It’s going to be a hot weekend in Rushville – and we’re not talking about the temperatures! The banners are hung and engines are tuned in time for the inaugural running of the INTAT Precision, Inc. Kart Grand Prix this weekend. There is no admission fee for the concert kick-starting the weekend tonight or the Saturday and Sunday racing events, so all fans are welcome to join in the full weekend of fun.
Things will kick off tonight with a special Friday night concert at the Rushville Riverside Park Amphitheater with Zeke and the Geeks and Jacobi Road starting at 7 p.m. followed by KIST (the ultimate KISS tribute band) taking the stage from 9 to 11 p.m. Don’t miss this great free concert!
Gear up Saturday for a full two days of kart racing. Fan fun will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Racing will be at the Rushville Consolidated High School campus and Rush County Fairgrounds areas.
“We are excited to see how the Grand Prix goes,” Mayor Mike Pavey says. “We hope that it’s well received by the sponsors, racers and fans.”
Remember, there is no admission so fans can enjoy a free and fun weekend with great rock Friday at the amphitheater and Kart races rolling by the high school and fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday.
The full Saturday and Sunday schedule includes:
Saturday, July 20:
8-8:30 - Drivers Arrive in the morning
8:45-9 - Drivers Meeting
9-noon - Community Mayor’s Race Practice
12:45-1 - Lunch Break
1-2 - Mayor’s Race Heat Races/Finals
2-4 - Community Challenge
4-? - Community Challenge Final
Sunday, July 21:
7:30 - Registration Opens in the morning
8 - Pre-Tech Opens
8:45 - Drivers Meeting
9 - Practice Begins
10:30 - Qualifying Begins
Noon - Lunch Break
1 - IKS Pre-Finals(10 Laps)
3 - IKS Finals
The Heart of Rushville, Rush County Fairgrounds, the city of Rushville, the Rush County Chamber of Commerce and Riverside Park have partnered to bring the community this three-day extravaganza of entertainment that includes a concert and Kart Grand Prix racing.
Saturday will feature some of Rushville’s finest battling it out on the track in community and Mayor’s racing events. Sunday will feature the IKS qualifying and finals races.
The IKS is a group of professional kart racers from all over Indiana.
“Racing has been a huge part of this community’s history and I think this will be an appropriate tribute,” said Mayor Pavey.
KIST formed in July 2000 when founding members set out to launch a band worthy of the moniker “A Tribute To KISS.” After years of diligence and a nationwide talent search, KIST has attained its vision by delivering shows that keep fans asking for more.
Basing performances on the unrivaled KISS shows of the 1970s, KIST performs in iconic Alive II costumes with a set list featuring make-up era hits “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Calling Dr. Love” and many more. The band prides itself on members that physically fit the part, which ensures that a KIST show brings all the fire, magic and spirit one would expect at a KISS show.
Rush County’s own Zeke and the Geeks, a rock and roll group, will be performing with their original and versatile musical style. Their influences range from the funk-rock styles of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band and Phish to the blues-rock styles of Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Joe Walsh, and even some rock and roll the likes of Tom Petty, The Black Crowes and Oasis. By fusing all of these influences with their own style, Zeke and the Geeks are truly a diverse group.
From southern rock to hard rock, Indianapolis-based Jacobi Road brings energetic music to the stage. They are currently playing shows throughout Indiana after the release of a self-titled EP featuring the single “Good Time” late last year.
Riverside Park Amphitheater, Rushville’s outdoor music venue at 100 W. Water Street, has a proven track record and this year’s series has continued to raise the bar. The venue is quickly becoming a great concert destination, annually hosting live music events and creating a great family-friendly environment.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Snacks and drinks are available, along with a beer garden on-site for adults over 21 years of age. Parking is conveniently available in gravel lots or in surrounding business lots with easy shuttle service to and from the amphitheater. Special handicap parking is also available.
Get ready for a hot weekend of rock and roll and racing in Rushville.