Rock the District 2009


Carmel Arts & Design District Celebrates Summer with Third-annual “Rock the District”

National recording artists Dave Barnes and Aimee Allen join local performers at free day-long music festival

The summer’s hottest free concert event returns to central Indiana on July 11 as Rock the District – the Carmel Arts & Design District’s full-day music mecca and shopping extravaganza – is poised to once again bring more than 10,000 people to Old Town Carmel from across the Midwest.

Special events and activities are centered around music from local bands on three different stages from noon to 9 p.m. The event will end with performances by feature artist Dave Barnes, with special guests Aimee Allen and Red Umbrella.

Hailing from Nashville, Tenn., Dave Barnes brings his unique mix of acoustic pop, soulful rock and R&B, to downtown Carmel. Carmel favorite Aimee Allen returns to Rock the District for an encore performance with songs from her soon-to-be released album, “A Little Happiness,” recorded in Indiana after her move to Carmel from California. Prior to Barnes and Allen, Canadian indie rockers Red Umbrella will also take the stage to entertain audiences.

To help celebrate Rock the District, more than 100 specialty shops, galleries and vendor s in downtown Carmel will be open to greet visitors, many with special activities, sales and drawings. Local businesses will join the festivities by offering an array of activities for all ages, including a climbing wall, games from Ace Game Room and Smart Car test rides. Fashion-savvy shoppers will also delight in vendors selling artisan jewelry, accessories and apparel, as well as other unique gifts.

Although typical fair food will be available, Rock the District provides a perfect opportunity to sample the many tasty treats available at downtown’s unique eateries. Mudbugs Cajun Café bayou treats will be served street-side, as well as Joe’s Butcher Shop’s grilled specialty meats, Woody’s Library Restaurant’s pulled pork sliders, Bub’s burgers and more.

New this year is a Rock ‘n’ Recycle Area, featuring everything needed for a green-living lifestyle. The eco-friendly area includes free- and fair-trade clothing from around the world, recycled arts and crafts, information about green living and more. Recycling containers will be prominently displayed throughout the Rock ‘n’ Recycle area and other festival areas to encourage visitors to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The Kid Zone is another new addition, complete with entertainment from Sugar Buzz Sweet Parties for Kids and Indy Dance Academy; an air guitar contest; face painting; build-your-own stuffed animal booth; games with prizes; and other kid-focused products.

Special rock-related art exhibits will be displayed throughout the District during the event, including a showing of black-and-white images of classic rock idols such as Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, shot by photographer Faith Cohen. Janice Smith will showcase her decoupage/photography of rock and film legends, and Caroline Tabac-Shank will exhibit her 8-foot sculpture of stainless steel and chrome entitled GUITAR II. Mickey’s Autograph Arena will show art by well-known rock stars such as Grace Slick, Brian Wilson and Keith Richards, available for sale at the festival.

Twelve full-size wooden guitars painted by local artists will be displayed at the Carmel Clay Public Library and in Arts & Design District businesses for the event. The Arts & Design District Business Association of Carmel (ADDBAC) will auction off the painted guitars to fund local artist participation in District events and to begin a scholarship fund for Carmel High School art students.

“Although Rock the District is primarily a music festival, we are excited to also use the event to share the works of art inspired by rock and roll,” said Sherry Mielke, Director of Operations for the Carmel Arts & Design District.

Of course, for many Rock the District attendees, the music is the main draw of the festival. This year’s lineup features a range of genres from singer-songwriters, pop/rock, reggae/funk, classic rock, covers, blues and even a Halloween-themed cover band.

Local performers scheduled to appear include:

• Alex Hughes • A Common Year

• Blue Luster

• Danny Isaacs Band

• Jeremy Vogt Band

• Kingsley Street. Band

• Liz Fohl

• No Alternative

• Past Due

• Shaded Sound

• Tax Brandywine

• The Graveyard Stompers

• William King

“Rock the District is fast becoming the summer’s can’t-miss event in central Indiana,” said Mielke. “It’s not only a great opportunity to enjoy a day of free music; it’s the perfect way to introduce the District to people who are visiting for the first time.”

Parking is available at the Carmel Lions Club parking lot and other public parking areas, as well as on-street parking in the District.

For a complete list of musical and performing groups, a schedule of event activities and participating merchants, or information about other Carmel Arts & Design District events, visit or call 317.571.ARTS (2787).


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Here's event coordinator Megan McVicker to share more: A Hamilton County Restaurant Guide

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Celebrate Summer in the Carmel Arts and Design District


Jazz on the Monon

There will be live performances on the stage in front of Soori Gallery at 258 W. Main St. in Carmel from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Bring the whole family down for free, live entertainment.

Upcoming Performances Include:
June 28th - Carl Hines
July 5th - Cocktail Sax Band
July 12th - The Uptown Quartet
July 19th - Monika Herzig
July 26th - Blair Clark
August 2nd - Wendy Reed
August 9th - Heather Ramsey

Call 317.571.ARTS or visit


Fisher's Summer Concert Series

Come and have some great family fun enjoying Dave and Rae with their high energy rock and roll!

When: June 16 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Thomas A. Weaver Memorial Complex
1 Municipal Dr.
Fishers, IN 46038

Tips for a Great Cook Out, Just in Time for Father's Day

A cookout is one of our favorite ways to celebrate Father's Day and we wanted to find a way to help you make it a great cookout. We Visited Joe's Butcher and Fish Shop on Main Street in Carmel for some tips on how to pick out the best meat. Here are his suggestions:


Fallen Heroes Honored June 14th

Indiana's fallen heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan are now "permanently" memorialized in Westfield.

In 2002, Vietnam Veteran Command Sergeant Major Donald Peed began making crosses in his Westfield home for the men and women losing their lives in the war on terror.

Peed quietly planted the crosses until 2005 when his family says he died of a heart attack.

"He didn't get a chance to finish it or let anybody know that, what he wanted to do with it," said David Davis, Peed’s stepson.

But, Davis knew his stepdad would want the Memorial Garden to continue. As Davis and his stepmother Carol kept up the sad tradition of making the crosses, Davis also began fundraising for a permanent monument. The Westfield VFW Post and Concrete Finishing Company are providing materials and labor.

"It's a small part that I can give back to the people that have sacrificed so much," said Chris Banks of Concrete Finishing Company.

"I know Don is just looking down on all of it, and just thinking how proud he is of everybody and what its come too," said Carol Peed, Don Peed's widow.

Davis said there is still much to be done at the memorial. New, larger crosses are being constructed. Each will be set by an Indiana limestone marker. The markers will have gold plates engraved with information about the fallen heroes.

Unveiling of Portrait, Ted Johnson

Mayor Brainard will unveil an oil portrait of the late Ted Johnson, former mayor of Carmel.

Monday, June 8th at 3 p.m.

The unveiling will take place at the Minnie Doane Gazebo on the front lawn of Carmel City Hall, One Civic Square. A reception will follow in the Caucus Room on the second floor of City Hall. In case of rain, the unveiling will be held in the Caucus Room.

This is the fourth in a series of oil portraits of the former mayors of Carmel. Ted Johnson was Carmel’s fourth mayor. He served from 1992-1995.

The portrait of Al Pickett, Carmel’s first mayor, was unveiled on May 27, 2008 and the portrait of Jane Reiman, Carmel’s second mayor, was unveiled on August 14, 2008. The portrait of Dottie Hancock, Carmel’s third mayor, was unveiled on May 21, 2009.

Carmel Movies

Back by popular demand is Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Movies in the Park Series. Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks with your family and friends and come watch a movie on the big screen. Snacks will be available for purchase. In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled. This year’s line-up includes Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (June 12), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (July 10) and Kung Fu Panda (August 7).

Looking for a more classic movie to watch under the stars this summer? Check out our new Classic Movie Series! Kicking off our new series is the classic Some Like it Hot (June 27) followed by Guys and Dolls (July 25).

All movies begin at dusk (generally around 9:30p.m.) at West Park, 2700 W. 116th Street

Fishers Summer Free Concerts

Back again for another year is the popular Fishers Summer Concert Series in Fishers, Indiana. This concert series is FREE and is hosted on the Thomas A. Weaver Memorial Complex property each Tuesday in June and July from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. starting June 2, 2009. This event is a perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family for a fun evening outdoors. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the fun! Here’s a glimpse at this year’s schedule. I’ll add dates and update information about each act as it becomes available.

June 2, 2009: Living Proof

June 9, 2009: Meet the Beatles

June 16, 2009: Dave & Rae

June 23, 2009: Endless Summer

June 30, 2009: BBI

July 7, 2009: Chooch & The Enchanters

July 14, 2009: Toy Factory

Noblesville's Dillon Park Summer Concerts

This year's summer concerts at Dillon Park feature some great bands and a great time!

Where: Dillon Park. 6001 Edenshall lane (corner of 146th and cherry St.)

-July 9, Meet the Beetles
-July 16, J.P. The Cats
-July 30, Living Proof
-August 6, Endless Summer

When: 7:00 pm to 9:00pm

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