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Riders In The Sky and Seven other Concerts To Rock the Eiteljorg Museum in May

by DeShong Perry-Smitherman | Apr 23, 2013

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[NOTE: Media interviews available with Riders In The Sky. Contact Eiteljorg PR for information.]

 May Events/Installations

Thursday, May 2
Western Art Installation
Joseph Brant, by Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755 – 1828)
The Gund Gallery of Western Art

Gilbert Stuart was one of the most famed portrait painters of his day, mostly because of the many times he created canvases of George Washington. In 1786, Stuart was in England and was commissioned to paint a portrait of Joseph Brant (1742-1807), a significant military leader of the Iroquois Confederacy who had supported the British during the American Revolution. This portrait is considered to be one of the finest depictions of a Native American done in the 18th century.  The Eiteljorg will feature this work, from the collection of the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, through September.

Contemporary Installation
Duane Linklater (Omaskêko Cree)
Reservation Dog, 2008 (run time 5 minutes)

This film follows Linklater as he borrows a friend’s dog and takes her from the reservation to Calgary, Alberta so she can experience urban life for a short time.

Guitars!: Roundups to Rockers programming
The Eiteljorg’s Guitars! show continues its run through August 4. More than 100 guitars—owned by greats including Roy Rogers, Charlie Christian, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Woody Guthrie, Buddy Holly, Les Paul and others— are on display.

The museum has added the following events and lectures to compliment this exhibit.

Sunday, May 5

The Evolution of the American Guitar

(Eiteljorg’s Guitars!Roundups to Rockers programming)
Presented by: Dick Boak, C.F. Martin and Company’s Museum Director and Archivist
2p.m. – 4p.m.
Free with general admission to the museum

Self-proclaimed guitar geeks and music historians of any genre will enjoy a presentation showcasing the history of the 180-year-old C.F. Martin company and the evolution of one of America’s favorite instruments. Boak’s talk will focus on Martin’s contributions on specific guitar shapes, sizes and tonewoods. He will also demonstrate guitar “vignettes” on an assortment of Martin guitar designs. Following this discussion, Boak will be available to sign copies of his book, Martin Guitar Masterpieces.

Saturday, May 11 –Get Down On It!  CULTURAL TRAIL CELEBRATION
During Indy’s Cultural Trail Celebration, several bands and singer-songwriters will jam at the Eiteljorg!

Live Lawn Concerts
1p.m. - 3p.m.
Devil to Pay

Fresh off of the release of their latest album, Fate is Your Muse,  this Indianapolis-based metal band will hit the stage outside the Eiteljorg. NUVO music reporter, Jeff Napier, writes that Devil to Pay’s newest release is “without a doubt, a towering, monumental piece of metal that has the power to transcend labels and genres.”

Ha Ha You
Hailing from the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis, Ha Ha You is an underground rock trio. Featuring ex-members of June of 44, Household Guns and Thin Fevers, the band channels the best parts of late-90s indie rock, jagged post-punk and pop music. Their songs include stories of family, friends, hearts and humor.

Live Performances Inside the Eiteljorg

Songwriters in the Round
Hear singer-songwriters trade songs and talk about their processes

2p.m. - 4p.m.
Free with admission

Laura K. Balke – Singer/Songwriter

From  sporadic  stints on the coffee house circuit in 2011 to solidly-booked tour dates, Laura Balke has come a long way. Two years ago she made the commitment to fully focus on her music. Concert goers will get to hear her play and sing original songs – packed with nods to country, alt-pop and folk. Balke, who’s played guitar since she was 13, will be finishing up a tight touring schedule that sent her to 25 states.

Kenny Childers (of Gentlemen Caller)
Being a past member of several bands has helped fuel the musical genius of Bloomington’s Kenny Childers. His current band, Gentlemen Caller, has rocked the indie scene for more than a decade. Kenny will bring his acoustic guitar and vocal swagger to the stage – sharing with audiences the talents that make him so beloved that a tribute album was produced to honor his 40th birthday.

Christian Taylor (of America Owns the Moon)
The lead singer of America Owns the Moon shows a milder side with his indie folk-inspired acoustic work. His strong body of work ranges from the light-hearted (“New Age Girlfriend”) to the tender (“Honey Child”) to the transcendental magical realism of “Rain Falls Up” and everywhere sideways of that.  Taylor is also ½ of the duo C-Tay and Homeschool with cellist Leilah Smith.

Simon Moore (of Kentucky Nightmare)
Simon P. Moore is best known for his work as singer and songwriter for Kentucky Nightmare. In his solo project, he showcases a more light-hearted, whimsical narrative voice and intimate guitar style. Some of these songs are new, some as old as 13 years, but they share classic themes such as love, loss, work, and frat boys.

Liz Janes – Singer/Songwriter
She writes. She plays guitar. And, she’s got the strong vocals to match! Liz Janes will give guests a sampling of emotion from several of her original ballads. Her sound flexes from R&B to folk and from soul to pop.

Live Concert: An Evening with Riders In The Sky
$ 25 general public
$ 20 Eiteljorg Museum members
Tickets may be purchased by calling the museum at 317-636-9378

The Eiteljorg will open its ballroom to America’s favorite cowboys, Riders In The Sky, for an evening of wacky humor and Western wit! For more than 30 years, Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers! They are stellar vocalists and guitar virtuosos who have recorded over 30 albums and have provided three decades of western entertainment. Based in Nashville, Riders has been embraced by the country music community. They are performing members of the Grand Ole Opry.

Guitars! Programming Day Saturday, May 11

10:30 a.m.
Film: The Last Waltz (117 min.)
A film account of The Band’s final concert.

12 – 2 p.m.
Play the guitar!
Learn the basics with professional guitar instructor, Benito DiBartoli

12 – 4 p.m.
Punch a guitar pick, design a rock band poster, play Guitar Hero, test out different instruments at the Fender Guitar Corral, and more

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Rock Star Caricatures and airbrush tattoos! (Eiteljorg front lawn)

1 p.m.
Riders In The Sky’s Ranger Doug salutes the Singing Cowboys of the Silver Screen

For a detailed schedule of the day’s activities, visit

The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit


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