Bands

Music education group to remain in city through 2023

November 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based not-for-profit Music for All, which puts on the annual Bands of America competition, announced Thursday that it plans to keep its headquarters and events in Indianapolis through 2023.
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Daniels: Indiana moving to adopt outdoor stage rules

April 23, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels told an entertainment industry group pushing for safer outdoor events Monday that Indiana has learned from last year's deadly State Fair stage collapse and is moving to approve emergency rules for outdoor stages.
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State Fair victims sue Sugarland over stage collapse

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
Country duo Sugarland was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by 44 survivors of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and the family members of four people who died, by far the largest claim yet stemming from the tragedy.
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Elaborate outdoor concerts amp up safety concerns

August 17, 2011
Associated Press
As the multi-billion-dollar outdoor concert business has evolved from little more than shows under a canopied stage to productions featuring up to 20 tons of lighting and video equipment, experts point to the Indiana State Fair's fatal stage collapse as evidence of the necessity for caution — and regulation.
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Vogue owner's bankruptcy may force sale of venueRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
A mix of business and personal woes have pushed Steven Carter Ross, the longtime owner and manager of the Vogue nightclub, into personal bankruptcy. Now a judge must decide whether Ross can keep the popular Broad Ripple music venue, or if he must sell it to satisfy his creditors and his estranged wife.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dylan tribute Bob-bob-bobs along

January 16, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, a Bob Dylan tribute at the Athenaeum and tell-all tales at Theatre on the Square.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A new attraction wants to drum up business

November 21, 2009
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Rhythm! Discovery Center and Bands of America.
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ICVA: Stadium's retractable roof worth the cost

August 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Three music events with direct visitor spending estimated at $28 million that were hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium offer proof, city officials said, that the expense of the retractable roof and other features of the $720 million facility are paying off.
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Theater satellite feeds help groups boost revenueRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
National CineMedia, the dominant player in movie video feeds, has worked with Indianapolis-based Drum Corps International and many other nonprofits to allow people to view the organizations' live shows in a theater setting.
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Digital boosts local music and labelsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
These days, local musicians can record cheaply at home and distribute their music inexpensively, and tracks can be sent digitally to critics and bloggers.
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Tonic Ball raises money for Second HelpingsRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Marc D.
Tonic Ball — an annual fundraiser for Second Helpings — takes place the Friday before Thanksgiving, featuring 30 local bands each playing 10-minute themed sets and local artists selling their work.
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MusicCrossroads initiative aims to draw not-for-profit performing arts groups

May 19, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis' success at living up to its self-proclaimed status as the amateur sports capital of the world is legendary. Now city and civic leaders are trying to build a similar hub of not-for-profit music organizations through a lower-key initiative dubbed MusicCrossroads.
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Low-key guitarist's 'workaholic' approach helps Margot gain fame

April 21, 2008
Louis Jones
Andy Fry has played in five bands in the past 10 years or so, serving in various capacities, including singer/songwriter. He and his seven bandmates of Indianapolis-based Margot and the Nuclear So and So's have just recorded their second album, "Animal!"
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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