Miller Lite Carb Day
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Friday, May 25, 3:30 p.m., free to Carb Day ticket holders, $10, all-ages
In what is the last bit of debauchery left at the track since the demise of the turn four snake pit, this year’s Indianapolis 500 Carb Day concert may just be the best one yet. Past years have seen artists as diverse as the B-52s, Collective Soul, the Black Crowes and Cracker playing, but this year’s artist, Kid Rock, fully embodies the party-hardy and get drunk aesthetic that the infield used to be world-famous for.
Kid Rock loves the ladies, and he loves a good party. In turn, he provides a show for any crowd of sun-burnt race fans. His set is heavy on classic rock and Southern boogie, he’s not afraid to bust out a country song or two and his own hits, “Cowboy” and “Bawitdaba,” are a classic blend of Beastie Boy beats and Diamond Dave swagger. Look for a lot of tops coming loose during this show.
Opening is one of the more inspirational Indy car drivers in recent history. After almost losing his life in a 2000 accident, Swede driver Kenny Brack defied all expectations by battling back and racing in the 2005 running. The 1999 Indy 500 champion will be back at the track again this year with his band, Bräck.
Having already had a hand in playing music, he once had a band that included local music luminaries like Smoking Dave Wyatt, Gene Deer and Charlie Bushor. During his recovery, aided by copious amounts of painkillers, Brack turned his attention to his music. He started writing songs and found capable allies in the Columbus, Ohio, band Franc Aledia. The rock racer just released a new album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1, and a cool single and video called “Legends of the Speedway,” a tribute to his idol and mentor A.J. Foyt.
It’ll never be what it once was, but this year’s Carb Day may just be the closest thing to the snake pit chaos that used to rule the month of May.