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Keith Urban @ims, May 27, 2017

January 16, 2017 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Andy Wilson
Bohlsen Group

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. – Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban will headline the annual Firestone Legends Day Concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 27, 2017, the day before the 101st Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Tickets sales began today, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Urban’s songs have reached the top of the charts 21 times, most recently with current smash hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Urban has recorded eight studio albums and is the first male Country artist to debut atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He’s won both a People’s Choice Award and an American Music Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe. He’s also won eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, has had five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums and is a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry.

“Firestone Legends Day has become an awesome way to celebrate the night before the Indianapolis 500 each year and having Keith Urban headline this year’s concert is going to be fantastic,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “Keith’s many chart-topping Billboard hits, along with his appreciation for racing, will give thousands of spectators a can’t miss show to help celebrate the 101st Indy 500 Race Weekend.”

“The Firestone Legends Day concert has become a much anticipated Indianapolis 500 tradition, and we are excited to partner with the Speedway to bring superstar Keith Urban to the IMS stage,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “This event gives us the perfect platform to showcase the hard work and trusted dependability that make up the Firestone brand, and it allows us to connect with passionate country music fans in an engaging way.”

Dustin Lynch and Clayton Anderson will be special guests and fill out the full lineup.

Lynch’s self-titled debut album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. His lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans. “Cowboys and Angels” became a modern day country classic, ending the year as one of Billboard’s Top 5 Country Songs of 2012. Racking up over 25 million views on YouTube/VEVO, soaring to #1 on the MTV Music Meter and selling 2.4 million digital singles, the Tennessee native brings a fresh combination of traditional influences and edgy intensity to the genre. His sophomore album WHERE IT’S AT, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and has tallied over 750,000 tracks sold to date.

Over the past four years, southern Indiana native Clayton Anderson has managed to do the unthinkable – he’s cracked into country music backwards, independently and with a fury.

Anderson has released three albums, including his brand-new project, Only To Borrow. Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, this six song EP was written and produced by Clayton and some of music’s most talented writers, musicians and producers. The album’s first single, “In the Dark” garnered immediate streaming activity online and captured the attention of influential music playlist programmers. Armed with new music and an electric live show, Clayton Anderson is not only here to stay, but a force to be reckoned with.

General admission tickets for the concert start at $40 and access to the Firestone Concert Pit near the front of the stage is set for $75. Prices will increase closer to the concert date. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.ims.com or call (800) 822-INDY. Children 3 and under are free to the concert.

IMS ticketholders can sign up to receive pre-sale information by clicking here. Details will be communicated via email this week.

Fans with tickets for the Firestone Legends Day Concert will be admitted free to Legends Day activities. Admission to IMS on Legends Day will be $10 for adults, with children 15 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Other featured events on Legends Day presented by Firestone include the annual Public Drivers’ Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers and an Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.

The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Chef JJ’s Corporate Team Building Experience In Indianapolis

January 16, 2017 Leave a comment
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Photo provided by Chef JJ’s and used with written permission.

By Ryan Cunningham
On behalf of Chef JJ’s

Companies looking for the most unique team building experience in Indianapolis, Indiana will find it with an “Iron Chef” competition at Chef JJ’s Downtown and Chef JJ’s Back Yard.

Those who think that team building is only about ropes and ladders will be pleasantly surprised when they step into Chef JJ’s modern, state of the art facility and put on their chef’s apron.

The experience is one that will remain with participants long after the event is over. During a team building event at Chef JJ’s, it is not uncommon to be working together to grill a gourmet pizza or steak to perfection on the Big Green Egg.

The lasting effects of a team building event here include not only making return trips to Chef JJ’s for grilling classes or beer dinners but also taking new skills home to impress family and friends.

If one is to do an online search for Chef JJ’s team building, they will find plenty of rave reviews from fans just like Shani Johnson who had this to say, “We had our team building event here and it was absolutely perfect! It was a pleasure working with the staff beforehand to create an experience that was just right.”

She went on to say “The format of the team challenge had the perfect flow and it was enjoyable for all! We have a couple of finicky appetites, and most of us have little to no experience on a grill, so I was a bit nervous about everyone being able to make something that we would actually want to eat once it was completed!

“The chef managed to teach us about food, seasoning, meats, and the Big Green Egg while guiding us through the process, but yet giving us plenty of room to be creative. The end results were 2 delicious meals (one from each team) to share and enjoy. You’ll be amazed at the ideas that you can come up with when you’re on a time crunch!”

Teams are led by the chefs, through several different challenges that encourage teamwork, creativity, cooperation and organization. Each participant works together with fresh, local ingredients to create a delicious and bountiful meal that will satisfy an entire group, all while grilling on the Big Green Egg.

This is truly a unique team building event that every participant will enjoy. Any company in the greater Indianapolis area would be wise to check this out. After attending a recent team building event, Carol Honeycutt said, ” Amazing place. Had an amazing team event here for work. Would highly recommend anyone going there.”

Chef JJ’s has two convenient locations. Chef JJ’s Downtown is located at 42 West South Street within walking distance to all major hotels, the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium and has a relaxing patio as well as a rooftop garden and dining area.

Chef JJ’s Backyard is located in Broad Ripple at 1040 Broad Ripple Avenue with a beautiful patio overlooking the White River. Both locations feature state of the art sound systems, flat screen TV’s and WiFi.

Founded in 2005, Chef JJ’s is a unique, personal and hands-on culinary experience with a focus on the Big Green Egg®, corporate team building, private events and grilling classes. For more information about Chef JJ’s corporate team building or private dinners at Back Yard or Downtown, please visit http://www.chefjjs.com/.