Food trucks deliver meals on wheels, like a roller-skating server at a drive-in or a paperboy with a potato gun. Drive off hunger with this GrouponLive deal to the First Friday Food Truck Festival presented by Leinenkugel’s at the Old National Centre on Friday, November 2, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For $10, you get four general-admission tickets (up to a $32 value, including all fees). Tickets include concert and festival access; food and drinks are available for purchase directly from food-truck vendors.
The First Friday Food Truck Festival rolls into autumn atop the wheels of more than 20 munch-mobiles, which converge for four hours of food, fun, and getting funky. While bouncing between little bites of heaven, revelers try their hand at cornhole and sip brews from Leinenkugel or wine from Oliver Winery. Meanwhile, Green River Ordinance serves a helping of rootsy comfort food for the ears. “The sound is immediate—modern alt-rock peppered with pop hooks and tight harmonies. It’s a warm, instantaneous rush of sonic familiarity,” Dallas Morning News critic Mario Tarradell wrote after catching the band in “potent, propulsive” live form earlier this year. Supporting the March release of its second album, Under Fire, the five piece from Fort Worth infuses powerful pop-rock with echoes of its country home, such as the surge and fade of a banjo melody in “Dancing Shoes.” The band, which has supported acts such as Switchfoot, Collective Soul, and the Goo Goo Dolls, gets crowds swaying with songs such as the gently building anatomical lesson of “Heart of Me.”
Truck-slung cuisine currently includes the po' boys and pudding of Chef Dan's Southern Comfort and the exotic, locally made shell-stuffers of Tacos Without Borders. Shun ovens for the barbecue-pit crisp of Byrne’s Grilled Pizza or take the A.V. Club’s word that Mac Genie is “not your mama’s mac and cheese … [it’s] gourmet without being shi-shi.” The list of participating trucks is continually updated, and more may join ranks before the event begins.
Old National Centre
Old National Centre was originally built in 1909 as the Murat Shrine, which housed Indianapolis’s growing population of Freemasons. The building has since been restored and has become an eye-catching display of diverse architectural influences. Outside of the venue, spindly towers topped with light-blue domes rise above the street, beckoning passersby to enter the theater and enjoy a show. The classic, opulent Grand Lobby opens up to a wealth of concert venues, exhibition halls, and ballrooms that astound visitors with Middle Eastern and Victorian designs.
Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
502 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204