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Colts' Irsay to Bring Iconic Traveling Museum to Las Vegas for One-Night-Only Event

Public invited to free March 4 event featuring concert by all-star Jim Irsay Band featuring Billy Gibbons & Stephen Stills

The Jim Irsay Collection

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 event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  
  • To reserve a ticket, visit jimirsaycollection.com or Eventbrite.  
  • Tickets are free, but guests may choose to donate to Kicking The Stigma, the Irsay family initiative to raise awareness about mental health, when they register.
  • Capacity is limited and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.”

About The Jim Irsay Collection

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.”

Outside of music, the collection includes such historic items as:

  • An 1823 William J. Stone printing of the Declaration of Independence, one of the first exact “facsimiles” of the final signed document;
  • Handwritten documents and artifacts from women’s suffrage pioneer Susan B. Anthony;
  • Renowned American author Jack Kerouac’s original 119-foot On the Road scroll;
  • Artifacts and signed documents from numerous U.S. Presidents, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and John Kennedy;
  • The original manuscript for Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book, the organization’s founding document including the origin of the “12 Step” Program;
  • A Jackie Robinson game-used bat from 1953 (the founding year of the Colts);
  • Muhammad Ali’s championship belt from the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle” vs. George Foreman and his boxing shoes from the 1975 “Thrilla’ in Manilla” vs. Joe Frazier; and
  • Sylvester Stallone’s original manuscript notes for the movie Rocky.

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.

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