Barbeque, Duos and Sun King Brewing Company. Log on to  for more details.  

Talbot Street Art Fair

Stroll down Talbot Street June 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and June 10 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to browse and buy from more than 270 artists from around the United States. Enjoy live entertainment and food booths while talking to the artists about their work. Admission is FREE.  Log on to for more information or call 317.745.6479.

Christ Church Strawberry Festival

Strawberry-lovers will take over Monument Circle June 14 for the Christ Church Strawberry Festival! Enjoy the “Works” for $6, which includes traditional strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping on a shortcake biscuit. Variations are available for less. Be sure to stop by Monument Circle between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to witness six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes! Check out for more details or call 317.636.4577.

El Dia de la Familia Festival

Savor authentic Latin American flavors, view colorful art and dance to live Mariachi bands June 16 from 2 – 11 p.m. The event is FREE in Military Park. For more information, go to or call 317.860.0606.

Marsh Cookout on the Circle

Show your support for scouting and enjoy lunch on Monument Circle Thursday, June 21 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., rain date June 22.  This is the 21st year for Marsh Supermarkets to partner with the Crossroads of America Council and Boy Scouts of America to help send Scouts to local camps. “Celebrity cooks” will prepare and serve grilled chicken breasts or bratwurst served on buns, potato salad, cookies and a drink! Tickets are $6 in advance at Marsh Supermarkets and $7 the day of the event. Call 813.7113 for details.

Phoenix Theatre Brew-Ha-Ha

Brew-Ha-Ha is an annual benefit for the Phoenix Theatre. The outdoor block party features samples of the best brews from local, regional and national microbreweries, as well as entertainment from the hottest local bands. This year’s event will take place June 23 at 3 p.m. in the 700 block of North Park Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and St. Clair Street. Tickets are $30 in advance through Phoenix Theatre Box Office, or purchased online or by phone and $35 the day of the event (cash only).  Admission charge for non-drinking “designated drivers” is $10. Must be 21 to attend.  For more information, log on to or call 317.635.2381 for tickets.

20Th Annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival

Indianapolis welcomes approximately 140 Native American artists from 60 tribes around the United States June 23 & 24 in Military Park. Experience the Native American culture and learn traditional tribal dances, listen to storytelling, sing songs and try food at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival. Participants will showcase some of the finest traditional and contemporary pottery, painting, sculpture, jewelry and cultural items. Admissions is $10; $8 in advance & for members; children 17 and under are FREE. For more information, log on to or call 317.636.9378.

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

The Indiana Black Expo presents Summer Celebration July 12 -22 at the Indiana Convention Center and various Downtown venues. Enjoy a variety of activities from live music at the Music Heritage Festivals to exciting youth activities. Also take advantage of business workshops, employment opportunities, health fairs, a fashion show, celebrity basketball game, cultural pavilions and various exhibits. Special guests include Gladys Knight, Dru Hill, Zapp, Con-Funk-Shun and many more. For more information, call 317.925.2702 or log on to

Indy Criterium Cycling Race and Festival

July 14 kick the day off with a bike ride with Mayor Greg Ballard. The largest USA Cycling race sanctioned in Indianapolis will take place from University Park to Monument Circle. Categories for racing include men, women, junior, tandem and kids. Activities like bike polo, a tandem race, food truck festival and FREE helmet fittings will be held through the day. Visit or call 317.459.0059 for more information.

Mass Ave Criterium

Aug. 11 Mass Ave will be transformed into a bicycle bonanza. Watch elite bicyclists compete for $10,000 cash, from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. There will be a bicycle safety rodeo for kids from noon – 2:30 p.m. Riders need to register, but spectators can enjoy all of the activities for FREE. For more information, visit

Mass Ave Theatre and IndyFringe Festival

IndyFringe Festival offers 11 days of splashy spectacle, provocative pageantry and outrageous outbursts of off-beat theatrical fun on Mass Ave! The festival takes place Aug. 17 – 26.  Enjoy 280 shows in 10 days at seven theatres featuring dance, drama, comedy, music, magic and cabaret.  Ticket prices for IndyFringe are $10 per person, per show.  A $5 one-time festival badge is required onsite, good for the entire festival.  For more Fringe fun, visit

17th annual Rib America Festival                                                                                      

Stop by and smell the barbeque… and taste it while you are there! Award-winning vendors, including Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild BBQ, Sgt. Oink’s BBQ, Pigfoot BBQ, Chicago BBQ, Squealer’s BBQ and more will offer the best-of-the-best ribs! Be sure to head to Military Park Aug. 31 – Sept. 3 for a filling weekend. Admission is FREE before 5 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  A $7 admission charge will apply after. Children 12 and under receive FREE admission at all times. For more information, log on to

Concerts at the Farm Bureau Lawn at White River State Park

See The Counting Crows July 1, Umphrey’s McGee July 7, O.A.R. July 12 and Florence + The Machine July 29 on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park.  Others throughout the summer include Bear Naked Ladies, The Dukes of September, 311 and The Avett Brothers.  The Lawn has been named one of the top 100 outdoor venues in the world by Pollstar, so you don’t want to miss out!  For more info visit

There are plenty of summer concerts for all to enjoy. See

Indianapolis Indians

Check out “the Best Minor League Ballpark in America” according to Sports Illustrated by catching one of the Indians games at Victory Field.  With 47 home games June – September, there’s plenty of opportunities to visit the

2012 Indianapolis Air Show with US Air Force Thunderbirds, June 22-24

May 30, 2012 1 comment
Indy Air Show, June 22-24.

Indy Air Show, June 22-24. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

Sweetwater GearFest 2012 in Fort Wayne, June 22-23

Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller is one of the headliners at GearFest 2012. Photo provided by Sweetwater Sound, Inc., and used with written permission.

By Christopher Guerin
Sweetwater Sound, Inc.

Sweetwater, the third largest retailer of music instruments and pro-audio in the U.S. will present GearFest ’12, a celebration of musicians and the instruments and equipment they use to make music. GearFest ’12 takes place on Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 5501 US Hwy 30 West, Fort Wayne, Indiana. GearFest is free and open to the public.

Launched in 2002, part trade show, part entertainment event, part flea market, and part musicians’ toyland, GearFest offers something for everyone! There will also be an indoor/outdoor festival featuring live music, delicious food, amazing prizes, and lots of fun for the entire family. This year’s expo is bigger than ever, with two days full of dozens of informative workshops and seminars, scores of manufacturer exhibits, musical performances, and special surprises!

Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack remarked, “We are proud to be able to offer this event every year. GearFest continues to grow, and there’s certainly nothing this big, with so many great attractions, that is also free and open to the public, anywhere else in the country.”

To speed up the registration process at the festival, you can pre-register online; visit: For more information, call 800-222-4700.

An event as big as GearFest demands an equally big giveaway of free gear! Sweetwater has amassed more than $65,000 in gear that will be awarded to lucky GearFest attendees. Included is some of the hottest gear for recording, guitar, and live sound from Avid,
Gibson, Line 6, PreSonus, Native Instruments, Universal Audio, Egnater, MOTU, Steinberg, QSC, and Great River. Not only will guests be able to get their hands on the latest audio technology at GearFest, lucky winners will be able to take some home too! You must attend GearFest and register in person in order to win.

In addition, Sweetwater will be offering once-in-a-lifetime sale pricing on hundreds of products.

GearFest ’12 will host a multitude of guests from all areas of the music industry for exciting performances and workshops. This year’s featured speakers include musician and producer Thomas Dolby, whose “She Blinded Me With Science” was a huge international hit, guitarists Neil Zaza and Jeff Loomis, recording engineers George Massenburg and Fab Dupont, bassist Marcus Miller (see photo above), drummer J.R. Robinson, slide guitarist Lee Roy Parnell,  author and electronic musician Craig Anderton, and many others.

Sweetwater’s own Editorial Director and guitarist Mitch Gallagher will demonstrate the “Tones of the Pros,” from his recent book Guitar Tone: Pursuing the Ultimate Guitar Sound.

Attendees will have the rare opportunity to learn directly from these guests and more with the amazing sound quality in the Sweetwater Performance Theatre and on other stages throughout the Sweetwater campus. Other informative seminars will cover topics such as tracking the band, live mixing, inspiring songwriting, recording on a computer, introduction to Pro Tools 10 recording software, and many, many more!

Acclaimed performers Sean Halley, Marc Seal, James Garzo, Chuck Hall, and Gustavo Afont, and many others will take the stage to perform on the latest new guitars, keyboards, and electronic drums. Plus, the incredible Guitar Gallery tent will feature hundreds of guitars and basses on display for guests to get their hands on!

The entire GearFest ’12 schedule of events is available online at:

GearFest this year will also feature “The iPad Connection.” A dedicated space for iPad users staffed by Sweetwater’s resident iPad experts and enthusiasts who are eager to show the public all the ways that the iPad can be used for professional musical applications, including keyboard and synthesizer performance, guitar effects and amp simulators, drums and percussion, sequencing, recording, and even the ability to remotely control your main computer’s recording and mixing applications.

New this year will be a guitar “Collector’s Corner,” featuring some of the most beautiful high-end guitars available today, plus Metallica star Lars Ulrich’s touring drum kit on display in the drum tent.

Musicians will enjoy a free guitar setup and restringing service, plus a musicians’ flea market, where used equipment can be bought, sold, or traded. To pre-register to sell equipment at the flea market, call (260) 432-8176.

More than 200 manufacturers of musical instruments, music technology, and audio equipment will be on hand to give musicians a look at the latest gear.

Other attractions will include hourly giveaway drawings for thousands of dollars of equipment and instruments, plus tours of Sweetwater’s world-class recording studios and headquarters.

Travel and hotel information for Fort Wayne, Indiana, is available at:

2012-2013 Season at The Center for the Performing Arts

May 28, 2012 1 comment
The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel.

The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By John Hughey
The Center for the Performing Arts

Artistic director Michael Feinstein and interim CEO/President Frank Basile recently unveiled the 2012-2013 season at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana: home of The Palladium, The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, and The Studio Theater.

“The 2012-13 Season presented by St.Vincent Health” will offer five subscription series: Classics, Songbook, Jazz & Blues, Country & Bluegrass, and Dance. Additional performances, including Pop, Spotlight, Family and Holiday will be included in the 2012-13 season as single ticket events.

“I’m certain subscribers will be delighted with our lineup of iconic musicians and performers,” said Feinstein. “The new season was conceived as a showcase for artistic beauty and our guests fully embrace the Center’s focus on world-class performances. From the lyrical vocals of Johnny Mathis to the expressive footwork of Savion Glover, I can hardly wait to share the season ahead. Each series is composed of the best and brightest, backed by their impeccable artistic reputations.”

Highlights include concerts by the BBC Concert Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Thunder and B.B. King. The Country series brings Josh Turner, Martina McBride and the Oak Ridge Boys. Dance performances include Savion Glover and MOMIX.

Renewals for current subscribers and new subscription sales begin at 8 a.m. at the Palladium box office on Monday, April 23. Phone orders may be placed beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 23. Special events including Pop, Spotlight, Family and Holiday will complete the season. Subscribers will be able to purchase tickets to these events prior to single ticket sales to the general public. The only way to guarantee seats to these special events is to subscribe.

Subscribe by calling the Center’s box office at 317-843-3800 or toll-free at 877-909-2787. The season lineup is outlined on the Center for the Performing Arts’ website:

Subscribing to the 2012-13 Season presented by St.Vincent Health offers multiple benefits, including priority seat selection, savings on single tickets (up to 15%) as well as discounts on additional single tickets for shows presented by the Center for the Performing Arts.

“The 2012-13 Season presented by St.Vincent Health” includes:

Classics Series
Sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Menahem Pressler and Friends
September 7, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Parker Quartet
September 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Ray Chen
November 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. – The Palladium

The Pacifica Quartet
January 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

BBC Concert Orchestra with Keith Lockhart
February 2, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

China National Symphony Orchestra
February 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Christopher O’Riley
March 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Tarkington

Anne-Sophie Mutter
March 8, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

The Leipzig Quartet
March 15, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

The American String Quartet
April 26, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Songbook Series
Sponsored by Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP

Monica Mancini & Dave Koz
August 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

Johnny Mathis
September 9, 2012 at 3 p.m. – The Palladium

Natalie Cole
October 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

Lucie Arnaz
January 26, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Barbara Cook & Michael Feinstein
March 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Country & Bluegrass Series
Sponsored by Nightingale Home Healthcare

LeAnn Rimes
July 27, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Josh Turner
September 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

Dailey & Vincent
October 12, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Martina McBride
November 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

Don Williams
March 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Oak Ridge Boys
May 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium


Jazz & Blues Series
Sponsored by Taft Law

Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band
August 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

The Chucho Valdes Quartet
October 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

B.B. King
November 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

John Pizzarelli
January 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. – The Tarkington

Doc Severinsen and His Big Band
April 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

Chick Corea & Gary Burton
April 20, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Dance Series
Sponsored by Delta Faucet

Savion Glover
October 20, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Stars of the Russian Ballet
January 5, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

March 9, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Tarkington
March 10, 2013 at 3 p.m. – The Tarkington

The following are special events – on sale now to subscribers.

Pop Series
Sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero (single ticket only)

Kenny Loggins
August 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

Gipsy Kings
August 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

The B-52s
August 26, 2012 at 7 p.m. – The Palladium

Sheryl Crow
September 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

Amy Grant
October 5, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

October 6, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Roger Hodgson: Legendary Voice of Supertramp
November 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

The Fab Faux
January 19, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Spotlight Series (single ticket only)

Celtic Thunder
October 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

Renée Fleming
February 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. – The Palladium

Natalie MacMaster
March 3, 2013 at 3 p.m. – The Palladium

Coach Bob Knight
April 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

An Evening with Kathleen Battle
April 27, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Holiday Series (single ticket only)

Empire Brass presents “The Sound of Christmas” starring Elisabeth von Trapp
December 9, 2012 at 3 p.m. – The Palladium

A Brenda Lee Christmas
December 16, 2012 at 3 p.m. – The Palladium

Family Series (single ticket only)

Cirque Chinois
October 27, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

Royal Drummer and Dancers of Burundi
November 2, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium

January 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Tarkington
January 13, 2013 at 3 p.m. – The Tarkington

The Black Watch Scots Guards
February 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

February 17, 2013 at 4 p.m. – The Palladium

Voca People
February 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. – The Palladium

Jason Bishop – Illusionist
March 7, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. – The Tarkington
March 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. – The Tarkington

Purdue Varsity Glee Club & Purduettes
April 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. – The Palladium
April 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium

Tomas Kubinek
June 1, 2013 at 8 p.m.– The Tarkington
June 2, 2013 at 3 p.m. – The Tarkington

For more information about The Center for the Performing Arts, visit, or call 317-843-3800.

Things to do in Indianapolis, May 28 to June 3, 2012