Friday, June 09, 2006
“Last year’s jazz series exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Jim Weir, executive director of the Eagle Creek Park Foundation, Inc., the series’ presenter. “We would have been pleased with a hundred or so persons per show. Instead, by the fourth and final performance, more than 500 people were enjoying great music from chairs and blankets on the Point, and eight pontoon boats, all packed with jazz lovers, had docked at the Marina!
“It was obvious to us that the jazz fans wanted more. They spoke, and we listened,” he commented.
This year’s Jazz on the Point consists of eight shows on Tuesdays beginning June 20 and extending through August 15 (no show on July 4). Performances will run 90 minutes, from 7 to 8:30 pm, 30 minutes longer than last year.
Additionally, a new concert stage has been constructed by park staff and volunteers to better facilitate the musicians. The stage also is used for the park’s Wednesday night acoustical music series, In Concert with Nature, which runs through August 16. All concerts are free with regular park admission of $4 per vehicle.
The Jazz on the Point line-up includes:
June 20 – Monika Herzig & Friends with special guest, poet Norbert Krapf June 27 – George Middleton July 11 – The Oliver Nelson, Jr. Quartet July 18 – Gregg Bacon July 25 – The Dan Behringer Trio August 1 – Rob Swaynie of Indy Guitar & Friends August 8 – Rob White August 15 – Ty Causey
Ample free parking is available at the Marina. Guests should bring chairs or blankets. Light refreshments will be available at the Marina concession stand. Guests also are welcome to bring their own food and beverages (reminder: alcoholic beverages are not permitted inside the park).
Jazz on the Point is presented by WYJZ Radio-Smooth Jazz 100.9 FM, the American Dairy Association of Indiana, and the Eagle Creek Park Foundation, a 2000-member not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of one of the nation’s largest municipal parks. Foundation event sponsors include the law firm of Bingham McHale, LLP; the Indianapolis Colts; Goelzer Investment Management, Inc.; City Securities Corp.; Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance; Indianapolis Power & Light; My Favorite Muffin & Bagel Café; National City Bank of Indianapolis; Pedigo Chevrolet; Hautacam Consulting; Schmidt Associates; the law firm of Stewart & Irwin, PC; the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and Indy Parks.
For additional information about Jazz on the Point, call the Eagle Creek Park office at 317/327.7110.