Concerts on the Canal at the History Center, May 28-July 30, 2015
By Amy Lamb
Indiana Historical Society
There are plenty of ways to enjoy downtown Indianapolis in the summer, and the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer two favorites this summer—its popular Concerts on the Canal series and its successful Museum Nights on the Canal program, which offers free admission and extended hours on concert dates.
The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, along the picturesque, historic Central Canal.
On Thursday evenings this summer, the IHS will host some of the area’s best performers and several musical styles, from jazz, blues and classic rock to big band, swing and the Great American Songbook. Local and regional favorites like Endless Summer, Jenn Cristy, The Woomblies, Sizzlin’ Gregg Bacon and Living Proof are just a few of the acts on this season’s schedule.
Concerts take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from May 28 to July 30, 2015, in addition to IHS’s annual Independence Day Bash on Saturday, July 4, which will start at 5 p.m. with the Indianapolis Municipal Band and feature Naptown Boogie.
Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to Concerts on the Canal, but food service is also provided in the HistoryCenter’s Stardust Terrace Café and at an outdoor grill, both operated by Hoaglin To Go. All alcohol must be purchased on-site, and a cash bar will be offered. No pets and no smoking are allowed on the Plaza. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the HistoryCenter’s parking lot.
Seating can be purchased on the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace in tables of eight ($50/$40 IHS members) or four ($40/$30 IHS members), and single-seats at the community table ($10/$8 for IHS members). Free seating is available across the canal on the grassy knoll. The 2014 Concerts on the Canal series is presented by Main Source Bank, in partnership with the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology.
On each Thursday concert date, Museum Nights on the Canal will offer free Indiana Experience admission and extended hours, staying open until 8 p.m. Other weekly offerings include a look at one of IHS’s traveling exhibitions and a cornhole tournament organized on the grassy knoll featuring bags with images from IHS’s collections. Indiana Experience admission will also be free on July 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 2015 Concerts on the Canal series is presented MainSource Bank, and free admission days are made possible by Citizens Energy Group. IHS is also proud to be part of the Blue Star Museum Program and extends free year-round admission to members of the active military and their families.
To reserve a table in advance or more information on Concerts on the Canal or Museum Nights on the Canal, call the IHS at (317) 232-1882 or visit http://www.indianahistory.org/.
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programming.