All season long Indy Parks and Recreation have created great Indianapolis events to keep Hoosiers entertained. FREE and affordable concerts plus summer movies in the park make for a range of Indianapolis culture just waiting for Indianapolis people to engage with. This week Indianapolis parks offer concerts at Eagle Creek Park and Garfield Park and a free summer movie at Northwestway Park. Don’t miss the action at these three Indianapolis parks, where Indianapolis music, arts and culture come to life. Read on for a preview of these Indianapolis arts events.
Eagle Creek Park: Two Concerts
Eagle Creek Park offers two concerts this week on Wednesday, July 28 and Saturday, July 31. The first is part of Eagle Creek’s Jazz on the Point series and features the music of Rob Dixon and Trilogy. This Indianapolis band is a favorite at hot Indianapolis music venues and Indianapolis bars across the city. Now they get in touch with Indiana’s nature at Eagle Creek Point for a wonderfully jazzy concert.
Lead saxophonist Rob Dixon makes his living playing music in Indianapolis venues. Twenty seven years ago he first picked up his instrument of choice, and there has been no turning back for him ever since. With influences like Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, Dixon even started his own record label: Owl Studios. In 2006, this Indianapolis artist began signing local talent as well as musicians from San Francisco and New York.
A local of Atlanta, Georgia, Rob Dixon studied music in Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University’s School of Music. Though he has traveled the United States, he’s never found a home more satisfying than the Heartland. Don’t miss this Hoosier transplant and his band break it down at Eagle Creek Park’s Jazz on the Point Series Wednesday, July 28 at 6:30 pm. The parks regular $5.00 gate fee still applies.
Then on Saturday, July 31, load your Indianapolis kids in the car for a concert from Billy Jonas Band at 10:00 am and 11:30 am. No relation to the Jonas Brothers but just as talented, the Billy Jonas Band creates an ensemble for all. This crazy band leaders leaves all the rules off stage as he presents a musical conversation, sonic celebration and splendiferous gathering of young and old. His concerts are an explosion of energy designed to make all ages of audience members sing along, bang along, whisper along and more.
“My favorite instrument is the audience,” says Jonas. “I work to ‘tribalize’ the compositions. . .to create songs that provide an immediate opportunity, on first hearing, for the listener to join in, as if the song had been a part of their life for a long time.” Discover a part of yourself you didn’t even know existed in this one of kind concert experience.
Using found objects (buckets, brooms, handles, bottles, key chains and more) the Billy Jonas Band creates percussion based music blended with the sounds of more traditional instruments. But more than his enigmatic, energetic music, Jonas creates a concert based solely on his audience at hand. So pack up the kids, some snacks, blankets and chairs and get ready for a quirky concert from the Billy Jonas Band at Eagle Creek Park’s Family Fun Concert Series. The fun starts at 10:00 am and 11:30 am. The normal $6.00 weekend admission to the park still applies.
Eagle Creek Park
7840 West 56th Street
Garfield Park: Pops at the MacAllister Center
The Athenaeum Pops Orchestra takes over Garfield Park’s MacAllister Center Thursday, July 29 for their Pops Series in the Summertime. The 7:00 pm concert features one of Indianapolis music’s oldest and most prized orchestras. Formed in the 1870s as a zither ensemble (featuring the instrument of the same name, a flat sounding box with numerous strings), the group transformed into a more organized orchestra in 1875. Under the leadership of Emil Wulschner, the Athenaeum Pops Orchestra was originally called The Musicverian.
A reflective arm of Indianapolis history’s rich connection to German heritage, the orchestra consisted of the finest transplant German musicians in Indianapolis, who spoke only their native language. During the hay day (from 1897 to 1918), the group was among the most reputable Indianapolis arts organizations. However, because of strong anti German sentiment during World War II, it was disbanded in 1918.
Luckily the group was rediscovered a little more than a decade later when the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra formed in 1930. Several old members revived the Musicverien’s charter, renaming it the Athenauem Turners Orchestra in 1940. In 1995, the group found rebirth once again under the direction of Benjamin Winkler. Changing its name once more to the Atheneaum Pops Orchestra, it currently performs under the direction of Dr. Lee H. Jones.
Hear them live in a spectacular concert as part of Garfield Park’s Pop at the MacAllister Center, located just south of Indianapolis downtown. This Indianapolis event is FREE to all Indianapolis people and begins at 7:00 pm.
Garfield Park MacAllister Center
2345 Pagoda Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Southwestway Park: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Southwestway Park takes its turn hosting Indy Parks and Recreation’s Movies in the Park Series with Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Saturday, July 31 at dusk. This Indianapolis family event is FREE to all Indianapolis people and the perfect place to take Indianapolis kids for a Summertime adventure.
This 2009 animated feature is the third installment of the Ice Age series, staring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Sean William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg and Christ Wedge. Mastodons Ellie (Queen Latifah) and Manny (Ray Romano) are expecting their first child. As the parents to be obsess about raising their first born in total perfection, it starts to create tension among their prehistoric friends.
When Sid the sloth grows jealous of the impending family, he adopts three apparently abandoned eggs of unusual origin. Found in an icy underground cavern, Sid names the triplets Eggbert, Shelly and Yoko. But when they start to hatch into baby Tyrannosaurus the entire Ice Age ecosystem is under threat. As the crew attempts to sort out Sid’s mistake, they discover an entire world of creatures thought to be extinct. Find out what happens when their lives are turned upside down by these unexpected reptilian guests.
Don’t miss this FREE Indianapolis event Saturday, July 31 in Southwestway Park at dusk!
8400 Mann Road
Summer Fun at Indianapolis Parks
Don’t miss all this FREE and affordable Summer fun, designed to bring families and the Indianapolis community together. No time to pack a picnic? Grab take out from any of these Indianapolis restaurants. After the concerts, treat yourself and your date to a night cap at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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