Are you Elvis'd out yet? From the Birthday Bash in Fountain Square last weekend to the upcoming tribute at the Pike Performing Arts Center, Indy's pretty King-tacular this week. But don't miss your chance to meet Elvis' drummer, DJ Fontana, in town for the Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular. Info below, as per a release from the Rhythm! Discovery Center, whose new exhibit took over our cover in November.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - January 15, 2014: DJ Fontana, a 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will visit the Rhythm! Discovery Center on Thursday, January 16 at 1pm, while in town as part of the Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular.
Considered by many to be the first drummer of rock and roll, Fontana spent 1955 to 1969 playing drums for Elvis Presley. He appeared on dozens of recordings with Presley and thousands of concerts, the movie Jailhouse Rock, and the televised 1968 Comeback Special.
Fontana will tour the museum, including the new DRUMset: Driving the Beat of American Music exhibit. DRUMset follows the evolution of the drum set - a truly American instrument - from its beginnings right after the American Civil War to the current music of today. Drum sets on display include those played by jazz artists Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, Glenn Kotche (Wilco and NPR's Radiolab tour), Ndugu Chancler (Michael Jackson, The Crusaders), Neil Peart (Rush), and John Bonham (Led Zeppelin). Fontana's visit is open to the public.
Rhythm! Discovery Center Executive Director Jeff Hartsough stated: "It is a sincere honor to have a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of rock's first pioneering drummers to visit the Rhythm! Discovery Center. We invite all fans of Elvis and early rock drumming to come downtown and meet a true icon."
Now in its 29th year, the Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular is a 7-city tour, held in January to celebrate Elvis Presley's birthday. Indy was added to the tour's routing 15 years ago, and the show will return this Friday, January 17th to the Pike Performing Arts Center. Information is at www.pikepac.org .