|| October 6, 2017

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It was 60 years ago that Tomlinson Hall held its final concert before burning down in January 1958. This massive concert, titled “The Fantabulous Rock N Roll Show of ‘57” featured some 50 performers, including big names of the time like Ray Charles and Bo Diddley. This final show plays a big part in the City Market’s annual MRKT BALL fundraiser as the event’s theme.

 The City Market will host the annual fundraiser on Dec. 9, 2017, from 7-11 p.m. The celebration honors the history of the Market House and aims to raise funds and increase awareness to ensure the preservation of downtown Indianapolis’ first and only public Market House. The MRKT BALL 2017 celebration will have a 1950s Rock ‘N’ Roll, paying tribute to that final star-studded show at Tomlinson Hall. 

MRKT BALL 2017 will be a black-tie or costume gala (poodle skirts and leather jackets welcome) benefitting City Market, specifically a number of creative placemaking improvement projects intended to make City Market a place that fosters human interactions and connections, as well as a great place to eat, drink, shop, and relax. These projects include public fitness classes, public healthy cooking demonstrations, and an art installation. 

Guests of MRKT BALL will be welcome to stroll through the Historic Market House and enjoy live music by local group Chamber Music performing captivating tunes of the 1950’s, as well as their own popular covers. Guests will be welcome try food samples courtesy of Market House merchants, as well purchase food from limited menus, and view a historical exhibition of Market House treasures. 

Participating City Market Merchants include:

Mambo’s Cheesesteak Grill

Mauricio’s Pizzeria

Tomlinson Tap Room

Mile Square Coffee

The Amazing Potato Chip Co.

Completely Nuts & Candy Co.

Gomez BBQ

Spice Box

Circle City Soups

Circle City Sweets

The Flower Boys

3 Days in Paris

22 Juice

Twenty Two Juicery & Smoothie Bar




Ticket Information:














 Tickets are available for purchase online HERE.

Sponsorship opportunities are available with funding levels including Bandstand ($10,000), Rock ‘N’ Roll ($5,000), Rock-A-Billy ($2,500), and Floor Pass ($1,000). 

For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Stevi Stoesz | Executive Director

For more information regarding PR and marketing please contact:
Joe Perin | PR & Events Manager

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