Carmel, Ind. –
The popular Saturday evening concert series returns – and expands beyond jazz!

Join us as we kick off the Music on the Monon FREE concert series Saturday, June 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. and continue with five additional performances throughout June, July and August.  

The 2019 series will once again be staged at Carmel’s Center Green - the popular venue used by the Carmel Farmers Market throughout the summer. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Visitors are encouraged to try one of the many fine dining choices nearby for pre-concert meals, but Music on the Monon patrons may also bring their own picnic or grab carry-out from Carmel City Center, Monon Square or Midtown restaurants.

New to Music on the Monon in 2019 is one of Carmel’s premier distillers and craft brewers, Danny Boy Beer Works.  They will be on hand selling food and beverages for people to enjoy during the performances.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets, and bike racks will be provided for guests that prefer to pedal and park. Bike racks will not be monitored, so guests should plan to bring a lock to secure their bicycle.

For visitors arriving by car, parking is available at Monon Square shopping center, City Center and Veterans Way parking garages and other public parking areas. On-street parking is available where signed; please comply with all posted parking regulations.

JUNE 1 - Cohen-Rutkowski Project

The Cohen-Rutkowski Project is a dynamic and multi-stylistic ensemble of performers who are equally proficient in jazz and rhythm and blues. Built around composer and pianist Chris Rutkowski and saxophonist Rich Cohen, its basic unit adds bass and drums to form an instrumental quartet. The group expands to a quintet with the addition of the exceptional vocalist Renee Gonzalez.

Co-lead by saxophonist Rich Cohen and pianist/composer Chris Rutkowski, Cohen-Rutkowski Music has several manifestations. The Cohen-Rutkowski Project focuses on sophisticated but high-energy acoustic jazz with a strong component of originals. The Cohen-Rutkowski Mix is a hard-grooving R&B based ensemble and The Mix is an events band that can equally satisfy the cultured listener and rock the dance floor! The Cohen-Rutkowski Duo (sax/piano) covers all these bases in a more intimate manner.

Listeners have drawn comparisons to the compositionally-oriented Dave Brubeck group, groovy hard-bop groups such as The Jazz Messengers as well as genre-expanders like the Roy Hargrove Quintet.

Their featured songs are NOLA, Double Barrel Rhythm Thing and Cantaloupe Island


JUNE 15 – Andra Faye & The Rays

Andra Faye is an Indianapolis born artist and musician, known for her instrumental mastery and strong soulful vocals. Being a student of the Blues, and other roots music from her youth, she began to attend the Augusta Heritage Blues Week in West Virginia in 1984, studying with John Cephas, Howard Armstrong and other blues masters. It was at the 1987 Augusta Heritage Blues Week that Andra Faye met and formed lifelong friendships with fellow students Ann Rabson and Gaye Adegbalola.

In 1992, Andra joined her friends in their acclaimed blues ensemble Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women. Saffire was the first acoustic band to be signed by Alligator Records, and shared the stage with such greats as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Willie Dixon and Koko Taylor. Saffire toured and recorded until the act retired in 2009.

Andra Faye currently splits her time between performing and teaching. She is a music instructor and vocal coach, teaching violin, mandolin, guitar, ukulele and bass. She also has been on staff at music camps including, Augusta Heritage Blues Week in Elkins, WV; Centrum Country Blues Camp in Port Townsend, WA and Guitar Intensives in Bar Harbor Maine. She performs regularly with her rockin’ rhythm & roots band, “Andra Faye & The Rays”, as well as her duo with “Rays” guitarist Scott Ballantine, “The Andra Faye – Scott Ballantine Duo”.


JUNE 22 - Mesa Rain

Mesa Rain is a Hamilton County Based Band. They  play Austin, Texas Influenced Original Americana Along With Popular Covers From Blues, Rock and Country Artists.

Doug Setters - Guitar, Singer-Songwriter
Rick Hamilton - Lead Guitar
Dave Seals - Drums & Percussion
Jeff Keyt - Bass and Sound


JUNE 29 - Emma Hedrick Band

Vocalist, composer, arranger and jazz combo leader, Emma Hedrick, 18, is a Freshman at the highly acclaimed University of Miami Frost School of Music where she is a member of the JV2 vocal jazz ensemble (under the direction of Charlie Christensen) and the Dafnis Prieto jazz combo .

A native to Indianapolis, Emma has performed regularly at The Jazz Kitchen, with the auditioned Butler University Youth Jazz Ensemble and at Indy Jazzfest and Penrod Art Fair. Additionally, Emma was a docent at The Great American Songbook Foundation for the Songbook Exhibit Gallery at The Palladium in Carmel, IN.

Emma is a two time DownBeat Student Music Award Winner.  In 2017 and 2018, DownBeat Magazine named Emma the national winner for their annual Student Music Awards in the high school vocal jazz soloist category. 

In 2017 and 2018 Emma was a National YoungArts winner in Jazz Voice and a 2017 GRAMMY jazz camp finalist for voice. She attended the New York Regional YoungArts program in April 2018. In the summer of 2018, Emma performed at the Telluride Jazz Festival as part of the elite group of Telluride Jazz All Stars. She was also a featured guest artist at the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation "Big Beat" fundraiser.

In 2018, Emma composed an original score and song, "You've Been On My Mind", for a short film, directed by Justin Park.  She performed the vocals for this movie score as well.  This score won the 'Best Original Score" award at the All American High School Film Festival.

Emma has had the privilege to share the stage with many Indianapolis musicians including Rob Dixon, Everett Greene, Nick Tucker and Kenny Phelps.

Emma started performing at the age of 9 with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. With this choir, she had the opportunity to perform at various prestigious venues around Indianapolis and to travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall.  During this time, Emma also was selected to be a member of the Indiana All State Choir (2 years). At age 11, she started performing solo jazz performances at local talent contests and Cabarets. At the age of 12, she was also personally invited to perform on Cole Porter’s piano for his family.
In 2014, Emma performed on vocals and piano, as the youngest artist, at Carmel Porchfest. At the age of 14, Emma started her own small jazz combo band, The Main Street Jazz Band.  Emma was the arranger, band leader, vocalist and keyboard player for this band. Her jazz combo has performed at the Indianapolis Jazzfest, The National Mayor's Conference, The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Gala and most recently as the youngest featured band at Jazz on the Monon, two years in a row.


JULY 27 - Circuit Thursday

Circuit Thursday performs Classic Rock from the 60's to today's Rock n Roll hits.

In May of 2009, Founding members Matt Carlton, Dann Vohs, and Mike Vanzetta started combining their love of classic rock music and their guitar talents learned way back in high school and college. They soon added Brian Cox on drums. Finally they added Libby Macomber as their vocalist and have have never looked back. In 2014 they added Susan Jones on vocals as well.

Their full set-list consists of over 4 hours of live music and they have packed several venues around Indianapolis including: Daddy Real's The Place, The Moon Dog Tavern, The Dog House Sports Bar, The Brockway Pub, and multiple private functions around Central Indiana

Circuit Thursday is:
Susan Jones - Vocals
Libby Macomber - Vocals
Matt Carlton - Guitars, Vocals
Mike VanZetta - Guitars, Vocals
Dann Vohs - Bass, Vocals
Brian Cox - Drums, Vocals


AUGUST 3 - Blair & Classic Bus

Take a little pop, throw in some R&B, mix it with some soul and add a touch of jazz and the result is the electrifying sounds of Blair Clark. Clark has captivated audiences through Europe, Canada and all over the U.S. Appearing at numerous concerts, festivals, private events, and clubs.

Clark has had the privilege of working with Grammy award-winner/producer Narada Michael Walden, BMI ® award-winner Preston Glass and New Orleans jazz legend Henry Butler, to name a few. He’s enjoyed collaborating and recording with Evelyn “Champagne” King and Ron Tyson of The Temptations.

As a songwriter, Clark has written for various artists including co-writing with Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass, as well as his own projects. A producer, Clark has created and worked in studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Indianapolis.

Clark recently released “Blair Clark Sings the Great American Song Book, Live at the Jazz Kitchen.” He will soon be releasing his next project, “In a Perfect World.”  This latest work will be produced with the legendary Preston Glass, who has worked with such artists as Kenny G., Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind & Fire, to name a few.

Clark’s passion for music is only surpassed by his passion for community service. In memory of his late sister, LaNiece Clark, he started a non-profit organization, Friends Helping Friends, Inc., serving individuals and organizations in need.

Clark is president and founder of the Coach Blair’s Voice & Performance Studio, coaching and mentoring vocalists of all ages. The studio focuses on vocal training and performance technique.

Last but not least, Clark is president and owner Of ADC (Artist Development Company).  Developing and refining artist talent while building brand awareness, creating social media buzz, and connecting artists to industry opportunities.