INDIANAPOLIS (January 17, 2023) — Jim Irsay, owner & CEO of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, will exhibit items from The Jim Irsay Collection – a traveling museum of iconic artifacts from rock music, American history and pop culture – at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center for a one-of-a-kind free event on March 4.
The evening also will include a free concert by The Jim Irsay Band, featuring Irsay on vocals, Kenny Aronoff on drums (Sir Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Bob Dylan), Tom Bukovac on guitar (played on over 700 albums with major artists), Mike Mills on bass & vocals (founding member of R.E.M.), Danny Nucci on guitar & saxophone (actor, Titanic, The Rock), Michael Ramos on keyboards (Mellencamp, Patti Griffin, Paul Simon), Carmella Ramsey on violin, mandolin & vocals (Reba McEntire, John Hiatt, Olivia Newton-John), Kenny Wayne Shepherd on guitar & vocals (five-time GRAMMY® nominee) and Mike Wanchic on guitar (Mellencamp).
The band will be joined by special guests Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash; Buffalo Springfield).
WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 6:00-11:00 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, 200 S. 3rd St.
This will be the ninth free exhibition Irsay has hosted, with past stops in Nashville, Tenn., Austin, Tex., Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and San Francisco.
“I began this collection to preserve 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 said. “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 so excited to bring our show to friends and fans in Las Vegas, one of the entertainment capitals of the world.”
The 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 highlighted his collection of guitars as “The Greatest Guitars on Earth.”
An active philanthropist, Irsay regularly loans items to museums, nonprofits and other organizations for display and research. Items also have been displayed at the U.S.’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), The Lincoln Memorial, the world-famous Beverly Hills Hotel and the Indiana State Museum; as well as at The Centre Pompidou (Paris), the British Library (London), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome) and other locations around the world.
About the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Located on the corner of Third Street and Carson Ave. in Downtown Las Vegas, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is the ultimate entertainment destination. The 120,000 square ft multipurpose space offers a variety of layouts, ranging from music festivals, sports viewing parties, corporate events and more. With the ability to expand and contract based on event, they can accommodate up to 20,000 guests. Both tourists and locals alike are invited to explore the DLVEC. The venue features a state-of-the-art stage, incredible lighting, and clear sound that is sure to leave attendees amazed. For more information, visit www.dlvec.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn at @DLVEC.
For photos of the collection (photos courtesy of The Jim Irsay Collection), visit here.
For video overviews of the collection and events, visit here.
For general info, visit jimirsaycollection.com.
"Over the years, some remarkable guitar collections have featured in the pages of this magazine. But, in terms of owning historic instruments with rock ’n’ roll credentials and sheer spending power, nobody can top Jim Irsay." READ ARTICLE
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"The focus [of the collection] is on powerful people who changed the world. 'I have JFK, his rocking chair, Jackie Robinson's bat that he hit a homerun World Series with, Muhammad Ali's shoes from the Thrilla in Manila against Joe Frazier,' Irsay said. 'It's so eclectic because it's everything.'" READ ARTICLE
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