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IHS Concerts on the Canal Series Is Back in Full Swing at History Center

April 6, 2011

Indianapolis—Downtown Indianapolis offers visitors a wide variety of food, music and outdoor entertainment options…why not enjoy all three with the Indiana Historical Society’s weekly Concerts on the Canal? On Thursday evenings this summer, the IHS will host some of the area’s best performers. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, along the picturesque, historic Central Canal.

The concert lineup includes a diverse selection of musical styles, from jazz, blues and Latin to cabaret and the Great American Songbook. Local and regional favorites like the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, Actors Theatre of Indiana, Peace Train and Gregg Bacon are just a few of the acts on this season’s schedule.

Concerts take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from May 26 to Aug. 11, with the exception of the annual Independence Day Bash, which is scheduled for Monday, July 4 (instead of June 30). That patriotic day will kick off at 5 p.m. and feature New Orleans rhythm and blues by Craig Brenner and the Crawdads, as well as the Indianapolis Municipal Band.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to Concerts on the Canal, but food service is also provided in the History Center’s Stardust Terrace Café and at an outdoor grill, both operated by Hoaglin To Go. All alcohol must be purchased on-site, and a cash bar will be offered. No pets and no smoking are allowed on the Plaza. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the History Center’s parking lot.

Seating can be purchased on the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace in tables of eight ($45/$40 IHS members) or four ($35/$30 IHS members), and single-seats at the community table ($10/$9 for IHS members). Free seating is available across the canal on a grassy knoll that acts as a natural amphitheater. To reserve a table in advance or more information, call the IHS at (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org. The 2011 Concerts on the Canal series is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, in partnership with IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology.

The IHS will also extend the History Center’s operating hours to 6 p.m. on concert nights. The Indiana Experience includes a set of several interactive opportunities that use cutting-edge technology and interactive elements to connect visitors with the state’s history in exciting and meaningful ways. IHS members and children younger than five receive free admission to the Indiana Experience. Regular admission cost is $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60 and older) and $5 per youth (ages five to 17). The Indiana Rail Road Company is the official 2011 sponsor of the Indiana Historical Society.

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming.

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For more information, images or to schedule an interview, contact Amy Lamb, Media Relations Manager, at (317) 232-1878 or alamb@indianahistory.org.

Indiana Historical Society’s 2011 Concerts on the Canal Schedule


Thursday, May 26
Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra   
Big band jazz, the Great American Songbook and movie favorites

Thursday, June 2   

IUPUI Faculty Jazz Combo
Broadway revue hosted by David Mannell

Thursday, June 9

John Vander Gheynst Jazz Orchestra
Music for the modern jazz orchestra

Thursday, June 16

Orquesta Bravo!
Lively salsa and Latin jazz

Thursday, June 23
IUPUI Jazz Ensemble
Big band music and the history of jazz

Monday, July 4
Indianapolis Municipal Band
Patriotic tunes and marches

Craig Brenner and the Crawdads
New Orleans rhythm and blues and boogie woogie

Thursday, July 7
Carmel Brass
“Red, White and Blue in Brass” - renditions of popular tunes and patriotic melodies

Thursday, July 14
Forever the Tribute
Favorite hits from The Beatles

Thursday, July 21
Sizzlin’ Gregg Bacon
Jazz favorites and R&B and pop classics

Thursday, July 28
Actors Theatre of Indiana
“Songs We Knew During World War II” – the music of the 1940s

Thursday, Aug.  4
Peace Train and the Flower Power Brass
Rock ‘n’ roll hits from the late 1960s and 1970s

Thursday, Aug. 11
Brenda Williams with Cold Fusion
Classic R&B hits from the 1960s and 1970s