Summer Under The Sails Returns for the Summer of 2018

Summer Under The Sails Returns for the Summer of 2018

The Sails,  located behind the Eiteljorg Museum along the canal.
Photograph courtesy of Zach Malmgren.

Back for a fourth year, the Eiteljorg’ s Summer Under The Sails concert series promises another entertaining season, with bands from a variety of genres hitting the stage each Wednesday evening in June and July from 6 – 8 p.m., and on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  From Americana, to rock and roll, Latin jazz and blues, you are sure to find something you enjoy at this free concert series.

“My favorite part of the Summer Under The Sails Concert Series is that the concerts attract a different group of people. It’s not necessarily our everyday visitors that come to the museum – it’s a new group of people who are enjoying everything the Eiteljorg has to offer,” said Sandy Schmidt, public programs coordinator.

The series debuts on June 6 with The Tillers, an Americana, old-time and bluegrass string band. This is The Tillers’ first time under The Sails, and with a newly released album, they are sure to entertain.

On June 13thTim Brickley & The List will perform hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Brickley is an Indianapolis native, whom The Indianapolis Star has called a musical “local legend.” He will be joined on stage by Larry DeMyer, Matt Price, and Tom Waldo to play covers of songs from their list of more than 200 rock hits.

Emily Ann Thompson

For her third appearance in the Eiteljorg’s concert series, Emily Ann Thompson brings with her a four-piece jazz ensemble on June 20. In previous years, Thompson has performed Celtic violin and dance under The Sails. This year however, she will be playing both jazz and gypsy jazz violin pieces for the audience.

Soundz of Santana

Soundz of Santana has been the crowd favorite since the beginning of the series. As a tribute band to the music of Carlos Santana, the group will be playing Santana’s hits in their truest form. More than 1,500 attendees gathering under The Sails last summer to hear Soundz of Santana, and  you won’t want to miss their performance this year on June 27.

The first Wednesday in July welcomes Heartstone Crossing, an Indianapolis-based cover band. The six-person ensemble plays a wide range of songs – from Bob Marley to Ed Sheeran.

Another act making its first appearance under The Sails is My Yellow Rickshaw, who perform on July 11. The band plays an eclectic collection of covers, from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Usher, the Zac Brown Band to Miley Cyrus, even rap and an Irish jig or two.

July 18 brings with it some Latin flair, with a performance by Pavel & Direct ContactThe trio is known as one of the most entertaining Latin jazz groups in the Midwest, praised for their high energy and upbeat music.

July 25 is Tad Robinson’s second appearance under The Sails. Robinson has been nominated for eight Blues Music Awards since 2005, and is known for his smooth vocals and soulful delivery.

A special edition Summer Under the Sails concert takes place Aug. 1, right before the start of Gen Con 2018. Il Troubadore returns to play world music and sci-fi music to set the mood for the convention. The band plays music from more than 60 countries and in 4 dozen languages, but most importantly for sci-fi movie fans, it has featured a Wookiee cellist and Klingon vocalists in previous appearances under The Sails. You will have to see this to believe it.

Summer Under The Sails - il Troubadore and the Wookiee Cellist

Il Troubadore

Attendees are encouraged to grab a light snack from the museum café’s late-afternoon nibble menu and take it to go and enjoy the free live music under The Sails on Wednesday evenings. A cash bar will also be available under The Sails. The museum is open until 8 p.m. on concert nights, with free admission into the building starting at 5 p.m. for guests to come and go during performances. Well-behaved dogs on 6-foot non-retractable leashes are also welcome.

Wednesday night’s aren’t the only time music can be heard from under The Sails. As part of the Summer Under The Sails Concert Series is the Eiteljorg’s Lunchtime Music on the Canal, a relaxing way to spend your Thursday lunch breaks. Starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays in June and July, the lunchtime music series features a rotating schedule of three artists.

Doug Resendez, known for his popular covers, starts the rotation on June 7. Following him is the John Gilmore Duo, performing Americana music. The Josh Silbert Jazz Combo rounds out the group with their smooth coffeehouse-style jazz.

This summer, there won’t be a better way to get through that mid-week slump than to stop by the Eiteljorg on Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoons to enjoy the summer breeze and free live music.