The popular Summer Family Concert Series at the Gazebo will expand in 2017 with three additional concerts and a season that now extends into September. Also new this year: The City will be adding new recycling bins alongside trash receptacles on the lawn of the Gazebo. Also returning is the popular “Bike There, Borrow A Chair” program that allows patrons to ride their bikes to Civic Square and then borrow a chair for the concert, courtesy of the National Bank of Indianapolis.
The 24th Concert Series at the Gazebo kicks off Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. with the ever-popular Flying Toasters performing a variety of crowd-pleasing tunes. The FREE family concerts continue on Wednesday evenings through September 2 (except for July5) at the Gazebo at Carmel Civic Square. The shows from May 31 to August 9 begin at 7:30 p.m. and those from August 16 to September 6 begin a half-hour sooner at 7 p.m.
Attendance at the free concerts has increased steadily to as many as 2,500 persons each Wednesday since the series began in 1993. The Summer Family Concert Series at the Gazebo is presented by the Carmel Fountain Square Committee, a non-profit volunteer organization and is fully funded by local government, individual and corporate sponsors.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic supper to enjoy this Carmel summer tradition. In case of rain, concerts will be held in the Fire Station #41 bay area of the Steven A. Couts Fire Headquarters located at Two Civic Square, north of the fountain. Recycling will also be available at every concert this year!
The 2017 series offers 14 family-friendly concerts. Performers feature a mix of pop, rock, jazz, and country musical performances. In addition, at 6 p.m. on both June 7 and September 2, children’s favorite, Ruditoonz, will give a performance for kids of all ages! For a complete listing of the concert dates and performers, please see the attached schedule or visit the Gazebo Concerts page at www.CarmelGazeboConcerts.org.
Performances and times are as follows:
May 31 at 7:30 p.m. – Flying Toasters (Sponsored by Indiana Members Credit Union)
One of Indy’s hottest club bands, the Flying Toasters bring fun and party perfection to any event. Six vocalists coupled with talented musicians always energize a crowd and leave a lasting impression.
June 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra
The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra (IJO) is Indiana’s premier professional repertory big band jazz ensemble and is dedicated to serving the Indianapolis community and the entire state at large.
June 14 at 7:30 p.m. – Rick K & The Allnighters
Let “America’s Most Exciting Show Band”, Rick K. & The Allnighters, take you on a high speed, cross country, tour of rock’s greatest hits, from the 50’s through today!
June 21 at 7:30 p.m. – Jennie DeVoe (Sponsored by Shelby Materials)
An endearing soul-blues singer who radiates the vibe of a 21st century flower child... Her potent gospel voice tames any crowd she encounters.
June 28 at 7:30 p.m. – Dave & Whitney
From their cowboy boots to their down home roots…. Country music has seeped into their veins right from the Southern Indiana soil. They grew up on well water, bluegrass pickin’ and gospel singin.’
July 5 –No Show
July 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Hunter Smith Band
Mid-west living, rock 'n roll loving band featuring all original music. Part country, part rock, part pop, part alternative, ALL exceedingly entertaining.
July 19 at 7:30 p.m. – My Yellow Rickshaw
Everything (and we mean EVERYTHING) -- from Skynard to Usher, Zac Brown Band to Miley, The Temptations to Bieber, even rap and an Irish jig or two!
July 26 at 7:30 p.m. – Parrots of the Caribbean
The PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN, a.k.a. POTC Band, is the High Energy, Original Trop-Rock Stage Show that "Puts the ROCK in Tropical Rock" as we feature a "Salute to Jimmy Buffett."
August 2 at 7:30 p.m. – The Bishops
Always a great entertainment choice; The Bishops bring entertainment, musical variety, professional-level musicianship and sound - a show that many label "the best cover band touring Indianapolis today."
August 9 at 7:30 p.m. – Blair Clark
Take a little pop, throw in some R&B, mix it with some soul and add a touch of jazz and the result is the electrifying sounds of Carmel’s own Blair Clark.
August 16 at 7 p.m. – The Woomblies Rock Orchestra
This band’s set list includes a wide selection of classic rock, soul and R&B hits, all with the backing of string orchestra.
August 23 at 7 p.m. – The Doo! (Sponsored by Indiana Members Credit Union)
Indianapolis based "The Doo" aka Zanna-Doo! is a high energy dance band providing soulful vocals and rock solid beats that keep fans moving all night long!
August 30 at 7 p.m. – Stella Luna & the Satellites
Stella Luna & the Satellites have created a buzz with their high-energy live shows performing today’s current hits, crowd favorites and timeless classics from many different styles of music.
Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. - Endless Summer Band (Sponsored by Indiana Members Credit Union)
The Nation's Most IN DEMAND Variety Band now in our 25th year. ESB is Xtreme Musical Variety playing smash hits from Yesterday and Today. High energy choreography and AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION!! HUNDREDS of special events and wedding receptions every year!
Also be sure to catch RUDITOONZ children’s show at 6 p.m. on June 7th & August 2nd!
Sponsors of the 2017 Summer Family Concert Series at the Gazebo:
Maestro! (Gift of $2,500 and above)
City of Carmel
Indiana Members Credit Union
Bravo! (Gift of $1,001 - $1,500)
Green House Cottages of Carmel
Jennifer McLean, Sheetz Century 21
Jones & Henry Engineers Ltd.
Turkle & Associates
Salute! (Gift of $501 - $1,000)
Carmel Auto Contours
Carmel Lions Club
Flanner &n Buchanan
Nelson & Frankenberger
Sun King Distillery & Tap Room
Devotee! (Gift up to $500)
Forester Home Inspection
Kristoff & Assoc. Family Dental
Vine & Branch, Inc.