Entertainment surrounding next week's BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells will include live music, a World War II exhibit and a salute to military and public safety personnel, organizers said.
The BNP Paribas Open, scheduled for March 4-17 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, is the largest combined two-week event for the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association, according to organizers.
Days and events include:
- Kids Day, March 2: There will be a climbing wall, stilt walkers, on- court clinics and player appearances.
- Champions Night, March 7: The world's No. 1 doubles team, Mike and Bob Bryan, will perform as the Bryan Bros. Band, with "American Idol" contestant Michael Johns singing, Counting Crows drummer Jim Bogios on drums and vocals and songwriter George Holdcroft on saxophone.
The concert starts at 5 p.m., and tickets, which start at $13, benefit the Champions Volunteer Foundation, which supports local charities. Bands also will perform live in the Tennis Village March 8-15, starting at 5 p.m.
- Salute to Heroes, March 6-8: a mobile World War II exhibit of uniforms, weapons, American propaganda and equipment.
On March 8, a ceremony will recognize veterans, military personnel, police and firefighters following the 7 p.m. match. The Palm Springs High School marching band, which performed at the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., last month, will play. All veterans and current military, police and fire personnel will receive two free tickets for the evening session.
- "Tennis Talk," March 6-15 at 12:30 p.m.: Hosts Wayne Bryan and Bud Collins will talk about players and matches with various guests at the Tennis Garden Village Stage.
- Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition, March 14: Top-ranked and Paralympic wheelchair tennis players will compete at the Tennis Garden.
- Tennis demo court and Tennis Warehouse player autographs, various: Attendees can try out equipment and get autographs in the Tennis Warehouse area.
For tickets and a complete list of promotions and entertainment, go to www.bnpparibasopen.com.
—City News Service.