Center Announces 2018/19 Season

Pop genius Brian Wilson, blues legend Buddy Guy, jazz guitar whiz Pat Metheny, country diva Kellie Pickler, folk-rockers Graham Nash and the Indigo Girls, the Russian National Orchestra, and TV/stage star Jane Lynch are among the highlights of the upcoming 2018-19 Center Presents Season sponsored by Allied Solutions at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Debut Indy performances

The Center’s eighth full season also includes emerging artists making their first central Indiana appearances, such as Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood and buzzworthy New York City jazz singer Veronica Swift.

From the Center’s CEO

President/CEO Jeffrey C. McDermott said the just-concluded 2017-18 Season was one of the Center’s most successful so far, with 14 sold-out performances at the Palladium and first-time visitors accounting for 37 percent of total attendance. The upcoming season raises the bar higher, he said.

“We’ve gathered a lot of feedback from our patron surveys and conversations at the concerts, and I think this season represents our best effort yet at appealing to that wide range of tastes,” McDermott said. “At the same time, we think it’s important to provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists who really bring something new to our audiences.”

Series packages

Subscription packages for the Center’s classical, jazz, country, and Songbook series are on sale now, offering up to 25 percent savings from the regular ticket price. Create Your Own Series packages offer discounts up to 20 percent on four or more performances from the schedule, including pop/rock, holiday, family, and Passport series events.

Additional series subscriber benefits

Series subscribers also are eligible for:

  • Discounts up to 20 percent on other Center Presents performances
  • Instant purchase access to the entire 2018-19 Season, before 2018 single-event sales to the general public begin July 27 (2019 single-event tickets go on sale in November)
  • Presale access and discounts for new events added during the season.

Tickets and information

Visit for more information on subscription packages and benefits. Purchases can be made online at, by phone at (317) 843-3800 or in person at the Palladium Box Office, 1 Center Green, Carmel.

2018-19 events by series

All events at the Palladium except * at the Tarkington Theater



Sept. 20 – Queen Extravaganza

Sept. 22 – Buddy Guy

Sept. 25 – Melissa Etheridge

Sept. 28 – Indigo Girls with special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche

Oct. 18 – Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Nov. 9 – John Hiatt

Nov. 16 – Boney James

Nov. 16 – Royal Wood*

Nov. 17 – Brian Wilson: Greatest Hits Live

Nov. 30 – Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Tour

March 22 – Graham Nash: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories

May 2 – Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA


DREWRY SIMMONS VORNEHM JAZZ SERIES (series package available)

Oct. 11 – An Evening With Pat Metheny

Feb. 8 – David Sanborn Jazz Quintet

Feb. 23 – A Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Julian Bliss Septet

March 8 – Veronica Swift featuring the Benny Green Trio*

May 4 – Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation



Oct. 12 – Joshua Bell with pianist Sam Haywood

Nov. 2 – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Jan. 13 – Drew Petersen

Feb. 22 – Russian National Orchestra

April 14 – Australian Chamber Orchestra


COUNTRY SERIES (series package available)

Sept. 21 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Nov. 3 – Kellie Pickler

Nov. 29 – Sara Evans: At Christmas


SONGBOOK SERIES (series package available)

July 28 – Songbook Academy Finals

Oct. 26 – Engelbert Humperdinck

Jan. 12 – Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll

Feb. 15 – Megan Hilty

March 23 – Jack Jones

April 13 – Michael Feinstein with special guest



Feb. 28 – Songs of Ireland: A Celtic Celebration

March 1 – Kodo Drummers: One Earth Tour 2019: Evolution

April 18 – Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion



Dec. 1 – Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas

Dec. 9 – Dave Koz & Friends Christmas

Dec. 15 – All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914


OLD TOWN COMPANIES FAMILY SERIES (two performances each)

Nov. 11 – Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling*

Jan. 26 – Hudson Vagabond Puppets*

March 23 – The World of Magic*


SPECIAL EVENTS (not eligible for series packages)

Sept. 15 – Songbook Celebration presented by Krieg DeVault

Oct. 27 – United States Marine Band

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Extravaganza presented by Taft

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