Klipsch Music Center
|Former names||Deer Creek Music Center (1989-2001)
Verizon Wireless Music Center (2001-2011)
|Address||12880 East 146th Street|
|Seating type||reserved, lawn|
The Klipsch Music Center (originally Deer Creek Music Center and formerly Verizon Wireless Music Center) is an outdoor amphitheatre, owned by Live Nation, located in Noblesville, Indiana. It is the largest outdoor music venue in the Indianapolis metropolitan area of central Indiana, with 6,000 seats, under a pavilion and 18,000 general admission lawn seats. It is used mainly for large concerts, but is also frequently a host for high school graduations and political rallies.
It opened in 1989, at a site along Sand Creek, just north of exit 210 on Interstate 69, near the junction of former State Road 238 (at the time also known as Greenfield Avenue; now rebuilt and renamed as Southeastern Parkway), 146th Street and Boden Road.
Concerts and music festivals
The Klipsch Music Center is a large open-air concert venue capable of hosting live, high-profile concerts and outdoor music festivals, including All That! Music and More Festival, Anger Management Tour, Crüe Fest, Crüe Fest 2, Family Values Tour, Farm Aid, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Honda Civic Tour, Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution, Uproar Festival and Vans Warped Tour.
The Grateful Dead played 14 out of 15 scheduled concerts here from 1989 through 1995. During the performance on July 2, 1995, a number of fans stormed a rear fence, attempting to enter without paid admission. As a result, their last concert at the facility, the following night, was canceled. Musician Keller Williams memorialized this gate-crashing event in his song, "Gate Crashers Suck."
Phish performed and recorded their show, on August 13, 1996, which was later released as a live album, entitled Live Phish Volume 12 and has played the venue 25 times, making it a priority spot for most of Phish's touring schedule.
2006–2007: Possible sale
On December 28, 2006, Live Nation, the owner of the music center, confirmed they were putting up for sale the 203 acres (0.82 km2) of land that constitutes the amphitheater complex, then known as the Verizon Wireless Music Center. Regardless of the sale, Live Nation said it was committed to the 2007 concert season.
As of June 9, 2007, the Indianapolis Business Journal, a local business newspaper, reported, "But no acceptable offers have been received, and several local brokers say the unofficial asking price of more than $40 million is outrageous."2
On August 15, 2007, the Indianapolis Business Journal had a new report stating "Noblesville's Verizon Wireless Music Center is no longer for sale and will host a full lineup of shows in 2008, the facility's general manager, Steve Finkel, told IBJ this afternoon."
In 2011, Klipsch Group, Inc., whose international headquarters are located nearby, acquired naming rights to the venue. Called the Klipsch Music Center since 2011, the venue remains under the ownership of Live Nation and continues to draw major acts during the summer months.
- "Move over Verizon; new name will be Klipsch Music Center". The Indianapolis Star. Gannett Company. 27 October 2011. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
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