INDIANAPOLIS —There are plenty of ways to enjoy downtown Indianapolis in the summer, and the Indiana Historical Society is offering two — both time-honored favorite Concerts on the Canal and its Museum Nights on the Canal program. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, along the picturesque, historic Central Canal.
On Thursday evenings this summer, the IHS will host some of the area’s best performers. The concert lineup includes a diverse selection of musical styles, from jazz, blues and classic rock to big band, swing and the Great American Songbook. Local and regional favorites like Cathy Morris, Tad Robinson, Zanna-doo!, Everett Greene and Orchesta Bravo! 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 23 to Aug. 8, with the exception of the annual Independence Day Bash on July 4, which will kick off at 5 p.m. with the Indianapolis Municipal Band and feature Peace Train.
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 2013 Concerts on the Canal series is presented by Lake City Bank, in partnership with IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology.
For Thursday concert dates in June and July, IHS’s Museum Nights on the Canal will offer free Indiana Experience admission, as well as hands-on activities and extra entertainment, from 4 to 8 p.m. Indiana Experience admission will also be free on July 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. The Museum Nights on the Canal program is funded by The Lacy Foundation.
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 and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. 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.
Indiana Historical Society’s 2013 Concerts on the Canal Schedule
Original tunes and familiar favorites on electric violin
IUPUI Jazz Combo
Tunes you thought you knew – jazz standards with a twist
IUPUI Faculty Jazz Band
The music of Cole Porter and trumpet player/composer Freddie Hubbard
Big band classics
IUPUI: David Mannell with Laura Hammer-Erhart and Becky Barton
Broadway favorites and Indiana composers
Indianapolis Municipal Band
Patriotic tunes and marches
Favorite hits from the late 1960s and 1970s
Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra
Swing, swing, swing!
High-energy dance favorites
Love songs and standards
C.W. and the Working Class Trio
Rhythm and blues, smooth soul
Lively salsa and Latin jazz