Indy Colts owner Jim Irsay shares pop culture pieces with Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) – From Muhammad Ali fighting shoes worn by The Thrilla in Manila to Ringo Starr’s Beatles drum kit used in “The Ed Sullivan Show”, relics of American history and popular culture will be on display in downtown Austin Thursday night.

The memorabilia are part of the personal collection of Indianapolis Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay, which includes items of all genres, from music and pop culture to sports and American history.

The private event will present, among others, the following artifacts:

  • Sunglasses, bust of John Lennon
  • Jerry Garcia’s 1979 Doug Irwin “Tiger” Guitar
  • The prince’s yellow cloud guitar
  • Muhammad Ali’s Worn Combat Shoes, The Thrilla in Manila
  • Original manuscript of the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Letters signed by Former US Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln

Besides the relics, the event will also feature music from the Jim Irsay Band with Mike Wanchic (John Mellencamp) on guitar; Mike Mills (REM) on bass; Tom Bukovac on guitar; Kenny Wayne Shepherd on blues guitar; Kenny Aronoff (Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones) on drums and Austin-based Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Los Lonely Boys) on keys.

Austin is the last stop in Irsay’s collection. He recently exhibited items while previewing exhibits in Nashville and Washington, DC Irsay is shopping for a permanent museum site to display his collection.



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