Concerts on the Canal Series Kicks Off Thursday, May 27

There’s no better combination for a warm summer evening in Central Indiana than music and the great outdoors. That’s just the formula for a good time that Concerts on the Canal, a summer music series sponsored by the Indiana History Center, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the Department of Music and Arts Technology at Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI), brings to Indianapolis residents.

Video of plectrum banjo in action at the 2008 Concerts on the Canal series at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis

Every Thursday evening this summer, you can relax at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center and listen to the sweet strains of Indianapolis music, all while feeling the cool breeze float off the Central Canal. There are several Indianapolis bands lined up for this weekly event, spanning all sorts of different genres. The big band sound of the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, the cabaret feel of Debra Mullins, the patriotic tunes of Carmel, Indiana‘s Carmel Brass, Indianapolis’ favorite electric violinist Cathy Morris, golden oldies by Tom Wright, and salsa to dance to by Orquesta Bravo! will all be present at this relaxing Indianapolis event over the weeks.

Video of Cathy Morris performing at the Jazz Kitchen; Cathy Morris will be playing at the Indiana History Center’s Concerts on the Canal series in Indianapolis


The Central Canal is an iconic landmark of downtown Indianapolis and is the setting for the Canal Walk, a beautiful Indianapolis park of sorts. Now, with Concerts on the Canal, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the canal while making the rounds of Indianapolis society and enjoying a cocktail. An Indianapolis restaurant, Hoaglin To Go, will provide a cash bar and an outdoor grill at each Concerts on the Canal event. You can also order delicious hors d’oeuvres up to a week before this lively Indianapolis thing to do.

Bring your dancing shoes, because Concerts on the Canal kicks off this Thursday, May 27 with the soul sounds of Cool City Swing, featuring Shannon Forsell and Jimmy Guilford. The series will continue through August; the last Concert on the Canal is on August 26 and will feature Orquesta Bravo!.

Video of Cool City Swing performing at Union Station in Indianapolis; Cool City Swing will be kicking off the Indiana History Center’s Concerts on the Canal series on Thursday


View of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center from the Canal Walk in IndianapolisTickets are $45 a table for a table of 8 non-members and $40 a table for members. Half tables are available at $35 for non-members and $30 for members, while individual seats are $8 for non-members and $7 for members. Indianapolis music lovers who want to enjoy these concerts for free can take advantage of the free seating along the Canal Walk.

For more information on the Concerts on the Canal series at the Indiana History Center, please visit the Indiana History Center’s homepage.

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W Ohio St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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