Stars Come Out to Play Softball For Make A Wish Kids Charity

The 3rd annual Celebrity Softball Challenge was held on Thursday, June 7 at Victory Field (home of the Indianapolis Indians) in downtown Indianapolis.  A great crowd of fans showed up to help support the game which proceeds go to the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund.  The funds help bring to life the wishes of Indiana children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

Tamika Catchings and other Indiana Fever players

This fourth annual event is a 7-inning celebrity softball game between players of the major professional sports teams in Indiana along with mascots, media personalities and other Indiana sports personalities. It has become a Memorial game to celebrate the life of Caroline Symmes’, one of the precious Wish children, who was involved in making this event possible. Taking place in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, fans have the opportunity to witness their favorite hometown Superstars battle it out on the softball field.
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JC Penney Now “JCP” – Makes Major Positive Changes

The new and improved Penney stores (now called JCP) do not have coupons or big sales. They have everyday LOW prices now.

They say you don’t have to wait for a sale. I checked out the new “lower” pricing and I was quite surprised to see how much the prices have dropped!  Makes you wonder and think how much of a mark up there really is on clothing, towels, jewelry, etc. Twice a month on a Friday, they lower their everyday low prices. Yea, they do. How about the new return policy? You can’t beat it (just join them)!

Here’s the return policy and I will say you can’t lose if you can’t find your receipt or decide you don’t want something, JCP will take care of you. Are you going to go check out the new pricing?
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The Hot Housewives of Indianapolis

With the Super Bowl coming in a few days, people want to see the big stars arriving in Indy. Forget waiting for the Super Bowl, Indy has their own Housewives of Indianapolis that will be out and about at some of the big parties in town.  They are beautiful, smart and hard working ladies that know who they are and what they want.  I can reveal 2 of them, and if you’re lucky, you just might come across them during Super Bowl week. Continue reading

Darnell Hillman’s #45 Jersey Retired at San Jose State

Darnell Hillman is one of the best to play for San Jose State.  Hillman was a 6’9″ California native whose basketball career started in 1967 when he enrolled at San Jose State to a 2 season gig as a star with the USA Armed Forces All Stars and 10 seasons as a pro in the ABA and the NBA.Hillman averaged 15.3 points and 14.2 rebounds as a first-team All-West Coast Athletic Conference (WCAC) selection for a San Jose State team that still holds the school’s single-season scoring average at 82.4 points a game.

He began his career in the ABA for the Indiana Pacers.  The Pacers won 2 ABA Championships.  Hillman was also a member of the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Kansas City Kings and the Golden State Warriors.
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Stage collapses at Sugarland concert in Indy at State Fair

Stage collapses at Sugarland concert @ Indiana State Fair

Sugarland was about to take the stage tonight at the Indiana State Fair at the outdoor grandstand when a big gust of wind and fierce storms hit the stage and it collapsed into the people that were standing in front of it.  People were running to get out but there were many going up to help those that were being crushed under the heavy structure of the stage.

Are winds so strong that they can push over a stage structure or was there some malfunction?  Lots of questions to be answered.

There are reports that there may be as many as 4 deaths from this accident but people are still being transported to local hospitals in Indianapolis.  Prayers go out to all those injured and their families.  We’re hoping for the best.  Storms have been hitting Indy all evening long when most of the summer has been almost a drought.

Live Band Review: Devon Allman’s “Honeytribe” in Indianapolis

Devon Allman

How lucky was I to go to another great concert at the “Rathskeller” (in Indianapolis, Indiana) again, this past Saturday night, to see Devon Allman and his band Honeytribe (Yes, he is Greg Allman’s son of the Allman Brothers). I was just at the Rathskeller 2 weeks ago and saw Carney, another great band that is a must see (read my review here)!

I wasn’t sure what to expect for Honeytribe, and this concert really wasn’t promoted that much.  I saw the concert listed in the local “MetroMix” paper and on the Rathskeller web site.  I then went to Myspace to hear a little bit of the band’s music, wondering if he was anything like his father, Greg Allman, and I got just enough of a good tease to push me out to the concert on Saturday night.

On my way!…
I was quite excited to go to the Rathskeller on Saturday night after listening to the tunes on Myspace. The Rathskeller has been booking some great touring bands there and for only a $5 cover, you can’t beat it. Plus, they have a huge selection of various beer brands, and the German food is authentic and very tasty.

It was a beautiful Summer night.  At the Rathskeller, you are down in the outskirts of downtown Indy and you have a beautiful view of the downtown lights.  The Rathskeller is situated in an area that is called the “Mass Ave” district, and this part of town has super cool and unique businesses. This part of Indianapolis really makes the city shine. There are great places to eat at Mass Ave like Bazbeaux Pizza (best pizza in Indianapolis!) and Yats cajun/creole. There is unique shopping like this toy store Mass Ave Toys, and there’s this locally made jewelry in one of my favorite shops Silver in the City.  On the street Massachusetts Avenue, you can even just simply get a Starbucks there, sit alongside the street, and people watch for fun. Nice people stroll around the area, or they are sitting outside at the bars and restaurants, eating and drinking, just having a good time. If you visit Indianapolis, make sure to check the area out, along with the Rathskeller, which is just at the East end of Massachusetts Avenue.

Anyway, I got there to the Rathskeller just in time to see a little of the Corey Williams Band that was on before Honeytribe.  They are a local band and actually reminded me of a Dave Matthews type style.  Pretty decent guitar player too.

At about 9 pm, they introduced the band.  The bass player started up with his bass, the drummer joined in and out came Devon Allman.  I am sorry I do not know the names of his songs, but none of them let you down.  I would describe the music as bluesy-rock with soul.  Devon is one of the hardest working guys in rock; including the 2 other guys in the band – George Potsos on bass, and drummer Gabriel Strange.  The first album/CD is called “Torch” with a 2nd CD coming out in October called “Space Age Blues”.  They did do this song and I did recognize this from listening earlier on Myspace.  I really love this song!  Devon does look somewhat like his famous father Greg.  He can play just as good or even better!  He can sing too.  He knows how to put on a great show and interacts with the crowd!

There was a guy that was doing his air guitar out in front of the stage and it was amusing the band.  He was then quickly joined by an air drummer!  Devon teased them by playing the song “Teen Spirit” by Kurt Cobain.  There was an instant mosh pit right in front of the stage! I didn’t expect a mosh pit but it happened-it was easy going, not like a Metallica mosh pit.  The band then did a medley of many songs including the famous “Midnight Rider”.  The song had everyone out of their seat and singing along.

At one point, Devon jumped off the stage area and on to the floor area, and was quickly joined by many of the fans there.  He was playing his guitar right in the middle of everyone and rocking it out.  It was very cool.  He is one of the best!  He was getting the crowd involved and many were out there dancing.  Everyone was having a great time!

The band kept playing and it was 11 pm which is the curfew for the outside venue down in that area.  The band had come back for an encore and played until 11:30 pm!

After the show, the band hung around on stage and took pictures with all of the fans who wanted one, and the band signed autographs.  I am sorry to say my camera’s battery died during the show but I was able to get some good pics before that happened.  See the photo gallery below.

I will definitely go and see Honeytribe when they are back in Indy.  They will not disappoint!  If they are going to be in your town or area, I would recommend that you go check them out.  Truthfully, the band deserves to be the headliner band for larger shows, and hopefully, that is where they’ll be in the near future.

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