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Entertainment News Archives for 2022-04

Lincoln Amphitheatre to launch three-date "Amp Unplugged" Sunday series

The Lincoln Amphitheatre is adding a smaller, three-date Sunday series of events called “Amp Unplugged” to its 2022 performance schedule. The events will be late afternoon “matinee” performances and be diverse in genre.


“The intent of this series is to not only expand our seasonal offerings, but to bring performances to our Kyana Woodstock Performance Stage that we might otherwise not be able to bring as part of our normal Saturday series of events,” said Marc Steczyk, Lincoln Amphitheatre Director. “We are limiting this to three Sundays this year to gauge community and regional interest and, if successful, we’ll give stronger consideration to adding more Sunday dates in future years.” 


Amp Unplugged performances are for all ages with seating as general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Concessions, including beer/wine for guests 21 and over, will be available.


The 2022 Amp Unplugged Sunday dates are:

  • Sunday, August 28, 4 p.m. central: Kentucky Shine. Having recently performed at the ROMP Music Festival (among other events), Kentucky Shine has been recognized as one of the region’s strongest emerging bluegrass talents.
  • Sunday, September 11, 4 p.m. central: “American Roots” presented by members of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. A scaled back version of the EPO will present “American Roots” featuring brass versions of popular songs at the root of the American experience.
  • Sunday, October 9, 4 p.m. central: Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio.  Duke Tumatoe has opened for the likes of Muddy Waters, George Thorogood, and John Fogerty and his songs are a mix of comedy and blues. He is also known for his regular performances on the Bob & Tom Show


The Amp Unplugged performance series is presented with support from the Perry County Community Foundation and the Spencer County Community Foundation.  Tickets for all Lincoln Amphitheatre events, including the 2022 season opening evening with Garrison Keillor (from NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion) on May 14 and the Henry Lee Summer performance on June 4, can be found at or directly

April 13 is National Thomas Jefferson Day

April 13 is National Thomas Jefferson Day and honors the birth of the third President of The United States, Thomas Jefferson, who was kind of born on April 13, 1743. The Julian or Old Style calendar was used until 1752, when the Gregorian or New Style calendar was adopted. This added eleven days to the current date to bring the calendar year into step with the astronomical year. Thus, the birthday of Jefferson, who was born on April 2 under the Old Style calendar, is now celebrated on April 13, the New Style date. The Gregorian or New Style calendar is the calendar we use today.


Ever curious, Jefferson was a lawyer and a scientist of agriculture, paleontology, and astronomy. He also studied the weather, keeping detailed records, sparking weather enthusiast across his home state of Virginia. He collected archeological animal bones; he loved wine, books, and was quite the foodie. In fact, many credit him to brining “mac and cheese” to America, though that is not the case. However, he does have a favorite recipe for the macaroni noodle, which can be found at


Many know Thomas Jefferson as a former President of the United State or even a founding author of the Constitution. However, these achievements do not come close to encompassing Jefferson’s accomplishments, education, goals, and efforts.




While living in France, serving as a U.S. Minister to France, Jefferson fell in love with the cuisine, architecture, and the art. However, he found the state of poverty there to be deplorable. When he returned to the States, he brought with him a new found passion for French wine and a renewed sense duty to help his fellow man. As for wine, he was recognized as one of the great wine experts, keeping two vineyards at Monticello, which still exist.


Jefferson truly believed ALL men were created equal. His line in the Declaration of Independence, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” was actually his view on poverty. He spend much of working life, actively trying to protect ordinary citizens from overreaching wealthy citizens. However, he also believed individuals should be self-reliant. He wanted the government to assume responsibility for the poor, but as a temporary measure meant to be used temporarily to help the person while they recovered financially or even while learning a new trade so they could be financially stable.


Jefferson believed that “without health, there is no happiness.” He made numerous attempts to improve health care. He fought to reduce disparities in health care amongst Americans. It is believed, due in part to his work with French health care and in part to his agreement with John Adams, that Thomas Jefferson actually wanted a universal health care coverage. However, it cannot be substantiated as there is no written proof of this theory.


During his political career, Jefferson fought to reform poorhouses. Poorhouses were similar to the homeless shelter/missions we have today. He believed they had failed their mission and were too underfunded. He also wanted all children to have access to education. Jefferson stated all children should learn “some art, trade or business,” however; he saw the merit in public school and wanted children to attend for a minimum of three years. He wanted education for everyone, whether they could afford it or not, even if it came at public expense.


Jefferson also wanted slaves to receive an education. He wrote a letter to Robert Pleasants, advocating for Virginia’s educational system to provide the education in order to prepare them for freedom. He saw education as a means of empowering the powerless to empower themselves.


It is not known if his love for education led to his passion for books or if his passion for books led to his love of education. What is known, however, is that the Library of Congress would have suffered more severely if not for Jefferson. It is believed that Jefferson had the largest personal collection of books in the United and when the Library of Congress was raided by the British in 1814, Jefferson offered his personal library, as a replacement. His collection was estimated to be around 6,500 different books.


From politics to humanitarianism, food to healthcare, Jefferson never wanted to stop learning. He promoted education and pushed for equality in all peoples.

Kroger Symphony on the Prairie presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the 2022 season of Kroger Symphony on the Prairie starting June 24 at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. Fans will be thrilled with an exciting line-up that offers a fun-filled musical summer experience for the whole family. 


Tickets to the general public will go on sale April 12. Buy tickets here beginning April 12, 2022. Tickets may also be purchased at central Indiana Kroger stores.

Season highlights include ten performances by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Melissa Etheridge on her One Way Out Tour August 5; Three Dog Night August 13; and the Spinners August 12. Audience favorites are returning for the 2022 season, including Arrival from Sweden: Music of ABBA July 30; Face 2 Face: Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John August 6; and One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & the Works August 19.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra opens the 2022 Kroger Symphony on the Prairie season June 24-25 with Resident Conductor Jacob Joyce leading the orchestra in favorite classical music, including Ravel’s Boléro. The patriotic Star-Spangled Symphony returns July 1-4 conducted by Alfred Savia with vocalist Doug LaBrecque, accompanied by a fireworks finale. Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly leads the ISO and a cast of Broadway performers July 15-16 in music from treasured musicals, including Les Misérables and Hamilton. John Williams Blockbusters on July 22-23 features music from the legendary composer’s film scores, including Indiana Jones, Superman, and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.


2022 Kroger Symphony on the Prairie schedule


June 24-25: Classical Favorites with the ISO
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor Jacob Joyce take you on a whirlwind trip around the globe with selections from Ravel’s Bolero, Bizet’s Carmen, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Brahms’s Hungarian Dances, and many more.


July 1-4: Star-Spangled Symphony with the ISO
Your favorite patriotic celebration complete with fireworks! Featuring the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Alfred Savia, and vocalist Doug LaBrecque.
July 8: Home Again: A Tribute to Carole King
July 9: Never Die Young: A Tribute to James Taylor
July 15-16: Broadway Under the Stars with the ISO
Join Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly for this exciting performance of all of your Broadway  favorites. Featuring music from Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Hamilton, Moulin Rouge, and Wicked!
July 22-23: John Williams Blockbusters with the ISO
Get ready for a night of Hollywood’s greatest soundtracks with the ISO under the direction of  Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez, featuring the music of John Williams and more.
July 29: Hollywood Nights: The Bob Seger Experience
July 30: ARRIVAL from Sweden: The Music of ABBA

August 5: Melissa Etheridge: One Way Out Tour
August 6: Face 2 Face: A Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John
August 12: The Spinners
August 13: Three Dog Night
August 19: One Night of Queen Performed by Gary Mullen & the Works
August 20: The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute
August 26: The Phil Collins Experience
August 27: Master Blaster: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder


September 2: Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute
September 3: The Springsteen Experience: A Tribute to the Boss
September 4: Here Come the Mummies

Know before you go:

  • Gates open at 6 p.m. and concerts begin at 8 p.m. each night
  • Date-specific tickets may be purchased via the ISO website. Attendees must have tickets (mobile or hard copy) to enter each performance. Children two years old and under do not need a ticket.
  • In addition to purchasing online, patrons may scan a QR code at Central Indiana Kroger stores to receive a discount when they purchase tickets on the ISO’s website. Tickets are also sold at the ISO Box Office located on Monument Circle.
  • Tickets can be downloaded to phones as mobile tickets for all ISO concerts at Conner Prairie. Likewise, patrons can print their tickets at home and bring them.
  • Table rentals, reserved seating, and tickets to the Huntington Bank Sunset Lounge are available in limited quantities. served seating tickets and table reservations (a maximum of ten per table) will go on sale to the general public April 12. Visit for the list of shows that have reserved seating available.
  • Patrons may carry in their own food and beverages and purchase refreshments on-site including beer, wine, and spirits.
  • Three large LED screens installed in 2019 enhance the stage view from every location on the lawn.
  • Reserved parking is $40 for each show and provides easy-access parking. Reserved parking is available for individual concerts.
  • Groups of 30 or more may purchase discounted tickets to Kroger Symphony on the Prairie at a 10% discount. For group sales, contact the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (317) 639-4300
  • For more information on any Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra indoor or outdoor presentation, contact the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (317) 639-4300 or online at

About the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, at home and thriving in the heart of Indianapolis, offers an exceptional artistic and musical experience. The orchestra is open to all and dedicated to creating an inclusive and innovative experiential environment that is inspiring, educational, and welcoming. The ISO celebrates historically beloved performances while engaging audiences by introducing new voices through programming including the DeHaan Classical Series, the Printing Partners Pops Series, Kroger Symphony on the Prairie the holiday traditions of AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration and the popular Bank of America Film Series. For more information, visit

About Conner Prairie
Conner Prairie is the destination for living history, inviting guests to step into the story and actively experience the connection between today and yesterday. With more than 1,000 wooded acres on the White River, Conner Prairie offers education and adventure to more than 400,000 visitors of all ages each year. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate museum, Conner Prairie provides both outdoor interpretive encounters and indoor experiential learning spaces, melding history and art with science, technology, engineering and math. A 501(c)3, nonprofit organization, Conner Prairie is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and relies on grants and philanthropic donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fuel its sustainability and growth. For more information, visit







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