JIndianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay may have to make a decision soon on the future of Peyton Manning as Colts quarterback, but he isn’t letting that keep him from throwing a major Super Bowl bash in his host city. This from Cathy Kightlinger at indystar.com:
The counterculture has arrived in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI.
Well, maybe not all of it.
But plenty of its icons were hanging out and sitting around at the Indiana State Museum, when Colts Owner Jim Irsay hosted his Super Bowl party for 400 to 500 Thursday.
The private event — held after hours in the same venue where the exhibit of some of Irsay’s favorite possessions is showing through May 6 — included multiple musical performances and a reading from the nearly 120-foot manuscript to Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation manifesto “On the Road,” which Irsay has owned since 2001.
Colts radio announcer Bob Lamey performed that while Kerouac contemporary David Amram, who came to town for the party, played piano and flute.
Guests socialized, ate, drank and browsed Irsay’s collection, which includes guitars that were once owned by Elvis, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia and Keith Richards.
But there’s no doubt that the crown jewel of the bash was its all-star jam band, which included a host of rock-world veterans — two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills; Hoosier John Mellencamp (his girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan, was there, too), also a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; Mike Mills, the bassist for now-defunct R.E.M.; former Mellencamp band drummer, Kenny Aronoff (who has played with loads of rock greats); blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd; longtime Mellencamp band guitar player, Mike Wanchic, and Mellencamp’s keyboard player, Troye Kinnett.
Stills, who said Irsay has been his friend for 35 years, said there’s no place he could be but in Indianapolis this week.
“We share being amateurs in each others’ profession,” Stills said, adding that Irsay is a genuine person. “He has always been ever since I met him.”
Mills has been a friend of Irsay’s for more than 20 years.
“He’s a solid human being . . . who has his heart in the right place,” he said.
“Everything he does, he does with class. Plus, he’s a rock ‘n’ roll fan, which counts.”
The band and the party was reminiscent of Irsay’s 2010 Miami Super Bowl party, when the Colts organization made it into the big game.
This year, they were celebrating hosting the Super Bowl in their hometown instead.
Speaking of the Colts, the team’s wide receiver Reggie Wayne and running back Joseph Addai were crowd pleasers Thursday afternoon when they showed up on the field of the Tazon Latino VI flag football game.
The crowded event was held at the NFL Experience inside the Indiana Convention Center and also featured celeb chef Aaron Sanchez (of the Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Heat Seekers”) and J.R. Martinez, an Iraq War veteran and 2011 “Dancing With the Stars” champion.
Martinez showed up in a mask that looked like it had been airbrushed onto his face.
“I figured I’d kind of play the part, you know; I feel like I had to look a little intimidating,” said Martinez.
The game airs nationally at 4 p.m. Saturday on Univision.
Star-gazing at St. Elmo:
Seems like everyone who is anyone in Indianapolis this week is making it to the city’s famous St. Elmo Steak House.
The Illinois Street restaurant — known for its spicy shrimp cocktail — has hosted rock stars, professional athletes, famous journalists and more.
Its staff is used to that.
But what they aren’t used to is hosting so many celebs all at once, or dealing with the crowds that have started gathering outside in hopes of seeing the famous faces inside.
Among the big names in this week, so far, are New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Peyton Manning apparently made the reservation for his brother), who brought about 20 other players with him; Giants President and CEO John Mara; rocker Steven Tyler; Dan Patrick; Jimmy Fallon and more.