Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 14, 2013

Jon McLaughlin to open 500 Festival Rev Your Engines concert


INDIANAPOLIS — Jon McLaughlin is scheduled to open the stage for Gavin DeGraw at the 500 Festival Rev Your Engines Concert on April 27. McLaughlin has sold more than 170,000 albums and more than a million digital tracks.

McLaughlin released his 2007 debut album "Indiana," followed by "OK Now" in 2008. The albums yielded placements on the TV series "Scrubs" and movies including "Georgia Rule" and "Bridge to Terabithia." Following this, McLaughlin's song "So Close" was featured in Disney's "Enchanted" starring Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams. The film was released with outstanding reviews and McLaughlin was later asked to perform "So Close" at the 2008 Academy Awards.

McLaughlin is a native Hoosier who grew up in Anderson and attended Anderson University. His most recent album, "Promising Promises," was released last year and includes his latest single "Summer is Over," featuring Sara Bareilles.

The Rev Your Engines Concert is a free event that kicks off the month of May in downtown Indianapolis. DeGraw is the headlining performer for this concert. Food trucks and beverages will also be available to guests during the event. McLaughlin will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., followed by DeGraw at 9 p.m.

For more information on the concert or other 500 Festival events and programs, visit the website at www.500festival.com.