Anderson/Madison County Visitors Blog
The month of August in Anderson is going to be awesome for music lovers. In fact, I doubt you could ever find a month in the history of Madison County that had this much musical firepower on the calendar.
With Heart (August 1), Little Big Town (August 9), the Gaither Vocal Band (August 14), and the Doobie Brothers (August 30) performing this month in Anderson, fans will have their choice of classic rock, gospel, and country. And these aren’t your run of the mill performers either.
Combined, the four groups have sold more than 120 million albums, have won seven Grammys, produced six number one songs, and have over 50 Top 40 hits. Include the Gaither Vocal Band’s 17 Dove Awards and millions of videos sold and the numbers really become tough to match. On top of all that, Heart is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Wow.
Heart, Little Big Town, and the Doobie Brothers will perform at Hoosier Park, which continues to schedule terrific entertainment month in and month out. These three concerts will conclude their summer concert series, which has become one of Madison County’s top draws. The atmosphere is great during the summer concert series as thousands of fans come together to enjoy fantastic music under the stars. Earth, Wind & Fire got the summer concert series kicked off this year with a fabulous show July 11.
The Gaither Vocal Band will perform a benefit concert in honor of the Paramount Theatre’s 85th birthday. The Gaither’s are international stars and undeniable legends within the Gospel music industry. The Gaithers still make Alexandria and Madison County home, and they are very much involved in the community. However, having the Gaither Vocal Band perform locally is a rare treat that shouldn’t be missed. The fact that they are performing as a benefit for the Paramount makes the evening extra special and is yet another example of Bill and Gloria Gaither—and the entire Gaither organization—giving back to the community. Kudos for their efforts! Let’s hope it raises a lot of money for the Paramount.
Add in Hoosier Park’s Showroom Terrace and Anderson University’s York Performance Hall and Reardon Auditorium, and first class entertainment continues all year long. Music and entertainment—combined with Madison County’s numerous attractions—demonstrates that there is always something fun on the calendar in Madison County!
News, notes, and thoughts—I have had the pleasure of working at the Visitors Bureau’s tent in Colts City during the first week of Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University. The crowds have been big and in good spirits. The weather has cooperated nicely too. I have spoken to many people who were visiting camp from out of town. That, combined with all of the positive national media coverage of camp and Anderson, shows that having camp is priceless…The web numbers for VisitAndersonMadisonCounty.com continue to be very strong. A new record was set July 23 when 4,812 unique visitors logged onto the site. For the first eight days of Colts Training Camp, the site is averaging a robust 2,915 unique visitors a day…I said last week I would write about the Wigwam in this month’s blog. Unfortunately, the issue isn’t settled yet. There are still a lot of people working to keep the Wigwam alive. The Wigwam Sports and Entertainment group, led by Terry Thimlar, has worked hard on the project. They are a good group and I hope things can work out for them. Greg Winkler (and his staff), with the City of Anderson, has also put in a terrific effort. Kudos should also go to the Anderson Community School Board for their efforts too. Keep your fingers crossed for a successful resolution…I recently got a tour of the State Theater in Anderson. While there is still quite a bit of renovation needed, it probably isn’t in as bad of shape as you may think. I would love to see it become a vital part of the community again.
--Tom Bannon is executive director of the Anderson/Madison County Visitors Bureau