The Alley, presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Buckingham Companies and funded by Lilly Endowment, was created to be a collaborative outdoor gathering space where guests can experience live music – part of The Cabaret’s newest performance series, The Alley Sessions – and local art in a casual setting. The Jazz Kitchen will also be on-site so guests can order cocktails and light bites throughout the evening.
Much of the inspiration behind The Alley comes from The Alley Club – a garage-turned-jazz haven on the south side of Chicago. From 1966 to 1978, a retired auto mechanic named Arthur “Pops” Simpson decided to reopen his three-car garage on the south side of Chicago as a haven for jazz – and started what came to be known as The Alley Club. Every Sunday, The Alley Club would host DJs and musicians who collectively contributed to the energy and spirit of the neighborhood, producing an experience for jazz-lovers like no other.