Hoosier pop-rock singer Henry Lee Summer, best-known for upbeat, feel-good hits such during the late 1980s — especially 1988’s “I Wish I Had a Girl” — will play a free, outdoor concert Saturday.

The event, at the Columbus Moose Lodge No. 398, Eighth and Washington streets, will benefit two charities through donations of money and toys.

  • The Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund provides gifts for youngsters of struggling families at Christmas.
  • Wish For Our Heroes is a national veterans outreach that has served veterans in Bartholomew County.

Brian Holbrook, a concert organizer for the lodge, remembers seeing Summer in the performer’s heyday when he had three different songs on the charts, including “Hands On the Radio” from 1988 and¬†“Hey Baby” from 1989.

Holbrook figures Summer, who has performed in Columbus before, still boasts a fairly loyal following.

Summer has opened for nationally touring acts such as Chicago, Don Henley and The Doobie Brothers.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.