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Chris Isaak to headline 2018 Songbook Celebration

6/14/2018 12AM

Sept. 15 gala includes Songbook Hall of Fame Inductions, after-party

Tickets on sale Friday for after-dinner fun at annual fundraiser


Chris IsaakActor and retro-rocker Chris Isaak will be the featured performer at this year’s Songbook Celebration, the annual gala supporting the artistic and educational programs of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.


Presented by Krieg DeVault, the Sept. 15 event at the Palladium also celebrates the Center’s affiliation with the Great American Songbook Foundation. Five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein, founder of the Foundation and artistic director at the Center, will lead tributes to this year’s Songbook Hall of Fame inductees: Academy Award-winning composer Jimmy Van Heusen, singer-actress Rosemary Clooney and cabaret and musical theater star Marilyn Maye.


Under the theme “Swinging on a Star” – a tune written by Van Heusen and famously performed by Clooney – the Songbook Celebration begins with the 5 p.m. First Merchants Bank Cocktail Reception and includes a dinner, live auction, program and after-party. Tables seating 4-10 guests for the entire evening are available for purchase at


Tickets for the after-dinner portion of the evening go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Palladium Box Office, online at or by phone at (317) 843-3800. Starting at $150, the tickets include gallery or box seating for the 8:30 p.m. Songbook Hall of Fame induction ceremony, followed by Isaak’s headline performance, as well as admission to the after-party, with dancing and complementary drinks and desserts in three uniquely themed rooms from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.


Over the course of three decades and 12 studio albums, Isaak has drawn comparisons to Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison with 1950s-influenced hits such as “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody's Crying.” His acting career has included roles in the David Lynch film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and the Showtime sitcom The Chris Isaak Show, a fictionalized look at his life as a professional musician.