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January 30, 2013

Foreigner to headline 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

INDIANAPOLIS — The 500 Festival recently announced attendees of the 10th annual Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, presented by Cindy and Paul Skjodt, will be rocking to the music of British-American rock band Foreigner.

With a career spanning five decades, Foreigner has sold more than 70 million albums in the United States including nine Top 10 and 16 Top 30 hits. They have performed for millions of devoted fans all over the world and will now entertain guests at the May 25 gala, the eve of the 2013 Indianapolis 500.

Foreigner has dominated the music charts with hits including "I Want to Know What Love is," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold As Ice," "Head Games," "Juke Box Hero," and many more. The band was named No. 49 on Billboard's Hot 100 All Time Top Artists Chart.

Foreigner's mix of rock, blues, and pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans. Comprising the band's lineup are founder-lead guitarist Mick Jones, lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson, multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel, keyboardist Michael Bluestein, and drummer Mark Schulman.

The band was originally formed in 1976, in the heyday of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's infield known affectionately as the Snake Pit, due to the overall Mardi Gras-esque atmosphere.

Taking place in the Indiana Roof Ballroom, the Snakepit Ball has become a race-eve tradition. Known as the place to see the stars, the black-tie event includes red carpet arrivals by celebrities in town for race weekend and special VIP guests. Dinner and dancing will round out the celebration. The Snakepit Ball will begin at 6 p.m. with celebrity and guest arrivals; followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets will be available by calling 614-6129 and are $275 per person. Corporate tables may be reserved when purchasing tickets.

The Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, presented by Cindy and Paul Skjodt, is sponsored by Regions, Cindy and Paul Skjodt, The Westin Indianapolis, Business Furniture, and BCforward.

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