Indy 500-Stellar music lineup

STELLAR MUSIC LINEUP IN MAY AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY Chevelle, Sum 41, OK Go among acts joining Stone Temple Pilots during Indy 500

 The lineup at the 2008 Indianapolis 500 is loaded with talent – both on track and on stage.

A diverse mix of national and regional musical talent and genres – including alternative rock, punk rock, adult contemporary and modern rock – will perform during major event days at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Indianapolis Star Opening Day, Sunday, May 4, to Race Day, Sunday, May 25.

Multi-platinum Epic recording artists Chevelle will kick off an exciting first weekend of qualifications with a display of heavy alternative rock from 6-7 p.m. on “Fast Friday,” May 9. Modern rock quintet “The Bravery” will bookend the weekend with live entertainment from 3-4:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.

The Coke Zero Stage will be particularly busy on Pole Day, May 10 and Coke Zero 500 College Fest/Third Day Qualifications, May 17, as three acts will entertain fans each day: DJ Orion, Ludo and Yellowcard on Pole Day, and Forever the Sickest Kids, OK Go and Sum 41 on Coke Zero 500 College Fest.

Island recording artists Sum 41 hit the big time in 2001 with its first hit full-length album, “All Killer No Filler,” which spawned the No. 1 single “Fat Lip.” Yellowcard has developed a legion of fans for its punk rock sound since the 2004 release of its double-platinum album “Ocean Avenue.”

OK Go made a name for itself with the entertaining video for the hit song “Here It Goes Again,” in which the band danced on a series of treadmills. The band has two major-label albums: 2002’s “OK Go” and 2005’s “Oh No.”

Headlining the 2008 Indianapolis 500 musical lineup will be the performance by alternative rock legends Stone Temple Pilots, which will bring its reunion tour to the Speedway on Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 23. It will be an appropriate start to a high-energy Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis leading up to the 92nd running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 25.

All acts except for Stone Temple Pilots will perform on the Coke Zero Stage, located in the IMS Pagoda Plaza directly behind the Bombardier Learjet Pagoda. Stone Temple Pilots will play on the Miller Lite Stage, located behind the Hall of Fame Museum.

All concerts are free with the price of admission to the IMS grounds for the day. Tickets for all qualifying and practice days are general admission, $10 for qualifying and $5 for practice.

Admission to the grounds for all Miller Lite Carb Day activities – including the final practice for the Indianapolis 500 starting field, Firestone Freedom 100 race, Checkers/Rally’s Pit Stop Challenge and Stone Temple Pilots concert – is just $10.

The day-by-day 2008 Indianapolis 500 musical lineup:


Sunday, May 4Healing Sixes2:30-3:30 p.m.; 4-5 p.m.Locally based band with a nationally acclaimed blues-rock sound.

Friday, May 9DJ Orion4-6 p.m.One of Indy’s most popular DJ’s, “rippin’ the decks” with a hip-hop, rap and industrial sound.

Chevelle6-7 p.m.Epic recording artists; alternative rock sound highlighted by hit song, “Send The Pain Below.”

Pole Day, Saturday, May 10DJ Orion1:30-2:45 p.m.

Ludo3-3:45 p.m.Island Records indie rock band with major-label debut, “You’re Awful, I Love You.”

Yellowcard4-5 p.m.Punk-inspired Capitol Records group with more than 3 million albums sold brings its acoustic tour to IMS.

Sunday, May 11The Bravery3-4:15 p.m.New York-based Island Records modern rock quintet.

Friday, May 16Psychodots2-3 p.m.Cincinnati-based progressive rock/folk rock trio return to IMS.

Saturday, May 17Forever the Sickest Kids2-2:30 p.m.Young Dallas-based Universal Motown rockers promoting debut, “Underdog Alma Mater.”

OK Go2:45-3:45 p.m.Made dancing on treadmills popular with “Here It Goes Again” video.

Sum 414-5 p.m.Island Records Canadian punk-pop/rock group’s catalog led by hit record, “All Killer No Filler.”

Sunday, May 1838th Infantry Division Band10:15-11 a.m.Saluting America’s heroes on IMSArmed Forces Day with popular patriotic themes.

Jon McLaughlin3-4 p.m.Anderson, Ind., native brings Island Records release “Indiana” back home.

Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 23Stone Temple Pilots3:30 p.m. (approximately)Internationally acclaimed alternative rockers bring reunion tour to the Miller Lite Stage in IMS infield.

Race Day, Sunday, May 25Jack’s Mannequin11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.Singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon brings his alternative pop, featuring songs from “Everything in Transit.”


2008 IMS tickets: Tickets for all three world-class events in 2008 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the 92nd Indianapolis 500, 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP – are on sale.

Fans have three easy methods to buy tickets: Online at at any time; on the phone by calling (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Building at 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.