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50th Friday: IUPUI kicks off anniversary celebration with free concert and more

Aug 22, 2018
Keith Jeffery of Atlas Genius rocks out.
Keith Jeffery of Atlas Genius performs at the iHeartRadio Official SXSW Showcase on March 12, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The Australian band will begin its 2018 American tour headlining the Fall Kickoff Celebration at IUPUI.Photo by Roger Kisby, Getty Images

What do you do when you have a birthday? You throw a party! And in our case, we’re throwing multiple parties. Join us Friday for the 50th Anniversary Fall Kickoff Celebration, featuring free entertainment, food trucks and games galore.

Start your day …

At the Jaguar Spirit Fest, from 2 to 3 p.m., in Hine Hall Auditorium. Think pep rally meets convocation with a musical performance by Center for Young Children students for a healthy dose of cute kids, as well as mascot fun and more.

Then take in …

The IUPUI Talent Showcase, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., on Blake Street. This is your chance to see performances by students, faculty and staff. The lineup includes:

  • The Rob Dixon Trio
  • Comedian Mike Polites
  • Chinese Culture Club
  • Xiphos Corps
  • Lisa Devon
  • The Moving Company
  • Musical comedy by Jon Cheser
  • Singer Breon Johnson performing 1990s and 2000s R&B
  • Jordon Whitaker
  • African Student Association Dance Team
Students celebrate the first week of classes.
Students celebrate the beginning of the academic year at Carroll Stadium.Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Don’t forget the …

Block party outside of North Hall. This is where you’ll want to fuel up. The party includes food trucks and yard games. You’ll need money for these, but you can chow down on grub from:

Finish off the fun with …

The 50th Anniversary Concert, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Lockefield Green. The daylong party will close on a high note with music from Indianapolis-based electro-pop duo Dream Chief and headliner Atlas Genius, an Australian rock combo led by brothers Keith Jeffrey on lead guitar and vocals and drummer Michael Jeffrey. The band is signed to Warner Bros. Records. Atlas Genius’ 2013 debut, “When It Was Now,” reached No. 34 on Billboard, and two singles debuted in the top 10 on the alternative charts. The group will begin its United States tour at this show, fueled by the new single, “63 Days.” A CrimsonCard is required to attend this show.

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