American Idol Icon William Hung to Audition at ‘Jockey Box Hero’ Craft Beer Karaoke Event in Indianapolis on Saturday, August 12th

American Idol Icon William Hung to Audition at ‘Jockey Box Hero’ Craft Beer Karaoke Event in Indianapolis on Saturday, August 12th

For Immediate Release:  William Hung is coming out of retirement. The former icon of American Idol fame has announced his first trip to Indianapolis where he will once again be singing at an audition, but this time craft beer will also be a focus.

Hung has agreed to participate in Indiana On Tap’s Inaugural ‘Jockey Box Hero’ Craft Beer Tasting & Live Band Karaoke Competition on August 12th at The Hatch, the event co-host, in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis.

This much-anticipated outdoor event will feature approximately 20 Indianapolis-area breweries offering unlimited samples of their beer during the event—but there’s much more. The event will also play host to a large scale, live band karaoke competition on a 40’ state-of-the-art stage with contestants auditioning with songs they select.

Each contestant will be judged in an ‘American Idol style’ format by the celebrity cast from Indianapolis’s #1 Morning Show, WZPL’s Smiley Morning Show. By the end of the event, Indianapolis’s first ‘Jockey Box Hero’ will be crowned.

“This event will be unlike any event Indianapolis has ever seen,” noted Justin Knepp, Indiana On Tap Founder. “Like all of our events, the craft beer and unlimited samples from our local breweries will be exceptional, but the entertainment of the live band karaoke auditions and the VIP experience we also have planned will truly make it something the city will be talking about for a long time,” he added.

William Hung gained global fame in 2004 as a result of his off-key audition performance of Ricky Martin’s hit song “She Bangs” on the third season of one of television’s all-time most popular shows. And as fate would have it, it will be the same song he will audition with at the event.

“I am excited to visit Indianapolis for the first time to re-perform the song ‘She Bangs’ as part of my audition,” Hung shared with his announcement.

Hung will be making the long trip for the audition from his hometown of Los Angeles, California where he currently resides. He now focuses on public speaking to help people break their barriers by speaking out about their feelings, ideas, and visions. He does this by sharing how he overcame his own adversity with his American Idol journey.

So what is a jockey box, you might be asking? A jockey box is an insulated container that craft breweries often use to cool and serve beer to attendees at events. The event name is a play on words from the popular 1981 song “Juke Box Hero,” made famous by the band Foreigner.

To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit

To relive Hung’s now epic American Idol audition, please visit


About Indiana On Tap

Indiana On Tap is an Indianapolis-based craft beer media, marketing and events company. Founded in 2013, their digital properties comprise the largest and premier resource for Indiana craft beer news, editorials, events, information and more. In 2015, they launched The Tasting Society Marketplace, Indiana’s premier craft beer membership and rewards program. To learn more about Indiana On Tap or the Tasting Society Marketplace, visit


About The Hatch

The Hatch was designed by creative professionals to be a new, better way to work. A place where you are surrounded by inspiration and energized by the environment. It is ideal for freelancers, work-from-home professionals, on-the-go executives, entrepreneurs, creative professionals and small businesses. The Hatch is located in Broad Ripple, right in the heart of Indianapolis’s creative community. And there are no long-term leases—just monthly memberships. To learn more, visit


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