An all-ages destination for live entertainment, Daddy Real’s The Place doesn’t just host rollicking regional and national acts in its intimate setting, it also boasts a full kitchen and bar. There, concertgoers can peruse the menu for upscale pub dishes such as orange-ginger-glazed duck wings, Indian flatbread pizzas, and the Big Daddy burger complete with pastrami, provolone, onion strings, and a penchant for dominating the remote control. After sating their appetites, diners can groove along to live tunes on Jazz/Blues Night, workout laughing muscles at a comedy show, or try their hands at performing on open mic night.
Latitude 360 hosts food, shows, and interactive gaming in a single space. The Latitude 360 Grille serves up upscale casual fare and drinks, while the state-of-the-art game room encourages guests to play for credits that they exchange for prizes. Then there's the HD Sports Theater, where 13 HDTVs and a 12-foot HD projection screen immerse viewers more than a sofa mounted on the field goal. Visitors can also watch popular comedians at the Latitude LIVE showroom on weekends, dance to live local music at the Axis Bar & Stage, or bowl down one of 25 luxury lanes.
Jack Rabbit Slims specializes in familiar American eats, such as nachos, grilled-cheese and bacon sandwiches, and beefy burgers. To complement these adult- and kid-friendly foods, the eatery also produces hand-dipped milk shakes and glasses of house wine.
Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s extensive history lends credibility to the talented wind-wielders, sing-stringers, brass-handlers, and percussion operators that currently make up the symphonic orchestra. Experience classical music resurrected for modern times during the Lincoln Financial Foundation’s casual concert series, which offers musical classicists four different options. On September 24, customers can lend ears to a medley of Ravel’s impressionist compositions, Bach’s baroque-ish lullabies, and the original scores of Haydn, whose beautiful sounds inspired Beethoven to invent the record player—a story that will be musically retold during the concert entitled Beethoven: Revealed. Each concert is preceded by a happy hour in the Rolland Gallery with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
"Heavenly Mozart" presents a melodious performance of four pieces composed by the world' most influential Amadeus. The orchestra's chorus takes the stage during the pensive strains of Ave Verum Corpus while 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Gold Medal winner Clara-Jumi Kang uses her bow to reel audience members into the grandiose intricacies of Violin Concerto no. 3. Or, practice your stomp-clap rhythms in time to "The Gospel According to Swing", an afternoon of gospel and jazz standards featuring the trumpet croonings of Byron Stipling, a former member of the Count Basie Orchestra. The passionate performance will provide listeners with a soul-sized dose of "Amazing Grace" and answer the age-old question of what exactly happens when the saints go marching in.
Dubbing the theater “The Palace” when it opened in 1921, Chicago architect J.S. Aroner strove to capture a regal ambiance with a patchwork of diverse, though uniformly opulent, building styles. Patrons today can spot baroque, Greco-Roman, and even art-deco designs as they drift through the restored rose, blue, and cream entryway. But in 1959, The Palace was crumbling, and it seemed that future generations would miss out on this aesthetic experience. A concerned citizen by the name of Mrs. Ella Morris swooped in, though, purchasing the building for an undisclosed sum and then selling it back to the city for $1, which she promptly blew on gumballs. Newly named, the theater welcomed such acts as Louis Armstrong, REO Speedwagon, and Fleetwood Mac in the ensuing decades until a major, two-year overhaul began in 1998. Now restored to its original condition, the venue hosts standup acts, Broadway musicals, big-name concert performances, and fully produced ballets.