Friday, April 6, 2012

‘Idol’ Competitor Casey James Named Headliner For 13th Annual Vintage Indiana

Casey James performing on the American Idol Li...
Casey James performing on the American Idol Live tour in Denver, CO on 8/23/2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
INDIANAPOLIS – Red-hot crossover country rocker Casey James – third-place finisher in Season 9 “American Idol” competition – will headline the 13th annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, June 2 at Military Park in Downtown Indianapolis.

On-line tickets for the popular day-long event are available now at Tickets are $22 for adults age 21 and over – a $3 savings over gate admission. Designated drivers’ tickets are $10; youth tickets for ages 6-20 are $5. Children 5 and under are free.

Hundreds of wines from more than two dozen Indiana wineries will be available for tasting. Participating wineries also will sell wines by the bottle and case.

Other festival attractions include live music performances featuring James, Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, and Jennie DeVoe; cooking and wine pairing demonstrations; wide variety of food from several Indiana culinary experts including top area food trucks; eclectic arts & crafts showcase; the KidZone kids’ activities area, hot air balloon exhibit (weather permitting), and more.

Over 10,000 wine enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest are expected to attend.
James’ self-titled album debuted last week at No. 2 on the country charts, and No. 23 on The Billboard 200. The Cool, Texas native credits artists such as Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, ZZ Top, and Bonnie Raitt with shaping his style, with a mix of ‘70s rock, blues and outlaw country thrown in for good measure. He toured with Sugarland and played his own shows while working on the debut album. The first single released, “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,” was co-written by James with Terry McBride and Brice Long.

We are very excited to add Casey James to our entertainment line-up,” said Jeanette Merritt, director of marketing for the Indiana Wine Grape Council. “He’s a huge musical presence right now, and should be a tremendous draw for the festival.”

Indianapolis’ brand new JW Marriott is this year’s Vintage Indiana host hotel. Located within easy walking distance of Military Park on the downtown’s near-westside at 10 South West Street, the luxurious JW is offering a special Vintage Indiana overnight package that includes two adult tickets to the festival plus great rates on room accommodations. For more information or reservations, follow the link provided at

Vintage Indiana is presented by the Indiana Wine Grape Council, headquartered on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette. Included among event sponsors are WFMS & WJJK Radio, Indiana’s Family of Farmers, NUVO Newsweekly, Indiana Turkey, WISH-TV, the American Dairy Association of Indiana, WNDY-TV, and Marsh Supermarkets.

For additional information, log on at, or call 1.800.832.WINE.
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