The garden at Cerulean Restaurant, Winona Lake, Ind. (Photo supplied)
Cerulean Restaurant serves beautiful, flavorful food at its Warsaw/Winona Lake restaurant.
Ignition Music puts beautiful music on its stage in Goshen.
This summer, men who operate the two businesses are working together.
Steve Martin of Ignition is helping get artists to perform in Cerulean’s garden. Cerulean founder Caleb France is thrilled to offer a space for some great music.
Sometimes it’ll coincide with a visit to Goshen. Sometimes it won’t. But the goal is to get people in the two northern Indiana cities to head to the one they’re in less.
“Music brings people together, builds community,” Martin said, later adding, “Ignition is building a great reputation, but I want to introduce these artists to other communities. … I look at it as market expansion.”
The Stray Birds play at Ignition Music in April 2013. (MVK photo)
Caleb France, who oversees Cerulean in both Warsaw and Indianapolis, said it will “up the ante on the music scene in northern Indiana.”
He and his wife, Courtney, saw The Vespers at Ignition last year and got them to play in the restaurant’s Garden later. About 300 people attended that show. People at the lakes in the summer want something to do, he said.
He’s having Martin help arrange more shows this year, though he’ll cap attendance at around 200. A cover of $5 to $10 will be charged. Food and drink specials, including craft beer on tap, will be featured, France said.
Another view of Cerulean’s garden. (Photo supplied)
“We realized that we both could benefit from collaboration and cross promotion. It is always refreshing to do business with others that believe in what you believe,” France said.
Martin said a vibrant music scene draws from a 75-mile radius. Artists need to tour and sell merchandise to make a living and additional collaborations with restaurants and businesses could help them and those businesses.
“It may not work,” he said. But he’s willing to try.
He’s hoping people at the occasional Cerulean shows will drive to Goshen for the more regular Ignition shows. And he’s hoping Goshen-area music fans will go to Warsaw to eat.
Both would be cool to see. Warsaw has a couple great restaurants, including Cerulean and Noa Noa Wood Grill & Sushi Bar.
I’m a fan of good music. I’m a fan of good food. Bringing the two together is a great thing.
The upcoming lineup at Cerulean includes:
June 1, The Vespers and Anderson East
June 8, Kellin Watson (the day after Watson plays Goshen First Friday)
July 5, The Farewell Drifters
Martin said Amy Speace will play both locations at a later date.
Deep Dark Woods plays at Igntion in March 2012. (Truth photo by Mark Shephard)