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5 things to know: Hospice Concert

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Organizers expect nostalgia to be as thick as the summer humidity for today’s free, 28th annual Our Hospice of South Central Indiana concert at 6 p.m. at Mill Race Park, Fifth and Lindsey streets in downtown Columbus. Here are five things to know:


Headlining singer Dennis DeYoung (pictured) boasts a string of hits as lead singer of Styx and as a solo artist. DeYoung takes the stage at 8:30 p.m., after Mayan Miscalculation at 6:15 p.m. and 40 Years of College at 7 p.m.


People who attend have a chance to support hospice’s mission, which is helping patients with advanced illness and their families face grief. The concert is free, but you can empower hospice’s work by buying raffle tickets, T-shirts, food and souvenirs. Hospice aims to raise more than $100,000 for its cause.


Organizers love classic rock but don’t want to hear the 1970 hit, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” this or any year. The past three concerts were either aborted, moved or canceled because of rain, resulting in less funds raised. But this year, hospice has purchased rain insurance. Good thing, as rain is possible.


Be sure to gear up. Picnic baskets and coolers rock when it comes to outdoor concerts. If it’s legal, hospice allows you to bring whatever you wish into the park. The only exceptions are pets and

lit cigarettes.


Since the park features no permanent seating of its own, at least not on the north or back side of the stage, you must bring your own chair or a blanket, or else sit on the ground. You may stake out your spot as early as you like.

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