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17th Annual Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 10-19, 2015

July 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 10-19, 2015

Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 10-19, 2015. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Indy Jazz Fest

Indy Jazz Fest returns in 2015 with a 10-day lineup celebrating “The Year of the Song” in venues All Around Town September 10-19. The celebration of the Indianapolis jazz and arts scene will feature an impressive lineup, including three world-class performances as part of The Indy Jazz Fest Signature Series presented at the historic Madame Walker Theatre Center located on the legendary Indiana Avenue, the epicenter of Indianapolis’ rich jazz legacy.

Tickets for the Indy Jazz Fest Signature Series performances are on sale now at indyjazzfest.net. Enjoy a limited time preferred seating offer for Signature Series shows now through Thursday, June 18, including no ticket fees, early entry, lounge access, and the best seats in the house. Additional 2015 Indy Jazz Fest headliners will be announced in coming weeks. Signature Series pricing and show times are as follows:

Signature Series Lineup
Free parking will be available in the Madame Walker Theatre Center lots directly north and west of the theatre (adjacent to the IUPUI campus)
All shows priced at $60 preferred / $45 main level / $25 student
Doors open at 7 p.m. /
 6:30 p.m. for preferred

  • Friday, September 12 – 8 p.m. 
    Take 6
    Take 6 is the most awarded vocal group in history with 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and 7 Downbeat Awards. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!’, Take 6 is the quintessential a cappella group and model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop.
  • Tuesday, September 15 – 8 p.m. 
    Dianne Reeves presented by REI Real Estate
    featuring Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal and Terreon Gully
    Winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, “Beautiful Life” showcases Dianne’s sublime gifts in what is a melding of R&B, Latin and pop elements within the framework of 21st Century jazz.
  • Friday, September 18 – 8 p.m. 
    Jonathan Butler presented by Eskenazi Health
    South African expatriate Jonathan Butler’s laid-back, jazz-fusion tinged approach to R&B & groove has earned the singer / guitarist / songwriter / producer a lot of supporters in the contemporary jazz world. Butler has toured the world with such acclaimed artists as Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz and Ruby Turner.

Multiple Venues
Each day of the festival, visitors are welcomed into a new space where the interaction with music and fellow community members is exciting. Since 2009, the multiple venue approach continues to bring together the diversity of jazz styles with the history and culture embedded in some of the city’s most renowned performance locations. Throughout the 10 days, internationally renowned jazz artists will share the stage with the best in regional and local performers.  As the lineup continues to unfold, this year’s Fest will create a dynamic collage that offers something for everyone.

This year’s festival will also feature the return of the popular Pub Creep and the finale Block Party event.

Year-Round Reach
The importance of exposing people to jazz through performance and education is the top priority of Indy Jazz Fest and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. The organization continues to develop a variety of educational programs and presentations founded on the belief that exposure, inspiration, and experiences are driving forces behind initiating involvement in jazz.

Sponsorship Information   
Indy Jazz Fest continues to be an example of community success through the dedication and support of its generous sponsors Eskenazi Health, Ameriprise Financial, Apparatus, REI Real Estate, Citizens Energy Group, The Law Firm of Foley & Abott, Scofield Edit, Brewers of Indiana Guild, The National Bank of Indianapolis, IU Health, Faegre Baker Daniels, Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown, IBM, North Coast Brewing, Printing Partners, DCG, Bohlsen Group, MacExperience, Coca Cola, Yinger Design, Mark Sheldon Photography and Yats.

Indy Jazz Fest is also made possible in part by the Lilly Endowment; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; The Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council and the City of Indianapolis; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, in honor of the children and families of Christel House; The Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation and The Penrod Society.

Arts and community partnerships include The Jazz Kitchen, Chatterbox Jazz Club, Madame Walker Theatre, Indiana Landmarks Center, IndyGo, Indianapolis Central Library, American Pianists Association, University of Indianapolis, WICR 88.7, Jazz City Internet Radio, WFYI, Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Commission, Dallara Indycar Factory, Lino’s Coffee, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, Butler University School of Music Jazz Studies Department, Rhythm! Discovery Center and the Percussive Arts Society plus the Pub Creep breweries.

A variety of support levels and special advantages have been designed to make sponsorship experiences both enjoyable and rewarding. Those interested in learning more about sponsoring the 2015 Indy Jazz Fest can contact us at (317) 966-7854 or david@indyjazzfest.net

The complete Indy Jazz Fest schedule is posted on AroundIndy.com at: http://aroundindy.com/jazzfest.php.

About Indy Jazz Fest
The mission of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest is to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis through education and performance. A celebration of community and culture that showcases jazz music in a variety of great venues across the city, Indy Jazz Fest has become a cultural icon since its start in 1999. With an increased emphasis on jazz education, Indy Jazz Fest has expanded from just one day to an entire experience, ultimately benefiting the Indianapolis arts community throughout the year by creating meaningful links between jazz education and the city’s jazz performance scene.  Indy Jazz Fest is the preeminent performance event of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and will ultimately reach upwards of 34,000 people through a combination of performances, workshops, school concerts, master classes, and community partnerships, as an integral cog in the Indianapolis arts scene. The 2015 Indy Jazz Fest will take place September 10-19, 2015.  For more information, visit www.indyjazzfest.net.

2015 Black History Month in Downtown Indianapolis

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Artsgarden

Indianapolis Artsgarden hosts the Art and Soul Celebration. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

February is Black History Month and Downtown Indy is offering a full lineup of events. Whether you want to partake by enjoying special live performances, educational activities or unique exhibits, Downtown Indy is the place to be.

A Celebration of African-American Art & Artists in Indiana

Art & Soul, Downtown Indy’s celebration of local African-American arts and artists, returns to the Indianapolis Artsgarden this winter with performances from musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. Performances begin Jan. 31 with the Art & Soul Kickoff and conclude March 1 with a ceremony featuring City-County Council president Maggie Lewis. This year’s special guests include Mathew Davis, Zakk Knight, Kassim Norris, Ronne Stone and many more. All Art & Soul events are FREE.

Meet the Artists at Central Library
Through March 28, the Central Library hosts Meet the Artists XXVII, displaying the works of locally-prominent African-American artists in a wide array of mediums. Art lovers are encouraged to meet the artists and enjoy an evening of free cultural entertainment – including African drumming gospel music, a fashion show and workshops – during the Meet the Artists Gala Reception Feb. 14 from 5 – 10 p.m.

The Children’s Museum celebrates Madame Walker

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will host a Black History Month Performance Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Vignettes will feature a performance of Madam C.J. Walker and others who played a significant part in American history. Stay for a post-performance discussion with the actors.

Sankofa Black Heritage Festival

The Indiana State Museum will kick off its annual Sankofa Black Heritage Festival Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival showcases art, history and culture from West African and Hoosier African-American perspectives. Performance-based arts closely align with Black History Month themes that explore the African-American experience, both past and present.

A Night with the ISO

Enjoy a FREE Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance at Hilbert Circle Theatre Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Celebration of Black History Concert. Join guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II along with the Voice of the Light Choir for an evening of classical and contemporary African-American music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Throwback Thursday Cinema

The Madame Walker Theater continues the Throwback Thursday Cinema series of thought provoking documentaries and films with The Black List on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. Renowned photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders sheds light on what it means to be black in America by talking to prominent African-American pop-culture icons, including Chris Rock, Colin Powell, Serena Williams, Sean Combs and others. Tickets are $5.

Music and dancing at the Madame Walker Theatre

Hear from the Freetown Village Singers during a unique Black History Month event at the Madame Walker Theatre Center on Feb. 28. A buffet dinner begins at 5 p.m. followed by a music performance of African folk, gospel, blues, jazz, pop and more. Celebrate with Freetown Village all month long for The Madam Walker Story on Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Madame Walker Heritage Center.

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

Lineup Announced for Indy Jazz Fest, Sept. 11-20

July 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Historic Walker Theatre

Maceo Parker at Walker Theatre, Sept. 12. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of the Indy Jazz Fest
http://www.indyjazzfest.net/

Indy Jazz Fest returns in 2014 with a 10-day lineup in venues “All Around Town” September 11-20, featuring special headliner and Indianapolis native Josh Kaufman, recent winner of NBC’s hit show The Voice. The announcement marks the start of the festival’s 16th year and is a celebration of its year-round dedication to strengthening the Indianapolis jazz and arts scene. Among the additional headliners are Maceo Parker, a funk and soul jazz saxophonist, best known for his work with James Brown, and Steve Turre, a mentee of Indianapolis’ own JJ Johnson and heading into his 30th year as trombonist with the Saturday Night Live Band. This year’s festival will also feature the return of the popular Pub Creep and the finale Block Party event. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18, 2014 at indyjazzfest.net.

The 10-day celebration will feature headliners and performers including the following, with more additions to the lineup in coming weeks:

Thursday, September 11 –

  • Indy Jazz Fest Band at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis, 7 p.m. FREE to the public. Sponsored by WICR.

Friday, September 12 –

  • Maceo Parker at Madame Walker Theatre, 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40-$55, with student tickets available for $15.
  • Claire Daly Quartet at The Jazz Kitchen, 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company.
  • Sara Gazarek at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$55.

Saturday, September 13 –

  • Josh Kaufman at The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $37-$57 with VIP tickets available. Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial and Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown.
  • Gust Spenos Jumpin’ and Shoutin’ the Blues with Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Freddie Hendrix (trumpet), Bruce Williams (alto sax), Jason Marshall (baritone sax), Brandon McCune (piano/B3), Chris Berger (bass), and Cecil Brooks (drums) at The Jazz Kitchen, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
  • Sara Gazarek at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$55.

Sunday, September 14 –

  • Steve Turre Quintet plays the music of J.J. Johnson at Indiana Landmarks Center, 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$40 with student tickets available for $10.
  • Farrelly Markiewicz Jazz Quartet, Weirich-Murray Band, and Butler University Jazz Combo sponsored and hosted by Dalara IndyCar Factory, Lino’s Coffee and the Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Commission, 1201 Main Street in Speedway, 1-8 p.m. FREE to the public.
  • Musica Cubana – A snapshot of Cuba and its influence on jazz, dance and beyond: Pavel and Direct Contact, Sancocho Dance and Gerardo Gonzalez at the Indianapolis Marion County Central Library, 3 p.m. FREE to the public. Sponsored by IndyGo and the Indianapolis Marion County Library.

Wednesday, September 17 –

  • Rob Dixon and the Indianapolis Jazz Collective featuring Stefon Harris with opening performance by the Cynthia Layne bandat the Indianapolis Museum of Art Terrace (show will be moved indoors to the Toby in the event of rain), 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$35 with student tickets available for $10. Sponsored by The Law Firm of Foley & Abbott.

Thursday, September 18 –

  • Grace Kelley Quartet at Apparatus, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Sponsored by Apparatus.
  • Butler University Faculty Jazz Quintet at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m. FREE to the public.

Friday, September 19 –

  • Tom Harrell Quartet with Luis Perdomo (piano and Fender Rhodes), Ugonna Okegwo (bass), and Johnathan Blake (drums)at the Jazz Kitchen, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40-$30.

Saturday, September 20 –

  • BLOCK PARTY 2014 at the Jazz Kitchen and Yats, 3:30 p.m.-Midnight. Tickets are $15. Eleven bands on two stages inside and outside with food, drinks and great music (adults 21+).

Multiple Venues

Each day of the festival, visitors are welcomed into a new space where the interaction with music and fellow community members is exciting. Since 2009, the multiple venue approach continues to bring together the diversity of jazz styles with the history and culture embedded in some of the city’s most renowned performance locations. Throughout the 10 days, internationally renowned jazz artists will share the stage with the best in regional and local performersAs the lineup continues to unfold, this year’s Fest will create a dynamic collage that offers something for everyone.

Indiana Brewers Pub Creep
The Festival’s mid-way point will feature a Pub Creep September 15-19 at a different Indiana brewery location each evening. Sponsored by the Indiana Brewers Guild, the Pub Creep will meld jazz and brews at Sun King Brewery, Broad Ripple Brewpub, Flat12 Bierwerks, Outliers Brewing Company, Bier Brewery, Brugge Brasserie and Triton Tap. More information will become available on the Pub Creep dates, locations and music at indyjazzfest.net

Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 18 at indyjazzfest.net. General admission, preferred seating as well as student tickets will be available by concert and location.

Year-Round Reach

The importance of exposing people to jazz through performance and education is the top priority of Indy Jazz Fest and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. The organization continues to develop a variety of educational programs and presentations founded on the belief that exposure, inspiration, and experiences are driving forces behind initiating involvement in jazz.

Sponsorship Information  

Indy Jazz Fest continues to be an example of community success through the dedication and support of its generous sponsors Ameriprise Financial, Apparatus, Hampton Inn Indianapolis Downtown, REI Real Estate, The Law Firm of Foley & Abbott, Scofield Edit, Brewers of Indiana Guild, IBM, North Coast Brewing, Printing Partners, DCG, Bohlsen Group and Yats.

Indy Jazz Fest is also made possible in part by the Lilly Endowment; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation; The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate; The Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council and the City of Indianapolis; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, in honor of the children and families of Christel House; The Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation and The Penrod Society.

Arts and community partnerships include The Jazz Kitchen, Chatterbox Jazz Club, American Pianists Association, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, Madame Walker Theatre, Indiana Landmarks Center, University of Indianapolis, WICR 88.7, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Jazz City Internet Radio, WFYI, IndyGo, Indianapolis Central Library, Speedway Chamber of Commerce and Redevelopment Commission, Dallara Indycar Factory, Lino’s Coffee, Butler University School of Music Jazz Studies Department, Rhythm! Discovery Center and the Percussive Arts Society plus the Pub Creep breweries.

A variety of support levels and special advantages have been designed to make sponsorship experiences both enjoyable and rewarding. Those interested in learning more about sponsoring the 2014 Indy Jazz Fest can call 317-966-7854 or david@indyjazzfest.net

About Indy Jazz Fest

The mission of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and Indy Jazz Fest is to preserve the legacy and promote the future of jazz in Indianapolis through education and performance.  A celebration of community and culture that showcases jazz music in a variety of great venues across the city, Indy Jazz Fest has become a cultural icon since its start in 1999. With an increased emphasis on jazz education, Indy Jazz Fest has expanded from just one day to an entire experience, ultimately benefiting the Indianapolis arts community throughout the year by creating meaningful links between jazz education and the city’s jazz performance scene.  Indy Jazz Fest is the preeminent performance event of Indianapolis Jazz Foundation and will ultimately reach upwards of 20,000 people through a combination of performances, workshops, school concerts, master classes, and community partnerships, as an integral cog in the Indianapolis arts scene. The 2014 Indy Jazz Fest will take place September 11-20, 2014.  For more information, visit www.indyjazzfest.net.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Bohlsen Group.

Things to do in Indianapolis, June 23-29, 2014

June 22, 2014 Leave a comment
Tower of Power

The great horns band, Tower of Power, will open for Journey on June 28 at Klipsch Music Center.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. SAT: Little Red Door ‘Big Red Bash’ at Lucas Oil Stadium
  2. THU: 6th Annual Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge
  3. THU: Jimmy Buffett in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  4. TUE: Arctic Monkeys in Concert at The Lawn at White River State Park
  5. MON-SUN: 84th Annual Marion County 4-H Fair in Indianapolis
  6. FRI: Jazz on the Avenue at Walker Theatre
  7. MON-FRI: Hancock County 4-H Fair in Greenfield
  8. FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  9. THU: John Hiatt and the Robert Cray Band at the Old National Centre
  10. WED-SAT: Shipshewana Quilt Festival in LaGrange County
  11. THU-SUN: 34th Annual Greek Fest in Fort Wayne
  12. FRI-SAT: Fish Fry at Irvington Presbyterian Church
  13. SAT: Game On! Street Festival in Downtown Danville
  14. WED, FRI, SUN: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. SAT: Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power in Concert at Klipsch Music Center

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Things to do in Indianapolis, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2013

November 24, 2013 Leave a comment