Written by Kayls
I grew up going to summer concerts at my local amphitheater in Noblesville, IN. It was called Deer Creek at the time. Since then the name has been changed to Klipsh Music Center, and now as I’m writing this I’ve realized they changed the name once again. Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, but it doesn’t really have the same ring to it in my opinion. I think I prefer Deer Creek.
It’s where I saw my first live concert at age 7, the Spice Girls Spiceworld tour. I was with my grandmother, my sister, and my cousin, and the memory is vivid. We were sitting out on the grassy lawn area on top of a blanket or two, and my head was peeping over the person in front of me. I don’t think I moved, I just watched and admired and I knew that I wanted to be up there somehow, someway, someday.
Every year since then, as my taste in music evolved and changed through many phases, this is where I went to see all of those acts. This is where I went each summer with my best friends to see Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson. After I moved away to Florida in high school, I would fly back every year just to attend these summer concerts. This is where I crowd surfed for the first time 8th grade or freshman year during Yellowcard’s set at Warped Tour. I’ve even seen Lil Wayne here.
But I think my most memorable experience from going to concerts at Deer Creek growing up wasn’t necessarily who was up on stage, it’s how the music brought everyone together, strangers, friends, and foes. And it’s how it lit a fire inside of me to persevere throughout the trials and tribulations of pursuing a career in music. I will go back to this venue for the rest of my life, whenever I get the chance. And hopefully I will get the opportunity to be on the other side of the stage, looking out on a crowd that I once sat in many times, hopefully inspiring some other little 7 year old girl to follow her dreams, or maybe just have a good time.
Check out Kayls’ new track “Porcelain”