Besides the famous Indy 500 race, the Indiana Motor Speedway offers a lot of entertainment during the weekend of the race. One of the many crowd-pleasers is the music.
The concerts start on Miller Lite Carb Day (Friday, May 25th) with the bands Train and Blues Traveler:
The Firestone Legends Day concert (Saturday, May 26th) is headlined by Sam Hunt with special guests Canaan Smith and Filmore:
During race day, the infield at turn one was known as the Snake Pit. The days of the violent reputation that spawned that name are however long gone. Fights, drugs, nakedness and deaths have been taken over by DJs that feature a day of Electronic Dance Music. The Lineup of 2018 consists of Axwell ^ Ingrosso, deadmau5, Diplo, and Griz:
The music on race day starts at 8 a.m. with the Parade of the Bands. Marching bands from nearby high schools and universities march around the circuit to entertain early arriving fans.
The music during the pre-race ceremonies follow the invocation (this year by Archbishop Charles C. Thompson) and are normally made up of:
Taps: in remembrance of Memorial Day
America the Beautiful / God Bless America: most of the time these are not televised.
The Star-Sprangled Banner: this year the national anthem will be performed by singer Kelly Clarkson, winner of American Idol 2002.
Back Home Again in Indiana: since 1946 this song is the last event before the command is given to start the engines. During the song, thousands of balloons are released from the infield. The most famous renditions are done by Jim Nabors in the period 1972-2014: