It's time to talk about this season's outdoor concert schedule! Is there anything better than relaxing with friends as you enjoy great music and beautiful surroundings? Only one thing - when it's free! Here's the scoop on upcoming outdoor concerts throughout Morgan County this live music season (May through October). There are three outdoor concert series taking place this summer, plus a few stand-alone events courtesy of area festivals. Many are free, though some do charge admission. Click through to see specific details for each show on that event's individual listing on our calendar of events. No matter which concerts you choose, be sure to bring your blankets or lawn chairs, bug spray and maybe even some sunblock!
Let's start with the Drink at the Creek Concert Series, hosted by Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery and Distillery - this free series of concerts kicks off in May and features different performers each month until October, when they welcome SIX bands to cap off the series with the winery's big anniversary party. We're talking about music you'll love to sing along with - there are a number of tribute bands featured, including those who pay homage to Journey, Elton John, AC/DC, Dave Matthews, Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty, plus the Woomblies Rock Orchestra and several regional acts. Each concert will feature two acts in the beautiful outdoor setting at Cedar Creek, plus access to locally crafted beverages from the winery, brewery and distillery. There's no charge for parking this year and kids age 12 and under are free. Admission ranges from $10 to $20 per show, or you can purchase a season pass to all 12 concerts (that's 29 different performers!) for only$100. Cedar Creek also hosts a variety of free live music events on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Check our calendar for those details as they are available.
Next up is Mooresville's Bicentennial Park Concert Series. This fun concert series returning to beautiful Bicentennial Park, located right in the heart of Mooresville, within easy walking distance of some of our favorite local eateries. There will be two free concerts each month from June through September. Featured regional artists will include Tastes Like Chicken, Ride That Train, Random Reaction, The Main Street Band and more. There is no admission charge for the concerts and free parking is available within easy walking distance of the park.
Downtown Martinsville is getting in on the live music fun this year as well, with outdoor concerts on the lawn at the Art Sanctuary of Indiana. Each of these three summer concerts will take place on a Thursday evening in June and July, featuring well known performers including a Pink Floyd tribute band! Admission will be free for these downtown concerts and there will be food vendors available on site in addition to downtown eateries in easy walking distance. Food vendors will open at 5 pm and music will begin at 6 pm.
Here are specific dates for these free concert series as well as concerts hosted by Artie Fest, the Morgan County Fair and other annual festivals. Be sure to watch our calendar for upcoming shows at area indoor venues as well, including The Main Street Stage, 21 North Eatery & Cellar, Ralph & Ava's Cafe, Zydeco's Cajun and more.
Outdoor Concert Dates:
May 18 - Resurrection (Journey Tribute) & Fancy Sauce - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
May 25 - Hairbangers Ball & The Big 80s - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
June 8 - Tastes Like Chicken - Bicentennial Park
June 13 - Big Rosco & The Hammers - Downtown Martinsville
June 15 - Jeffrey Steele & Anthony Smith - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
June 22 - 8 Trick Mind - Bicentennial Park
June 23 - 7 Bridges (Eagles Tribute) & Rockin Horse - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
June 27 - Atom Heart Mother (Pink Floyd Tribute) - Downtown Martinsville
June 29 - Trippin Billies (Dave Matthews Tribute) & ComboNation - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
July 4 - BIGG COUNTRY - ComboNation - Pure Country - Virtue - Two For the Show - Jimmy Nash City Park
July 6 - Thunderstruck (AC/DC Tribute) & Back in the Day - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
July 12 - Jake Dodds - Artie Fest
July 13 - Ride That Train - Bicentennial Park
July 18 - Blue River Band - Downtown Martinsville
July 20 - Simply Elton (Elton John Tribute) & An Innocent Band (Billy Joel Tribute) - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
July 26 - Travis Tritt, PURE COUNTRY, Split Rail - Morgan County Fairgrounds
July 27 - Random Reaction - Bicentennial Park
August 10 - The Woomblies Rock Orchestra & Tastes Like Chicken - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
August 10 - Main Street Band - Bicentennial Park
August 24 - Soul Street & The Dynamics - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
August 24 - Miah Ferran Band - Bicentennial Park
August 29 - September 3 - Paragon Homecoming Festival
September 7-9 - Monrovia Festival
September 7 - Two For the Show - Bicentennial Park
September 14 - Mr. Speed (KISS Tribute) & Jambox - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
September 21 - Back 2 Mac (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) & Those Damn Torpedoes (Tom Petty Tribute) - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
October 5 - BIGG COUNTRY - Corey Cox - Jake Dodds - Pure Country - Split Rail - Main Street - Cedar Creek Winery, Brewery & Distillery
Make it a Weekend!
Turn any of these shows into a relaxing weekend away in Morgan County! Check out other great things to do in the area including hiking trails, farms to visit, must-visit local shopping spots and fantastic local eateries. Enjoy a night away at an area hotel or B&B so you have an extra day to explore. If you're not familiar with Morgan County, be sure to request a visitors guide so you don't miss anything, and feel free to contact us directly if you'd like personalized recommendations.