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New Year’s Eve Options in Downtown Indianapolis

December 9, 2015 Leave a comment
Hyatt Regency Hotel

The balloons are ready to drop at the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hyatt Regency, Dec. 31, 2015.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Forget hosting a New Year’s Eve get-together this year. These Downtown parties, events and specials offer everything from exciting daytime sports matchups to classy top-shelf parties in the sky. To view all these events online, visit: www.downtownindy.org/event-collection/52/new-years-eve.

*Family-friendly option

Be safe – don’t drink and drive. Plan your transit to and from your Downtown NYE destination ahead of time. For more information on Downtown parking visit: www.downtownindy.org/get-around-downtown/park. For information on Downtown bus routes visit:www.downtownindy.org/get-around-downtown/bus.

Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration brought to you by The Indiana Union Construction Industry, Georgia Street

Headliner Kap Slap will bring his electrifying EDM (electronic dance music) craze to Downtown. At 11:59 p.m., when in most cities the traditional ball drop takes place, a suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will descend to a collective countdown amidst fanfare and fireworks at midnight. Warm up inside the Hoosier Lottery Countdown Pavilion inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, plus enjoy full bars and food trucks all night. A new element this year will include the opportunity for one lucky person to race away just seconds after midnight in a street-legal IndyCar ushering in the march to the 100th Running of the famed Indianapolis 500 on May 29, 2016.

Entertainment throughout the night includes:
8 p.m.: Dave and Whitney

9 p.m.: Izzy and the Rubbaband

9:30 p.m.: Corey Cox (inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

10:30 p.m.: Kap Slap

FREE

Make an entire Downtown outing on New Year’s Eve! Attend the Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks game on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. then head right over to Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on Georgia Street.

CIROC the New Year, Regions Bank Tower
Party in the sky from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. and enjoy a 360-degree view of Downtown. This rooftop event features an all-inclusive top-shelf bar with light appetizers, a champagne toast and a special midnight presentation. Music provided by DJs Indiana Jones, DJ Gabby Love, DJ Lockstar, DJ Hugh Jeffner and DJ gNo.

$130
*New Year’s Eve with ComedySportz, The Athenaeum Theatre

Celebrate with the most unique comedy show around! There are two celebrations – the first from 7:30 – 9 p.m. and the second from 10:30 p.m. – midnight (ends with a countdown to midnight) – and two live improve matches where ComedySportz players battle each other for a prize.

$20; $18 students and seniors

*Countdown to Noon, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
At The Children’s Museum annual New Year’s bash, families can experience the excitement of a countdown to the New Year at a reasonable hour. Head to the Museum between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and celebrate the final day of 2015 with activities, music and Water Clock countdowns at noon and 1 p.m. Receive hats and other festive favors for the big moment.

$21.50, $18.50 youth 2-17; $20.50 seniors 60 and older

Family New Year’s Eve, Indiana State Museum
Enjoy face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music at the Indiana State Museum from 6 – 9 p.m. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate in style.

$13 non-members; $7 members

Hard Rock Cafe New Year’s Eve Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with live music from DJ T-Bone and a dinner buffet with prime rib, shrimp cocktail, roasted potatoes, green beans and more. VIP tickets include a hotel room, dinner buffet and champagne toast.

$15; $50 – $215 VIP

New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon, Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon offers three different packages: Champagne Supernova Package ($90) includes reserved seating and dinner from 6 – 8 p.m. The Big Shot Package ($75) includes reserved seating on the rail and dinner from 6 – 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 and do not include dinner.

$25 – $90
New Year’s Eve Party with Zanna Doo, The Rathskeller
Enjoy a hors d’oeuvre buffet and midnight champagne toast while rocking out to Zanna Doo. Doors open at 6 p.m., the opening act performs at 7 p.m. and Zanna Doo performs at 9 p.m.

$50 in advance; $55 at the door
New Year’s Eve Date Night, Chef JJ’s
Enjoy fresh, local food prepared by Chef JJ’s culinary team. Tickets include a five course dinner, beer and wine tasters and a sweet treat to take home. Book an overnight stay Downtown after dinner: Chef JJ’s is partnering with the Omni Severin Hotel to offer discounted room rates.

$75

New Year’s Eve Limo Bus Crawl, various locations
Party in style on a limo bus with My Drink On! Tickets for this Crawl include no cover, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, specials and limo transportation.

$15 before 12/19; $22.50 after 12/19
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, Union Station
This New Year’s Eve party takes over three ballrooms at Union Station, each with their own theme and entertainment. Enjoy live bands in the Grand Hall, acoustic singers and songwriters in the Iron Horse Lounge and a club-style DJ party in the Illinois Street Ballroom. Plus, there will be photo opportunities, magicians, psychics and face painters.

$50 general admission; $99 VIP

New Year’s Eve at Adobo Grill
Before you head out for the night’s festivities, celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Tequila Dinner Featuring Tequila Patron at Adobo Grill at 6:30 p.m.

$38

New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Ring in 2016 with one of three hotel and party packages or general admission tickets from the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. This action-packed night of music and celebration includes several live performances on three stages with The Flying Toasters, My Yellow Rickshaw, Dance Club, Cousin Rodger, Hanover Chase, DJ Helicon, DJ Brian Jackson, Casino Tables and Pyramid of Enlightenment (Palm Readers). The highlight of the night will be a massive midnight balloon drop in the center of the hotel’s magnificent 21-story atrium lobby. The party begins at 8 p.m. and the dress code is dressy casual. VIP tickets include light hors devours, general seating and an upgraded cash bar.

$45- $50; $75 VIP; various hotel packages available

Pat McAfee Presents: A Ridiculous New Year’s Eve, Old National Centre
Get ready for some pure Pat ridiculousness with a full theatre show loaded with surprise guest experiences and laughs. After the show, party in the Egyptian Room and ring in 2016 with music, dancing, a midnight countdown and a toast.

$45 – $200 (tickets include both events)
Hotel specials

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites: Room and Dinner Package

· Overnight accommodations

· Complimentary valet parking

· Champagne toast

· Party favors

· Breakfast for two

· Five course meal for two with Music by The Sax Guy at 120 West Bar & Grill

JW Marriott Indianapolis

· Overnight accommodations

· Complimentary overnight self-parking

· Late check out at 3 p.m.

· Choice of one of three in-room amenities

The Alexander

· Overnight accommodations

· $50 credit in Plat 99

· Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries

· Brunch for two in Market Table

· Valet parking

· Late check out at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/, or call 317-237-2222.

Larry Coryell Power Trio at the Jazz Kitchen, June 14

Jazz Kitchen

Jazz Kitchen. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By LuAnn Lancton
The Jazz Kitchen
http://thejazzkitchen.com/

The Larry Coryell Power Trio will appear at the Jazz Kitchen, 5377 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, on June 14, 2014, with two sets at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

As one of the pioneers of jazz-rock — perhaps the pioneer in the ears of some — Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, he is comfortable in almost every style, covering almost every base from the most decibel-heavy, distortion-laden electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, a lot of his most crucial electric work from the ’60s and ’70s is missing on CD, tied up by the erratic reissue schemes of Vanguard, RCA and other labels, and by jazz-rock’s myopically low level of status in the CD era (although that mindset is slowly changing).

Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell. Photo provided by the Jazz Kitchen and used with written permission.

Born in Galveston, Texas on April 2, 1943 Coryell grew up in the Seattle, Washington area where his mother introduced him to the piano at the tender age of 4. He switched to guitar and played rock music while in his teens. He didn’t consider himself good enough to pursue a music career and studied journalism at The University of Washington while simultaneously taking private guitar lessons. By 1965 he had relocated to New York City and began taking classical guitar lessons which would figure prominently in later stages of his career.

Although citing Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry as early influences he also took cues from jazzmen such as John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery. He was also inspired by the popular music of the day by the Beatles, The Byrds and Bob Dylan and worked diligently to meld both rock and jazz stylings into his technique. This was reflected on his debut recording performance on drummer Chico Hamilton’s album ” The Dealer” where he sounded like chuck Berry at times with his almost distorted “fat” tone. Also in 1966 he formed a psychedelic band called The Free Spirits on which he also sang vocals, played the sitar and did most of the composing. Although conceptually the band’s music conformed to the psychedelic formula with titles like “Bad News Cat” and” I’m Gonna Be Free” it foreshadowed jazz rock with more complex soloing by Coryell and Sax/flute player Jim Pepper.

However, it wasn’t until three years later after apprenticing on albums by Vibraphonist Gary Burton and flutist Herbie Mann and gigging with the likes of Jack Bruce and others that Coryell established his multifarious musical voice, releasing two solo albums which mixed jazz, classical and rock ingredients. In late 1969 he recorded “Spaces”, the album for which he is most noted. It was a guitar blow-out which also included John McLaughlin who was also sitting on the fence between rock and jazz at the time and the cogitative result formed what many aficionados consider to be the embryo from which the fusion jazz movement of the 1970s emerged. It contained insane tempos and fiery guitar exchanges which were often beyond category not to mention some innovating acoustic bass work by Miroslav Vitous and power drumming by Billy Cobham both of whom were to make contributions to Jazz rock throughout the `70s.

His career, however, began in era of guitar rock, where he was able to rise for a time with legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Eric Clapton. As this era came to a close, his musical expression took him on a diverse journey, and though he did not receive the level of commercial fame the aformentioned musicians had, he was still able to make his mark in music by way of the jazz & fusion world. His music continues to influence musicians and fans internationally and will continue to do so for a very long time.

The late 60s thru early 70s saw Larry as one of the most in-demand guitarists in Rock, Jazz and all musical genres. During that time Larry was part of Rock’s experimentation, and toured with Jack Bruce, and was featured in sessions with Jimmy Webb, the 5th Dimension, Charles Mingus, Billy Cobham, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. Through the albums produced during this period, Larry Coryell emerged as a profound music prophet who merged Rock, Jazz, Eastern modes and scales and free-form improv flashing Classical riffs.

In 1974 Larry formed The 11th House, the most popular and successful Fusion band of its time, which included his friend and colleague Randy Brecker. After The 11th House disbanded, Larry was signed by Clive Davis for Arista Records, where he made a series of solo albums, followed by a direct-to-disc recording with the Brecker Brothers.

Larry Coryell’s recordings and live concert performances have run the gamut from clubs large and small, and concert venues large and small from the 1980s thru today. A regular headliner at the Blue Note and Iridium in New York City, Catalina’s in L.A., Blues Alley in Washington DC and Ronnie Scott ’s in London to Porgie & Bess’ in Vienna. Larry is also no stranger to the huge open-air music festivals in the FarEast, Europe, Brazil, even sell-out appearances at London’s Barbican.

In 2007 The Hal Leonard Corporation released Larry’s Autobiography “Improvising, My Life In Music” and a retrospective print folio of Larry’s own compositions, with works representing the full span of his 40 years-and-counting as a professional musician, composer and innovator. Going back to his former alma mater , the University of Washington, Larry has brought his knowledge and professional technique to top-level music students in recent years, adding to his stature as “one who can DO, as well as teach” already established by his 2 hard-cover books on the subject published by Miller-Freeman.

Larry has designed and is spokesman for his own professional line of guitars made by Cort. He also endorses Parker Guitars, Sibelius Music Software, DR Strings and the Henriksen “Jazz Amp”.

The most recent recordings Larry has done are available on Chesky Records (“Impressions”, “Traffic“ & “Electric“), Rhombus Records (“Laid Back & Blues” ), HighNote (“Cedars Of Avalon”), and Favored Nations(“Tricycles”).

For more information, visit http://thejazzkitchen.com/, or call 317-253-4900.

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December Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

November 21, 2013 Leave a comment
The Banana Tree

‘The Banana Tree’ at Bloomington Playwrights Project, Dec. 6-21.

By Julie Warren
Visit Bloomington
http://visitbloomington.com/

Twinkling lights and the scent of pine seem to be ever-present in Bloomington during the month of December.  It creates a quaint setting for the holiday season, putting everyone in a cheerful mood and encouraging some serious shopping!  Downtown Bloomington is especially lovely during this time of year, with the canopy of lights illuminating the courthouse square.  Downtown vendors offer up some great deals on unique gift items, many of them made locally.  Fine art by local and national artists, unique children’s clothing and toys, rare books, outdoor gear, apparel and accessories—it’s all available downtown.  The ambiance—and the shopping—of downtown Bloomington just can’t be beat during the month of December. 

There’s plenty more than just shopping in Bloomington this month.  Check out the Bloomington Playwrights Project production of The Banana Tree from December 6 through December 21 (see image above).  This zany comedy is from the minds of The Simpsons stars Dan Castellaneta (voice of Homer Simpson) and Deb Lacusta (writer).  It’s about a convenience store clerk, Angela, that dreams of becoming the first African American female magician in Las Vegas.  After a series of hilarious events, Angela finds herself in the middle of a robbery, kidnapping, and at the mercy of a criminal, who also happens to be a telepathic banana tree.  So if you’re in the mood for a laugh, come down to the only professional theatre in Bloomington dedicated to new plays and see what this Banana Tree has in store for Angela.

There are many holiday traditions that families celebrate together, and one of them should be attending the Cardinal Stage Company’s holiday show.  This year, Cardinal presents the kid-friendly Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, from December 20 through January 5 at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater.  Charlie Bucket is back and touring the fantastical chocolate factory once again.  With the Oompa Loompas always close behind, join Willie Wonka as he demonstrates his world of pure imagination.

If you’re like most Hoosiers, December also means basketball traditions.  Head to the iconic Assembly Hall as the Indiana University men’s basketball team takes on Nicholls State on December 20 and Kennesaw State on December 22.  With the students out of town for winter break, there are plenty of tickets available and some great hotel deals.

If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve just yet, plan a trip to Bloomington to ring in the New Year.  With a variety of events planned that weekend, there is something for everyone.  Whether you are listening to soul stylings of the Dynamics at the Player’s Pub, or the brooding sounds of Murder by Death (with local favorite the Vallures) at the Bluebird your musical tastes will be satisfied.  Or ring in the New Year with a laugh at the Comedy Attic, where the Limestone Comedy Fest will present Geoff Tate.

For more information on events, restaurants, shopping and attractions, go to visitbloomington.com.  You’ll also find some fantastic hotel deals this month and next!

December

Bluegrass Jam with Toast
Every Sunday, 4 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Jazz Jam with Toast
Every Sunday, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Songwriter Showcase
Every Monday, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

IU Coach’s Show
Every Monday, 7 pm
Holiday Inn, 812-334-3252

Beer School @ Yogi’s Grill and Bar
Every Tuesday, 7 pm
Yogi’s Bar and Grill, 812-323-9644

Contra Dance
Every Wednesday, 8 – 10:30 pm
Harmony School, 812-339-8184

Ryder Film Series
Every Thursday, 7:30 pm
FARMbloomington, 812-323-0002

Geology Tour of Monroe Lake
December 1, 9 am
Paynetown Activity Center, 812-837-9967

Mirror Mysteries: Science in Reflection
December 1, 1 pm
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 ext. 25

Women’s Basketball: IU vs. USC Upstate
December 1, 2 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Mathers Museum Panel – A discussion on the future of museum ethnography
December 3, 9:30 am
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 812-855-6813

Noon Talk: Art as Diplomacy in World War II
December 4, 12:15 pm
Indiana University Art Museum, 812-855-9647

Five Friends Master Class Series
December 4, 4 pm
IU Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Women’s Basketball: IU vs. Virginia Tech
December 4, 7 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Diego Garcia
December 4, 9:30 pm
The Bishop, 812-333-4700

New Music Ensemble
December 5, 8 pm
IU Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

The New Old Calvary
December 5, 9 pm
Max’s Place

The Song & Gong Show + Thumpin’ Thursday Dance Party
December 5, 9 pm
The Backdoor Bloomington

Art Fair & Bazaar
December 6, 10 am; Dec. 7, 9 am
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington

Gallery Walk
December 6, 5 pm
Downtown Bloomington, 812-339-4200

Ivy Tech Waldron First Friday Reception
December 6, 5-8 pm
John Waldron Arts Center, 812-330-4400

Rick Fettig
December 6, 5 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Woodland Christmas Workshop
December 6, 6 pm
Lake Monroe, 812-837-9967

Mamma Mia!
December 6– 7, 8 pm
IU Auditorium, 800-745-3000

The Nutcracker
Dec. 6, 8 pm; Dec. 7, 2 & 8 pm; Dec. 8, 2 pm
IU Jacobs School, 812-855-9846

Baroque Orchestra
December 6, 7:30 pm
IU Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Cloud 9
December 6-7, 10-13, 7:30 pm; December 14, 2:00 & 7:30 pm
IU Theatre, 812-855-1103

The Banana Tree (see image above)
December 6-21, 7:30 pm
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-334-1188

Holiday Hoopla
December 7, 9 am
Fountain Square Mall, 812-336-7313

Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy Holiday Treats
December 7, 10 am
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 ext. 25

Coffee with Friends, Featuring Marci Creps
December 7, 11 am
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B, 812-349-3050 ext. 1080

Holiday Festival Chorus
December 7, 4 pm
IU Jacob’s School of Music, 812-855-9846

Men’s IU Basketball: IU vs. North Florida
December 7, 7:30 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Kuttner Quartet
December 7, 8 pm
IU Jacob’s School of Music, 812-855-9846

Charles Bradley
December 7, 9 pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Mathers Museum Holiday Event –Winterfest
December 8, 2-3 pm
Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 812-855-6873

All Campus Choir
December 8, 3 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

It’s a Wonderful Life
December 8, 3:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

All Campus Orchestra
December 8, 8:30 pm
Jacobs School, 812-855-9846

Center for Electronic and Computer Music
December 8, 8 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Concentus
December 8, 7 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Mick Foley
December 8, 7 pm
The Comedy Attic, 812-336-5233

Catfish
December 9, 7 pm
IU Cinema Center

Chamber Music at the Miller Gallery with Students of the Pacifica Quartet
December 9, 7 pm
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

Seasons of Sebastian Concert XXI: “My End is My Beginning”
December 9, 8 pm
IU Jacob’s School of Music, 812-855-9846

Men’s Basketball: IU vs Oakland
December 10, 7 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Civil War Roundtable
December 10, 7 pm
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517

Philharmonic Orchestra
December 10, 8 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Chimes of Christmas
December 11, 7:30 pm
IU Auditorium, 1-800-745-3000

Women’s Basketball: IU vs Milwaukee
December 11, 7 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Krista Detor Holiday Benefit Concert for Volunteers in Medicine
December 12, 6 pm
Bloomington Convention Center, 812-333-4032

Krista Detor CD Release and Local Artisans Holiday Market
December 12, 7 pm
Bloomington Convention Center, 812-333-4032

Backyard Feeder Workshop
December 13, 6 pm
Lake Monroe, 812-837-9967

Menahem Pressler 90th Birthday
December 13, 8 pm
Jacobs School of Music, 812-855-9846

Soul Street
December 13, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Trekker’s Junket: Dream Wilderness
December 14, 9 am
Hoosier National Forest, 812-361-5622

Wrestling: IU vs Manchester
December 14, 2 pm
IU University Gym, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra at WonderLab
December 14, 5 pm
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 x 25

Winter Concert: Peace, Hope, Joy
December 14, 7 pm; Dec. 15, 3 pm
First United Church, 812-876-4175

O2R Blues Band
December 14, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Last Waltz Tribute
December 14, 9 pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

New Wave Night- 80’s Dance Party
December 14, 10 pm – 2:30 am
The Root Cellar Lounge

Quarryland Men’s Chorus Rehearsal
December 17, 7:30-9:30 pm
First United Church

Built For Comfort
December 18, 6:30 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

HiStory Time
December 19, 10:30 am
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517 x 3

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
December 20-January 5, Fridays 6:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 2 & 6:30 pm
Cardinal Stage Company, 812-336-9300

Men’s Basketball: IU vs Nicholls St.
December 20, 7 pm
Assembly Hall Basketball Complex, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Americana Showcase
December 20, 5 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Reindeer Reserve: A Live Arctic Animal Show
December 21, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 ext. 25

Jason Wilbur
December 21, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Men’s Basketball: IU vs Kennesaw St.
December 22, 12 pm
Assembly Hall, 1-866-IUSPORTS

Winter Woods Walk
December 22, 2 pm
Lake Monroe, 812-837-9967

Shape Note Singing from the Sacred Harp
December 22, 2-4 pm
Bell Trace Health and Living Center, 812-336-2792

Stardusters Little Big Band
December 26, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Kade Puckett
December 27, 5 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Wonder Workshop
December 28, 12 pm; Dec. 29, 1:30 pm
WonderLab, 812-337-1337 ext. 25

Kilborn Alley
December 28, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session
December 31, 6:45 pm
Café Django, 608-322-6827

Dynamics
December 31, 8 pm
The Players Pub, 812-334-2080

Murder by Death, with The Vallures
December 31
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

Limestone Comedy Fest presents NYE with Geoff Tate
December 31
The Comedy Attic, 812-336-LAFF

June Brings Outdoor Activities to Downtown Indianapolis

June 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Military Park in Downtown Indianapolis

Military Park is the site of many festivals and special events in downtown Indianapolis.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

New nightlife on the Georgia Street boardwalk

Making their debut this summer, the Friday Block Parties on Georgia Street take place from 5 – 8 p.m. June through August for friends to gather and kick off the weekend. Come enjoy live tunes and the Boardwalk Beer Garden as these free Friday festivals become a regular feature of the Downtown party scene! Get dinner from your favorite restaurant or bring your own snacks.

For more information visit the new Georgia Street website at www.georgiastreetindy.com.

Downtown gets festive in June

Family-friendly outdoor festivals take the forefront in June with the return of many annual Downtown favorites. Circle City Pride Parade & Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary June 8 on the American Legion Mall. Now in its 48th year, Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Strawberry Festival returns to Monument Circle June 13. Volunteers will serve an estimated six tons of strawberries and 18,000 homemade shortcakes in support of local, national and international not-for-profit outreach groups. PBS Kids in the Park takes over Military Park June 15, giving kids the chance to meet many of their favorite PBS Kids characters such as Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George.

Other big June festivals include Vintage Indiana at Military Park June 1, the Talbot Street Art Fair June 8 & 9, El Dia de la Familia at Military Park June 9 and the 21st Annual Indian Market and Festival at Military Park June 22 & 23. To see the lineup of Downtown summer festivals, visit www.indydt.com/summerfestivals.cfm.

Take in the sounds of summer

Summer concerts are officially here and marquee names and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life in June. The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park hosts an exciting June lineup as outdoor summer concerts command Downtown’s biggest outdoor venue: Kendrick Lamar performs June 6, Peter Frampton and Robert Cray June 19 and O.A.R. June 29.

Across town at Old National Centre, fans of all genres of music can catch big names such as Brian McKnight June 16, Young Jeezy June 21 and Fall Out Boy June 29 among many others. At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs June 14 and Hillsong United June 19. Cap off your evening with some live tunes at local venues including The Rathskeller, Groovin’ in the Garden at Easley Winery or Zoolapalooza and Animals and All That Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo. For a complete list of Downtown summer concerts big and small, visit www.indydt.com/summerconcerts.cfm.

Catch the Fever and join the Tribe!

The Indianapolis Indians are off to a great start once again this season and lead the International League with a 35-19 record! The Tribe has a busy June ahead with 18 home games, each game paired with one of many great promotions. Home stands this month are June 4 – 11 and June 21 – July 1.

The world champion Indiana Fever opened their season on May 24 and play five home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in June, with special promotions such as Lucas Oil Family Nights presented by The Indianapolis Star on June 8 and 22, Catch Friday Fever on June 28 and others.

The high school boys baseball season wraps up June 14 and 15 at Victory Field as the IHSAA Boys State Baseball Finals take the field at the nation’s top Triple-A ballpark. One game will be played Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and the other three will be Saturday starting at 1 p.m. with the 4A championship beginning at 7 p.m.

Summer flowers have arrived!

New, colorful summer flowers are being planted throughout Downtown. Drought-tolerant annuals in a summer mix of purple, pink, red and yellow will energize Downtown with a floral palette that includes bronze leaf yellow cannas, Lucky Lantana Rose, bronze leaf/pink flowering big begonias, Dragon Wing pink begonias and Purple Queen setcreasea. Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. plants more than 12,000 summer annuals in 223 Downtown planters. Indianapolis has been recognized as having one of the cleanest Downtown’s in the U.S. and beautiful flowers play a large role in maintaining our vibrant Downtown. Visit www.indydt.com/beautcal.cfm for more information.

Go “out” to eat

Outdoor dining in Downtown Indy is at its best in beautiful June weather as sidewalk cafes across Downtown welcome guests for the summer. Imbibe with friends for a post-work happy hour at one of the outdoor cafes along the Georgia Street boardwalk at The Pub Indianapolis, Tilted Kilt, Harry & Izzy’s or Hooters. Grab lunch or dinner while taking in the fresh air along the newly-completed Indianapolis Cultural Trail at venues with outdoor options such as La Margarita Fountain Square, The Libertine along Washington Street or the plaza at Indianapolis City Market. Visit www.indydt.com/sidewalkcafes.cfm for a complete list of Downtown restaurants and bars offering outdoor dining and drinking.

For more information, visit http://indydt.com/, or call 317-237-2222.