The 500 Festival will kick-off the month of May and celebrate its 2013 theme: TurboCharging Indy with a free concert on the evening of April 27 on Monument Circle. The 500 Festival REV Your Engines Concert
will feature multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw and Indiana native Jon McLaughlin. The musicians will be introduced by IZOD IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe and Firestone Indy Lights driver Zach Veach, respectively.
Gavin DeGraw is not a stranger to the top of the charts, he first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. DeGraw released his third studio album, Sweeter, in September 2011. The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. “Soldier,” his current single continues to climb the charts. Gavin recently collaborated with two-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat on their duet “We Both Knew” which appears on the soundtrack to the upcoming film Safe Haven, premiering Feb. 5. The movie, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, stars Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel.DeGraw was also a contestant on the 14th season of ABC’s of Dancing With the Stars which premiered in Spring 2012.
Jon McLaughlin has sold more than 170 thousand albums and more than 1 million digital tracks. McLaughlin released his 2007 debut album Indiana, followed by OK Now in 2008. The albums yielded placements on the TV Series Scrubs and movies including Georgia Rule and Bridge to Terabithia. Following this, McLaughlin’s song “So Close” was featured in Disney’s Enchanted starring Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams. The film was released with outstanding reviews and McLaughlin was later asked to perform “So Close” at the 2008 Academy Awards. McLaughlin is a native Hoosier who grew up in Anderson, Ind. and attended Anderson University. Jon’s most recent album Promising Promises was released last year and includes his latest single “Summer Is Over” featuring Sara Bareilles.
Food trucks and a beer garden will also be available to guests during the event. Official media partners for the 500 Festival REV Your Engines Concert include B105.7, WRTV-6 and IndyStar.com. For more information on the concert or other 500 Festival events and programs visit www.500festival.com.
WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Monument Circle, Downtown Indianapolis
The northwest and entire south side of Monument Circle including the south spoke to Washington Street will be closed starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and will reopen at 1 a.m. Additional street closures including Meridian Street from Washington to Maryland streets may be closed at IMPD discretion.
The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.
The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.
Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.