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Hi-Fi Reopens January 20, 2017

January 15, 2017 Leave a comment
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The Hi-Fi in Fountain Square, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Photo provided by the Bohlsen Group and used with written permission.

By Andy Wilson
Bohlsen Group

INDIANAPOLIS – Live music venue HI-FI, located in the popular Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis, will re-open to the public on Friday, January 20, 2017, with a fresh look and expanded performance space increasing the venue capacity to 400 people.

Indianapolis native Otis Gibbs will headline the grand reopening, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance ($15 at the door), available via Ticketfly.

The 30-day transformation, which included acquiring the space formerly occupied by local art gallery iMOCA, will accommodate the increase in both visitors and touring artists. With the new venue size, the HI-FI is now able to attract larger acts and provide a desirable mid-sized event space while continuing to grow with a neighborhood known for its art and music culture.

The growth will create an enhanced experience for visitors and artists with a dedicated artist green room, an expansive stage, new restroom facilities, a dedicated box office, additional seating, and upgraded sound and lighting systems.

“Our focus has always been on creating amazing live music experiences,” says HI-FI owner Josh Baker. “This expansion will allow us to hone in some key elements of that experience for our fans. With our focus on artist development, our expanded space will maintain its scalability allow us to expand and contract to suit a wide range of shows and artists including general admission and seated events.”

“A room this size will fill a void in the Indy market and provide a good proving ground for bands looking to grow into Indy’s bigger rooms, like The Vogue,” said Jason King, Entertainment Manager at The Vogue and owner of IndyMoJo Presents.

HI-FI has been on a growth trajectory since opening its doors in 2014. The venue has averaged 160 shows annually and will have hosted more than 500 shows over the past three years. Shows are constantly being added to the ever-growing schedule.

2017 Winter – Spring Schedule

January 20 – Opening Night | Otis Gibbs w/ Amy Lashley

January 21 – The Tillers

January 24 – Joan of Arc

January 27 – Mike Adams At His Honest Weight

January 28 – Gangstagrass

January 29 – Rainbow Kitten Surprise

February 1 – Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Dead Horses

February 2 – Wayne Hancock

February 3 – Free First Friday w/ Metavari

February 4 – Corey Cox

February 9 – Myzica

February 13 – Busty & The Bass

February 14 – The Marcus King Band

February 16 – K.FLAY

February 17 – Jay Brookinz Battle League

February 18 – Opposites Attract w/ moxxie, The Stampede String Band

February 24 – An Evening with Chamber Music

February 25 – Old Shoe & The Schwag feat. Allie Kral

March 4 – 2nd Annual Random Band Challenge

March 5 – Mickey Avalon

March 6 – The Wild Reeds

March 7 – THE GROWLERS

March 10 – Bollywood Bhangra w/ DJ Kyle Long

March 13 – Eisley

March 15 – Elizabeth Cook

March 16 – Agent Orange, The Queers, Guttermouth

March 17 – The Reverend Peyton’s Bid Damn Band CD Release Party

March 24 – Andy Suzuki & The Method Record Release

April 5 – Margo Price

April 6 – Tom Waits Tribute

April 8 – Saint Aubin, Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery

April 14 – TAUK

April 29 – The Easthills – 5th Anniversary Concert Celebration

May 3 – Eilen Jewell

May 21 – Oddisee & Good Company

April 27 – Bollywood Bhangra w/ DJ Kyle Long

For more information about Hi-Fi and its concert schedule, please visit: http://www.hifiindy.com/

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. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

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: www.indydt.com/July4.cfm.

 

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 www.ibeonline.com/summer-celebration.

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 www.indydt.com/summerfestivals.cfm.

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: www.indydt.com/summerconcerts.cfm.

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.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Nov. 18-24, 2013

November 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

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

From museum events to race parties to Pacers playoff hysteria, Downtown will make any occasion a “memorial” one!  Be sure to check out the travel and parking tips below before you head Downtown. 
500 Festival and race activities:
 
Friday, May 24
Join Indianapolis officials and residents as they pay special tribute to our military and fallen Hoosier soldiers at the 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls Royce taking place on Monument Circle at noon. General Daniel B. Allyn, 20th commander of United States Army Forces Command will be the featured speaker. Afterwards, head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Coors Light Carb Day, featuring legendary rock band Poison starting at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $20.
 
Saturday, May 25
Don’t miss the IPL 500 Festival Parade starting at noon, featuring celebrities, costumed characters, breathtaking floats, marching bands, giant balloons and the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500. The 2012 WNBA Champion Indiana Fever will serve as Grand Marshal. For more information, visitwww.500festival.com/parade.
 
Head to the Elbow Room Pub and watch the parade from the patio or dining room!  Breakfast is served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family dining will also be available in a smoke-free environment. The Skyline Club is offering a 500 Parade Brunch at 10 a.m. for $24.95 for brunch only or a combo price (brunch and parade) of $42.95 for adults and various discounted prices for children. Reservations required; call 263.5000.  Reserve a seat for parade viewing at Hoosier Park’s Winners Circle patio. Guests 18 and older will have a front row seat – $20, plus $15 minimum purchase each. Reserve ahead at 656.7223 or pay at the door.
 
At the Motor Speedway, check out Legends Day at the Indy 500 honoring legendary racer, Parnelli Jones. Other events include a memorabilia show, vintage Spring Car and Midget Displays and the world’s largest autograph session with Indianapolis 500 veterans from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
Sunday, May 26
The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 will start at noon at the IMS. Need a ride to the race?  Take a roundtrip bus from one of three Downtown locations: Sodrel Truck Lines Lot, IUPUI campus or Hampton Inn.  Pre-race shuttles will run from 8 a.m. – noon to the track.  Return shuttles run for two hours post-race.  The cost is $25 per person (round-trip or one-way) or $40 per person (guaranteed seat at specific time) for the premium upgrade. For more information for Downtown locations visit www.indy500parking.com or look below to see which color coded route works best:
 
#1 Pink Route
Downtown South location – Sodrel Truck Lines North Lot
1220 S. West St., Indianapolis (Corner of West and Morris streets)
 
#2 Black Route
Downtown North location – IUPUI
IUPUI Parking Lots 73 & 92 (Corner of Michigan and California streets)
 
#3 Purple Route
Downtown location – The Hampton Inn
105 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis (Across from Circle Centre and Hard Rock Café)
 
Beat the Heat!
The Pacers have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2004! Game three against the Miami Heat takes place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Sunday, May 26 at 8:30 p.m. The crowd will be “checkered-out” for race day – every fan in attendance will receive a Pacers checkered t-shirt! A pre-game party will begin on Pennsylvania Street outside the Fieldhouse at 5 p.m. with a fenced-off area serving beer for fans 21 and older. The Pacers are anticipating another sell-out crowd of 18,165.
 
Other Downtown fun this weekend:
 
Humanoid automatons and landspeeders are coming to life at the Indiana State Museum! The museum will be hosting the grand opening of the StarWars®: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit May 24 from midnight to 4 a.m. Tickets are $50 and include admission, the Millennium Falcon interactive experience, a chance to win prizes and a commemorative gift. Unable to attend the midnight opening? The exhibit runs through Sept. 2 and is $10 in addition to general admission. Explore the six films, the science used behind them and see actual props and costumes. Call 317.232.1637 for ticketing information or visit www.indianamuseum.org.
 
Head over to Fountain Square this weekend for a night of dancing and dining. Beginning Swing Dance Lessons start at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at The Fountain Square Theatre and are followed by The Stardusters at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $12 at 7:30 and $10 at 8:30 p.m. Afterwards, head over to the seasonal opening of the Rooftop Garden for dinner provided by End of the Line Public House. Guests must be 21 or older. For more information, visitwww.fountainsquareindy.com.
 
The Indianapolis Museum of Art hosts the “Hold It!” family activity on May 25 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., offering the whole family hands-on experience with different types of art, artist materials and art samples. Visit www.imamuseum.org for more.
 
Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room is the place to be on Friday and Saturday night if you are looking to enjoy good music and great meals in a relaxing ambiance. Enjoy FREE entertainment during your dining experience provided by John Phillips May 24 and Barbara Randall May 25. Visitwww.chefjosephs.com.
 
There is something for all ages at the Indianapolis Propylaeum. On May 24, the Prop hosts a Wine Pairing and Eight Course Dinner from 7 – 10 p.m. for $75. Bring the children to the Teen Mystery Dinner May 25 from 5 – 8 p.m. for $20.  Call 638.7881or visit www.thepropylaeum.org.
 
Luenell: The Uncut Diva performs live at Old National Centre May 24 at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $32 – $62. Visit www.livenation.com for ticket information.
 
Bring the family and friends to Lucas Oil Stadium Friday at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. or Saturday at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. to receive special “Parade Day” tours of the facility. Adult admission is $10 and children ages 4-12, seniors and military are $7. Visit www.lucasoilstadium.com or call 262.8600.
 
Memorial Day (May 27) is your final chance to check out the Hot Wheels For Real exhibit at The Children’s Museum.  Keep the race spirit alive with full-sized Hot Wheels® cars.  All ages will receive youth admission rates through the end of May. To print the coupon, visit www.childrensmuseum.org/may-discount.
 
Cap off your Memorial Day weekend at Victory Field for the Indianapolis Indians game against the Pawtucket Red Sox the evening of Memorial Day.  Come hungry to the ballpark because Monday Dollar Menu will be in full-swing! Hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack, popcorn and potato chips are all $1 each. Game time is 6:05 p.m. Visit www.indyindians.com.
 
Downtown parking and traveling tips:
 
Everyone can find parking, arrive at their destination on time and enjoy all the excitement this weekend if a few simple tips are followed. 
Prepare:
  • Plan your driving & walking route into and through Downtown ahead of time.
  • Use interstates to travel to and leave Downtown.
  • Enter Downtown from the side on which you plan to park.
  • Allow plenty of extra travel time to Downtown.
  • Be aware that travel through Downtown will be limited to streets away from the core area.
  • Relax during peak exit times.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, park once and enjoy the walk.
Park:
  • Downtown parking is abundant.  There are more than 72,500 parking spaces Downtown.
  • Log onto www.indydt.com for Downtown maps with attraction and parking information.  Print out the map and bring it with you.
  • Select a couple of parking alternatives before you leave home.
  • Plan to use a garage or lot.  Most meters near the event sites are restricted during this time.
  • Some parking facilities and lots may not be open to the public.
  • NOTE: Parking meters will be FREE on Friday, May 24 during the 500 Festival Memorial Service in a three-block radius of Monument Circle. Meters will also be FREE all day Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day holiday).