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Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration, at a glance


  • Babyface

The following is a sampling of the remaining events on the Summer Celebration calendar. Advance single-day admission runs $8 regular, $7 senior, $7 for members of a group of 20 or more. $20 buys a three-day pass. If you buy tickets at the door, you'll pay $10 for regular price. All events are included with festival admission and at the Indiana Convention Center unless otherwise noted.


IBE Education Conference (all day)
Giving the keynote at IBE's annual education conference is Ron Clark, an educator dubbed Oprah's first Phenomenal Man, will talk about his work with "at-risk" students, which first began when he moved on a whim, more or less, to Harlem to take on a job in a struggling school. Day-of registration runs $50.

WTHR Employment Opportunity Fair (noon-5 p.m.)
A key, five-hour event for both employers and those seeking employment, which annually welcomes more than 2,000 job-seekers.

July 18-20

Cultural Arts Pavilion (all day)
Summer Celebration's biggest weekend starts July 18, when key elements like the Cultural Arts Pavilion open for eight hours daily through Sunday.

Family Fun Zone (all day)
We'll just name off the special attractions here: Asante's Children's Theatre, Pacers Fan Van, Play 60 Obstacle Course, St. Florian Center, Knights of Glory Drum and Bugle Core, Indiana University Mascots and Half-Court Show and Big Car Collaborative.


Music Heritage Festival I (6-11:30 p.m. at the American Legion Mall)
Summer Celebration's first big concert (the free one) will feature Keith Sweat, After 7 and the S.O.S. Band. VIP tickets are available for $40 per person.

Koto Momolu
  • Koto Momolu


Motorcycle Ride and Park (11 a.m. from Lafayette Square Mall)
A portion of benefits from this annual motorcycle ride, which starts from Lafayette Square Mall and ends on Georgia Street, will benefit the Fallen Bikers Fund. Fees run $20 per person and $10 per passenger in advance or $30 day of.

IBE Fashion Show (3 p.m.)
Korto Momolu, a Project Runway season five finalist, is the featured guest for Summer Celebration's annual fashion show, a showcase for work by local designers.

Curobiks Fitness Concert Experience (1:30 p.m.)
Listen to this claim: "CuRobiks Fitness Concert Experience is the first workout routine led by a multi-platinum recording artist bringing you high-energy, fun filled aerobic line dancing."

IBE Slam Dunk Contest (4:30 p.m.)
A favorite on the Summer Celebration schedule. Followed by...

Amp Harris & Reggie Wayne "Saving Our Youth" Celebrity Basketball Game (6 p.m.)
Kind of a mouthful, but it's another well loved Summer Celebration tradition. Booked for this year are Trevor Jackson, Robert Mathis, Ty Hilton, Trent Richardson, Vick Ballard, George Hill, Jeff Teague, Gary Brackett, Jay Ellis, Stephen Bishop and coach Jason Gardner.

Music Heritage Festival II (8 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse, $35-65)
Babyface, that local boy who did so good they named a highway after him, is back in town for this second Music Heritage show, with Anthony Hamilton headlining and Chrisette Michele supporting.

All White Affair (8 p.m., $25)
You wouldn't be caught dead in red at Summer Celebration's official after party, which is DJed this year by Kid Capri with a performance by R&B ensemble Troop.

Kim Kimble
  • Kim Kimble


IBE Hair Showcase (3 p.m.)
Fashion is Saturday and hair is Sunday. If you're a professional cosmetologist, show up at noon for a one-hour class with hairstylist to the stars, Kim Kimble (registration required). And stick around after the show for a panel on chemical vs. natural hair featuring Kimble with local hairstylists.

IBE Gospel Explosion (3 p.m.)
Le'Andria Johnson (a season three winner on BET gospel competition Sunday Best) is the headliner for this three-hour concert included with fest admission. Also on the bill: Joshua Rogers, Alexis Spight and a bunch of guest stars.


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