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Slippery Noodle Inn owner has died

The oldest bar in Indiana has lost its owner. 

 

The Slippery Noodle said on Facebook Thursday morning that Hal Yeagy Jr. has died. 

 

"The Head Noodle will be missed by all and we hope you join us in celebrating the legacy he leaves behind. On behalf of the blues community, decades of patrons and staff, his friends and his family we thank Hal for the music and countless memories.  In his honor, drink a cold Budweiser and consider a donation to any of his favorite charities, the American Cancer Society or the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. We’ll keep the music playing for him."

 

The Slippery Noodle Inn opened in Indianapolis in 1850 as the Tremont House, and has had many names over the years including Germania House, Beck's Saloon and Moore's Beer Tavern, later Moore's Restaurant during Prohibition. Then, in 1963 it was bought by Harold and Lorean Yeagy, Hal's parents, and became The Slippery Noodle Inn. 

 

Hal took over the bar in 1985 after his dad died. 

No Lights at the Brickyard this year

A big attraction during Christmas time is not happening this year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

The annual Lights at the Brickyard has been canceled. It's an event where IMS puts up different displays of Christmas lights all over the inside of the track and you can drive around the track in your car and look at them.

 

The speedway saying it's "to allow for end-of-season testing and track maintenance." IMS would not say if the event will return in 2021.

 

They also would not say if the coronavirus pandemic played a direct role in the decision to cancel the event, but that "it's fair to say the pandemic underscored the need to provide additional flexibility" going forward.

 

The statement adds "we appreciate everyone who has come out to celebrate the holiday season with us in recent years. It has been a pleasure to share such a special time of year with our fans."

Letterman, Manning collaborate at Ball State University

Ball State University on Tuesday hosted alumnus and television legend David Letterman and two-time Super Bowl champion and longtime Indianapolis Colt, Peyton Manning. 

 

Letterman and Manning arrived early Tuesday morning to film an episode of “Peyton’s Places,” a football-themed documentary series hosted by Manning that is produced and broadcast by ESPN. The show was filmed at Ball State upon the suggestion of Letterman. 

 

“It was exciting to have David Letterman and Peyton Manning on our campus today,” Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns said. “Mr. Letterman is proud to be a Ball State graduate, and I am grateful that he returned to our campus with Mr. Manning. They’re two stars with strong connections to our state. 

 

“I look forward to seeing the program that they filmed here today that will air in January,” Mearns said. “The location they chose will showcase our beautiful campus.” 

 

Letterman, ’69, former host of Late Show with David Letterman, has given back generously to his alma mater over the years, most notably through a lecture series. His name also resides on The David Letterman Communication and Media Building, which was completed and opened in 2007. 

 

Because of the pandemic, and because of a tight schedule, the production of the show was done privately. Work wrapped up at approximately 4 p.m. 

 

The day’s events included filming at Scheumann Stadium and at Frog Baby in the heart of Ball State University’s campus.  

 

“It was an exciting day for our football program.,” said Beth Goetz, Ball State University’s Director of Athletics. “The team was thrilled to engage with these two Indiana legends for ‘Peyton’s Places.’ We are grateful for the opportunity to help showcase our campus, as it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our student-athletes and coaches.” 

 

Visual assets from today are not being shared at this time, but can be viewed during the upcoming season of “Peyton’s Places.”   

Get your Mike Pence Fly bobblehead

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has created a “Mike Pence Fly” bobblehead. It commemorates the moment from Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate when a fly landed on Pence’s head and stayed there for over two minutes.

 

On a base bearing his name, the bobblehead features former Indiana Governor and Vice President Mike Pence in his debate-night suit, wearing a white shirt and red tie, with a fly on his head. The bobblehead also incorporates a plexiglass-like barrier and includes a removable mini fly swatter.

 

“Social media has been abuzz with talk of the fly at last night’s debate, and when we received several requests for a bobblehead with Pence and the fly, we knew we had to get to work,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We think this will be another fun bobblehead to put a smile on people’s faces as they look back at 2020.”

 

This is the second bobblehead featuring Vice President Mike Pence that the Hall of Fame and Museum has released.

 

It is available for $25 each. There is also a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order and are expected to ship in January.

Eddie Van Halen dies after battle with cancer

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Van Halen died Tuesday at the age of 65.

 

In a tweet, his son said Van Halen lost his long battle with cancer this morning.

 

He's considered one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. He founded the group Van Halen with his brother Alex, bassist Mark Stone and singer David Lee Roth.

No downtown Indy visitors for Circle of Lights

This year's Circle of Lights in Indianapolis will be made-for-TV only--to be seen on the Friday night after Thanksgiving.

 

Union electrical workers will light the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, as always. But there will be no live gathering on the Circle. Downtown Indy, Inc decided it would be too risky.

After summer of Covid-19 cancellations Shelbyville Parks and Rec hosts Music in the Park

Panama, a Van Halen tribute band, played before a large crowd Saturday night at Shelbyville’s Blue River Memorial Park.

 

Music in the Park was an enjoyable sight for Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Director Karen Martin.

 

 

Martin says Blue River Memorial was built for events like this.

 

 

So, with the parks department finally able to hold some events, with consideration given to social distancing for Covid-19, what’s on the upcoming schedule?  Martin says they’re getting ready for Halloween.

 

 

Wiz Khalifa's HotBox to open in Indy

Starting in October, if you live in the Indianapolis area, you'll be able to order food from a new restaurant created by Wiz Khalifa.

 

The rapper is starting up a delivery-only restaurant called HotBox, not to be confused with Hot Box Pizza, which is based in Indianapolis.

 

Wiz Khalifa is known to be a marijuana enthusiast, and some of the menu items will have a nod to cannabis, but will not actually be infused with cannabis. Other items will have names based off some of his work.

 

A full menu has not been released yet, but some items include:

 

-"Blazed Ends," which are burnt ends tossed in a smokey sweet barbeque

-A turkey burger and house-made chips

-"Mac & Yellow" macaroni and cheese

-"Mile High" Dark Chocolate brownie

 

HotBox will also have locations in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Washington DC, Houston, and New York City.

 

They're expected to open on October 1.

Conner Prairie Corn Maze honors 200th anniversary of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

This year, Conner Prairie’s award-winning corn maze won’t just challenge puzzle-hungry guests, it will serve up some screams, too.

The maze -- named one of the 10 best in the nation by USA Today in 2019 -- transforms into a scare-filled haunt after dark. Families will enjoy navigating the 22,160-foot corn maze during the day. But from sunset to 10 p.m. on select nights during the Headless Horseman Festival, the Haunted Maze interactive attraction brings the legend to life in a terrifying new way.

This year’s design –sponsored by Corteva Agriscience -- is a nod to the event’s literary heritage. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the maze depicts a sword-wielding headless rider leaping out of an open book, surrounded by bats in flight.

The maze features three adventure paths full of twists and turns:

  • Puzzle Maze: Test your wits in our family-friendly puzzle maze.
  • Kids' Maze: Younger guests will love this shorter maze that’s perfect for little ones.
  • Haunted Maze: Inspired by real ghost stories of the region, explorers should prepare to be scared when they enter this maze during the Headless Horseman festival in October.


Social distancing will be maintained, with staff pacing guests as they enter the maze, and limits placed on the number of guests who can explore the maze together. Masks must also be worn at all times, in accordance with the State of Indiana and City of Fishers mandates.

“We’re so happy to preserve this fall experience for families who have had so many traditions disrupted due to COVID-19,” said Norman Burns, president and CEO of Conner Prairie. “We’ve taken safeguards to ensure we’re providing a safe event for our visitors and employees, and doing all that we can to deliver the same thrills and family fun guests have come to expect.”

 

The maze is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, Sept. 26. Paid museum guests and members can enter the maze for $5 per guest and $3 per member. Children under two are free.

 

Visitors can also explore the corn maze during the Headless Horseman festival on select dates from Oct. 1-30. Gates open for Headless Horseman at 6 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. Activities and hayrides may run until 10 p.m. or later.

 

Explore an aerial view of this year’s maze design by visiting connerprairie.org/explore/things-to-do/corn-maze/ to learn more. 

The Strand hoping to provide entertainment again in July

It's been much quieter at The Strand Theatre than was planned for 2020.  Only 13 performances have taken place this year thanks to COVID-19.

 

David Finkel talks about some shows that are on the calendar for July and what The Strand's volunteers have been up to during the pandemic.

 

 

Fountain Square concert venue will reopen at half capacity on Saturday, June 20

HI-FI (1043 Virginia Avenue #4), a 400 capacity concert venue located in the heart of Fountain Square, will reopen at 50 percent capacity on Saturday, June 20 as part of Marion County’s Stage Four reopening plan following nationwide COVID-19 shutdowns.

 

Local funk, soul and R&B band Huckleberry Funk will headline the venue’s first concert in over three months, with special guests to be announced. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. this Saturday, June 20 at HI-FI.

 

General Admission tickets are on sale now for $10 in advance at seetickets.us and hifiindy.com. Ticket prices increase to $12 day of show. VIP table upgrades are available on a first come, first-served basis. All shows at HI-FI are 21+ and patrons must have a valid, government-issued form of ID to enter.

 

At the direction of Dr. Virginia Caine of the Marion County Public Health Department and Mayor Joe Hogsett, Marion County will move forward to Stage Four of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Back On Track reopening plan on June 19. Based on Stage Four guidelines for live entertainment venues, HI-FI will reopen to the public and operate at a capacity of 200 guests, not exceeding the public gathering limit of 250 people or less.

 

HI-FI employees will adhere to new safety procedures which include administering pre-shift temperature checks, wearing face coverings that cover the nose and mouth, wearing gloves when applicable and taking frequent sanitization breaks.

 

Patrons will also undergo a number of new, enhanced safety procedures. Until further notice, all guests are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth to be granted admission, with a limited amount of temporary face coverings available for purchase. To reduce the handling of cash, HI-FI has installed a new contactless point-of-sale system with consumer facing screens for self-checkout, mobile checkout with Apple Pay and digital receipts.

 

“This is uncharted territory,” said HI-FI Owner Josh Baker. “For the foreseeable future, watching a show will be a little different. The changes we’ve put in place, with the big picture in mind, are minor inconveniences to ensure the safety of all artists, customers and employees. We're fighting for survival and our only hope is to be open, in some capacity. Rest assured, we’ll be doing it by the book or writing a new one as we go.”

 

Baker recently founded the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing support and financial relief to more than 30 independent live music venues across the state of Indiana. HI-FI will be the first venue to implement a $1 “Keep Indy Live” fee on all tickets. 100 percent of the proceeds from this ticket fee will benefit the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance.

 

A complete guide to HI-FI’s public safety procedures will be available at hifiindy.com this week. 

Rushville's Riverside Park Amphitheater updated 2020 Summer Concert Series - June show dates shifted to September due to COVID-19

Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19-related news and the local and regional safety protocols in place as a result, the June shows as part of the previously announced 2020 Free Summer Concert Series at Riverside Park Amphitheater in Rushville, Ind., have been moved to September.

 

The updated 2020 summer concert series lineup and dates are now:

  • The Red Clay Strays (nationally known country band from Alabama) with special guest Dane Clark – Saturday, July 11
  • Dirty Deeds (The AC/DC Experience) – Saturday, Aug. 1
  • Monsters of Yacht (70's & 80's yacht rock hits) – Saturday, Aug. 29
  • (New Date) Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute) – Sunday, Sept. 6 – Labor Day weekend
  • (New Date) All My Rowdy Friends (Hank Williams Jr. Tribute) – Saturday, Sept. 12
  • RUSHfest 2020 featuring Electric Avenue - ‘The 80's MTV Experience’ – Saturday, Sept. 19

The diverse range of national, regional, and area talent to be featured in this year’s summer concert series is presented by the Riverside Park Organizing Committee.

 

Riverside Park’s summer concert series is a highly-anticipated annual event, and the talented artists bringing a range of genres, musical history, and excitement to the stage this year are truly exceptional,” said Mike Pavey, Mayor of Rushville. “We are grateful we have been able to shift our previously-scheduled June show dates to September to help ensure the health and safety of our community.”

 

The Red Clay Strays will open the series on Saturday, July 11, bringing high energy and a unique sound to the stage. With influences ranging from Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Lee Lewis and Waylon Jennings to southern gospel, they blur the line between country and southern rock while bringing an authenticity that defines who they are as a band. The Red Clay Strays hail from Alabama and are Brandon Coleman: lead vocals, guitar; Drew Nix: vocals, electric guitar, harmonica; Zach Rishel: electric guitar; Andrew Bishop: Bass and John Hall: drums. Dane Clark will open the show.

 

Dirty Deeds (The AC/DC Experience) will take audiences on a theatrical ride through rock ‘n’ roll history on Saturday, Aug. 1. This group has been touring the U.S. for more than 20 years bringing forth their high energy and wildly entertaining tribute to one of the world's best rock bands, AC/DC! Earning a reputation for their attention to detail and passion for the music, Dirty Deeds The AC/DC Experience recreates the exact sound of AC/DC by capturing the unique and exact tone that the super group has come to be known for.

 

Experience classic yacht rock songs from the 70’s and 80’s with The Monsters of Yacht on Saturday, Aug. 29. The band delivers rocking recreations of songs by artists like Toto, Christopher Cross, the Bee Gees, Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, and more. The Monsters of Yacht has the skills and attitude needed to pay tribute to the artists of the yacht rock genre with a powerful live show featuring accurate vocals and performances of the yacht rock hits we all know and love.

 

Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute) brings excitement to the stage on Labor Day weekend on Sunday, Sept. 6. Slippery When Wet has played more than 1500 shows throughout the U.S. alone and has traveled to Africa, Mexico, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. They have headlined on more than 60 cruises on the Royal Caribbean cruise line and played the Super Bowl 48 Pregame Show in East Rutherford, N.J., in 2014. The band’s shows are the most attended and highest grossing of any Bon Jovi Tribute in the country.

 

All My Rowdy Friends (Hank Williams Jr. Tribute) continues the series Saturday, Sept. 12, featuring front man Frank Morrow portraying the appearance, sound, and stage presence of the original “Bocephus” himself. Touring across the U.S. since 2009 with a fan base that reaches nationwide, All My Rowdy Friends performs the music of Hank Jr., with the same originality and high energy of an actual concert as you would see Hank Jr., in today!

 

Finishing out the 2020 season as part of RUSHfest on Saturday, Sept. 19 is Electric Avenue ‘The 80's MTV Experience’ a high-definition snapshot of an era when vintage synthesizers and drum machines were at the top of the food chain. Barring the invention of time travel, Electric Avenue is, hands down, the most accurate and exciting 80’s Pop Tribute you’re going to find anywhere this side of 1988. Electric Avenue delivers spot-on renditions of Tears for Fears, Wham!, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Howard Jones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Level 42, Naked Eyes, Soft Cell, Kenny Loggins, INXS, Prince, The Clash, OMD, David Bowie and more. 

 

The opening acts for each show will be announced at a later time.

 

Sponsorship: Sponsorship packages are available now from $5,000 to $500. Each sponsorship level will provide partners with different levels of advertisement. Also available are Friend of the Park sponsorship packages that run $100 down to $25. For more information on sponsorships, please call Carla Sharpe at 765-932-3735 or e-mail: secretary@cityofrushville.in.gov

 

Covered Pavilion Rental, Tent Rental and Vendor Permits: The covered pavilion is available for rent at each event. It can be rented for $150 for half of the space or $300 for the entire pavilion per event. Tents can also be rented on a case-by-case basis for a fee plus damage deposit. Vendor permits are also available. For more information on pavilion and tent rentals, vendor permits and ordinances please call Carla Sharpe at 765-932-3735 or e-mail: secretary@cityofrushville.in.gov

 

About Riverside Park Amphitheater: Riverside Park Amphitheater is an outdoor music venue located at 100 West Water Street in Rushville, Ind. The venue is a great concert destination annually hosting live music events and creating a great family-friendly environment with all performances taking place on Saturday evenings. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. There is a beer garden on-site for adults over 21 years of age, however no alcohol is to be brought into the park and all coolers are checked upon entry. Parking is conveniently available in gravel lots or in surrounding business lots with easy shuttle service to and from the amphitheater. Special handicap parking is also available. Past performers include Rusted Root, Georgia Satellites, The SteelDrivers, The Romantics, Stephen Pearcy, Cracker, Gaelic Storm, Clare Dunn, Clayton Anderson, ZOSO, The High Kings, John Waite (Bad English, The Babys), Who’s Bad, Sweet Tea Trio and many more.

 

For more information, please visit:

www.rushvilleamphitheater.com | www.facebook.com/Rushvilles-Riverside-Park-Amphitheater-Concert-Series-68068081492/

Rushville's Riverside Park Amphitheater announces 2020 summer concert series

A diverse range of national, regional and area talent will once again be featured this summer as part of the 2020 Free Summer Concert Series at Riverside Park Amphitheater in Rushville, Ind., announced today by the Riverside Park Organizing Committee.

 

Riverside Park’s summer concert series is a highly-anticipated event every year, and the 2020 lineup doesn’t disappoint. We are proud to announce the talented artists bringing a range of genres, musical history, and excitement to the stage this year,” said Mike Pavey, Mayor of Rushville.

 

Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute) will open the series on Saturday, June 13. Slippery When Wet has played more than 1500 shows throughout the U.S. alone and has traveled to Africa, Mexico, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. They have headlined on more than 60 cruises on the Royal Caribbean cruise line and played the Super Bowl 48 Pregame Show in East Rutherford, N.J., in 2014. The band’s shows are the most attended and highest grossing of any Bon Jovi Tribute in the country.

 

All My Rowdy Friends (Hank Williams Jr. Tribute) continues the series Saturday, June 27, featuring front man Frank Morrow portraying the appearance, sound, and stage presence of the original “Bocephus” himself. Touring across the U.S. since 2009 with a fan base that reaches nationwide, All My Rowdy Friends performs the music of Hank Jr., with the same originality and high energy of an actual concert as you would see Hank Jr., in today!

 

The Red Clay Strays will bring high energy and a unique sound to the stage on Saturday, July 11. With influences ranging from Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Lee Lewis and Waylon Jennings to southern gospel, they blur the line between country and southern rock while bringing an authenticity that defines who they are as a band. The Red Clay Strays hail from Alabama and are Brandon Coleman: lead vocals, guitar; Drew Nix: vocals, electric guitar, harmonica; Zach Rishel: electric guitar; Andrew Bishop: Bass and John Hall: drums. Dane Clark will open the show.

 

Dirty Deeds (The AC/DC Experience) will take audiences on a theatrical ride through rock ‘n’ roll history on Saturday, Aug. 1. This group has been touring the U.S. for more than 20 years bringing forth their high energy and wildly entertaining tribute to one of the world's best rock bands, AC/DC! Earning a reputation for their attention to detail and passion for the music, Dirty Deeds The AC/DC Experience recreates the exact sound of AC/DC by capturing the unique and exact tone that the super group has come to be known for.

 

Experience classic yacht rock songs from the 70’s and 80’s with The Monsters of Yacht on Saturday, Aug. 29. The band delivers rocking recreations of songs by artists like Toto, Christopher Cross, the Bee Gees, Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, and more. The Monsters of Yacht has the skills and attitude needed to pay tribute to the artists of the yacht rock genre with a powerful live show featuring accurate vocals and performances of the yacht rock hits we all know and love.

 

Finishing out the 2020 season as part of RUSHfest on Saturday, Sept. 19 is Electric Avenue ‘The 80's MTV Experience’ a high-definition snapshot of an era when vintage synthesizers and drum machines were at the top of the food chain. Barring the invention of time travel, Electric Avenue is, hands down, the most accurate and exciting 80’s Pop Tribute you’re going to find anywhere this side of 1988. Electric Avenue delivers spot-on renditions of Tears for Fears, Wham!, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Howard Jones, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Level 42, Naked Eyes, Soft Cell, Kenny Loggins, INXS, Prince, The Clash, OMD, David Bowie and more. 

The opening acts for each show will be announced at a later time.

 

Sponsorship: Sponsorship packages are available now from $5,000 to $500. Each sponsorship level will provide partners with different levels of advertisement. Also available are Friend of the Park sponsorship packages that run $100 down to $25. For more information on sponsorships, please call Carla Sharpe at 765-932-3735 or e-mail: secretary@cityofrushville.in.gov

 

Covered Pavilion Rental, Tent Rental and Vendor Permits: The covered pavilion is available for rent at each event. It can be rented for $150 for half of the space or $300 for the entire pavilion per event. Tents can also be rented on a case-by-case basis for a fee plus damage deposit. Vendor permits are also available. For more information on pavilion and tent rentals, vendor permits and ordinances please call Carla Sharpe at 765-932-3735 or e-mail: secretary@cityofrushville.in.gov

 

About Riverside Park Amphitheater: Riverside Park Amphitheater is an outdoor music venue located at 100 West Water Street in Rushville, Ind. The venue is a great concert destination annually hosting live music events and creating a great family-friendly environment with all performances taking place on Saturday evenings. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. There is a beer garden on-site for adults over 21 years of age, however no alcohol is to be brought into the park and all coolers are checked upon entry. Parking is conveniently available in gravel lots or in surrounding business lots with easy shuttle service to and from the amphitheater. Special handicap parking is also available. Past performers include Rusted Root, Georgia Satellites, The SteelDrivers, The Romantics, Stephen Pearcy, Cracker, Gaelic Storm, Clare Dunn, Clayton Anderson, ZOSO, The High Kings, John Waite (Bad English, The Babys), Who’s Bad, Sweet Tea Trio and many more.

 

For more information, please visit:

www.rushvilleamphitheater.com | www.facebook.com/Rushvilles-Riverside-Park-Amphitheater-Concert-Series-68068081492/

Foreigner, special guest Kansas, and featuring Europe in Juke Box Heroes 2020 Tour

“I Want To Know What Love Is.” “Cold As Ice.” “Hot Blooded.” “Juke Box Hero.” “Urgent.” “Dust In The Wind.” “Carry on Wayward Son.” “Point of Know Return.” “The Final Countdown.”  “Carrie.”

 

These are some of the iconic songs of summer by rock’s ultimate Juke Box Heroes. Legendary band FOREIGNER, special guest KANSAS, and featuring EUROPE will bring these hits to your city this summer with the Juke Box Heroes 2020 tour.

 

The Tour will make a stop at Riverbend Music Center on Saturday, August 1 and the concert will be part of 103.5 WGRR’s 30th Anniversary celebration.  FOREIGNER will be joined by fellow acclaimed artists, special guest KANSAS, and featuring EUROPE for an unforgettable night of night of rock ’n’ roll.

 

Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and Riverbend.org. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees.  All events rain or shine. 

 

With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 80 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,”

 

FOREIGNER still rocks the charts more than 40 years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success. FOREIGNER’s November 2019 release of Double Vision, Then & Now Is a DVD/CD package that celebrates the 40th anniversary of FOREIGNER’s iconic album.  It features a stunning reunion concert that brings together the current and original band members playing all the hits at the top of their game. 2020 will kick off with a three-day run at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in mid-January.  Another highlight forthcoming is a residency at The Venetian, Las Vegas which kicks off on January 24, 2020.

 

“We can’t wait to hit the road with our good friends KANSAS and EUROPE and bring all our biggest hits to cities across the country,” says FOREIGNER founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “We always have such a good time together, and combined we share some of the greatest songs in rock and roll. We are so excited to see our fans from coast to coast, and plan to make this summer our most epic tour yet!” 

 

With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. Composing a catalogue that includes fifteen studio albums and five live albums, KANSAS has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and two one million-selling gold singles, ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70's and ‘80's and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ continues to be one of the top five most played songs on classic rock radio, and ‘Dust In the Wind’ has been played on the radio more than three million times. Last month "Carry On Wayward Son" was certified as a 4x Platinum-selling single, and "Dust in the Wind" was certified as a 3x Platinum-selling single by RIAA. Continuing to write their legacy, KANSAS will be releasing their 16th studio album in the summer of 2020.

 

Says KANSAS, “We look forward to touring with FOREIGNER. It has been nearly ten years since both bands have done a full tour together. That run was a blast, and we are excited to get started this summer. The bands and the crews get along great, and we’ll all be working tougher to perform an exceptional show for the fans.”

 

With over three decades and dozens of millions albums sold, including a number one hit in 25 countries, EUROPE’s Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitars), Mic Michaeli (keyboards), John Leven (bass) and Ian Haugland (drums) are as hardworking as ever, annually performing concerts worldwide and producing new albums that are critically acclaimed by fans and the music industry alike. Their eleventh studio album, WALK THE EARTH, was released October 20, 2017 on Hell & Back Recordings (Silver Lining Music). It was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with Grammy® Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) and won a Swedish Grammy for Best Album.

 

“The band is super thrilled that this summer, we’ll be back in the USA… the birthplace of rock and roll,” says EUROPE’s Joey Tempest. “It’s been four long years and we are honored to be on the road with FOREIGNER and KANSAS for this extensive tour across North America. Strap yourself in! Europe in America once again!”

ABBA The Concert A Tribute to ABBA; tickets on sale Friday, Feb 7

The new Brown County Music Center located in Nashville, Ind., announces ABBA The Concert (Friday, May 1, 2020), the ultimate tribute to the legendary group ABBA, as part of its inaugural lineup this season. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 7, at 10 a.m. and will be available at www.browncountymusiccenter.com and at www.ticketmaster.com, and the venue box office.

 

About ABBA The Concert: 21st Century Artists, Inc. has been presenting its ABBA tribute show throughout North America for well over a decade, known as ABBA The Music, ABBA The Concert, and ABBA The Hits. The audience and press all agree – “This is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get.” ABBA The Concert brings one of the greatest pop phenomena back to life, and continues to be the top ABBA tribute group in the world, dazzling all who see with their fantastic performance while playing the most iconic hits from ABBA, including “Mamma Mia,” “S.O.S,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes All,” “Waterloo,” “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme,” and “Dancing Queen.” Many critics agree, ABBA The Concert is the most amazing and authentic ABBA tribute show in the world. Come dance, come sing, having the time of your life at THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE CELEBRATION!

 

About the Brown County Music Center (opened August 2019): Located in Nashville, Indiana, the Brown County Music Center is a visual and auditory masterpiece with cutting edge design that will bring in nationally known performers and host local events. The new 2000-seat live performance venue offers an incredibly intimate experience for each show. The farthest seat from the stage is only 106 feet away. Nestled on the banks of Salt Creek and located less than one-mile from the largest state park in Indiana and the Village of Nashville, this indoor entertainment venue will host world-class rock, blues, country, pop, jazz, oldies, throwback artists, and more. 

 

Daryl Hall & John Oates announce massive 2020 summer tour; Ruoff Music Center on July 22

After selling out their upcoming February 28 performance at NYC’s Madison Square Garden in short order, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall & John Oates have announced a 32-date North American summer tour with Squeeze and KT Tunstall. Produced by Live Nation, the latest tour by the best-selling duo of all-time will kick off this May at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA and make stops in Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta and more before wrapping September 2 at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in New Hampshire. The tour will make a stop at Ruoff Music Center located in Noblesville, Indiana on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 as part of the Coors Light Concert Series.

 

Pre-sale for VIP and general tickets start today and extend through Thursday, January 23rd at 10pm local time. General on-sale starts Friday, January 24th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

 

Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 21st at 10am local time until Thursday, January 23rd at 10pm. local time through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details, visit www.citientertainment.com.

 

Daryl Hall & John Oates will preview their anticipated MSG performance with a show at Hershey, PA’s Giant Center on Wednesday, February 26th. They will then play select shows in California and Hawaii, as well as a two-night stand at Mashantucket, CT’s Foxwoods Resort Casino.

 

“Can’t wait to get out there and have some fun playing with my friends to all of my friends,” says Hall.

 

"I’m really looking forward to a big time 2020 tour!” say Oates. “Having KT Tunstall and Squeeze on the bill with us is just gonna make for an amazing night of music. Can’t wait to see you all on the road."

 

“I have long been a Hall and Oates fan and this tour is a real treat, a chance to hear all of those great songs each night,” says Squeeze’s Chris Difford. “This is a tour I'm really looking forward to.”

 

“I am so excited and jumping for joy with the prospect of this tour with Daryl Hall and John Oates,” says fellow Squeeze member Glenn Tilbrook. “They are the bees knees! I had the pleasure of seeing an awesome show of theirs in Kentucky last year, and feel that we are a match made in heaven, to be consummated at every show!”

 

"How did I get so lucky!” says KT Tunstall. “I’m going on a grand adventure across the United States this summer with my legendary friends Hall & Oates, along with incredible Squeeze. Just to see this show is a thrill … being on the tour … talk about making my dreams come true ... (Go on, you know you wanna sing it). Come and join us for a show!”

 

Daryl Hall & John Oates are legends who continue to inspire today’s musical trailblazers. Their influence on multiple generations of musicians and songwriters is perhaps best summarized by SPIN who claimed “Hall and Oates are the new Velvet Underground.” On-the-record fans include: Cameron Crowe, Mark Ronson, Questlove, Adam Sandler, John Mayer, Booker T. Jones, Rob Thomas, Brandon Flowers, Amos Lee, Ben Gibbard and Nick Lowe.

 

The international multi-platinum-selling group has sold more albums than any other duo in music history. 1973’s Atlantic debut Abandoned Luncheonette and 1974’s Todd Rundgren-produced War Babies kicked off a record-breaking career that yielded six consecutive multi-platinum albums: Bigger Than Both of Us (1976), Voices (1980), Private Eyes (1981), H2O (1982), the greatest hits collection Rock N Soul, Part 1 (1983) and Big Bam Boom (1984).

 

The duo’s collection of No. 1 singles include “Rich Girl” (Also No. 1 R&B charts), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” (No. 1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch.” Their Top 10 singles include “She’s Gone” (No. 1 R&B), “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say it Isn’t So,” “Everything Your Heart Desires,” “Family Man,” “Adult Education,” “Did It In A Minute” and “Method of Modern Love.” In 1987, the RIAA recognized Daryl Hall & John Oates as the number-one selling duo in music history, a record they hold to this day.

 

In 2003, the legendary duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, they were honored at BMI’s Pop Awards with the Icon Award, and in 2014, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2016, they together received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

The duo has recently toured with Tears For Fears, Train, Allen Stone and more. Watch Daryl Hall’s and John Oates’ lively performance of “Maneater” from Daryl Hall And John Oates: Live in Dublin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzbDhc3QBwU

 

SQUEEZE: Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford have been compared to Lennon and McCartney since “Take Me I’m Yours,” their first release in 1978, blasted the band into the forefront of the UK music scene. The legendary duo have since written all of their hits as well as recorded 15 studio albums, 14 compilation albums, four live albums, one extended play and 48 singles. Following their hits including “Tempted,” “Black Coffee in Bed,” “Hourglass,” “Cool For Cats”, “Up The Junction” and “Pulling Mussels From The Shell,” they established themselves as two of the most prolific songwriters of their time with each amassing a wealth of melody-rich earworms over the past four decades as both Squeeze and solo artists. They have also received an Ivor Novello award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, the Nordoff-Robbins Icon Award and the Mojo Icon Award.

 

KT TUNSTALL: Singer-songwriter, KT Tunstall enchants and engages with every song, and that’s why she continues to resonate not only among fans, but throughout pop culture at large. Scotland born and now Los Angeles based, KT Tunstall emerged with her 2004 classic debut Eye To The Telescope spawning such international hits as “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See”, which won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song in 2006. That same year she won her first BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist, and earned Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations in 2007. KT has released six albums internationally, to date: Eye to the Telescope (2004), Drastic Fantastic (2007), Tiger Suit (2010), Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (2013), KIN (2016) and WAX (2018), cementing her reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerizing live artist.

 

DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES:

Website: https://www.hallandoates.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hallandoates

Twitter: https://twitter.com/halloates

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hallandoatesofficial/

 

Read more on the tour here on Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/daryl-hall-john-oates-announce-2020-tour-939430/

Indianapolis Battle of the Bands set to attract record attendance as the semifinal round kicks off Wednesday at Hi-Fi

Twenty four of the most electrifying bands in the state have advanced to the Semifinal Round of the HI-FI Battle of the Bands. After a 12-week run, the first round of 72 Indiana-based bands has been paired down to 24 remaining acts.  

 

The Semifinal Round will kick off this Wednesday, Jan. 8 at HI-FI in Fountain Square (1043 Virginia Avenue #4). Twenty Four bands will perform at four shows set to take place every Wednesday in January. Tickets for each event are $12 and only available at the box office on the night of the event.  

 

 

“We feel the momentum and excitement building. It’s been a while since this much attention has been focused on local music,“ Event Promoter and HI-FI Co-Owner Josh Baker highlights. “The camaraderie this event has fostered among the artists and the depth of talent each night has been astounding. Fans are encouraged to arrive early as capacity crowds are expected from here on out.” 

 

Two bands will advance from each of the four semifinal rounds with winners announced at the end of each event. The eight finalists will perform at The Vogue (6259 N College Avenue) in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 15 for the finals. One winner will walk away with the ultimate grand prize of $10,000 cash and a touring van, among other great prizes.  

 

SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE

 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8

SEMIFINAL #1 @ HI-FI
Doors: 7 pm | $12

  • Brother O’ Brother

  • Jake Schlegel

  • Old Revel Minds

  • Forstory

  • JSP

  • manners, please.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22

SEMIFINAL #33 @ HI-FI

Doors: 7 pm | $12

  • The Palace

  • Audiodacity

  • Union Suit Rally

  • Moxxie

  • American Bombshell

  • Chives

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15

SEMIFINAL #2 @ HI-FI

Doors: 7:00 pm | $12

  • Shiny Penny

  • Porch Kat

  • J. Elliott

  • Side Hustle

  • Out of the Blues

  • Veseria

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29

SEMIFINAL #4 @ HI-FI

Doors: 7 pm | $12

  • Huckleberry Funk

  • War on TV

  • Devil to Pay

  • Bullet Points

  • Giant Not Giant

  • Bunkbeds

BATTLE OF THE BANDS FINALS - SATURDAY, FEB. 15

THE VOGUE THEATRE

 

 

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THE AUDIENCE PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE

Fans are given a ballot when entering the event and vote for their three favorite bands of the night. The total audience vote is paired with a combined vote of three secret music industry judges to determine which bands will advance. 

 

GET INVOLVED

The success of the event is a credit to the enticing prize packages offered to winners. Those prizes are offered through creative and strategic partnerships with local and national brands. Local businesses are encouraged to get involved by contributing additional prizes to the winners. Association with the event not only provides great visibility for your company but is a fun way to get involved in the local music community.  For partnership information, contact Josh Baker at jb@mokbpresents.com.  

 

NEW MUSIC DISCOVERY

“This event has proven that the level of talent in Indianapolis is at an all-time high. Week after week, the Battle of the Bands has delivered diverse lineups featuring the best artists in the city. Our favorite aspect of the event, and many of the fans have noted the same, is discovering incredible new artists we were previously unfamiliar with. 

 

BATTLE WEDNESDAYS DELIVER MUSIC NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

As evident with the Indy’s Music Strategy, Indianapolis is taking its music assets seriously. The Battle of the Bands provides a centerpiece event that not only showcases the best homegrown talent, but also our music oriented organizations. The artists themselves have enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate and to spend time with one another in a collegial setting of diverse talent. 

“Everything we do, across all of our companies, revolves around building and strengthening our local music economy. While the competition aspect of the event makes it a little more interesting, this event was created as a way to spark momentum by hosting a weekly meet-up of local musicians, music professionals and live music fans,” Baker adds. “With music as the centerpiece, the people and ‘the hang’ have made Wednesdays at HI-FI a central point for networking and collaboration."

 

ABOUT THE BATTLE OF THE BANDS

The revived Battle of the Bands has created a buzz within the talent-rich local music scene as bands are competing for a grand-prize of $10,000, a touring van and other perks like a recording session and vinyl pressing. This particular Battle of the Bands concept, or “The B.O.B” as it was referred to, was perfected by HI-FI Co-Owner Josh Baker during its weekly run at Broad Ripple’s The Patio from 2001-2006.The original Battle of the Bands was popular in the early 2000’s when it was held at The Patio in Broad Ripple. For six years, the Battle of the Bands was credited with infusing energy and collaboration into the local music scene by attracting sellout crowds for every night of the event. After 12 first-round nights of this new incarnation, it’s clear that the event has made a successful return. The Battle of the Bands, combined with HI-FI’s New Faces Nights, continues MOKB Presents commitment to support and develop local talent originating from Indiana.

"KIDZ BOP LIVE 2020" to travel to 58 cities across the U.S. and Canada; stop in Indianapolis

 KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids, announced today their brand-new tour, KIDZ BOP Live 2020. In partnership with Live Nation, KIDZ BOP will bring the highly anticipated family-friendly live concert experience to 59 cities in the U.S., Canada, and Dominican Republic in 2020. The tour will make a stop in Indianapolis on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at The Amphitheater at White River State Park. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, January 10 at 10am local time. For tour dates and ticket information, visit KIDZBOP.com and LiveNation.com.  Tickets for the new permanent reserved seating section, with an excellent view of the stage, will be available for this show.

 

Bigger than ever before, the all-new live tour will feature KIDZ BOP’s best production yet with new sets, wardrobe, choreography, interactive elements, and more surprises. Recently named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artist” for 10 consecutive years, the KIDZ BOP Kids will perform some of today’s biggest hits live on stage. The KIDZ BOP Kids have sold more than 21 million albums and garnered 4.5 billion streams worldwide.

 

The KIDZ BOP Live 2020 Tour will travel to new places this year in Arizona, Arkansas, Maine, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington, and back by popular demand to cities including Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and more. The KIDZ BOP Kids, Billboard Magazine’s #75 Artist of the Decade, will return to perform again in iconic venues such as Jones Beach Theater in New York, The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver.

 

Victor Zaraya, President of KIDZ BOP adds, “We’re proud to create an environment at our KIDZ BOP live shows that kids and families will enjoy together, whether it’s your child’s first concert or an annual family tradition.”

 

Citi is the official presale credit card of the KIDZ BOP Live 2020 Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 7 at 10am local time until Thursday, January 9 at 10pm local time through Citi EntertainmentSM. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com. Special VIP packages, which include a private party, exclusive merchandise, and a meet-and-greet with The KIDZ BOP Kids, are also available. Artist Group International (AGI) is representing the KIDZ BOP tour.

 

About KIDZ BOP

KIDZ BOP connects with kids and families through its best-selling albums, music videos, consumer products and live tours. In the US, KIDZ BOP is the No. 1 music brand for kids, featuring today's biggest hits "sung by kids for kids." KIDZ BOP has sold over 21 million albums and generated over 4.5 billion streams since the family-friendly music brand debuted in 2001. The best-selling series has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart; only three artists in history—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand—have had more Top 10 albums. For more information, visit www.kidzbop.com.

 

KIDZ BOP is a part of Concord.

 
About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

REO Speedwagon and Styx coming to IMS in May

Music legends REO Speedwagon and Styx will co-headline the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 22, 2020 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, performing their hits that have defined melodic power rock for generations.

 

The concert featuring two of the most popular American rock bands in history starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval. Styx will perform first, followed by REO Speedwagon.

 

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com, by calling 800-822-INDY (4639) or 317-492-6700, or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building.

 

General admission tickets start at just $30. A limited number of concert pit tickets are available for $55. For the first time in 2020, a limited number of tickets in a new temporary grandstand are available starting at $95, including concert pit access. A very limited supply of exclusive VIP platform tickets also is available for $250, including pit access, snacks, two complimentary drinks and dedicated bars. Ticket prices will increase as the concert draws closer, so fans are encouraged to buy now.

 

All general admission, concert pit, grandstand and VIP Deck concert tickets include admission to the concert and to on-track activities that day at IMS, which include the final practice for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race and the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge.

 

“Miller Lite Carb Day is the start of the most exciting weekend of the year in motorsports, and REO Speedwagon and Styx are the perfect headliners to shift anticipation for the 104th Indy 500 into top gear,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Both bands came from Midwestern roots to become enduring global superstars, just like the Indy 500. Our fans will love rocking to hit after hit performed by these legendary artists at the best high-horsepower party of the year.”

 

Formed in 1967 at college in Champaign, Illinois, signed in 1971 and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out.

 

In its early days, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band. By the early ‘70s, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by Styx, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more.

 

Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for the 1980’s explosive “Hi Infidelity,” which received the Recording Industry Association of America’s 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the U.S. “Hi Infidelity’s” millions in sales were fueled by massive hit singles such as “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” All these years later, “Hi Infidelity” still remains a high-water mark for rock bands – the album spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot, a feat that modern artists can only dream of achieving.

 

REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.

 

At the center of REO’s desire to keep it rocking for the fans is Cronin, who looks like he’s found the fountain of youth, along with the secret to penning some of the biggest hits in rock. With bandmates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt, REO has remained busy since the band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007 with its 15th studio album, “Find Your Own Way,” and tours with fellow legends such as Styx, .38 Special, Pat Benatar, Ted Nugent, Chicago, Def Leppard, Status Quo and Don Felder, including a number of shows to benefit various causes.

 

The six members of Styx continue to rock to audiences far and wide by entering their second decade of averaging over 100 shows a year. Founded in Chicago in 1972, Styx draws from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs and hard-driving deep cuts.

 

From the progressively sweeping splendor that is “The Grand Illusion” to the hunker-down fortitude of all that is the “Blue Collar Man,” from the majestic spiritual love for a special “Lady” to the seething indictment of preening, primping pageantry for pageantry’s sake of “Miss America,” from an individual yearning for true connection as a “Man in the Wilderness” to a soul-deep quest to achieve what’s at the heart of one’s personal vision in “Crystal Ball,” from the regal reach-for-the-stars bravado of “Come Sail Away” to the grainy all-in gallop of that rugged “Renegade” who had it made, the band draws on an unlimited cache of ways to immerse one’s mind and body in its signature sound.

 

Styx hit its stride with guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw’s first LP with the band, 1976’s “Crystal Ball,” and then it became the first group to score four triple-platinum albums in a row: “The Grand Illusion” (1977), “Pieces of Eight” (1978), “Cornerstone” (1979) and “Paradise Theater” (1981).

 

Over the ensuing decade, Styx weathered the shifting winds of the public’s musical taste, reconvening for a highly successful 1996 “Return to Paradise” tour that was documented on CD and DVD in 1997.

 

With a little help from their many friends in Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra, “One With Everything” (2006) became a hybrid orchestral rock blend for the ages. And on “The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live” (2011), the band performed at its peak when tackling every track from a pair of their finest triple-platinum albums back to back. Styx also re-recorded two discs’ worth of its classic material with much finesse and musculature, aptly known as “Regeneration Volume I & II” (2011 & 2012). The band’s latest album, “The Mission,” was released to critical acclaim in 2017.

 

The 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is scheduled for Sunday, May 24, 2020. Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com or by calling or visiting the IMS Ticket Office.

The Doobie Brothers announce 50th Anniversary Tour featuring Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons & John Mcfee

Four-time GRAMMY Award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers today announced a 30-city North American tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s founding.

 

TOM JOHNSTON, MICHAEL MCDONALD, PAT SIMMONS and JOHN MCFEE will be back on tour together for the first time in nearly 25 years. The announcement came at the conclusion of the band’s performance at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, in which they played two of their iconic albums, Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me. MICHAEL MCDONALD took to the stage during the band’s encore and gave a surprise performance of The Doobie Brothers’ smash hit single, “Takin’ It To The Streets,” before Pat Simmons announced that the entire band would be teaming up for a North American tour. 

 

The Doobie Brothers will make a stop at Ruoff Music Center located in Noblesville, Indiana on Thursday, July 30, 2020 as part of the Coors Light Concert Series.

 

Tickets to THE DOOBIE BROTHERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 6 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. A limited number of LaneOne Premium Packages will also be available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance and more.  Check LINK for LaneOne details.

 

Selling nearly 50 million albums worldwide, The Doobie Brothers have had five top-10 singles, 16 top-40 hits, 3 multi-platinum albums, 7 platinum albums, 14 gold albums and own a rare diamond record for their 1976 album, Best of the Doobies. The Doobie Brothers’ collection of timeless hits will once again be played by the artists who wrote them, providing fans the rare opportunity to see these Rock and Roll legends performing their full catalog of songs on stage.

 

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR will kick off on June 9, 2020 in West Palm Beach, FL and will make stops in  30 cities, including Nashville, Toronto, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles and more,  including a special hometown show in Mountain View, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 12. The tour is being produced by Live Nation.

 

“We're truly excited about our 50th Anniversary Tour, as it's a celebration of the band’s entire history. We'll be performing songs from our full catalog, as well as new music,” said TOM JOHNSTON.

 

The Doobie Brothers represent the best of a diverse range of American musical styles, incorporating elements of Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Soul, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and R&B. Their sound has influenced artists across all genres of music and their impact on the industry can be seen across generations, from their start in 1970 through to today.

 

Fans who attend THE DOOBIE BROTHERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR can expect to hear wide range of the band’s hit songs, including “Listen To The Music,” “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “Long Train Running,” “Black Water,” “What A Fool Believes,” “China Grove,” “Minute By Minute,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Jesus Is Just Alright With Me” and many more.

 

With the Doobies, everybody in the band was proud to be a Doobie Brother. And to this day, I think of myself as a Doobie Brother — all these years later.” – MICHAEL MCDONALD on NPR’s Ask Me Another (October 25, 2019)

 

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About The Doobie Brothers

For over four decades, The Doobie Brothers have been known for delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll – all of which recently culminated in a nomination for the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, selling more than 48 million albums, and winning four GRAMMY® Awards, The Doobie Brothers continue to write and record new material and tour the world. Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes," both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include: “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” "Takin’ it to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. In all, the Doobies have tallied up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street, the Doobies have 3 multi-platinum, 7 platinum, and 14 Gold albums. Best of the Doobies has sold more than 12 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”

 

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

Greenfield-Central to compete as Bands of America Grand National Championships returns to Lucas Oil Stadium Nov. 14-16

Outstanding high school marching bands from 20 states will compete in the nation’s most prominent marching band championship, Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Nov. 14-16. Bands will compete from Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.


The 44th-annual Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, culminates the 2019 Bands of America season that begin in September with a total of 23 championships from coast-to-coast featuring more than 130,000 teen student performers.

 

Bands of America is a program of Music for All, headquartered in Indianapolis. The national championship event will feature 90 high school marching bands in two days of preliminary competition. Thirty bands from Thursday and Friday’s preliminary competition will advance to Saturday’s Semi-Finals. The top 12 scoring bands on Saturday will move on to the evening Finals competition, where the Grand National Champion will be named.

 

Music for All is about building leaders and celebrating teachers. Foremost, Grand Nationals is an educational performance experience. A panel of nationally-recognized music educators and marching arts experts will evaluate the performing bands, offering recorded comments to help the music educators continue to improve their ensembles, in addition to the ranking and rating on a national level.

 

With more than 1.5 million music students impacted by Music for All’s programs since 1975, Bands of America Championships are a celebration of music education at its finest, showcasing excellence, teamwork, and leadership. In addition to the performances, Grand Nationals includes an Expo, a student leadership workshop, and special events, like the Future Music Educators Experience. Tens of thousands of participants and spectators are expected to attend, with thousands more watching the event’s live stream on FloMarching.com.

 

In addition to Grand Nationals, the Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional was also recently at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 25-26.

“Bands of America Championships are programs that support Music for All’s mission to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all,” according to Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “Active experiences in music and the arts are integral to providing students with a well-rounded education, and the Grand National Championships are a pinnacle experience for the bands. The performances of students at the Bands of America Grand Nationals showcase the results that come from the dedication and teamwork necessary for the achievement of excellence, on the performance field and in life beyond. Bands of America events advocate for maintaining and growing our national commitment to music and arts education, with the student performers making the case in the most visible, artistic, and entertaining way possible, something each and every American should witness and experience.”


The Grand National Championships preliminary competition begins on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 9:15 a.m. and will conclude at 10 p.m. The preliminary competition resumes on Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 a.m., and concludes at 8 p.m., with an exhibition performance by the Spartan Marching Band of Michigan State University, followed by the awards ceremony. Gates will open for the Semi-Finals competition on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 a.m., with performances beginning at approximately 7 a.m., and will conclude at 5:30 p.m. Gates open for the Finals competition on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m., with performances beginning at 8 p.m. All times are tentative pending the final schedule of performing bands. Current times will be listed at marching.musicforall.org.

 

Fifteen Indiana bands, including Avon High School, Carmel High School, Center Grove High School, Columbus North High School, Fishers High School, Greenfield Central High School, Homestead High School, Ben Davis High School, Floyd Central High School, Lawrence Township, Lewis Cass High School, Brownsburg High School, East Central High School, Lake Central High School, and Monrovia High School will compete in the Grand National Championships.

 

Paige’s Music and Chops Percussion of Indianapolis is the Official Music Store of the event.

 

Four college bands will perform in exhibition: Texas A&M Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, Missouri State University Pride Band, Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners, and the University of North Alabama Pride of Dixie.

 

Friday evening’s festivities will include the presentation of the Patrick John Hughes Parent/Booster Award, a national award honoring an outstanding band parent and supporter and named in honor of Louisville resident Patrick John Hughes, co-author with his son Patrick Henry of “I Am Potential.” This year’s Friday award ceremony will also include the first presentation of Music for All’s newly-established President’s Award, to Matthew B. Carter, Vice President of Destination Development, Executive Director, Music Crossroads, and former Chairman of the Board of Music for All; Michael Fox, former Lucas Oil Stadium Director and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Senior Director of Facilities and Planning; and Barney Levengood, former Executive Director of the Capitol Improvement Board in Indianapolis.


Tickets are available for the Grand National Championships at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster by phone and at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office. Tickets for the four days of events range from $15 to $135. See all ticket prices at marching.musicforall.org. Children ages 10 and under are free for general admission seats. A $5 off any general admission ticket (individual Preliminaries and Semi-Finals) discount will be available at the gate for college students with an ID, spectators 11-18 years of age, military members and spouses (military ID required), and spectators age 62 and over.

 

About Music for All   

Since 1975, Music for All has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music making in his or her scholastic environment. Music for All’s advocacy efforts inspire and develop models and strategies for successful music programs, through programs like its Advocacy in Action Awards, the I-65 Corridor Project, and support of Indianapolis Public Schools, the Central Indiana Track Show Association, and Indiana State Fair Band Day, and programs like United Sound and Be Part of the Music. Music for All’s programs include more than 45 annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching bands; the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers; the Music for All National Festival for bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion and chamber ensembles; Affiliate Regional Music Festivals held across America; and national student honor ensembles including the Bands of America Honor Band that will march for the fifth time in the Rose Parade® in 2021.   

 

Sponsor Information    

Music for All efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor: Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor: Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Student Travel Partner: Music Travel Consultants; Official Spirit Wear Sponsor: PepWear; Official Performance Equipment Sponsor: Wenger Corporation; Corporate Sponsors: Ball State University, Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, and Strategic Advocacy Partner: NAMM; Associate Sponsors: BAND the mobile app, DANSR, Director’s Showcase International, FloMarching, REMO, ScholarshipAuditions.com, Woodwind & Brasswind. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis; Ball Brothers Foundation; Lilly Endowment Inc.; George and Frances Ball Foundation; Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.; CMA Foundation; Central Indiana Community Foundation, Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc.; and Arthur Jordan Foundation.  

Richard Marx: An Acoustic Evening of Love Songs

The new Brown County Music Center located in Nashville, Ind., just announced Richard Marx: An Acoustic Evening of Love Songs (Wednesday, February 12, 2020) as part of its inaugural lineup this year, with perfect timing surrounding Valentine’s Day.

 

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 18 at 10 a.m. and will be available at www.browncountymusiccenter.com and at www.ticketmaster.com, and the venue box office.

 

About Richard Marx: As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx's nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping "Hold on to the Nights," with "Don't Mean Nothing" earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The follow-up, 1989's Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting #1 and going quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in "Satisfied" and "Right Here Waiting." When both Rush Street (with two #1 AC hits in "Keep Coming Back" and "Hazard") and Paid Vacation (with its #1 AC hit, "Now and Forever") went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To this day, he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.

 

For most artists, that would be impressive enough -- but Richard Marx didn't stop there, launching a second, very successful, incarnation as a songwriter and producer, with songs like "To Where You Are," the first hit single from Josh Groban's debut album, as well as the NSYNC smash, "This I Promise You." He went on to earn a 2004 Song of the Year Grammy for co-authoring Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father." Across all formats, Marx has scored an amazing total of 14 #1 singles (including Keith Urban's #1 smash "Long Hot Summer") both as a performer and songwriter/producer, making him a true multi-talented threat who continues to challenge himself and his fans. He has also written with Jennifer Nettles, Sara Bareilles and Vince Gill. He holds the honor of being one of a handful of artists who have had a number one hit in each of the past four decades.

 

Richard has made a commitment to several different causes, from donating the royalties from his hit single, "Should've Known Better," to build a room at the NYU Medical Center for pediatric cancer patients, to his recording of "Children of the Night," which brought attention to the plight of homeless children on the streets, raising more than $500k for the Children of the Night Foundation. Marx has also performed benefit concerts over the years for the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys for Tots, Make a Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Best Buddies and the Special Olympics. Richard and his band entertained the U.S. troops stationed in Germany and, since 2008, he has hosted an annual event in Chicago for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the first of which featured a concert by Richard and Kenny Rogers. Richard has also organized an annual all-star benefit concert for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising more than $4 million for research to cure the disease.

 

About the Brown County Music Center (opened August 2019): Located in Nashville, Indiana, the Brown County Music Center is a visual and auditory masterpiece with cutting edge design that will
bring in nationally known performers and host local events. The new 2000-seat live performance venue offers an incredibly intimate experience for each show. The farthest seat from the stage is only 106 feet away. Nestled on the banks of Salt Creek and located less than one-mile from the largest state park in Indiana and the Village of Nashville, this indoor entertainment venue will host world-class rock, blues, country, pop, jazz, oldies, throwback artists, and more.