March is always a crazy month in Indianapolis. For the capital city of Indiana, the most basketball crazy state in the United States, March means the most anticipated sports tournament of the year is on its way to the Circle City: the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball tournament, better known as March Madness. Not only is this holiest of holy basketball tournaments coming to Indy, the city is also throwing a big party to celebrate. Supporting all the festivities of this massive Indianapolis sports celebration is an Indianapolis event known as The Big Dance.
The Big Dance is a three day Indianapolis music festival that will take place at White River State Park, close to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the final games of the Final Four tournament will be played. So far, the two headliners of the event have been announced: Daughtry and The Goo Goo Dolls. The Big Dance starts on Friday, April 2, 2010 with the AT&T Block Party; the block party doesn’t have too many details as of yet, but more will be coming in as the tournament gets closer. On Saturday, Daughtry will play at the Coke Zero Countdown, and the Goo Goo Dolls will perform on Sunday as the finale of The Big Dance concert series. Both concerts will take place on the Lawn at White River State Park.
Formed by American Idol finalist Christ Daughtry in 2006, Daughtry has seen a lot of success in their short four years as a band. Their eponymous debut reached the number one spot on the Billboard charts for two weeks in a row and sold more than four million copies on its way to becoming the top selling album of 2007. Daughtry’s new album, Leave This Town, was released last year and debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. The band has several American Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and World Music Awards, mostly for Daughtry.
|Music video for “No Surprise” by Daughtry; Daughtry will be performing at The Big Dance in Indianapolis in April|
And The Goo Goo Dolls are, of course, The Goo Goo Dolls. Everyone heard their top hits being played all over Indianapolis radio stations in the 90’s, mostly from 1998’s Dizzy Up the Girl. The band originally began life in 1986, but it wasn’t until 1995’s A Boy Named Goo and its hit single “Name” that the Goo Goo Dolls were pushed into the national music spotlight. Triple platinum 1998 release Dizzy Up the Girl included five different top ten hits including “Slide,” “Dizzy,” “Isis,” “Black Balloon,” and “Broadway.” The band is currently working on a new album, Something for the Rest of Us, to be released in late spring of 2010. The last time The Goo Goo Dolls took the stage in Indianapolis was in 2008, during the opening ceremonies for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
|Video of a solo performance by John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls; The Goo Goo Dolls will be playing at The Big Dance in Indianapolis in April|
The best thing about The Big Dance? It’s entirely free. Yes, free. Nowhere else can you see big name musical acts like Daughtry and The Goo Goo Dolls without paying a cent. It’s true that Hoosiers love their basketball, especially when some of the top Indiana colleges and universities get in on the act; it’s a good thing that the city of Indianapolis shares its citizens’ enthusiasm. Be sure to head down to White River State Park on Friday, April 2 to catch all the exciting Indianapolis sports and music action at this mega Indianapolis festival!
The Big Dance w/ Daughtry and The Goo Goo Dolls
April 2 – 4, 2010
White River State Park
801 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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