If you are reading this, it’s because it was written earlier today and set to future post as I will be performing at the Indianapolis Artsgarden in Indianapolis when this autoposts. The group I’ll be playing with is one I co-founded with vocalist and mandolinist, Robert Bruce Scott, in May of 2004, il Troubadore.
We’ll be performing with one of our most frequent and long term collaborators bellydancer, Carenza bint Asya, in one of the coolest venues in Indianapolis. Basically, it’s a giant glass dome settled above Washington and Illinois Street in downtown Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Artsgarden provides a magnificent environment for more than 300 free performances and exhibits each year. The Artsgarden also houses the Cultural Concierge, a centralized source for free maps, ticket information, visitor guides, directions and more for Indianapolis arts events. The facility is available for rental to non-profit, corporate and government organizations, as well as for wedding receptions. Owned and operated by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, this seven-story-tall glass enclosed structure offers a spectacular view of the city.
Built in 1995, the Indianapolis Artsgarden stands 17 feet above the intersection of Washington and Illinois streets and connects to the Embassy Suites complex, the Conrad Hotel, and Circle Centre Mall. It is linked by the indoor skywalk to the Hyatt Regency, Canterbury, Omni, Westin, Marriott and the Indianapolis Convention Center.
We’ve been performing with Carenza since 2005 and were doing regular monthly gigs with her at the now closed Zorba’s Greek and Middle Eastern Restaurant in Zionsville, IN. She eventually opened up her own dance studio, Carenza’s Caravan, where she produced her own monthly shows. We were regular performers at those events until she relocated. Here’s a video of a performance we did with her at her farewell hafla:
A couple years ago, Carenza moved to Pittsburgh, PA where we did a couple of events with her. Just later last year Carenza relocated back to the Indianapolis area and this will be our first official event with her since she’s moved back (with many more to come in the future).
Details for today’s show are as follows:
il Troubadore & Carenza bint Asya
100 West Washington Street (corner of Washinton and Illinois)
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
free and all-ages