This Past Wkd: Everyone Knows It's Indy
Sun., Oct. 30. 2005 2:58pm EST
Our concert in Indianapolis this past Saturday was apparently such a big event that it forced the undefeated Colts to take a week off. We didn't see Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison or Edgerrin James in the audience, though, so we'll have to hope there are no hard feelings.
In return, we've scheduled our concerts this coming weekend on the East Coast, so the Colts can resume play without any fear of competition from us. We figured it was the least we could do. We'll have to make sure we stay away the week of the big race next year, too :)
But, seriously, 2005 was our biggest year ever in Indy. Saturday's concert was our fifth concert in the Indianapolis area (Danville in January, Greenfield in April, Shelbyville in August, Bedford in September, and Noblesville in October) and our sixth in Indiana (We also played Union City in March.)
For years, we took Indiana's "Crossroads of America" slogan seriously and drove through the state (and stayed in its hotels) many times on our way to other Midwestern locales before finally playing our first concert there, September 30, 2001, in Evansville. We've now played the Hoosier State 16 times, making it our eighth most-travelled state, behind Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, Texas, Missouri, Michigan, and California.
But this Indy concert had a few surprises. Before the show, those in attendance got the first look at the video for "Are You Gonna Be Ike's Girl," which was filmed in Greenfield earlier this year. They also got to see the debut of Jimmy Tanner, who'll be playing drums for the next several weeks while Bill "Moose" Rieger is on vacation (see related story).
Thanks to Mike Hoyt and Cheerful Heart Ministries, who coordinated the concert, Chuck the sound man, Larry the Security Guy, and Keith & Aaron, who managed the CD table. Thanks also to the "regulars," Greg, Audra, Larry, Beth and Chelsea, who all drove a significant distance to help us out.
It was also great to see our old friend and longtime fan Joe Jackson (no, not that one), who first saw us in Gaffney SC in 1996. He was ... steppin' out ... to an ApologetiX concert for the first time since 1998.