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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.
Family Friendly Concerts
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.
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.
Still 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.
Apr 28, 2015 by Kate Burkhardt
Outdoor concerts are the essence of summer. Summer concerts bring fans with tans and headlining bands together in perfect harmony while the striking sunset sets the whole scene.
"What we're seeing is that the music festival is becoming one of America's favorite summer pastimes," said Martina Wang, the head of music and entertainment for Eventbrite in an interview with CNBC.
At Noblesville's Klipsch Music Center, in Hamilton County, every summer concert feels like a festival. As the largest outdoor concert venue in the Midwest, hundreds of thousands of fans flock to Klipsch every season to watch the biggest names in country and pop music perform on a stage that has seen everyone from Luke Bryan to KISS to OneRepublic.
As the lawns start to green and tickets begin flying out the box office window, here is a look at what to expect from the first concerts of the season at Klipsch:
Saturday, May 16 - Lady Antebellum: Wheels Up 2015 Tour with Hunter Hayes & Sam Hunt
What to wear: Cowboy hat and boots
What to listen for: Fans of Lady A should listen for the 2014 hit single "Bartender" along with top picks from their latest album "747." Hunter Haye's classic country love song "Wanted" is still one of his top downloaded songs on iTunes, eclipsed only by "I Want Crazy." Country newcomer Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" and "Leave the Night On" are sure to cause an eruption of applause from the boot scootin' audience.
Thursday, May 28 - Lana Del Rey
What to wear: flower crown headband or vintage tee
What to listen for: Lana's unique sultry sound has graced many a movie soundtrack, including "Young and Beautiful" featured in "The Great Gatsby" and "Once Upon a Dream" featured in Disney's "Maleficent." Her hit single "Summertime Sadness" is a crowd pleaser as well as "West Coast" from her brand new album Ultraviolence, which was just released this February.
Saturday, May 30 - Rascal Flatts with Scotty McCreery
What to wear: baseball cap and plaid shirt
What to listen for: Rascal Flatts is no newcomer to the country music scene, with a list of chart topping singles longer than the Mississippi River. Fans can expect classic favorites like "What Hurts the Most" and "My Wish" along with new songs from their most recent album like "Riot" and "Rewind." American Idol alum Scotty McCreery will woo and wow audiences with hits "The Trouble with Girls" and "I Love You This Big."
Get your tickets now to start your summer singing along with show stoppers and chart toppers in May at Klipsch! Enter to win tickets here:
Jan 22, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism
From cosmic bowling to seeing a bass guitar virtuoso live, this weekend in Hamilton County, Indiana has quite the variety of events. Craft your own weekend getaway with the following ideas and check our online calendar of events for even more.
Stardust Bowl Cosmic Bowling
Fridays and Saturdays
Head inside for some winter fun at Coopers Stardust Bowl in Noblesville. The lights will go down, the lasers will turn on and the music will go up for cosmic bowling nights this winter! What a fun idea for date night, a family outing or getting together with friends. Cosmic bowling starts at 10 p.m. Fridays and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays through March 28.
The Center Presents: Emerson String Quartet
"America's greatest quartet" is stopping by The Palladium on Friday! With 8 Grammy Awards under their belt, the Emerson String Quartet is sure to impress. The program includes Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn and begins at 8 p.m. Get tickets before they're gone!
Baking Bread: Hearth Style
Learn to bake various types of breads at Conner Prairie this Saturday. The first class in the Prairie Pursuits series geared towards adults will teach the basics of all things bread. From traditional oven baking to old school hearth baking, this class will cover it all! Reservations are required for all Prairie Pursuits classes, see the schedule here.
The Center Presents: Stanley Clarke Trio
Electric and acoustic bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke will take over The Palladium stage on Sunday. Concert goers will be treated to Clarke's award-winning jazz fusion style. This show is a must-see for bass enthusiasts!
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Jan 06, 2015 by Emma Diebold
Winter is a great time to catch some indoor performances by one of the several talented theatre groups in Hamilton County. From small community theatres to touring acts stopping by The Center for the Performing Arts, there is quite a variety coming up this season! Here are some highlights:
The Carmel Community Players will present An Enchanted Cabaret from January 9-11. Attendees will be treated to songs from Disney classics like Aladdin and even some Broadway tunes. Best of all? The Playhouse is located at Clay Terrace mall so you can grab a bite to eat (or use up those gift cards from Christmas!) before or after the show.
Dance, martial arts and gymnastics will come together for a thrilling performance called coming to The Tarkington. Performers will present two pieces that will use actual architectural set pieces to create stories. It's rather difficult to explain, but just judging from the photo to the left, it looks like an amazing, one-of-a-kind show! Tickets are available now for shows on January 16 and 17.
Planning ahead? The end of the month brings the opening of three new shows throughout the county. Pair a performance near Valentine's Day with dinner at a local Hamilton County eatery for a unique date night.
The two-time Tony Award winning play The 39 Steps is being presented by the Actors Theatre of Indiana. Think Hitchcock plus a spy novel with a dash of Monty Python humor, and you've got the recipe for this great show. The tagline is "Hitchcock meets hilarious," after all! The show runs from January 30- February 15.
Bus Stop, a play originally produced during The Belfry Theatre's 1983-84 season will return to the stage once again beginning January 30. A bus makes a stop at a roadside diner, only to get stranded for the evening. Friendship, drama and even a little romance ensues.
Also beginning a run on January 30, Home Games will be presented by the Westfield Playhouse. This 3-person show revolves around a former Yankee baseball player, his daughter Mertle, and Mertle's new love interest. Will the former Yankee stick to his stubborn ways or allow Mertle to be with the love of her life? You'll have to go see the show to find out!
Sep 16, 2014 by Kate Burkhardt
Tania Castroverde Moskalenko may be new to Indiana, but she is already an expert on the cultural experiences her Hamilton County home has to offer. The Cuban-born performing arts enthusiast chose to complete her challenge to "try an ethnic restaurant" at Amber Indian on North Meridian Street in Carmel.
"I love ethnic food," Tania said. "Indian and Cuban fares are my favorites."
Over a plate of naan and chicken vindaloo, Tania shared her excitement for Grammy award winning Indian musician Zakir Hussain to take the stage at the Palladium on September 28. Zakir is a renowned drummer, specializing in an instrument native to India called the tabla. Tania has met many internationally recognized musicians and loves experiencing global culture through the performing arts - and through food, of course.
"In Hamilton County, we have culture in our own backyard. People don't have to go to Chicago, New York or Los Angeles to see amazing performances, experience art or taste unique cuisines," Tania said. "Hamilton County has a sense of vibrancy with the level of artistry present."
Tania's favorite place in Hamilton County gives voice to her passion for the arts. She loves being a part of concertgoers' experience at the Palladium.
"I love watching the reactions on peoples' faces during a performance," Tania said.
When Tania is not watching live performances and meeting with the Palladium's long list of VIP guests, she enjoys spending time at home and cooking for her family.
Now through September 19, you can enter to win a pair of tickets to see Zakir Hussain, valued at $160! Share a photo of you and your family completing All-IN challenges on Twitter with the hashtag #Allin_HC or go to HamiltonCountyTourism.com/All-IN to enter!
Name: Tania Castroverde Moskalenko
Job: President/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts
Years in Indiana: 2
Jul 30, 2014 by Erin Vollmer
I went to Klipsch Music Center for a last minute concert last week. One thing is for sure- Lady Antebellum owned the night (along with Joe Nichols and Billy Currington)! I had never been to Klipsch for a concert, but I loved the facility and the atmosphere created by the artists and the outdoor amphitheater. The lawn wasn't just a field where you would have to stand on your toes to get a glimpse of any action, it was set on a hill where we could sit and still see the stage. Of course, once the main show started, everyone stood from excitement!
I took my friend Elizabeth, who had just gotten back from Texas and was loving the "Sunny and 75°" weather. Even though Texas is in the Deep South, she mentioned that there were hardly any country music concerts there, but that Klipsch has tons of big names in country come each year.
We arrived around 7:15 and there was still a lot of great lawn space available (most people were still tailgating in the parking lot). Everything was easy to find because there were buildings for everything and obvious signage- the venue was definitely built for concerts.
The food and drink sold there were quite pricey, but that's to be expected. Klipsch does allow unopened bottles of water and small bags of food, so we brought take-out and ate during the opening numbers. There were also a few food vendors that sold treats for a reasonable price, like Gigi's Cupcakes.
The space filled up quickly and we unintentionally started a Snapchat scavenger hunt for our friends that were also at the concert. I had sent a snap of the show from our viewpoint, and my friend sent one back showing that she was there too! With a capacity of 24,000 people, it isn't that unusual that we knew other people there!
The concert itself was remarkable. The musical groups complemented each other well and Lady Antebellum even called Billy Currington and Joe Nichols back on stage to sing one of my favorite throwback country songs, "It's a Great Day to be Alive", by Travis Tritt. They all acted like a family and kept up the energy throughout the show. The video screens and lighting were creative, and multiple staging areas let the band perform from all over the amphitheater. One of my favorite parts was when the audience raised their cell phones and lit up the night.
I was very impressed by the ease and convenience of parking at the venue. The parking staff had everything so organized that we got out of the lot in about 5 minutes, even after staying for the encore.
Overall, I had a great experience and I hope to return for another concert soon!
Want to see a concert for yourself at Klipsch Music Center? Enter to win tickets to the Chicago & REO Speedwagon show! Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 31.
May 08, 2014 by Sarah Buckner
Nothing sounds better than summer in Hamilton County, Indiana. As a lifelong resident, I have always appreciated the outdoor concerts available almost every night of the week. Whether it is a small show in a park on a Tuesday, or a rocking crowd at Klipsch Music Center, I never have to leave the county to find amazing music.
This summer, join 24,000 of your closest friends and fellow music fans at Klipsch Music Center, where the biggest names in rock and rap, country and folk perform their greatest hits. Located in Noblesville, this outdoor amphitheater has been a local summer staple for 25 years. Here, music lovers of all ages can experience their favorite tunes under a starry sky, so whether you are seated under the pavilion or on a blanket in a general admission lawn spot, there isn't a bad seat in this venue.
At Klipsch, the atmosphere of excellent sounds, warm air, and a happy crowd offers a musical experience unlike any other - so grab a cold drink, find your friends, sit back and enjoy the show. The season begins May 17 with the country croonings of Rascal Flatts, with the great music continuing all summer long.
If local music is more your thing, visitors can find an outdoor concert perfect for all ages almost every night of the week. Tuesday nights, head to the Nickel Plate amphitheater in downtown Fishers where the free summer concert series is sure to get the entire crowd on its feet. Each Wednesday night, Carmel offers entertaining shows beginning at 7:30. Head to the gazebo in downtown Carmel and take part in this fun summer tradition. The music at both Dillion Park and Forest Park in Noblesville will keep toes tapping on Thursday evenings. Also a free show, this exciting event is open to everyone! Looking for a show on Fridays? The Cool Creek Concert Series is the place to be, with tickets at only $5.
But that's not it! Throughout the summer, Conner Prairie and the Indianapolis Symphony present Marsh Symphony on the Prairie. Beginning its 33rd year, Symphony on the Prairie is a signature event within Hamilton County. At the Symphony, attendees can listen to the beautiful music, enjoy a picnic, and watch the sunset. If you want to make the event even more unique, hop on board the 1859 Balloon Voyage and soar to the sky while listening below.
Looking to stay inside while enjoying a show? Check out the Center for the Performing Arts summer schedule.
May 01, 2014 by Hamilton County Tourism
Apr 29, 2014 by Rosalyn Demaree
When I went to the Atlanta Music Hall, I planned to stay until intermission.
But they had me at 7:00 when banjo player Gerald Terry said, "Here we go," to open the night of great music with Under the Double Catfish, the Music Hall Band's take on a lively Chet Atkins, Hank Snow piece.
I was still there at 9:30, one of the last to get a "Thanks for coming" from Gerald's wife and Hall co-founder, Roberta.
In between, I thoroughly enjoyed swing, jazz, show tunes, a little Bossa Nova and even some Dixieland. I heard songs by Duke Ellington, Lerner and Loewe, Leon Russell and Count Basie. The versatile sextet (banjo, two guitars, drums, clarinet/sax and piano) performed The Girl from Ipanema and Lida Rose with the same flair as Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets).
The Music Hall's big sound fills a little storefront in Hamilton County's smallest, northern-most town. The main room could be politely described as intimate. Truthfully, people in the front row probably feel the "whoosh" as piano player Greg Duncan (who performed five years with the Navy band) flips from one page of sheet music to the next.
But whether you're in the front row or the last, the sound doesn't overwhelm. You hear every sweet note and can still whisper words of appreciation (or sweet nothings) to your date. No wonder the typical guest is an older Baby Boomer.
My tip: Go a little early to the Music Hall, especially if you have a preference about your seat. It's open every Saturday night, and regulars from throughout central Indiana fill the assortment of castoff chairs ("the groom's side," says Roberta) and padded park benches. Or go even earlier and have pizza, pasta or an Italian specialty at DeLullo's, a few steps away on Main Street.
After you claim your seat, enjoy the eclectic mix of musical memorabilia on the walls and wander into the back room to see the Hall of Fame - a bulletin board filled with photos from years of Music Hall highlights. If you're thirsty, buy a soft drink or go with the hardest drink in the house, fresh brewed coffee. Since the doors close at 9:30, you'll have time to find libations elsewhere and still be home before the sitter goes into overtime.
Atlanta may not be the first place you think about for a lively and cheap Saturday night. (There's no admission at the Music Hall but donations to pay utility bills are accepted.) It shouldn't be the last, either.
Oct 10, 2013 by Emma Diebold
Klipsch Music Center's 25th Anniversary season came to a close last Saturday night, and what a marvelous season it was! Each year, the outdoor amphitheater brings thousands of visitors to Hamilton County, Indiana to experience internationally known recording artists. And after 25 years of doing just that, this season was certainly one of the best yet!
Fellow blogger Carrie brought us some great memories and facts about the venue in her Twenty-Five Years of History post. I myself remember the days of Klipsch Music Center being called Deer Creek, but had no idea that Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett held their wedding reception at the venue in 1993! I did however have my first concert experience at the venue. Yes, it was the Backstreet Boys. No, I am not ashamed to admit it!
I was fortunate enough to also be able to read the memories of many others during the Klipsch Postcard contest that the Hamilton County CVB held this summer. Participants were encouraged to build a custom postcard with an image of the venue and include their favorite memory of attending a show there. (You can still build one with even more options here.) Winners were treated to a VIP experience at one of the popular Dave Matthews shows!
Here are some of my favorite entries from the postcard contest:
• I live near the theatre and when they first opened a few neighbors were upset. To be a 'good neighbor', Deer Creek would put free tix in our mailbox the afternoon of the show (if it hadn't sold out). My favorite was Diana Ross-she kept changing outfits and it reminded me of a Barbie doll. THANKS for the memories! -Deb
• My favorite Deer Creek/Verizon/Klipsch memory is from a couple of years ago when I saw Eric Clapton. There was a storm rolling in for most of the show and it was almost like his guitar playing was choreographed with the thunder and lightning surrounding us. Absolutely amazing. The skies opened up great big fat drops of rain on our way out to the car, but it was so warm it didn't matter. -Haley
• My favorite concert memory dates back to Deer Creek days when I was in college and my boyfriend Dan and I traveled from Terre Haute to Noblesville in my Chevy Chevette to see Elton John in concert. Unfortunately, my Chevette broke down on I-69 and we were sure we'd miss the show. Instead, some kind-hearted, fellow concert goers picked us up and got us to the show on time. They even had connections that allowed us to access the Green Room so we could chill out before the opening act. Thanks to AAA, my car was towed and all was handled AFTER a great show! -Sharon
While jealous that I couldn't win, I was able to attend a show during Klipsch Music Center's 25th Anniversary this year. I grabbed a blanket, my Indiana boy, and set out for a great night on the lawn at the Tom Petty show. It was the perfect summer night and Petty rocked! He did play the famed "Last Night with Mary Jane" and not one person in the audience missed singing along to the lines referencing Indiana.
Blogger Carrie was also able to make it to a show this summer. She took the tailgating approach when attending the Zac Brown Band show and enjoyed time with friends prior to the concert. You can read about her whole experience in her post.
Were you able to make it to a concert during Klipsch Music Center's 25th Anniversary? Share your stories and memories with us!
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