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3rd Annual Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Carmel Palladium

Carmel Palladium. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By John Hughey
The Center for the Performing Arts

An “American Idol,” a Broadway star and a Canadian virtuoso have joined the entertainment lineup for the Encore Gala Weekend presented by Krieg DeVault. The June 20-21, 2014 benefit for the Center for the Performing Arts also serves as the setting for the 3rd annual Great American Songbook Hall of Fame induction. Nat King Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Shirley Jones, and Johnny Mathis represent the 2014 class of the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame.

The Saturday, June 21 evening of the gala weekend is led by Michael Feinstein as he inducts a new round of honorees into the Songbook Hall of Fame. The concert performance will honor the musical contributions of Nat King Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Shirley Jones and Johnny Mathis. Feinstein, the Center’s artistic director, will be joined by “American Idol” vocalist Jessica Sanchez, Broadway star Laura Osnes, singer-songwriter-pianist Peter Cincotti, and Canadian vocalist Denzal Sinclaire will pay tribute to the honorees. Julia Goodwin, the 2013 winner of the Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition also will perform. Natalie Cole will accept the Hall of Fame award on her father’s behalf. Together, Feinstein, the artists, and an orchestra will showcase the inductees’ musical contributions to the Great American Songbook.

Conceived as an enduring testament to the Great American Songbook, the Hall of Fame honors performers and composers responsible for creating America’s soundtrack. Saturday evening will include the Katz, Sapper & Miller After Party. For the third year, the Encore Gala Weekend is presented by Krieg DeVault, with support from Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP, and First Merchants. The silent and live auction on Friday, June 20 will allow guests to bid on vacation packages, exotic trips, unique experiences and one-of-a-kind memorabilia from artists seen at the Palladium. All proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Center for the Performing Arts. Preview auction items and online bidding starts June 9 at the Center’s website.

Weekend highlights:

Friday, June 20: Indiana Roof Ballroom
The gala weekend kicks off with a red-carpet arrival, cocktail reception, and silent auction sponsored by First Merchants Bank, followed by dinner and dancing to a big band orchestra led by New York’s acclaimed Tom Postilio. Plus, a special performance by Michael Feinstein.

Saturday, June 21: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
Experience history in the making as artists Johnny Mathis, Linda Ronstadt, Nat King Cole, and Shirley Jones are inducted into the Songbook Hall of Fame. The evening’s host, Michael Feinstein, will be joined by special guests including Jessica Sanchez from “American Idol,” 2013 Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition winner Julia Goodwin, and other guests as they honor this year’s inductees.

After the performance, the Palladium is transformed for the Katz, Sapper & Miller After Party with five themed clubs paired with food and drinks. Enjoy the Cool City Band in the Great American Songbook Lounge, learn salsa dancing in the Latin-inspired Caliente Club, dance to the music of the Souled Out Band in The Club Katz, sip bourbon and savor cigars in the Humidor Lounge, and end the night with a nightcap in the Sidecar Lounge. The evening will be packed with music, dancing, photo booths, and stilt walkers.

Saturday only tickets are $200. Purchase online at or the box office at 317-843-3800.

Songbook Hall of Fame honorees are selected by the following criteria:

Awarded posthumously to an artist who made a significant contribution to the Golden Age of American popular music, typically defined as the period from the early years of the 20th century through the 1960s. Inductees: Nat King Cole, 2014. Previous honorees: Frank Sinatra, 2013; Cole Porter, 2012.

Awarded to the artist, songwriter and/or performer, who continues to create the soundtrack of our lives by writing and/or performing music that will stand the test of time and become the pop standards of tomorrow. Inductee: Linda Ronstadt, 2014; Shirley Jones, 2014; Johnny Mathis, 2014. Previous honorees: Liza Minnelli, 2013; Rita Moreno, 2013; Barry Manilow, 2012.

The Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1 Center Green in Carmel, Indiana. For more information, visit, or call 317-843-3800.


The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame will elevate the Great American Songbook. The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame will induct new members annually. The Palladium concert hall in Carmel, Indiana serves as the official home of the Great American Songbook Foundation and the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. The awards will be displayed in the Shiel Sexton Lobby on the gallery level of the Palladium concert hall. 

July Events in Downtown Indianapolis

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment
The Lawn at White River State Park

The Lawn at White River State Park. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Fourth of July: Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast and more

The Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast returns to the grounds of the Indiana War Memorial July 4 for Indianapolis’ most popular fireworks show. More than 20,000 people are expected to be Downtown on Veterans Memorial Plaza and American Legion Mall from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. The fireworks will launch from the Regions Bank Tower at 10 p.m. (North and Michigan streets will be closed throughout the day and New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware streets surrounding the Regions Bank Tower will be closed 9:30 – 10:15 p.m. during the fireworks show.)

Crowds will gather for many music festivities including the Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal series from 5 – 9:30 p.m. The Rathskeller Biergarten is hosting a Fourth of July Weekend with bands July 3 – 5. There will be a Rusted Roots performance in the Old National Centre parking lot, followed by a great view of the Downtown fireworks.

The Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats at 6:05 p.m. with its own fireworks show after the game. Fans are encouraged to stay to enjoy the Downtown fireworks. The Tribe has a home stretch July 4 – 13.

For more Fourth of July events, visit:


Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration returns July 10 – 20

Summer Celebration returns for the 44th year with business seminars, conventions, concerts and more. More than 80,000 attendees will take part in events at various locations Downtown, although most events will take place at the Indiana Convention Center. On July 18, thousands will gather on the American Legion Mall for the Music Heritage Festival outdoor concert featuring Keith Sweat, After 7 and The S.O.S. Band. Big crowds will return Downtown on July 19 as the music festival continues with Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele and Babyface at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For more information, visit

Downtown gets festive

There’s still time to enjoy some of Downtown Indy’s best summer festivals. Taste unlimited craft beer samples from more than 50 local and national breweries at Brew-Ha-Ha June 21. PBS Kids in the Park takes over Military Park June 21, giving kids the chance to meet many of their favorite PBS characters such as Clifford and Curious George. And for a taste of some of Indy’s best restaurants, attend Taste of Indy on the Canal July 5.

Other upcoming festivals include:

June 21–22: Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Market and Festival at Military Park 

July 4: Fountain Square Music Festival

July 12: Indy Criterium throughout Downtown

To see the lineup of Downtown summer festivals, visit

Take in the sights and sounds of summer

Summer concerts are officially here and national and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life this summer.

At the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park (see photo above), music lovers can enjoy a concert outside:

June 24: Arctic Monkeys with White Denim

June 27: O.A.R. with Red Wanting Blue

June 28: Fifth Harmony with Before You Exit and Jackson Harris

July 13: Michael Franti & Spearhead with Soja, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall

July 20: Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson with Andre McMahon

July 23: Panic! At the Disco with Walk the Moon and Magic Man

July 26: Umphrey’s McGee with Cosby Sweater

July 29: John Fogerty


At Old National Centre, fans of all genres of music can catch big names including:

June 17 – 22: The Book of Mormon

June 26: John Hiatt & The Robert Cray Band

June 27: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s

July 2: The Neighbourhood

July 3: Switchfoot

July 6: The Fray

July 12: Rick Springfield

July 31: Jenny Lewis


Catch two more shows of the season at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Singer/songwriter Susan Werner takes the stage June 27, Glee and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson performs July 11 & 12 and Karen Irwin performs a tribute to Janis Joplin July 25 & 26.

Enjoy live tunes outside this summer including the Groovin’ in the Garden series at Easley Winery. The Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoolapalooza series continues on two Fridays in June (June 20 & 27) and three Fridays in July (July 4, 11 & 18). Another Zoo concert series – Animals and All That Jazz – kicks off on July 10 and continues every Thursdays in July. Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal continue through the end of July. Reserve a table on the Stardust Terrace or bring a chair or blanket and take a seat on the grassy hill right off the Canal.

To see a full lineup of summer concerts, visit:

Catch the Fever and join the Tribe!

The Indianapolis Indians play three more games this month and 17 home games in July. The Indiana Fever play three home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this month and on July 5, 10, 12, 15 & 17. After no home games in June, the Indy Eleven are back to IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium one time next month on July 19.

Indy’s new neighborhood themed Downtown recreational soccer league, Indy City Futbol, is in full gear. Catch them every Wednesday through the end of August at the Visit Indy Field at White River State Park.

For more information, call 317-237-2222.