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National Train Show in Indianapolis @icclos, July 8-10, 2016

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Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Andy Wilson, http://bohlsengroup.com/
On behalf of the event organizers

The world’s largest collection of model train exhibits, products and accessories pulls into downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center (100 S. Capitol Ave.) on Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, 2016.

Held in a different North American city each year, the 2016 Annual National Train Show will showcase all aspects of model railroading including the industry’s newest and most unique products and services from manufacturers and retailers across the U.S. and around the world.

Special Highlights and Features
Covering 180,000 sq. ft. of space, including 44,000 sq. ft. featuring extraordinary operating model train displays, the 2016 Annual National Train Show special features include:

• The Incredible Lego® MiniLand – A 2,500 sq. ft. area is dedicated to the creation of a dynamic, originally-designed display featuring operating model railroads, hundreds of train cars, various landscape settings and waterfalls, scale buildings, retractable bridges and more, all made entirely out of millions of Lego® pieces. Attendees will have the chance to “meet the modelers” and learn how to build their very own original display.

• Ask The Collectibles Appraiser – Have an old train set hidden away in the closet and wondering what it’s worth? Bring it to the show and find out from The Collectibles Expert. Free to all attendees.

• Children’s Play Area – 1,500 sq. ft. of fun including trains, games and more for children of all ages to enjoy during the show. The area is chaperoned at all times and is free of charge.

• Hands-On Demonstrations – Learn how to get started on your own model railroad empire and find out the latest techniques from well-known exhibitors and from pros at the Meet the Master Modeler booth.

Ticket Information – Great value for the whole family!
There are no advance ticket sales. Show tickets will be on sale ½ hour before the show opens each day at the Indiana Convention Center’s box office located in the Georgia Street lobby, on the Capitol Street side of the facility. The box office will close each day one hour before the show closes.

Pricing is as follows (subject to change):
• Children under age 6: Free
• Youth (ages 6-12): $7
• Teen (ages 13-17): $10
• Adult (ages 18-65): $14
• 2-day Adult (valid for one person only): $26
• Seniors (65+): $13

Dates and Times:
Friday, July 8, 2016: Noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 9, 2016: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 10, 2016: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information and a list of exhibitors, visithttp://nationaltrainshow.org/.

Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, June 11-18, 2016

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Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, Bean Blossom, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

On June 11-18, 2016, the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will celebrate a milestone—50 years of being the oldest, continuous running bluegrass festival in the world.

Taking place at the beautiful Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Brown County, this prime music event will feature eight straight days of some of the best in bluegrass.

With over 70 bands scheduled to perform, the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will showcase top name bluegrass musicians, as well as pay tribute to trailblazer and music legend, Bill Monroe.

To honor “the father of bluegrass” and his contribution to the music genre, Bill Monroe’s Music Park, home to the festival, also is receiving a state historical marker this June.

Known as the “Mecca of Bluegrass,” the 50th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will include over ten hours of entertainment each day, with ongoing music from sun up to sun down. Not only will the festival feature performances by bluegrass greats, this family-friendly event also will include daily music and instrument workshops.

A stellar line up of performers are slated to take the music park’s three outdoor stages this year, including the Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore and the IIIrd Tyme Out, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Dailey and Vincent, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Blue Highway, and Larry Sparks and Lonesome Ramblers just to name a few! A complete schedule of performers is available online at http://www.billmonroemusicpark.com/.

Tickets for the festival range from $20 – $35 for daily passes, $75 in advance for three-day combo tickets (Thursday-Saturday) or $90 at the gate, and $165 in advance for all eight days or $230 at the gate.

Each ticket includes admission to the festival, its workshops, and to the Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin. Advance tickets may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2405014.

Onsite cabins and camping are available as well. Be treated to some world-class entertainment, while enjoying Brown County’s natural beauty during an overnight stay at the one-of-a-kind Bill Monroe Campground. Call 800-414-4677 for campsite reservations.

Experience the Mecca of Bluegrass and help celebrate a milestone at the 50th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Get ready for eight days of blarin’ bluegrass and festival fun, June 11-18 in Brown County!

For more information on the festival, please visit http://www.billmonroemusicpark.com/ or call 800-414-4677.

Phoenix Theatre Brew-Ha-Ha, June 18, 2016

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Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Olivia Hinkel
Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre will hold its 21st annual craft beer festival, Brew-Ha-Ha, on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 3:00-7:00 PM. The event is open to individuals ages 21 and older.

Sample the region’s finest microbrews and craft beers, enjoy live music all afternoon long, and indulge in great food at Indy’s original beer sampling event.

Proceeds from Brew-Ha-Ha support the Phoenix Theatre. Corporate sponsors for this year’s event are The Doug Dilling Team at Unite Real Estate and Williams Creek Consulting.

THE EVENT
Brew-Ha-Ha provides an outdoor block party atmosphere in the 700 block of North Park Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and East St. Clair Street in downtown Indianapolis’ historic Chatham Arch neighborhood, with the street traffic rerouted for the event. Live entertainment is provided all afternoon by local bands The Underhills, Jon Strahl Band, and Monkey Fightin’ Snakes. Brew-Ha-Ha is held rain or shine.

BEER AND FOOD
Brew-Ha-Ha attracts the area’s finest microbrewers and craft beer distributors each year. This year, dozens of breweries from all over Indiana have been confirmed, including some new to the festival. For a full list of the brewers in attendance, visit the “News and Events” page of http://phoenixtheatre.org/.

Participating food vendors this year include King David Dogs, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Punch Burger.

THE BANDS

The Underhills

Weaving together guitars, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and electric bass, The Underhills evoke the folk music traditions of Appalachia, while experimenting with motifs and grooves that draw influence from The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Bob Marley, D’Angelo, John Hartford, Bach, and Vivaldi. Inspired by the wooded hills of southern Indiana, this seven-piece outfit uses intricate string arrangements, rich vocal harmonies, and modern songwriting styles to create a sound that is uniquely their own.

Jon Strahl Band

Jon Strahl Band is an Indianapolis, IN based Blues, Rock, and Soul act, which over the past few years has built a grass roots following in the Central Indiana region. With the release of their first full-length album, The Ladder, and on the strength of their crowd-pleasing live shows, their reputation continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The band takes a no-frills approach to their music, focusing on musicianship and soulfulness to get their point across. Taking cues from the Chicago, Mississippi , and Texas Blues traditions, and the Soul influence of Stax Records and Muscle Shoals, they have blended the old-school and the modern to create a sound all their own.

Monkey Fightin’ Snakes

In 2009, Stupid Nasty Angry Knights of the Evil Science (S.N.A.K.E.S.) began their conquest to consume the world with obnoxious conformity. They infiltrated the music business, embedding clandestine messages in the ‘out-tune’ vocals and repetitive beats of popular music. Thus, Mankind’s Only Non-Knights of Evil Yuck (M.O.N.K.E.Y.) was formed to fight SNAKES at its core: with straightforward, in-your-face rock and roll. One six string, one four string, one kit and one voice combine to stamp out the evil yuck. Over the years, fighters have been lost in battle, but Totin’ Todd (six string) and Marauding Mike (four string) have managed to survive. This summer, they are joined by recent recruits Raucous Rachelle on vocals and Rambunctious Rod on the kit. To protect its Monkey fightin’ members from Snake harm, they have periodically been forced to operate under pseudonym. Nevertheless, for seven straight years, Monkey Fightin’ Snakes has bombarded Brew-Ha-Ha with its electric attack on obnoxious conformity.

TICKETS
Tickets for Brew-Ha-Ha are on sale now. Tickets are $30 per person if purchased before the day of the event and will be $40 on the day of the event.

VIP tickets are on sale now and are $50. VIP admission starts at 2:00 PM, an hour before regular admission. VIP tickets are only available before the day of the events and are limited in quantity. Tickets for Designated Drivers are $10.

Tickets are available online at http://phoenixtheatre.org/ or by calling the Box Office at 317-635-7529.