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Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival: Hot Sun, Cool Licks, Indy Blues

Summer in Indianapolis is all about experiencing different segments of life in the Circle City via the slew of Indianapolis fairs and festivals that take place all around the city. On any given weekend, you can find a different showcase of free or relatively cheap entertainment going on around the six Indianapolis cultural districts, whether it be the local handiwork and music of the Inependent Music and Art Festival or the Celtic excess of the Indy Irish Fest. Yet another of these fun Indianapolis events is the Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival, slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

The Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival is a celebration of women who done wrong, lonely drifters, hard drinkin’ and hard smokin’ men and women, tough times and bad luck. It’s also a celebration of sweet blues licks, the hot summer sun, and local Indianapolis music. The Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival, sponsored by the American Music Series, will take place at the MacAllister Amphitheater inside Garfield Park, an Indianapolis park located just three miles south of downtown Indianapolis. A true Indianapolis attraction, Garfield Park hosts more events than you can shake a stick at, but the Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival promises to be one of the most entertaining.

Six Indianapolis bands will take the stage over the course of the Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival. Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors, Gene Deer, Harvey and the Bluetones, Chubby and the All-Stars, Julia Malott and the Blues Band, and Staci McCrackin and Euphony will be wearing their heartbreak on their sleeves throughout the course of the afternoon and into the evening. There’s no better place to enjoy the summer sunset than the peaceful confines of Garfield Park, made exciting by the sweet sounds of Indy blues.

Video of Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors performing live in Bloomington; Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors will be playing at the Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival in Indianapolis

 

Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors is a five piece Indianapolis band that’s been around for almost 20 years, since 1991. Playing mostly covers of legendary blues artists, Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors have played at the Indy Jazz Fest, the Slippery Noodle Inn, and the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Gene Deer Band has routinely been voted the “Best Blues Band” by NUVO Newsweekly‘s annual reader’s poll, and is certainly a prolific force; they play over 250 shows a year, a monster number that’s hard to match. Harvey and the Bluetones, perhaps the most grizzled band on the roster, has been around since the late 60’s; they play the old roots of Motown, including James Brown, Chuck Berry, and 70’s soul.

Video of the Gene Deer Band performing at The Rathskeller; the Gene Deer Band will be playing at the Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival in Indianapolis

 

The other three bands are fairly standard blues material, and they should all be lots of fun to listen to. Staci McCrackin and Euphony, particularly, should bring a bit of variety to the stage. They’re centered around former Toy Factory songstress Staci McCrackin, an experienced singer who’s got some major pipes. The Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival promises to be an entertaining time for anyone who’s even got a passing interest in blues music.

Video of Staci McCrackin and Euphony performing live; Staci McCrackin and Euphony will be playing at the Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival in Indianapolis

 

The Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival takes place at Garfield Park; it begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m., plenty early for participants to move on to an Indianapolis bar or Indianapolis restaurant and reminisce about the evening. Tickets are $15 for VIP seating, $10 for bench seating, and $5 to spread a blanket out on the lawn of the amphitheater. You can buy tickets at Bethel Park, Watkins Park, Pa & Ma’s Backyard BBQ on 27th Street, and ABC Barber & Beauty College on Westlane Road. Don’t miss this opportunity to lie in the hot summer sun and listen to hot blues music at the same time!

Pleasant Run Parkway Blues Festival
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MacAllister Amphitheater
Garfield Park
2345 Pagoda Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46203


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