Free One-Night-Only Concert and Traveling Museum from Colts' Irsay in Boston on July 15

Public invited to free event at TD Garden; Only stop in New England

The Jim Irsay Collection

BOSTON (May 10, 2023)Jim Irsay, owner & CEO of the Indianapolis Colts, will bring The Jim Irsay Collection – a traveling museum of iconic artifacts from rock music, American history and pop culture – to Boston’s TD Garden for a one-of-a-kind free event on July 15, 2023.

The tour’s only stop in New England, the event is free and open to the public with advance registration at

The evening also will include a free concert by The Jim Irsay Band, an all-star band featuring some of the best musicians in the world:

  • Kenny Aronoff, drums (Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan)
  • Billy Branch, harmonica (Willie Dixon, Johnny Winter, Keb’ Mo, Taj Mahal)
  • Tom Bukovac, guitar (played on more than 700 albums with major artists)
  • Mike Mills, bass & vocals (founding member of R.E.M.)
  • Danny Nucci, guitar & saxophone (actor, Titanic, The Rock)
  • Michael Ramos, keyboards (Mellencamp, Patti Griffin, Paul Simon)
  • Carmella Ramsey, violin, mandolin & vocals (Reba McEntire, John Hiatt, Olivia Newton-John)
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd, guitar & vocals (five-time Grammy® nominee)
  • Mike Wanchic, guitar (Mellencamp)

What’s more, special guest performers for Boston’s show will be announced soon.

Guest performers at past shows have included John Mellencamp, Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash), blues pioneer Buddy Guy, Ann Wilson (Heart), John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Natalie Merchant (formerly of 10,000 Maniacs), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), country music superstar Vince Gill, nine-time Grammy®nominee John Hiatt and four-time Grammy® nominee Robert Randolph.

When: Saturday, July 15, 6 - 11 p.m.

Where: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston

  • To register to attend, visit
  • The event is free, but guests may donate to Kicking The Stigma, an initiative to raise awareness about mental health, when they register.
  • Capacity is limited and spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All artists are subject to change without notice.

This will be the 10th free exhibition Irsay has hosted, with past stops in Nashville, Tenn., Austin, Tex., Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

“I started this collection and tour to bring people from all walks of life together to celebrate our shared history and culture and spread positive messages of unity and inspiration throughout this country and world,” Irsay said. “It’s also why we’re so excited to bring our show to Boston, the home of so much American history and music history.”

About the Collection

The collection is highlighted by instruments and items owned and used by the greatest artists in music history, including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, James Brown, Prince, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Les Paul, David Gilmour, Jim Morrison, Pete Townshend, 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 “facsimiles” of the final signed document;
  • Artifacts and signed documents from numerous U.S. Presidents;
  • 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;
  • The original manuscript for Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book, the organization’s founding document including the original “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 boxingshoes from the 1975 “Thrilla’ in Manilla” vs. Joe Frazier;
  • Secretariat’s saddle from its historic 1973 Triple Crown wins; 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.

For photos of the collection, visit here.

For video of the collection and events, visit here.

For general info, visit

(all assets courtesy of The Jim Irsay Collection)

Steve Campbell
Mary Zanor