Ann Wilson joining Jim Irsay Band for free Indianapolis concert

Colts owner hosting one night only event

Indianapolis Cots owner Jim Irsay has announced that Ann Wilson of Heart will join his band for a free one night only concert in Indianapolis, leading up to the 2022 NFL season. Irsay will exhibit items from The Jim Irsay Collection, his renowned assemblage of historic and iconic artifacts from rock music, American history and pop culture, on September 9th at Lucas Oil Stadium.

For the first time, the exhibit will include unique, historic Colts artifacts and memorabilia – including game-worn uniforms and equipment, autographed items and more – from Indianapolis and Baltimore.

The evening also will feature a concert by The Jim Irsay Band, a band “which has never existed and will never exist again.” Led by Irsay on vocals, the band includes Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mellencamp guitarist Mike Wanchic, R.E.M. founding member and bassist Mike Mills on bass, renown guitarist Tom Bukovac, world-class drummer Kenny Aronoff and Mellencamp keyboardist Michael Ramos.

The band will be joined by special guest Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ann Wilson of Heart on vocals.

This is a free event and open to the public, but tickets are required via Eventbrite. Capacity is limited and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

“I began this collection to preserve, protect and share historic artifacts with others in hopes of telling stories of our shared past and culture and inspiring people to dream big and strive for great things in life,” Irsay says. “I am only a steward of this collection, so it’s my job to share it with as many people as I can. That’s why we’re especially excited to share this special evening with our friends, fans and neighbors right here in Indianapolis.”

The Jim Irsay Collection is highlighted by instruments and items owned and used by the greatest artists in music history, including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Prince, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Les Paul, David Gilmour, Jim Morrison, Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, John Coltrane, The Edge and other icons, as well as signed photos, handwritten lyrics, and other historic music memorabilia. In 2022, Guitar Magazine specifically highlighted his collection of guitars as “The Greatest Guitars on Earth.”

Items have been displayed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Lincoln Memorial, the world-famous Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Indiana State Museum; as well as at The Centre Pompidou in Paris, the British Library in London, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, and other locations around the world.

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