Live Music Venue Series – Great Music for Summer 2015
Jun03

Live Music Venue Series – Great Music for Summer 2015

It’s hard to know for sure in Indiana, but it looks like winter has finally decided to leave us. You may now peel off your many protective layers, go outside, and actually enjoy it. There’s no shortage of things to do out there. Take a hike, cook over an open fire, go swimming, chew bubblegum, see a show, but do it all now while you can because winter will be back sooner than most of us would like. For those particularly interested in the last item listed, here are three great venues hosting live music all summer long. Foellinger Outdoor Theatre: Maintained by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation department, the Foellinger theater is a large open air theater that provides entertainment to the community all summer long. Hosting well known national acts as well as free shows from organizations like the Fort Wayne Community Band and the Fort Wayne Children’s choir, there’s plenty to see on their stage. Some notable acts performing there this year include the Doobie Brothers and the Steve Miller Band. Events are held rain or shine, but the theater is covered. The box office is open from 6-10pm on show days and tickets can be purchased in person or on the phone. Free shows are open seating. The venue is smoke free and outside food and beverage is not permitted. To find out more and see an event schedule, head on over to their website here. Foellinger Theatre 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 (260) 427-6715 Rock the Plaza 2015: Outside on the Main Library’s plaza, near where Wayne and Webster St meet, Rock the Plaza features great local musicians on a weekly basis. With lineups that never disappoint, you will see some of the best all-ages shows here. Shows are free and start at 6pm every Saturday from May 30th through August 29th. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase from 816 Pint and Slice on site. Smoking is prohibited inside the plaza. A schedule and lineup of bands for the event can be found here. ACPL Main Branch 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Botanical Roots: Hosted in the terrace garden of the Botanical Conservatory downtown, Botanical Roots is a six week long summer concert series featuring zydeco, blues, reggae, and other roots genre acts. An oasis in the heart of downtown, the conservatory’s garden makes for a beautiful spot to listen to live music. Food and drink is available from Mad Anthony Brewing, but no carry-in is allowed. Shows are Fridays July 31st – September 4th and held rain or shine. Local bands open at 8:30pm with headliners taking the stage around...

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Live Music Venue Series – The Phoenix
Apr07

Live Music Venue Series – The Phoenix

Everything you need to know about the Phoenix is written up on their sign. Food. Drink. Music. Art. There really isn’t any better way to describe what they are all about. Anything else said would just be the details. These are the details: Offering a full menu and bar service, the Phoenix brings in a variety of talented local and occasionally national acts to perform on its stage. Patrons can see musicians perform a variety of genres from jazz to blues to classic rock and more in a stylishly casual atmosphere. This combination of great music and great atmosphere, along with a good selection of options for dinner, has earned the Phoenix a reputation for being a superb all-ages venue. They are open Wednesday through Thursday from 5pm-11pm and Friday through Saturday from 5pm-1am. Sundays they open for brunch from 10am-2pm. You can find the Phoenix on Broadway just south of Jefferson Blvd across from the Brass Rail. It can be easily identified by its spacious patio and signage as you go past. On street parking is available as well as lot parking located on Wilt St (the first right passing the building going South). Parking may be difficult to find directly outside the building, but there is usually a spot nearby. Located on a historic strip of Broadway inside what was once the Sage Traders building, the recently renovated building has a lot of character that lends itself to the overall atmosphere inside. Inside, softly lit hanging local art, exposed brick walls, and duct work give the place an inviting urban tone that you might not expect to find around here. “Our goal is to provide the whole experience,” said general manager Shasta Kuhlhorst. Dining and live music don’t always mix well. Most restaurants just don’t have a good space for it and there are bound to be issues with visibility and sound. Others keep it deliberately low key to avoid disturbing their patrons. Music is meant for the background while you eat at some places, but it’s up front and center at the Phoenix. The dining room is focused towards the stage with the bar in the back. The tables easily have the best view of the stage, but this room was made for live music and there is no bad seat in the house. The stage is sizable and free from obstructions that might block your view. It can be easily seen from any seat and the acoustics in the room are solid. With friendly table service, diners are able to fully experience the show without needing to remove themselves for refreshments. In the summer, they open up their fenced...

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