Rock-Pop Stars Kelley, Cabrera To Perform May 2 At Balloon Festival

Friday, March 27, 2009

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DNK Records recording artist Josh Kelley and Papa Joe Records recording artist Ryan Cabrera will headline a free concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 2.

Kelley and Cabrera, pop/rock sensations who kick off their "Tell It Like It Is" tour of the United States April 15, will play the Coke Zero Music Stage in the Pagoda Plaza. Opening acts will be Brandon Whyde and Australia natives The Kin.

Kelley, a native of Augusta, Ga., released three studio albums in 2008, with "Special Company," the acoustic "Backwoods" and "To Remember," sold exclusively by retailer Target. His hit singles include "Amazing," which debuted on his 2003 album "For the Ride Home" and landed on the soundtrack of the movie "Raising Helen," starring Kate Hudson. Kelley also earned acclaim for the hit single "Only You" from his August 2005 release "Almost Honest."

Cabrera, a Dallas native, scored top-20 hits with "True" and "On the Way Down" from his major-label debut "Take It All Away" in 2004. His latest album, "The Moon Under Water," was released in May 2008.

The concert will be part of an unforgettable evening - and weekend - of family-friendly entertainment as The Racing Capital of the World celebrates its balloon-racing heritage with the Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages. The first competitive event of any kind at IMS was a gas-filled balloon race on June 5, 1909 - a full two months before the 2.5-oval was completed.

Saturday evening's schedule kicks off at 6 p.m. when the public gates open and AT&T Real Yellow Pages collectible balloon trading pin giveaways get underway. Wine tasting courtesy of Oliver Winery also opens at 6 p.m.

Following the Kelley/Cabrera concert, numerous colorful hot air balloons will inflate at 8 p.m. for a beautiful balloon "glow" as dusk settles over IMS. Balloons will remain tethered while the pilots shoot flame into the balloons, lighting up the balloons and the sky in a colorful spectacle.

The evening concludes with fireworks at 9 p.m. For additional information on the Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages, visit


2009 IMS tickets: Established in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence. Beginning in 2009, the Speedway celebrates its Centennial Era, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the facility in 2009 and the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2011.

Tickets for the three events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the Indianapolis 500, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP - can be purchased online at at any time.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.