Here’s how you can see Jim Irsay’s pop culture artifacts in Indianapolis

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Jim Irsay plays the "Tiger" guitar originally owned by Jerry Garcia. (Photo provided by Indianapolis Colts)

Registration is now open to attend the Indianapolis stop of a tour in which Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has taken his collection of pop culture artifacts to six U.S. cities.

On Sept. 9, Lucas Oil Stadium will be the seventh venue to exhibit the Jim Irsay Collection, but the first to feature Colts memorabilia from Indianapolis and Baltimore. Former Colts running back Edgerrin James is scheduled to attend the event.

In addition to a display of high-profile musical instruments purchased by Irsay, the exhibition will feature a first-time concert performance by the Jim Irsay Band and a special appearance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ann Wilson of Heart. Irsay’s all-star band includes Irsay on vocals, guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, bass player Mike Mills of R.E.M., guitarist Mike Wanchic from John Mellencamp’s band and drummer Kenny Aronoff.

In announcing the event, the Colts said the Jim Irsay Band “has never existed and will never exist again.”

Admission to the 7-10 p.m. event is free with registration at When registering, attendees are provided an option to donate to “Kicking the Stigma,” an initiative to raise awareness about mental health disorders.

Irsay presently is considering locations for a permanent museum to display his collection. Since September, the tour of temporary exhibitions has visited Nashville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; New York City; and Chicago.

A long list of items are expected to be shown at Lucas Oil Stadium:

  • 1964 Gibson SG guitar previously owned by George Harrison
  • 1979 Doug Irwin “Tiger” guitar previously owned by Jerry Garcia
  • 1969 Fender Stratocaster guitar previously owned by David Gilmour
  • 1963 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120 guitar previously owned by John Lennon
  • 1964 Fender Stratocaster guitar previously owned by Bob Dylan
  • 1995 Andy Beech Custom Cloud guitar previously owned by Prince
  • 1979 Yamaha BB-1200 bass guitar previously owned by Paul McCartney
  • 1969 Fender Mustang guitar previously owned by Kurt Cobain
  • Notebook used by Jim Morrison in Paris
  • Beatles drum set previously owned by Ringo Starr (including bass drum head used on the band’s 1964 appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”)
  • 1869 John Broadwood & Sons piano previously owned by John Lennon
  • Steinway & Sons Model D grand piano previously owned by Elton John
  • Alto saxophone previously owned by John Coltrane
  • Moroccan chest previously owned by Jimi Hendrix
  • “Godfather of Soul” cape previously owned by James Brown
  • 1973 Chevrolet Caprice automobile previously owned by Hunter S. Thompson
  • “Rocky” script handwritten by Sylvester Stallone
  • Apple II computer manual inscribed and signed by Steve Jobs
  • “On the Road” scroll typed by Jack Kerouac
  • “Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book” original draft manuscript
  • 1953 baseball bat previously owned by Jackie Robinson
  • 1777 declaration of Thanksgiving holiday by the Continental Congress.

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