500 Festival Announces Entertainment Lineup for Race Weekend’s Biggest Party

500 Festival Announces Entertainment Lineup for Race Weekend’s Biggest Party

Wed, 2015-04-01 12:43

American Authors, Straight No Chaser, 45 Riots to entertain at the 2015 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

INDIANAPOLIS (April 1, 2015) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events for Indiana and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announced the entertainment for the 2015 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball (#SnakepitBall) will be platinum-selling rock band American Authors, whose single “Best Day of My Life” was named the No.1 most played song in 2014 on Adult Pop Radio. Also performing, Straight No Chaser, 45 Riots, DJ Gabby Love and DJ Lockstar.

Fresh off their tour with One Republic, American Authors is a four-piece alt-rock band known for their razor-sharp musicianship and natural mastery of songcraft. One of the music industry’s most buzzed about bands, their hit single, “Best Day of My Life” has sold more than 2 million copies and dominated airwaves of alternative rock and top 40 radio stations in 2014. Band members Zac Barnett, Dave Rublin, Matt Sanchez and James Adam Shelley will interject their rock-and-roll energy into this year’s KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball.

Joining American Authors in the entertainment lineup for the 2015 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball:

  • Straight No Chaser will make a repeat guest performance at the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball. The popular a cappella group will perform on the eve of their Indianapolis 500 performance of ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’. Originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group has become a phenomenon – with a massive fanbase, more than 20 million views on YouTube and numerous national TV appearances.
  • New York-based 45 Riots will serve as the house band for this year’s event. The group is comprised of veteran performers entrenched in the New York and global music scene. These musicians have appeared on nearly every late night talk show and have performed alongside artists like Stevie Wonder, Sting and Prince. This group of energetic musicians is known for the wide variety of genres they play, making them well-equipped to entertain Snakepit Ball attendees all night.
  • DJ’s Gabby Love and Lockstar, two of Indianapolis’ most sought after DJ’s, will be behind the turntable. Each artist will be spinning their unique blend of music, ensuring nonstop energy at the 2015 Snakepit Ball and the red carpet arrivals

“This year’s KeyBank Snakepit Ball promises to be an incredible party, boasting an entertainment lineup of topnotch, nationally recognized performers. We’ve secured fantastic talent in American Authors, Straight No Chaser and 45 Riots, each a headliner in their own right.  Together these acts will deliver the goods for what is sure to be a Snakepit Ball to remember,” said Patrick Walsh, co-chair of the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball committee and President, Emmis Radio.

“We are excited about the continued evolution of this legendary race weekend party and culmination of all that the 500 Festival does to provide month of May experiences relevant to a wide variety of participants,” added Justin Christian, co-chair of the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball committee and CEO of BCforward.

The entertainment of 45 Riots will complement the theme for this year’s KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, “The Copperhead Lounge.” Drawing inspiration from a 1950’s nightclub atmosphere, this year’s theme will harken back to the early days of the Snake Pit at the Indianapolis 500. The Copperhead Lounge will feature chic, eclectic décor coupled with grand visual installations. Guests will enjoy inspired food choices at interactive food stations as well as craft cocktails from celebrity bartender, Josh Gonzales, owner of Thunderbird. Attendees can expect red carpet couture and celebrity participants during the locally televised red carpet arrivals

“The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is one of our favorite traditions leading up to the Indianapolis 500,” said 500 Festival president and CEO, Bob Bryant. “We’re looking forward to building upon the success of last year’s event with great entertainment, fantastic food choices and a night club-like environment that will transform the Indiana Roof. American Authors performance will be the icing on the cake for our 2015 theme of Celebrating the Stories of May.”  

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and foster positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. Proceeds from events like the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, help support the organization’s free program and events, including the 500 Festival’s Education Program, which has impacted more than 225,000 Hoosier 4th graders. 

Race weekend’s most exclusive party, the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball attracts celebrities and VIPs in town for race weekend. Last year’s event drew an eclectic celebrity mix, including, Michael Feinstein, Andrew Luck, Robert Mathis, Cesar Milan, Nick Goepper, Gracie Gold and Cole Hauser as well as special entertainment appearances by Straight No Chaser and Josh Kaufman, just 4 days after he won NBC’s The Voice. 

The 2015 KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball will be held Saturday, May 23 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Tickets cost $275 per person and may be requested by completing this online form, or by calling 317.927.3378.

Members of the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball Committee include: Justin Christian (co-chair), Pat Walsh (co-chair), David Bratton, Larry Dewey, Mike Wells, Aaron Reitz, David Pentzien, Natalie Roberts, Mark Owens and Steve Klipsch. The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball is sponsored by KeyBank, The Westin Indianapolis, Business Furniture and BCforward. The KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball’s red carpet arrival will be broadcast live on WISH-TV.

About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

 

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