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2016 Klipsch Music Center Concert Schedule

May 19, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

Outdoor concerts are the essence of summer. Bringing fans with tans and headlining bands together in perfect harmony while the striking sunset sets the whole scene. Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville is the largest outdoor concert venue in the Midwest and was voted the fifth best outdoor music venue in the nation in a USA Today poll.

KMCZac Brown Band - Black Out the Sun 2016 Tour - May 22

Keith Urban - ripCORD World Tour 2016 - June 4

Joe Walsh & Bad Company - One Hell of a Night Tour - June 16

Dead and Company - June 17

Florida Georgia Line - June 18

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band - June 23

Darius Rucker - June 25

Phish - June 26

Kenny Chesney - June 30  *ENTER TO WIN 2 TICKETS*

Def Leppard - July 1

Luke Bryan - July 8 & 9

Weezer & Panic at the Disco with special guest Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - July 12

Slipknot - July 13

G-Eazy & Logic - July 14

Steely Dan with Steve Winwood - July 15

Rock Hall Three For All: Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick - July 17

Vans Warped Tour - July 19

Disturbed & Breaking Benjamin - July 20

Jason Aldean - July 21

Dave Matthews Band - July 22 & 23

Hall & Oates - July 24

Brad Paisley - July 30

Gwen Stefani - July 31

Rob Zombie & Korn - August 6

Snoop Dogg & Wix Khalifa - August 11

Dierks Bentley - August 13

Fifth Harmony - August 14

Brantley Gilbert with Justin Moore and Colt Ford - August 19

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas - August 21

Dixie Chicks - August 25

Hank Williams Jr. & Chris Stapleton - August 26

Black Sabbath - September 2

Toby Keith - September 9

Blink - 182 - September 10

Rascal Flatts - September 17

Hamilton County Happenings - March 2

Mar 02, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

From art exhibits to performing arts, find them all in Hamilton County! Check out a crowd sourced art exhibit or see an award winning musical performance, read on for those ideas and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings.  

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Nickel Plate Arts Showcase: #loveHC
March 2-31
Noblesville, Indiana

Kick off your weekend with a trip to Nickel Plate Arts for the First Friday unveiling of the latest exhibit. This show explores how Instagram, Hamilton County and crowdsourcing collide in a most loving way.
 Bending Broadway Carmel Community Players present: CCP's Cabaret Series Bending Broadway
March 4-6
Carmel, Indiana

Enjoy performances inspired by the annual "Broadway Backwards" fundraiser out of NYC, that hails the tradition of men singing women's songs and vice versa.
 Christian McBride Christian McBride Big Band
March 4
Carmel, Indiana

Four-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman.
 Downtown Finale Downton Finale Dinner & Tea
March 4 & 6
Carmel, Indiana

Drown your sorrows over the Downtown finale over a Downton themed dinner on Friday or high tea on Sunday at Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen.
Passport to Hi Tech  Passport to Hi-Tech
March 5
Fishers, Indiana

Girls ages 7 to 12 are invited to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on experiments and interactive exhibits.

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Hamilton County Happenings - February 24

Feb 24, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

From performing arts to dining deals, find them all in Hamilton County! Check out special menus in historic Noblesivlle or see a world-class philharmonic performance, read on for those ideas and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings.

Cat in the Hat
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre presents: The Cat in the Hat
Through March 3
Carmel, Indiana

The Civic Theatre brings Dr. Seuss' beloved story The Cat in the Hat to life, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2, 1904.
 Devour Noblesville 16 Devour Noblesville
Through February 25
Noblesville, Indiana

Sample Noblesville downtown restaurants with special menus and discount pricing.
 Forbidden Broadway Carmel Community Players present: Forbidden Broadway- Greatest Hits
February 26-28
Carmel, Indiana

Broadway's greatest musical legends meet Broadway's greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to stars and songs.
 PBPO16 Polish Baltic Philharmonic
February 26
Carmel, Indiana

Founded in 1945 on the heels of postwar Polish independence, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland.

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Variety Keeps Hamilton County Audiences Entertained

Feb 23, 2016 by Andrea Davis

When it comes to the live music and the performing arts, Hamilton County has plenty to offer residents and visitors alike. From hometown musicians playing neighborhood bars to international superstars rocking a world-class amphitheater, there's something for everyone.

TaniaThat diversity is what makes the county's cultural scene so appealing, said Tania Castroverde
Moskalenko, president and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. No matter what kind of entertainment you're looking for, you'll likely find it on a local calendar of events.

"People want to experience arts and culture in different ways on different occasions," Moskalenko said. "Everyone has a place in the cultural ecology of our communities."

A Yo-Yo Ma concert at the stately Palladium concert hall is very different from a Jimmy Buffett show on the lawn at Klipsch Music Center, that's for sure.

As its name suggests, the Center for the Performing Arts is a hub for such experiences. The three-venue campus Palladiumincludes the Studio Theater, the Palladium -where Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett and The Milk Carton Kids all recently performed-and the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, which relocated from Indianapolis.

Together, the Center and its six resident companies, including Carmel Symphony Orchestra and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, produced more than 250 shows during the 2014-15 season, selling nearly 120,000 tickets.

Moskalenko said almost 60 percent of the audience members came from outside Hamilton County; the Center has patrons from all 92 Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 23 countries.

The Center has quickly become a destination for the culturally inclined, but even she admits it's just one of "the many great opportunities that exist to be part of the vibrant arts and culture scene of Hamilton County."

I tend to gravitate toward the more casual entertainment options-live music at local breweries is a particular favorite-but I'm glad I have the opportunity to broaden my horizons when I get the urge. What's your performing arts venue of choice in Hamilton County?

Hamilton County Happenings - February 17

Feb 17, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

From beer tastings to winter family fun, there are plenty of upcoming Hamilton County events to choose from! Read on for excellent ideas and check out our online calendar of events for even more.

 Devour Noblesville Devour Noblesville
February 19 - 25
Noblesville, Indiana

Participating Noblesville eateries will be offering special menus and deals for this week-long event. It's a great way to try somewhere new!
 Fishers on Tap 5th Annual Fishers on Tap Craft Beer Tasting
February 20
Fishers, Indiana

Grab your ticket for Fisher's annual beer tasting event. There will be eight local breweries sampling their brews, plus proceeds go to families in need within the local community.
 Clay Terrace Winter Clay Terrace Winter Blast!
February 20
Carmel, Indiana

It may be chilly, but that only adds to the fun at this new Carmel event. See ice sculptors do their thing, sample hot chocolate or even take a carriage ride.
 Pours & Pints-Sun King Indiana on Tap presents: Bicentennial Pours & Pints at Sun King Fishers Tap Room
Feb 20
Fishers, Indiana

You don't want to miss this beer-tastic celebration of Indiana's Bicentennial. Try a signature Sun King brew and enter to win one several available prizes from Indiana on Tap, Hamilton County Tourism and Sun King. Be sure to tag your photos with #HCbrews16 for even more chances to win.
Wind Symphony
The Indiana Wind Symphony Presents: Images of Japan
February 21
Carmel, Indiana

Hear the sounds of Japan as the Indiana Wind Symphony plays some of the most well known pieces inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun.

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The Four Items You Must Bring to Symphony on the Prairie

Jul 08, 2015 by Robert Annis

SOTP Blurb

I'm a big fan of Symphony on the Prairie concerts. My wife Dee and I have been going to the concerts for years, so we've become experts on what to bring to keep the good times rolling. Here are a few of our suggestions.

SOTP Picnic

Food
Every good SOTP experience starts with great food. Several restaurants and grocery stores have SOTP take-out specials. If you love grilled shrimp, Petersons has a spectacular deal for you. If you prefer to pick your own items, Marsh - appropriately the title sponsor for SOTP, has everything you need.

Some people bring entire elaborate meals with tablecloths and real silverware to the concerts, but that just makes me feel I'm in a fancy restaurant that I'm about to get kicked out of for violating the dress code. Stick with basic finger foods - cheese, crackers, sliced veggies and hummus. It makes clean up a breeze, and you have less stuff to lug back home.

Wine at Vine & Table

 

Alcohol
Let the weather and the music determine what wine or beer to bring. If it's a warm night, try a chilled, semi sweet, rosé; I'm partial to HGK's Rosé of Pinot Noir, which has notes of strawberry, guava and stone fruit. For the annual Star Spangled Symphony, I'd go with either Budweiser - it doesn't get more American than that - or, better yet, a craft brew. Triton Brewing's Rail Splitter, brewed in nearby Lawrence, ranks as one of my favorites.

Folding Chair

 

Folding Chairs
Camp chairs are great for making the outdoors seem like your living room, only with a few more mosquitoes. You can find the collapsible chairs at any department or sporting goods store, but be sure to pick up the ones with at least one beer holder built into the arm rest. If you really want to make your neighbors jealous, Target sells chairs with a built-in foot rest as well.

Be sure to bring a blanket as well, just in case you decide to stretch out, it gets cold or some unprepared friends crash your party.

COOLER

Rolling Cooler

Getting from the parking lot to a spot in the grass can be a bit of a hike. Add in armfuls of various items, and by the time you get to your spot, you no longer want music, but a nap.

This 40-quart cooler from Coleman not only fits all of our food and drink, we stack all of the remaining stuff on top and secure it with a bungee cord. So much easier. And the cooler also acts as a makeshift table, so you don't need to worry about stepping on your cheese plate when you have to make a mid-show jaunt to the restroom.

See you at the Movie Music of John Williams!

Click here to see the full Symphony on the Prairie schedule.

Shakespeare in the Park in Noblesville

Jul 07, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

This blog was contributed by David Heighway, Hamilton County Historian and Shakespeare in the Park participant.

Shakespeare in the Park Noblesville- rehearsal

22 years can seem like a long time, but having watched Noblesville's Shakespeare in the Park production grow into a city institution, it sometimes seems to me that the years have sped by. As an actor in the show and member of the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission, I've had a front row seat for the activities and excitement.

The NCAC was created by Mayor Mary Sue Rowland in September of 1992 as a city-affiliated, but self-supporting organization dedicated to the encouragement of the arts. Jane Campbell, who was one of the founders of the Hamilton County Theater Guild, was made the first head of the commission and had the title of "Minister of Culture". I was one of the early members. I remember sitting in the meeting in March of 1993 when Jane first proposed doing Shakespeare in the Park. Like several other commission members, I thought it was a great idea, but was doubtful as to whether we could sustain it. However, Jane was a very strong-minded person and insisted that the attempt be made. Jane was correct and this is now the longest continuously-running Shakespeare in the Park event in central Indiana and the second oldest in the state. (Monroe County Civic Theater in Bloomington has the oldest.) The show is now into its second generation of performers, using actors who were not even born when the first production happened.

Shakespeare in the Park Noblesville- video

 

This will be third time that we've done the play "Twelfth Night". This year, we will also have an original one-act play examining what Shakespeare might have been thinking about as he wrote the play. It's been great to have been a part of this project from the beginning and to be a part of the 22nd annual production. See you in the park!

Shakespeare in the Park
July 23-25 and July 30-August 1
7:30 p.m.
Seminary Park, Noblesville

Klipsch Music Center named 5th Best Outdoor Music Venue in USA

Jun 30, 2015 by Kate Burkhardt

 

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Experts and fans agree, Klipsch Music Center rocks! The amphitheater just announced an exciting a fifth place finish in USA Today's "Best Outdoor Music Venue" reader's choice competition. Industry experts selected the top 20 nominees for the contest and readers voted the top ten picks.

The Noblesville concert venue is the largest amphitheater in the Midwest and sees hundreds of thousands of music lovers applauding under the pavilion and cheering from the lawn each season. Where else can you join up to 24,000 people to hear the biggest names in pop, country, rock and hip-hop to a backdrop of a stunning Indiana sunset? Congratulations, Klipsch!

Tickets are still up for grabs for many of the remaining summer shows. See the lineup here. What's the best show you've ever seen at Klipsch Music Center? Share with us in the comments!

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Summer Porch Tales in Hamilton County

Jun 03, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

This blog was contributed by storyteller Celestine Bloomfield who will be telling at the Summer Porch Tales on June 6 and June 27.

Storytelling Porch TalesThe beauty of storytelling is that one good story leads to another. You don't have to be Scheherazade to tell a good tale and everyone has a story to tell. My journey into storytelling began in grad school when I told my version of "The Three Little Pigs" while creating a filmstrip. Filmstrips are obsolete but I am still telling this urban folktale, "The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs".

The media center in my first elementary school had shelves of books minus their colorful book jackets and I used storytelling as my advertising gimmick to connect the students with the stories. I challenged my students to find the tales I told in the folklore section. While sharing literature, I might read the same story seven times in one day. By the last classes, I found myself telling the story without the book and thus my storytelling began.

Celestine StorytellerPeople often ask me what kind of stories do I tell and my answer is always, "I only tell the stories I like." I like stories from all cultures, but something has to grab me in the story. Something has to speak to me. Watch the audience in any storytelling session and see where the audience smiles in unison, laughs in unison or even groans in unison. We can relate to the story because it has happened to each one of us and we know how that feels. We are more alike than different and world folktales are perfect vessels to illustrate this. Because I am an African American woman, it certainly shapes my telling but I love to respectively share stories from other cultures.

My mission is to encourage everyone to tell tales. Stories are for all ages and we need to be sharing them. It does not have to be from a book. Tell your family history before it is forgotten and lost. I remember my Uncle Ernest talking about his service in World War II and being in Italy. Talk about how you met your spouse. Did you get to Indiana via Ellis Island or Route 66? Where did you grow up? What did you and your brothers and sisters do for fun? Describe your school days. Share your grandmother's peach cobbler recipe and tell the story about how you ate too many peaches or strawberries or scuppernong grapes.

I will do anything to tell a story. I will sing. (And I cannot sing!) I will draw. (And I definitely cannot draw!) I will do anything to tell a story and I want you to join me.

Experience the magic of storytelling this summer at the Summer Porch Tales series presented by Storytelling Arts. Two 30-minute performances at each location will delight audiences of all ages. Different stories will be told at all venues, so visit one or all!

Summer Porch Tales at Nickel Plate Arts
Nickel Plate Arts Campus, Noblesville
Saturday, June 6 at 4 p.m.

Storytelling Arts Presents: Summer Porch Tales in Westfield
South Mill Street, Westfield
Saturday, June 13 at 4 p.m.

Storytelling Arts Presents: Summer Porch Tales at Historic Ambassador House
Ambassador House, Fishers
Sunday, June 21 at 5 p.m.

Storytelling Arts Presents: Summer Porch Tales at The Monon Depot
Monon Depot, Carmel
Saturday, June 27 at 4 p.m.

Outdoor Concerts in Hamilton County, Indiana

May 26, 2015 by Sarah Buckner

I love music - country, pop, classic, new- just music. I especially love really great live shows where everyone is up from their seat, dancing and singing along. Summer in Hamilton County, Indiana ushers in festivals and farm markets, trails and park visits - but best of all, out door concerts. For me, there is nothing better on a warm summer night than throwing down a blanket in the grass and listening as the sounds fill the air. This summer offers another great year in music, from local favorites to the big names in today's tunes. 

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Almost any night of the week, you can pack a picnic and a lawn chair and enjoy a concert happening in a local city.

On Tuesday nights, guests of all ages are invited to visit the Nickel Plate Amphitheatre in Fishers.
Each Wednesday take your families to Carmel for the annual, free concerts at the Carmel gazebo.
Spend your Thursday evenings with the Noblesville - where local parks in the city will offer free music from fun bands.
On the first and third Fridays of the month, Noblesville Main Street will present free music on the historic Noblesville Square.
Also on Fridays, The second Friday of June, July and August will be home to the Saxony Summer Concert Series.
Visit the Carmel Arts & Design District for the popular Jazz on the Monon concert series many Saturdays this summer. symphony on the prairie

Family-Friendly or Date Night Out

For the 34th year, one of my favorite summer events, the Symphony on the Prairie is back to Conner Prairie! Rent a table or relax in the lawn, and listen to great music. For an additional fee, experience the 1859 Balloon Voyage as it travels 350 feet into the air. For more information or to purchase concert tickets, click here.

Date Night Music

One of the best outdoor venues in the country, Klipsch Music Center, is located in the county seat of Noblesville. Whether you score a ticket under the canopy, or secure a spot in the lawn under the stars, Klipsch is able to accommodate more than 24,000 fans. Showcasing the sounds from the big names in all genres, summer in Hamilton County just isn't the same without a visit to this incredible spot. For a full line up of the shows, visit the Klipsch Music Center page.

Klipsch Blog SizeStill want to hear great music, but want to stay indoors? For a truly unique musical night out, visit the Palladium, a state-of-the-art, acoustically perfect concert hall. This summer, the Palladium is presenting music from Chris Botti, Esperanza Spalding, and Harry Connick Jr. - but that is just naming a few of the great acts coming to the Carmel hall. To buy tickets or take a peak at the rest of the shows, visit The Center for the Performing Arts page.

Check out the online calendar more information on live music, and all the other fun summer events, in Hamilton County, Indiana.

 

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