Our 8 Great Towns is home to many music venues - from the classically-styled Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts to the outdoor Verizon Music Center (soon to be known as the Klipsch Music Center).

What many people don't know is that Hedgehog Music Showcase offers a range of musical performances as well. Their weekend offerings include national acts to local professional musicians from the world of country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, and swing. Located in Arcadia, Indiana, the Hedgehog is a little off the beaten path but the performances are worth the drive. If you haven't been to this venue before, here are two upcoming opportunities to check it out:

  1. This Saturday, October 29, is Costume Night, and the Hedgehog will have an open mic and jam. All musicians are welcome, and it's free if you wear a costume.
  2. The 5-year Hedgehog Anniversary Show is next Saturday, November 5.  To celebrate, they are hosting a tribute to Les Paul & Mary Ford, known for #1 hits "How High the Moon" and "Vaya Con Dios." Guitar enthusiasts know Les Paul as one of the pioneers who developed the solid-body electric guitar, ushering in the sounds of rock 'n roll. Tom and Sandy Doyle will be the featured performers at the November 5 tribute. Tom worked as Paul's sound man and knows the distinct Les Paul sound.

We're giving away two tickets ($40 value) to Les Paul & Mary Ford Tribute show on November 5. To win the tickets to this special performance, tell us about the best Hamilton County concert you attended this year. Good luck!