What We’re About

Tonic Ball, presented by Eskenazi Health, is a celebration of local music. It’s a night of fun and excitement. And it’s all for a good cause.

Each year we pick three to five iconic bands and/or musicians, ask some of our favorite local performers to cover a few of their songs, sell tickets to the show, and give all the proceeds to our favorite charity: Second Helpings. That’s Tonic Ball in a nutshell.

Tonic takes place each year on the Friday before Thanksgiving at five Fountain Square venues: Radio Radio, Fountain Square Theatre, White Rabbit Cabaret, The Hi-Fi and Pioneer.

It wasn’t always that way—for the first few years, we covered just one famous musician/band and used Radio Radio as our exclusive venue. But too many people started showing up for just one room. So we expanded — first to the Fountain Square Theatre in 2006, then White Rabbit Cabaret in 2011, and then to The Hi-Fi in 2015. This year, we’re adding Pioneer.

And we’ve continued to expand. Now, in addition to hosting music at five separate venues in the early hours, Tonic Ball also features a special event—Tiny Tonic—just for kids and their grown ups.

So what are we about? Great music. Entertaining the whole family. But most of all: feeding people in need. And every ticket you buy for Tonic Ball helps us take another crucial step toward eliminating hunger.