Don’t miss the Living Fort Wayne summer concert series

I don’t know about you, but for me summer is synonymous with live, outdoor music.  Lucky for me(and you), a concert series in Headwaters Park will showcase some of Fort Wayne’s best talent. Online publication Living Fort Wayne is sponsoring a three-part concert series in one of Fort Wayne’s most scenic outdoor venues.

Although the first of the three concerts has passed, there is still time to get in on the fun in July and August.  Going forward a total of four acts will grace the stage, the first being the acoustic act and the latter being the featured band.

July 2:

The July show opens with Left Lane Cruiser. This two-man rock duo is comprised of Joe Evans on slide guitar and vocals with Brenn Beck on drums and harmonica.  Their personal take on the North Mississippi Hill Country sound will get you movin’. If you can’t make this show, you can likely catch them at local dive bar The Brass Rail.

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Get down with yo’ bad self to Adam Strack’s music.

After you get your fix of blues rock, take in the reggae/ska sound of Unlikely Alibi. According to their website, “Unlikely Alibi brings to mind the best work of The Clash, Madness and Elvis Costello, with a traditional, yet modern twist. ” I’ve seen them perform before, and they do put on a good show. Their stage presence is impressive.

August 6:

Singer-songwriter Adam Strack kicks off the August show with his trademark brand of acoustic covers– anything from Jack Johnson to James Taylor. Shifting gears a bit is Bluebird Revival. According to their Facebook page, “Blue Bird Revival is a high energy gospel band featuring new versions of traditional hymns, as well as our own music that is a down-home combination of country, bluegrass, ragtime and gospel.”

After you fed your hunger for music, take advantage of beer from J.K. O’Donnell’s, as well as food truck fare. The concert is open to all ages, but those who wish to drink must be 21 or older.


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website:

Daniel O’Donnell Comes to the Fort

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Daniel O’Donnell will perform at the Embassy Theatre June 10th.

Get your Irish on – country / folk artist Daniel O’Donnell will croon his way into the Embassy Theatre at 7 p.m. on June 10, 2014.

A youthful 54 years old, the heartthrob (sorry, gals, he’s married with kids) from Donegal, Ireland will likely present songs from his best-selling albums including such favorites as “Stand Beside Me,” “Amazing Grace,” “Que Será, Será,” “You Raise Me Up,” “That’s Amoré,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Moon Over Ireland,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” and many more.

The prolific O’Donnell recorded his first single in 1983, followed by nearly 50 albums and at least 21 singles in the UK or Ireland.  His first single, “My Donegal Shore,” was produced with his own money, and he later formed his own band, Country Fever.  After that, he created another musical group, The Grassroots.

As his popularity grew, O’Donnell began selling out concerts in England regularly, and in the 1990s, he became well known in the UK and Ireland which led to making TV appearances.  The charismatic tenor was named Donegal Person of the Year in 1989 and Irish Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1992 and 1996.

O’Donnell announced last winter that he will take a sabbatical next February to spend more time with his wife who is recovering from breast cancer and will not perform again till at least 2016.

This tour will be a particularly challenging one for him because his mother whom he adored passed away just a few days ago on May 18, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Embassy Theatre box office (260.424.5665) or Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000;  Tickets begin at $52 and go up to $84.



Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .

Sweetwater GearFest 2014

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June 6th-7th, 2014

It doesn’t take long to figure out that Fort Wayne has a lot of festivals and trade shows to enjoy.  In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of attending most of them in the short three years that I’ve called Fort Wayne my home. However, did you know that one of the largest pro-audio and music events takes place (for FREE) right here in our city?

Until my husband took a job at Sweetwater Sound back in 2011, I didn’t even know the company existed. Little did I know that Sweetwater is a worldwide phenomenon!  The company provides outstanding customer service and technical support to match its reputation for high quality products.  On top of that, they take great care of their employees, give back to our community, and also host an amazing event called GearFest each year. GearFest 2014  is this weekend (June 6th and 7th to be exact)! There you can join music enthusiasts both from our area and all over the country at what promises to be an action-packed, hands-on, educational, and fun weekend!

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They’re already setting up for next weekend!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to expand your music and audio knowledge, GearFest has you covered! There will be instrumental, songwriting, software, live sound, studio, and many other types of workshops led by top notch musicians, engineers, and producers.  For a full listing and schedule of workshops available, check out the Sweetwater website.

One of the great things about attending such a large event with visitors coming from all over the country is the opportunity to network.  While at GearFest 2014, you’ll have the chance to meet and network with artists, musicians, producers, and engineers.   Manufacturers will also be present to show you the latest and greatest gear on the market while spending one-on-one time answering questions about their products.

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Stop by for lunch any time!

I’ve been told there will be “insane deals” all next weekend, but there will also be a musicians’ flea market for those of you who have been searching for the right piece of used equipment!

If the gear mania isn’t enough for you, there are a few other things that may pique your interest. While attending workshops, you might just catch a few musicians using their vocal and instrumental talents to put new gear to the test (Private concert? Yes, please)! You can also get your hands on the newest gear for a test drive and bring in your favorite guitar for a free restringing. Just make sure you don’t miss the hourly giveaways that are worth a collective $72,000!

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Josh, Sweetwater Sales Engineer, let me take his picture on the slide today

Maybe music isn’t your thing. That’s ok! Sweetwater is open to the community for tours, shopping, and lunch at the DownBeat Diner on a regular basis. Also, Sweetwater employees are raving about their new slide at the office… maybe you should stop by sometime to try it out yourself!







Mallory Carter


Mallory Carter is a Middle Tennessee State University graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership. In 2011, she and her husband made the move to Fort Wayne all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. Mallory is a newlywed, advocate for chronically ill patients, member of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, volunteer, Mad Ants fan, and lover of all things Fort Wayne. By day, she can be found working as an administrator turned marketing professional at Three Rivers Dermatology. In her spare time Mallory enjoys exploring the city and trying new restaurants with her husband, setting and achieving new fitness goals, writing, and cuddling with her sweet Chihuahua, Ellie. You can read more of her musings at

Germanfest 2014: Come Out for Essen, Trinken und Gemütlichkeit!

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Essen, Trinken und Gemütlichkeit!

Beer, food, dancing. Did I mention beer? And food? And dancing? Come out and join in the festivities as the City kicks off the festival season, German-style. This year’s theme? “Essen, Trinken und Gemütlichkeit!” (Eating, Drinking and Having a Really Good Time!)

Fort Wayne’s 33rd Annual Germanfest will  take place June 8 – June 15, 2014 at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. Additional events will be located throughout Fort Wayne, Allen County and NE Indiana.

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Don’t miss it on June 14th!

Hang out with friends and family and enjoy this year’s activities, including:

When: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Highlights include the Familienfest Midway, featuring train rides, inflatables, slides, rides and games for kids of all ages. Special areas will offer free horse-drawn carriage rides and The Shire of Shadowed Stars, with recreations of armored combat, dancing, fencing and historical displays.


Maßkrugrennen Beer Stein Relay Race

When: 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

For this event, you’ll need to sign up at the Info Booth at the Festival’s main entrance. Participation is free, but you have to be 21 to play.


Ferkel Wurst Stuffin

When: 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Sign up ahead of time at the Info Booth or just be at the main stage to take part in this crazy game. See who can stuff the most sausages full of pink piglets. Everyone wins a prize!


Legs N’ Lederhosen

When: 7:30 p.m.

Come on, you know you want to show them off! This is your chance. Break out your Lederhosen and show us your legs! Open to both men and women, but participation is limited to the first 25 people to enter.


Organ Concerts

Daily 30-minute recitals at area churches start at 12:15 p.m.  Admission is free. For a listing of all locations, click here.


Polka Like A Star

Jump on the main dance floor and Polka! Get a free lesson from Patrick Didier and the American Styles Ballroom Dance Studio and compete for prizes and trophies!!


Trauben Tromp

Where: Grassy Knoll next to the main pavilion

Who doesn’t love a good Grape Stomp?! Sign up early, as only nine teams will get to compete. Bring yourself and three of your craziest friends and see who can stomp the most juice from more than 300 pounds of grapes.


Wienerdog Nationals

When: 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the lower level of Headwaters Park

Ahh, my favorite! Racing wiener dogs! If you want your hot dog to compete, don’t forget you need to be pre-registered!


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Enjoy the live music!

Festival Pavilion & Bier Tent Hours:

Wednesday & Thursday 11 a.m. – Midnight

Friday &  Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.


2:00-5:00 p.m. - $2.00

After 5:00 p.m. - $5.00
(If you’re under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent. Under 21? No admission after 9:30 p.m.)

Insider’s Tip:   Military Personnel get in free, so don’t forget your military ID!

Wendy Sack


Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

Fort Wayne Summer Concert Series

The flowers are starting to bloom, the sun beats hotter, and the kids are itching to get out of the classroom, which can only mean one thing – summer is almost upon us. Summer brings a sense of adventure and opens up a wide range of new ways to fill our time, including concerts. This summer, Fort Wayne has a great deal to offer both the avid and casual concert go-er. Beginning in the end of May, the concerts continue through September and bring an end to summer with their conclusion.

Rock the Plaza 

 Fort Wayne Summer Concert Series

Saturdays May 31 – August 30

Main Library Plaza

Music starts at 6:00 pm 

Free; food available to buy

May 31 – Walkin’ Papers, URB, Orange Opera

June 7 – Black Cat Mambo, Velvet Soul, Freak Brothers

June 14 – Bonafide, Jug Huffers, Pop-N-Fresh

June 21 – Tim Herrington Band, Sparrow 5, Sum Morz

June 28 – Earphorik, Ivory West, Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae, Kill the Rabbit

July 5 – Soft N Heavy, Marnee, Small Town

July 19 (Three Ricers Fireworks Night) – the Humanity, the Taj Maholics, Unlikely Alibi, Moser Woods

July 26 – PFL, Clusterfolk, the Insta-Gators, Tone Junkies

August 2 – Bekah Bradley Band, Casket Sharp, Sunny Taylor Band

August 9 – Joel Young band, ButtonHead, Infantry of Noise, Cougar Hunter

August 16 – Seattle Rain, Trackless, Hip-O-Fonic

August 23 – Yellow Dead Bettys, Mike Conley & Jane Heald, Dan Dickerson’s Harp Condition, Quincy &  Q-Tet

August 30 – Grateful Groove, Pink Droyd


Friday Nites Live

Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center by the Courtyard Fountain

Fridays, June 6 – September 5

6:30-8:30 pm

Free; local bands performing

June 6 -  Junk Yard Band

June 13 –  Good Night Gracie

June 20 –  Sugar Shot

June 27 - Fort Wayne Jazz Orchestra 


July 11- Hubie Ashcraft and the Drive

July 18 - Big Caddy Daddy

July 25 - Sierra Shame

August 1 - Urban Legend

August 8 - Ty Causey

August 15 - Loudmouth Soup

August 22 - New Millenium Orchestra

August 29 - Rosemary Gates

September 5 - Todd Harrold Band


Lunch on the Square

One Summit Square

Thursdays, June 5 – August 28

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Food trucks onsite 

June 5 - Shade & Shannon

June 12 - Fernando Tarrango & Ken Jehle

June 19 - The Jay Taylors

June 26 - The Todd Harrold Band

July 3 - Honey Badger

July 10 - Joe Justice

July 17 - Jug Huffers

July 24 - Night to Remember

July 31 - Pop ‘n’ Fresh

Aug. 7 - Fringe Preview

Aug. 14 - Scratch ‘n’ Sniff

Aug. 21 - Mike Connely

Aug. 28 - Grand Finale!


YLNI Living FW Concert Series

Headwaters Park West

First Wednesday of June, July, and August

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

5:00 – 6:30 pm – Food and drink from local food trucks and acoustic music

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Showtime with a 15-minute break

Open to all; Beer Garden hosted by JK O’Donnell’s for those 21+

June 4 – Sunny Taylor; Fernando Tarango and the Wickersham Bros.

July 2 – Left lane Cruiser; Unlikely Alibi

August 6 – Adam Strack; Blue Bird Revival


Botanical Roots at the Botanical Conservatory

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Botanical Conservatory – Terrace Garden

Fridays, July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Doors open at 7:30 pm and opening acts take the stage at 8:30 pm

Admission $6; kids 12 and under are free

Food and drinks provided by Mad Anthony available for purchase


Concerts at Foellinger Outdoor Theater

Foellinger Theater

Shows at 8:00 pm unless otherwise stated

Ticket prices vary

May 24 – Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles

May 29 – Old Crow Medicine Show with Special Guest Robert Ellis

June 6 – The Guess Who

June 21 – The Hit Men

June 24 – REO Speedwagon

June 28 – BritBeat

July 12 – Foreigner

August 16 – Styx

August 21 at 7:30 pm  – Willie Nelson & Friends

August 23 – Mavis Staples

September 27 – Los Lobos


For even more great summer ideas, check out our Calendar of Events!

Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.