Indy Family Foundation ‘Festival on Main’ adds the Concert on Main to the popular family friendly event.

Indy Family Foundation ‘Festival on Main’ adds the Concert on Main to the popular family friendly event.

Mon, 2016-04-11

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Indy Family Foundation ‘Festival on Main’ adds the Concert on Main to the popular family friendly event.
Popular Hoosier artists, Jon McLaughlin, Josh Kaufman and Hunter Smith Band headline the free stage.

SPEEDWAY, Ind (April, 11th 2016) – The Indy Family Foundation, with support from the 100th Running Host Committee and the Speedway Chamber of Commerce, is revving up for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 by reviving the popular ‘Festival on Main.’ This year’s family-friendly street festival will be bigger and better than ever, engaging Main Street Speedway’s thriving businesses and featuring a free live concert, celebrity ‘dunk tank,’ appearances by popular Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy and Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil drivers, KidZone activities, food trucks, a classic car show, craft beer gardens, and other exciting entertainment including a BMX performance by Wonder Wheels of Indianapolis. 
   The event is to take place from 5-11pm on May 13, following qualifying for the Angie’s List Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Festival on Main benefits the Indy Family Foundation, who most recently helped to facilitate the Justin Wilson Children’s Fund. In anticipation of the historic 100th Running, this year’s event will provide yet another opportunity for community celebration, featuring a free concert with multiple popular and nationally known live entertainment acts including Hoosier-natives Josh Kaufman and Jon McLaughlin. The entire event is free and open to the public.
   “After taking last year off, we are so excited to bring this back to the Indy community.  We love this event, and it is our favorite way to kick of the Month of May, especially with so much fun stuff happening,” said Heather Carpenter, President of the Indy Family Foundation and wife of Verizon INDYCAR series driver/owner Ed Carpenter. “This event is so unique and gives families and race fans a fun way to welcome Month of May racing action.  Main Street has really transformed in the last few years, and we are happy to able to celebrate that with the Town of Speedway.”
    The event will offer activities for the whole family, including the chance to dunk favorite Indianapolis personalities in the ‘celebrity dunk tank’. The fun-filled KidZone will entertain children of all ages — from toddlers to teenagers — and all of the businesses and restaurants along Main Street will welcome families to the celebration. In conjunction with the 100th Running Host Committee’s Arts, Culture & Youth Committee, young fans will have the opportunity to design a brick that will be used to create a BrickyART wall mural on one of Speedway’s historic buildings along Main Street. In addition, the festival will feature multiple craft beer gardens, food trucks, a classic car show, and other entertainment options for adult fans.
    In addition to all of this fun, the Indy Family Festival on Main is also teaming up with Indy’s Best Party with a Purpose, Pub Theology, who will work with Feeding Children Everywhere to pack 100,000 meals in a fun, party environment at the ‘Festival on Main’ event. With a live DJ and a fast-paced, high-energy setting, assembly lines will be formed to pack 100,000 meals for children in need across Indiana. After the meals are packed, the DJ will continue playing music for an even more fun-packed experience for the charitable cause. 
    For more information and updates about the Festival on Main, please visit the Indy Family Foundation website at www.indyfamilyfoundation.org or contact 317-402-647.
 
About the Indy Family Foundation: The mission of the fund is to aid those in the motorsports community (regardless of the sanctioning body), who find themselves in financial need due to hardship caused by illness, injury or death. Their assistance is available to not only race car drivers, but to all licensed participants in racing, including crew members, course workers, support and administrative personnel, public relations and media representatives and team owners, as well as, their immediate family members.  The Benevolent Fund of Motor sports is operated solely by volunteers who delegate all money raised to the fund except for a small portion for administrative fees that allow the fund to stay in operation. In 2007, the Indy Family Foundation, Inc. was formed, allowing individuals to volunteer as “friends of the foundation” and participate in the social and developmental activities of the fund. With the help of the community and racing family since 2001 thru 2012, they were able to successfully raise funds to personally help numerous members of the racing community. Since that date over $450,000 have been paid out.

About the 100th Running Host Committee: The 100th Running Host Committee is part of the 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering a positive impact throughout the Hoosier state, working in tandem with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame museum. The Host Committee includes 12 full volunteer committees and 40 sub-committees with hundreds of enthusiastic community volunteers. These individuals are charged with working together to celebrate and leverage the 100th Running by enhancing the quality of life for all Hoosiers, elevating the image of the State of Indiana, heightening civic pride, creating cultural connection, enabling social impact and stimulating education. For more information on the host committee and a list of upcoming events, go to 500Festival.com/100thrunning or search #100RunningHC on social media.

About Josh Kaufman: Josh Kaufman, Season 6 winner of The Voice, is a life-long music lover and performer. He comes from a musical family and began singing in church at an early age in the small town of Lake Wales, FL.  For the last 15 years or so, Kaufman has been a regular in the Indianapolis music scene, performing solo and with the band, The New Etiquette. He still resides in Indianapolis with his wife and four kids. Kaufman writes music, plays guitar and sings. His music draws from a wide range of styles, including soul, pop, rock, funk and jazz. He has cited Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, and Jeff Buckley among his major influences. Learn more at http://www.joshkaufmanmusic.com.

About Jon McLaughlin: Whether writing and producing songs, performing his music, or hanging out with his two daughters, Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Jon McLaughlin puts passion into everything he does.  McLaughlin has released six albums and over the years, this piano-rock musician has collaborated with fellow artists such as Sara Bareilles, Demi Lovato, and NeedtoBreathe as well as sharing the stage with artists including Kelly Clarkson, Adele, OneRepublic, Bon Jovi, and Duffy.   In 2014, a dream came true when Jon even supported the legendary piano man himself, Billy Joel. McLaughlin is from Anderson, Indiana. For more information visit http://www.jonmcl.com

About The Hunter Smith Band: Hunter Smith, former Colts player and Super Bowl winner has always loved music, but his dream became a reality in 2012 when the Hunter Smith Band released their first album, “Green.” The band consists of four Indianapolis-based musicians hand-picked by Smith. Band members Justin Langebartels, Alex Reiff, Ethan Ehrstine and Kyle Whiteley all bring their own unique sound to the band. Their sophomore album, “Story,” was released in 2015 and has been embraced by independent radio and a rapidly growing loyal fan base. Thier mix of country and rock plays well with a wide array of audiences. Check them out at www.HunterSmithBand.com.

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