Rock-IN-Roar 500 brings music to Georgia Street to celebrate Indy 500 race week

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A musical festival in downtown Indianapolis Friday will celebrate the start of race week. The Rock-In-Roar 500 is bringing together hundreds of performers for a unique sing-along in the heart of the Circle City.

Five hundred singers, musicians and dancers from around the area were recruited to participate in the "Roar 500." They will perform on Pan-Am Plaza and welcome spectators to sing, too.

"It's going to sound phenomenal," said Amanda Dorman, from Downtown Indy. "It’s all happening on a huge stage on Pan Am Plaza. People will hear it whether they’re on the circle or walking to Georgia Street. There will be lots of different singers, and lots going on all night."

John Mellencamp's keyboardist Troye Kinnett will be leading the performers as they play One Republic's "Love runs out." Indy Car drive Will Power is participating by playing the drums.

The Rock-IN-Roar is also bringing music to Georgia Street.

Performances begin at 5 p.m. The "Roar 500" performance is at 7 p.m., with more music following until 10 p.m. A light and sound show marks the end of the night.