INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 3, 2022) — Jim Irsay, owner & CEO of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, will exhibit items from The Jim Irsay Collection – his renowned assemblage of historic and iconic artifacts from rock music, American history and pop culture – in Indianapolis for a one-of-a-kind event leading into the 2022 NFL season.
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 Mike Wanchic on guitar (John Mellencamp), Mike Mills on bass (founding member of R.E.M), Tom Bukovac on guitar (has played on over 700 albums with major artists), Kenny Wayne Shepherd on guitar (five-time GRAMMY® nominated), Kenny Aronoff on drums (Sir Paul McCartney, Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson) and Michael Ramos on keyboards (Mellencamp, Los Lonely Boys, Patti Griffin, Paul Simon).
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. To register to attend, visit Eventbrite to reserve a ticket. 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 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 especially excited to share this special evening with our friends, fans and neighbors right here in Indianapolis.”
When: Friday, Sept. 9 from 7-10 PM
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave.
Media Note: Media who would like to cover should RSVP to email@example.com by Sept. 7
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.”
Outside of music, the collection includes such historic items as:
Items 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.
For photos of the collection (photos courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts), visit here.
For video overviews of the collection and events, visit here.
For general info, visit jimirsaycollection.com.
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