Rock the Ruins Kicked Off Autumn with a Bang

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On Saturday night, Oct. 5, a small, outdoor music festival at Holliday Park’s iconic ruins hosted families and friends for a chill evening of fun. It was a pleasant surprise seeing how busy it was, with small neighborhood streets packed with cars and local law enforcement keeping the flow of traffic smooth.

The event featured local food and beverages provided by Flat 12 Bierwerks, Byrnes Grilled Pizza, City Barbeque, and BRICS Ice Cream with a small stage for performers resting just beneath the ruins. Every food stand had long lines, especially BRICS who have a small, teal catering truck for such events.

As for music, the bands featured were Crescent Ulmer, Keiana Whatley, Moxxie, and Louie Louie with Pulse Project Indy playing small sets between the acts. The music offered a lot of versatility in terms of genres with an atmosphere of relaxation.

Louie Louie was one of the performing bands, Henok Netabai, also known as Louie, the lead vocalist, keyboard and guitar player spoke about their first time performing at Rock the Ruins

“My favorite part of the experience was interacting with the crowd of diverse people that were made up of folks from many walks of life,” Netabai said.

Other members of the band include Nick Smith on bass, Johan Ramirez on the drums and backup vocals, Jake Snyder on lead guitar and backup vocals, Curtis Williams on saxophone, and Brittany Crone on percussion and backup vocals. Henok Netabai spoke about the band's interest in playing at Rock the Ruins in the future.

“I believe I speak for all in my group when I say [we] definitely would perform Rock the Ruins again,” Netabai said.

Upon entering the park, tickets were only $7 day-of, or if you were feeling fancy, VIP tickets were $100 for those who like reserved parking, a private tent sponsored by First Internet Bank, and private access to complimentary food, beer and wine stations. All proceeds support environmental education programs at Holliday Park.

The bands played covers from an array of bands such as The Cranberries and Nirvana. People danced, ate, and drank on one of the first autumn nights of the season. Being that it was in a residential area and family-friendly, the event was short and sweet, just wrapping up after sundown. It was a good event to end the summer.

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