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 www.indydt.com.
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 www.vintageindiana.com 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 http://www.indyprideinc.org/circlecityinpride/index.htm.
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 www.wfyi.org 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 http://www.facebook.com/events/374250682617139 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 www.talbotstreet.org 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 www.cccindy.org 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 www.wedjfm.com/site 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/101786993247105/
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 www.phoenixtheatre.org 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 www.eiteljorg.org 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 www.indianablackexpo.com/summer-celebration.
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 www.indycrit.org 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 http://mac.nuvo.net/general-information.
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 www.indyfringe.org.
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 www.ribamerica.com.
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 http://inwhiteriver.wrsp.in.gov/ATTRACTIONS/Attraction/AttractionID/10
There are plenty of summer concerts for all to enjoy. See www.indydt.com/SummerConcerts.cfm
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 ballpark.www.indyindians.com
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: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2012/register.php. 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: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2012/workshops.php.
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: http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/gearfest2012/hotels.php.
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.
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:
Sponsored by Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Menahem Pressler and Friends
September 7, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium
September 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium
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
March 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. – The Tarkington
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
Sponsored by Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP
Monica Mancini & Dave Koz
August 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium
September 9, 2012 at 3 p.m. – The Palladium
October 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium
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
July 27, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium
September 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium
Dailey & Vincent
October 12, 2012 at 8 p.m. – The Palladium
November 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium
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
November 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium
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
Sponsored by Delta Faucet
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.
Sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero (single ticket only)
August 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium
August 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium
August 26, 2012 at 7 p.m. – The Palladium
September 6, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium
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)
October 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – The Palladium
February 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. – The Palladium
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)
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
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
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 http://thecenterfortheperformingarts.org/, or call 317-843-3800.
Things to do in Indianapolis
May 28 to June 3, 2012
- 13th Annual Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival
- 19th Annual Miracle Ride for Riley Children’s Hospital
- 10th Annual Historic National Road Yard Sale on US Hwy 40
- Drake in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
- Indianapolis Charity Horse Show at the State Fairgrounds
- New Edition in Concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- ‘Concerts on the Canal’ at the Indiana History Center
- First Friday Food Truck Festival at the Old National Centre
- Summerfest at Little Flower Parish
- Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
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