Brian’s picks – August 31

1) I agree with Blue Öyster Cult original member and guitarist Eric Bloom: You’ve got to admire the band for still successfully touring after 45 years in a business and industry often with an uber-short attention span. The group, featuring one other original member, is the featured act for the 31st Annual Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Labor Day weekend concert Saturday at Mill Race Park. The concert begins with brief remarks at 6:30 p.m., followed by opening ensemble The Woomblies Rock Orchestra at 7 p.m. and the headliners at 8:30 p.m.

2) If you liked piano man Tony DeSare with only a bass player and guitarist when he was among the early performers for the Cabaret at The Commons series in 2015, chances are good that you’ll love him with the entire Columbus Indiana Philharmonic behind him. He adds a definite jazzy-pop vibe to the orchestra’s season-opening concert featuring music from piano mainstays ranging from Elton John to Billy Joel at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Columbus East High School auditorium. Information and tickets: 812-376-2638; thecip.org.

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