Annual Tonic Ball Returns to Indianapolis

Come celebrate the music of Wilco, Simon & Garfunkel, The Cure, James Brown & Dolly Parton at five Fountain Square music venues this Friday! It’s all part of the Tonic Ball Concert, where families can experience a free concert and chance to tour Second Helpings.

Matt Mays, Chair, Tonic Ball, and Performer Vess Ruhtenberg, tell us more:

Tonic Ball 16 will take place in Fountain Square on Friday, November 17, 2017, and raise funds for Indianapolis hunger relief agency Second Helpings. Music venues include Radio Radio, The Fountain Theatre, White Rabbit Cabaret, The Hi-Fi and Pioneer. Tickets sales open September 4.

  • This year, Tonic Ball will take over Prospect Street, closing the street and adding multimedia entertainment for Tonic fans.

Tonic started in 2002 with a one-night performance of Gram Parsons songs at Radio Radio. Since then, it has grown to be one of the most popular nights of art and music in the city each year. Last year’s sold-out concert and related events brought in close to $95,000, with every dollar going directly to Second Helpings. This year’s Ball is presented by Eskenazi Health.

About Tonic

Tonic Indy is a celebration of local music and art. Tonic Ball is a night of fun and excitement, all for a good cause. Each year we pick five iconic bands and/or musicians, ask some of our favorite local performers to cover a few of their songs, sell tickets to the show, and give all the proceeds to our favorite charity: Second Helpings. As a complement to Tonic Ball, Tiny Tonic offers little rockers the chance to party and fight hunger, too.

About Second Helpings

Second Helpings transforms lives through the power of food. By accepting donated perishable and overstocked food, the organization prepares nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day and distributes them free of charge through social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. For more information, visit