Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bloomington's Live Music Scene

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Tosha Daugherty at 800/800-0037

Bloomington, Indiana: A Musical Destination

Jazz, rock and roll, country and world music – Bloomington’s got it all!

Repeatedly recognized for its diverse pool of musical talent, Bloomington, Indiana combines professional musicians and local talent with excellent facilities and festivals to provide southern Indiana with a multitude of musical options.

Bloomington's rich musical history began with Hoagy Carmichael, made famous by his tune "Stardust." Today, the Indiana University School of Music consistently ranks number one in the nation and offers an array of musical talent to the area. Jazz Ensemble, Ballet Theater, Concert Band and Orchestral Concert performances are conducted practically every night of the week. Where do they perform? At the nationally acclaimed Musical Arts Center, of course! Second only to the Met in New York, the MAC is said to be acoustically perfect and has the longest running opera season in the Western Hemisphere. Past performances of the critically acclaimed IU Opera Theater include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute, Bizet's Carmen, Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff and Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes.

Home to the Midwest's oldest pipe organ, the IU Auditorium hosts world-class musical performances as well, ranging from Broadway hits such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar, and Argus's Oliver! to well-known pop and rock singers such as Melissa Etheridge and hometown favorite John Mellencamp. When the holiday season rolls around, you can get in on the annual tradition of the Chimes of Christmas with the Singing Hoosiers.

The local music scene has developed as well. Concerts flourish all around Bloomington — on the courthouse lawn, at Bryan Park, Fountain Square Mall, in nightclubs, and the John Waldron Arts Center. Listen and enjoy the sounds of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, the Camarata Chamber Orchestra, the Bloomington Pops, and other popular local groups.

Oh, and speaking of nightclubs, Bloomington is the place to be for live entertainment. Bear's Place, The Bluebird, Jake's, The Bishop, and Café Django are just a few of the venues offering the best in live jazz, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country and acoustic performances.

What does Bloomington do with all this musical talent? We showcase it, of course, with exciting festival celebrations. The best sounds from around the globe come together at the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, lauded for its diversity of music.

Other major musical festivals in the area include the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, featuring nearly a month’s worth of world-class performances, the Hillbilly Haiku Americana Music Festival and the brand-new Pit Stop Music Marathon. Bloomington visitors and residents also come together for several one-day events featuring music, food and more. A local favorite is Taste of Bloomington, a downtown celebration featuring local restaurants and musicians.

For more information on musical performances, concerts and festivals in Bloomington contact the Visitors Center at (800) 800-0037 or check out the calendar of events at

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