Performance venue ‘raises the curtain’

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The Fishers Switch Amphitheatre is starting to come to life, and that’s an exciting prospect. Our managing editor, Dan Domsic, tells us that after interviewing Fishers Arts Council President Jocelyn Vare, it sounds like the venue has the potential to bring something really dynamic to downtown Fishers. The arts council is said to be planning an all-day Nickel Plate Music Festival for Oct. 27; it would feature a schedule of bands from the area whose members are 21 years old and younger. Not only do these musicians have a venue to play and reach the community, Vare touted the amphitheatre as a town feature that can have positive economic and business impact – and we agree with that wholeheartedly. Fishers has plenty of outdoor sprawl space – parks, fields, and the like – and now it has a venue that can display the talent of the people and bring diversity to programming. That’s something that should be applauded. Constructed north of Town Hall, the project – whose cost is approximately $822,500 and was funded by the cumulative capital development fund, the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the park impact fee fund – raised the curtain on Saturday with an official opening and a performance by, among others, Forever – The Tribute, a Beatles cover band. The long-running summer concert series has a new home with this project, and myriad other uses will be announced, and, we hope, supported. We’re all for local arts of all stripes, and we also applaud economic development. We believe this project will help to fortify that.

 

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