Win Tickets to Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend!

SSL_AbbyCongratulations to KATHY P., winner of a four-pack of tickets. Stay tuned for more giveaways for future shows!

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend is coming to the stage at Ford Center THIS WEEKEND, September 6-8, and you could win a 4-pack of tickets to one of the five performances!

Simply comment below with your answer to the following:

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend features a whole host of your favorite Sesame Street characters. But how well do you know these famous muppets? Abby Cadabby (pictured above) is a three-year-old ___________. (Need a hint?)


Rules: One entry will be picked at random to win four (4) tickets to a Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend performance on Friday, September 6; Saturday, September 7; or Sunday, September 8. Email address is required for prize notification purposes. One comment/entry per person will be accepted. Contest ends Thursday, September 5 at 12:00 Noon.

Pop Evil Meet & Greet Giveaway

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Congratulations to Melody Symanski, winner of this pair of tickets and Meet & Greet passes. Stay tuned for more giveaways!

Pop Evil will bring their own brand of hard rock to the Victory Theatre this Thursday, July 11, and you have a chance to meet them!

This week, we are giving away a pair of tickets to the show PLUS a pair of Meet & Greet passes to one lucky winner! To enter, simply comment below with your answer to the following:

If you had the chance to ask any of the members of Pop Evil one question, what would it be?

Rules: One entry will be picked at random to win two tickets and two meet & greet passes to the Pop Evil show at 8:00 PM (CST) on Thursday, July 11. Email address is required for prize notification purposes. One comment/entry per person will be accepted.

Barry Manilow Donates New Yamaha Piano to Kick Off Music Instrument Drive for Evansville Public Schools

 Public Can Trade a New or Gently Used Musical Instrument For Free Tickets to Manilow’s June 26th Concert

Barry Manilow liveLas Vegas Nevada USAMarch 6 2010Photos By Denise TruscelloDirect from Broadway, following a critically acclaimed sold out run on New York’s Great White Way, Barry Manilow, the undisputed #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all time, brings his “Manilow In Concert” Direct from Broadway concert to cities around the nation.

“THE MAGIC IS BACK!”  The New York Times




Don’t miss this unprecedented concert in Evansville at the Ford Center June 26th as Manilow performs songs from his massive catalog of hits.  From “Mandy” to “I Write the Songs” to “Copacabana (At The Copa)” and so many more.  Manilow’s Broadway show has become as legendary as the man himself.

The pop icon is also donating a Yamaha piano to launch a local instrument drive for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation schools. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the Ford Center will receive 2 free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) for Manilow’s June 26th concert in Evansville, IN.

“I’m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids,” states Manilow.

The Ford Center Ticket Office Lobby will be the base for the instrument drive in Evansville, from now through June 26th. The instrument drop off location is open between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

“We are so pleased to join Yamaha Corporation and the Manilow Music Project in their commitment to music education in public schools,” said David Smith, superintendent of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. “This incredible generosity on behalf of high quality music programs for schools across the nation is greatly appreciated.  Because I was a music educator for 19 years, I have seen firsthand the positive impact music has upon students and how music education also translates to positive gains and performance for students in all other academic areas.  Barry Manilow’s initiative will have significant impact on future generations of musicians. What a tremendous legacy.”

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope.  It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs.  Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at

Tickets are available online at or, in person at the Ford Center, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with a staggering 50 top 40 hits. Manilow has produced, arranged, and released over 40 albums over the course of his career.

Win Tickets to the Midwest Rock N Roll Express Tour!


Congratulations to Christy Wasson, our contest winner! Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for future contest opportunities!

The Midwest Rock N Roll Express Tour is set to roll into Ford Center on Wednesday, May 15! Rock’s finest from the Midwest— REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent—are teaming up for round of shows that will feature “blazing vocal melodies and guitars, soaring arrangements steeped in Progressive Rock roots, heart touching ballads…” and more!

We have a 4-pack of tickets and a super-cool drum head autographed by all three bands to give away, and they could be yours if you participate in our Evansville Rockers contest! We want to know: If you formed a rock band of your own, what would you call yourselves?


To enter, just comment below with the name of your proposed band before 8:00 PM on Friday, May 3! Name and email address fields must be completed to be eligible.

Rules: One entry will be picked at random to win four (4) tickets to the Midwest Rock N Roll Express Tour at 7:00 PM (CST) on Wednesday, May 15. Email address is required for prize notification purposes. One comment/entry per person will be accepted.

Journey at Ford Center Has Been Re-Scheduled

The recent Journey concerts that were previously postponed due to lead singer Arnel Pineda’s illness have now been rescheduled as follows:

  • The November 14th, 2012 concert at the Tyson Center in Sioux City, IA has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
  • The November 13th 2012 concert at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 6, 2013.
  • The November 10th 2012 concert at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 9, 2013.
  • The November 11th 2012 concert at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 10, 2013.
  • The November 8th 2012 concert at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

All tickets for the originally scheduled concerts will be honored for the new shows.   Refunds will be available at point of purchase.

Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, JOURNEY has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums.  The band’s Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders.   Journey was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards in honor of the band’s significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live.  The 2011 Eclipse World Tour was one of the band’s most successful tours ever, drawing nearly a million fans and ranked in the Top 15 Tours of the year.  2011 also marked the 30th anniversary of the band’s seminal anthem, Don’t Stop Believin’, which was honored as the top-selling digital classic rock song in history by Nielsen SoundScan. The group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. For more information, visit

Ford Center Nominated for Best New Major Concert Venue Award

Evansville, IN:  Evansville’s Ford Center has been nominated for a 2012 Concert Industry Award for the Best New Major Concert Venue by Pollstar Magazine.

“We are honored to receive the nomination by our peers in this industry, “ Ford Center Executive Director Scott Schoenike said. “Our staff has worked very hard throughout these past months to provide top-notch entertainment and service in every area of our facility. I believe the nomination re-affirms a phenomenal opening year, made possible by the support of the City of Evansville and many area residents. We are excited that this nomination has brought more national attention to Evansville.”

The four other venues nominated for this award include Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY), Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY), The Fillmore Silver Spring (Silver Spring, MD), and Smith Center for the Performing Arts (Las Vegas, NV). Voting began November 9th and the winner will be announced at the 24th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards on February 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

Ford Center had a very busy inaugural season, with more than 140 events that included Evansville IceMen hockey regular and post-season games, University of Evansville Men’s and Women’s regular and post-season games, concerts, and family events. Highlights include sold out performances by Bob Seger, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Elton John, and Eric Church. Other events featured world-class performances by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Harlem Globetrotters, Jeff Dunham, Disney on Ice, Cirque du Soleil: Quidam, a televised WWE SmackDown, James Taylor, and Brad Paisley. Ford Center was also the recipient of a Facilities Magazine Prime Site Award.

Ford Center has a busy upcoming event season planned, with family events like the 79th Annual Hadi Shrine Circus (November 22-25, 2012), Monster Jam (January 11 & 12, 2013), the Harlem Globetrotters (January 22, 2013), and Disney on Ice (March 27-30, 2013); concerts featuring Michael W. Smith (December 14, 2012), The Temptations (December 27, 2012), Luke Bryan (January 17, 2013), and the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular (January 31, 2013); plus more events yet to be announced.

Pollstar Magazine is a trade publication that focuses on the worldwide concert industry and also reports on news regarding sports and entertainment. The nominating committee is comprised of industry leaders in all facets of the entertainment business, including: arena managers, artists, artist managers, agents and promoters from across the country and abroad. The winner of this prestigious award is determined by the international readership of Pollstar.

Ford Center, located in downtown Evansville, opened in November 2011 and is owned by the City of Evansville. The facility is home to University of Evansville Division I Men’s and Women’s basketball programs and the ECHL Evansville IceMen franchise. Ford Center is managed by VenuWorks of Evansville, LLC.

VenuWorks provides comprehensive management, booking and marketing solutions for arenas, theatres and convention centers throughout North America. Committed and innovative facility operators, VenuWorks represents public-sector owners of over 40 separate facilities in 19 communities in 12 states. In 2011, VenuWorks hosted over 10,500 events in its facilities. Based in Ames, IA the company was founded 16 years ago. For more information, please view

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One Year Anniversary Celebration Sponsors & Vendors

Ford Center and VenuWorks of Evansville would like to thank the following for their generous support and participation in our Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, November 4, 2012:

Camelot Jewelers

Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville IceMen

Experience Mobile Entertainment

The Hadi Funsters

Indiana National Guard

Photoville Photobooth

Rhonda Fehrenbacher

South Central Media (WIKY/Hot 96 WSTO/WABX/WLFW)

Swonder Ice Arena


Townsquare Media (WOMI/WBKR/WJLT/WKDQ/KISS 106 FM/103GBF)

University of Evansville Purple Aces

Ford Center receives prestigious Facilities Magazine Prime Site Award

Ford Center is the recipient of the Prime Site Award during its first year of operation in Evansville, IN. Facilities Magazine has bestowed Prime Site Awards annually since 1994 to the top entertainment venues in North America.

Award ballots ran in Facilities Magazine and online at The voters are the readers –booking agents, promoters, talent buyers and special event planners. The readers considered multiple criteria such as seating configurations, sound systems, ticketing, food service & quality, marketing capabilities, event staff and other industry related items. According to Facilities Magazine Associate Publisher Michael Caffin, “Ford Center is among the Best of the Best and was chosen because of the features and services they provide in this highly competitive marketplace. VenuWorks has done an exceptional job in Evansville, IN and the leadership team and staff at Ford Center should be commended.” Ford Center now joins the ranks with other Prime Site Award Facilities such as Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA and others.

“Our staff takes great pride in their work and we are humbled to be the recipient of the Prime Site Award,” stated Ford Center Executive Director Scott Schoenike.

Ford Center has scheduled a diverse lineup of strong upcoming performances, such as Brad Paisley October 4, Journey November 8 and Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival November 11.

Ford Center is managed by VenuWorks of Evansville, LLC.

GLVC Basketball Tournaments Return to Evansville in 2013

In a news conference held at the Ford Center on Wednesday, August 22, the Great Lakes Valley Conference announced that the 2013 GLVC Basketball Men’s and Women’s Championship Tournaments will be hosted by the Ford Center on March 7-10. This will mark the first time the conference will return to Evansville since hosting its postseason event at Roberts Stadium from 1999-2007.

Tournament ticket prices and the event schedule will be announced at a later date.

Click for official tournament media release.