Hospice concert tickets now on sale for Aug. 31 event

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The Woomblies Rock Orchestra will headline the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana concert Aug. 31.

Nearly 3,000 tickets for the 38th Annual Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Labor Day Weekend concert are now available at $10 apiece for the 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 event.

Though sales began only a few days ago, organizers say they’re still expecting a sellout for the triple bill of regional acts at Circle K Fieldhouse at NexusPark, 2224 25th St. in Columbus.

Tickets are available at https://ourhospice.org/concert. Attendees must provide their own seating.

“We would love for people to go ahead and buy now while they’re still available,” said Julie Davis, the agency’s manager of events and volunteer services.

This year’s concert features a beer garden for the first time. No coolers or outside food or drinks will be permitted.

Early acts are bluesy singer/songwriter Jennie DeVoe, long a favorite here and statewide (she has opened for national acts such as Sting, Joe Cocker and Lucinda Williams), and The RockShow: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey and Indianapolis-based headliners The Woomblies Rock Orchestra, which has opened twice before at the hospice concert to ample positive feedback.

Plus, a smaller version of The Woomblies has performed at a range of past local events, such as JCB Neighborfest. Besides tunes from The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd and others, the orchestra version is best known for its covers of unusual rock classics such as Electric Light Orchestra’s “Living Thing,” complete with a strings section and strong vocal harmonies among multiple vocalists.

Steph Cain, Our Hospice president, sees the newly-formatted, indoor event as a positive step. In the past decade, the agency has battled inclement weather several times at Mill Race Park downtown up until showtime and rainouts, including the 2022 show. Dealing with the the elements is challenging enough for full-time concert promoters, but even tougher for a non-profit medical organization organizing such a large and detailed event, hospice leaders have reminded people.

“The changes to this year’s venue and musical lineup will ensure that we make every moment count with memories that will last a lifetime,” Cain said online.

“Make Every Moment Count” is the motto of the nonprofit hospice, considered the state’s first such agency.

The concert is the agency’s largest fundraiser of the year, providing support for the almost 300 patients and their families facing life-limiting illnesses and cared for in 22 counties in south central Indiana.

Last year’s concert before an estimated 6,000 people with pop headliner Sister Hazel netted an estimated $139,000.

In related fundraising news, concert T-shirts designed by the local Tony London Company will be available soon for $20. Plus, the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 741 at 930 Washingt0n St,. in downtown Columbus is hosting a fundraising fish fry — for donations of any amount to Our Hospice — from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 19. Organizers have said that meals of fish, macaroni and cheese, and baked beans have a $10 minimum value.

Get concert tickets

At https://ourhospice.org/concert/

To futher help hospice, a fundraising fish fry will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 19 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 741 at 930 Washington St. in downtown Columbus.