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‘Crimson and Clover’ singer, group set for Aug. 31 Hospice show


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Tommy James and the Shondells will headline this year's Our Hospice of South Central Indiana concert on Aug. 31 at Mill Race Park. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Tommy James and the Shondells will headline this year's Our Hospice of South Central Indiana concert on Aug. 31 at Mill Race Park. SUBMITTED PHOTO


This year’s Hospice concert will be headlined by 1960s rockers Tommy James and the Shondells, whose hits include “Hanky Panky,” “Crimson and Clover” and “Mony Mony.”

The band, which has sold more than 100 million records and garnered 23 gold singles, will perform at Mill Race Park Aug. 31.

The gathering typically draws thousands to the Custer-Nugent Amphitheater and remains one of the county’s largest single-day events. This is its 27th year.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana hosts the event to raise funds for its work to support terminally ill patients and their families. Admission to the concert is free, but Hospice, a nonprofit organization, generates about $90,000 through sales of food, T-shirts and other items. The organization uses the funds to help cover expenses for services such as bereavement counseling to medication.

If you go

WHAT: 27th annual Our Hospice of South Central Indiana concert.

WHO: Tommy James and the Shondells, with opening band Groove Essential, of Indianapolis.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31.

WHERE: Mill Race Park’s Custer-Nugent Amphitheater.

ADMISSION: Free.

WILL INCLUDE: Sales of food, T-shirts and other items, fireworks.

Learn more

Find out about Tommy James and the Shondells, including the band’s history, recorded hit music and touring information at tommyjames.com

Indianapolis-based classic rock band Groove Essential will kick off the festivities at 6:30 p.m., and the night will end with fireworks.

Attendees also can purchase $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win $10,000.

Our Hospice President Sandy Carmichael also said in a news release that the organization hosts the event to give back to its communities.

“Since the first concert in 1987, it has been our primary goal to thank and recognize our communities for their continued support of our local, not-for-profit organization,” she said.

Organizers also said they hope for better weather for this year’s concert.

A severe storm forced the evacuation of Mill Race Park of about 10,000 people in 2011 before headliner Grand Funk Railroad took the stage.

Last year, weather forecasts prompted organizers to move the concert to Columbus North High School’s gymnasium.

Headliner Tommy James was born Thomas Jackson in Dayton, Ohio, in 1947.

His band released “Hanky Panky” in 1964, though it did not become a hit until two years later, when a disc jockey in Pittsburgh began playing it at weekend dances, according to tommyjames.com.

Although the band had its biggest hits in the 1960s, James has continued to produce new material throughout the decades.

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