www.carmelartsanddesign.com                111 W. Main Street, Suite 140 Carmel, IN  46032

NEWS RELEASE

Date:              June 6, 2007
Contact:         Andrea Stumpf (317) 571-2790

Jon McLaughlin Performs at Carmel
Arts & Design District’s ROCK THE DISTRICT

Carmel, IN – The Old Town Arts & Design Merchants Association (OTADMA) in partnership with the City of Carmel and Current in Carmel Publications proudly introduces ROCK THE DISTRICT, a community event featuring local and professional bands, Main Street “Sensational Sidewalk Sale,” free gift giveaways, and other entertaining activities.  The two-day event takes place Saturday, July 7th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., with performances on the Main Stage at the National City Bank parking lot from 1-7 p.m.  A preview party including music and merchant open houses is scheduled for Friday, July 6th from 5 – 8 p.m.

National recording artist and District resident Jon McLaughlin is headlining the event with a special performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 7th.  Anderson native Jon McLaughlin’s first album debut, INDIANA, hit stores last month with overwhelming response.  A free download from Apple’s iTunes on-line music store along with a rave review in People Magazine recently catapulted his music career.  His first release “Beautiful Disaster” can also be found on the motion picture soundtrack of “Georgia Rule” starring Jane Fonda and Lindsay Lohan.  For more information on Jon McLaughlin visit www.jonmcl.com or www.myspace.com/jonmclaughlin

Rock the District festivities begin Friday evening, July 6th from 5-8 p.m. with a “Preview Party.”  Musicians and musical groups will be present to entertain guests as they dine at area restaurants, shop and visit with friends.  Participating merchants are hosting “Open Houses” with refreshments, giveaways and activities. 

Saturday, July 7th offers music and performance groups, a district-wide sidewalk sale, special merchant activities and a special guest performance by Jon McLaughlin.  Musicians and performance groups will be present in the District from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. with main stage entertainment beginning at 1 p.m.  Jon McLaughlin will take the stage at 7 p.m.  The main stage is located on the northeast corner of Range Line and Main in the National City Bank parking lot. This event takes place RAIN or SHINE

The sidewalk sale takes place Saturday, July 7th from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Tables lining Main Street will be filled with goods, products, food and information from District merchants, event sponsors and area businesses.  Visitors will receive a free “Backstage Pass” flyer listing special activities, discounts, free gift drawings and other giveaways in participating merchants’ stores.

Many local businesses, organizations and area merchants are sponsoring Rock the District to help create a fun and exciting event to showcase the Arts & Design District to the Carmel community and visitors.  Local business, organization and District merchant sponsors include: Ami Gallery & Photography Studio, Bella Chic, Best Buy, Carmel Redevelopment Commission, City of Carmel, Current in Carmel Publications, DesignSense, DJ Interiors, Gunstra Builders, Lauck & McLean, Lucky Lou, Missler Design Studio, NTS (Carmel Center Apartments and The Village on Spring Mill), Old Town Arts & Design Merchants Association, Old Town on the Monon Loft Apartments, Paxton Waters Architecture, P.C., Pedcor Company, Symphony Bank, Woody’s Library Restaurant, and World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery.

For a list of musical and performing groups, Backstage Pass activities, and participating merchants, please visit www.CarmelArtsAndDesign.com.  For more information on this event, call the Arts & Design District Office at 317-571-ARTS (2787).
 
 
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