Live Nation to assist in Palladium booking

2/9/2017 11:38:54 AM

Agreement will enhance concert calendar in rock,

country and other popular, contemporary genres  

The Center for the Performing Arts has enlisted the services of the world’s leading live entertainment promoter, Live Nation, to enhance concert offerings at its flagship venue, the Palladium.

The elegant 1,600-seat performance hall will continue to be owned by the City of Carmel and operated on an independent, not-for-profit basis, but Live Nation’s Midwest Talent team will work with the Center’s staff to attract and book music acts in the pop, rock, country, alternative, adult contemporary, urban and Christian genres, as well as comedians.

Interim CEO and President Jeffrey C. McDermott said the agreement will help keep the Center competitive in its concert business, supporting the broader mission of presenting a wide range of performing arts and educational events to the community.

“We’ve been listening to our patrons, and Live Nation’s expertise and stature in the industry will give us additional leverage to bring in the artists they want to see,” McDermott said. “In terms of scheduling, this agreement also reduces the likelihood that other local venues will compete directly with us by presenting similar genres on the same date.”

Vice President of Programming Doug Tatum will coordinate the Live Nation relationship and will continue to direct booking for the Center’s Classical, Jazz, Dance, Songbook, World Stage, Holiday and Family concert series. The center also will retain booking rights for non-music performances, speakers and corporate and private events at the Palladium and the other two venues on its campus: the 500-seat Tarkington theater and the 200-seat black-box Studio Theater.

Locally, Live Nation Indianapolis is responsible for operations or has exclusive or preferred booking agreements with Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, the Vogue and Hi-Fi nightclubs in Indianapolis, and Old National Centre’s Murat Theatre, Egyptian Room and Deluxe. Through its association with Broadway Across America, the global entertainment company also promotes touring musical theater productions at the Murat Theatre and Clowes Memorial Hall.

The Palladium’s size and location will give Live Nation a valuable new option when booking tour dates in central Indiana, said Dan Kemer, the company’s Vice President of Midwest Talent.

“At a 1,600 seated capacity, the Palladium is a great addition to our portfolio of venues for agents and managers,” said Kemer, who lives in Carmel with his wife and son. “With the Egyptian Room at 1,100 in seated configuration and the Murat at 2,500, it fits right in the middle in offering great performance opportunities for touring artists.”

The Center will continue to sell all tickets through its box office in the Palladium, by phone at (317) 843-3800 and online at, at prices consistent with other Center events.