Entertainment News Archives for 2021-06

Indiana State Fair announces Free Stage performance lineup For 2021

The Indiana State Fair today unveiled the 2021 list of all scheduled performers who will appear on the Indiana State Fair Free Stage July 30 through August 22 (Fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays).


All shows at the Indiana State Fair Free Stage are free with paid fair admission and seating is first-come, first-served.


The 2021 Indiana State Fair Free Stage lineup includes:

All artists, dates and times are subject to change without notice

  • State Fair Yacht Rock Night with Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall & Orleans presented by Yacht Rock Radio - Friday, July 30
  • John Waite and Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty, presented by IndianaRockHistory.com - Saturday, July 31
  • Mary Mary, presented by WTLC FM - Sunday, August 1
  • Josh Turner - Wednesday, August 4
  • Run Forrest Run, Ultimate 90s Party Band - Thursday, August 5
  • Noah Cyrus - Friday, August 6
  • Blanco Brown - Saturday, August 7
  • Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, presented by WTLC FM - Sunday, August 8
  • for KING & COUNTRY - Wednesday, August 11
  • TBA – Thursday, August 12
  • Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe - Friday, August 13
  • Home Free - Saturday, August 14
  • Casting Crowns - Sunday, August 15
  • Happy Together Tour featuring The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Classics IV, The Vogues, The Cowsills - Wednesday, August 18
  • Barracuda - America’s Heart Tribute - Thursday, August 19
  • The Beach Boys - Friday, August 20
  • Latino-Fest at the Indiana State Fair, presented by Radio Latina – featuring AK7, Banda Blanca and La sonora Dinamita de Colombia - Saturday, August 21
  • Gospel Music Festival with headliner Hezekiah Walker, presented by WTLC AM & FM - Sunday, August 22


The 2021 Indiana State Fair is scheduled to open on Friday, July 30 and runs through August 22, when you can enjoy The Greatest 18 Days of Summer at this iconic Hoosier tradition.


The Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.


The safety of our guests, staff, and community is our number one priority. Please follow CDC guidelines regarding wearing masks. There are no capacity restrictions for Free Stage concerts and no reserved seating.



Our Hospice 35th Annual Free Summer Concert featuring headliner, Yacht Rock Revue back live for 2021

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana proudly announces that Yacht Rock Revue, featuring Columbus locals, Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson, will be back this year to perform live at the Our Hospice 35thAnnual Free Summer Concert on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 4, 2021, starting at 6:30 PM.


Local band, 40 Years of College, will be this year’s opening act.


“We are very excited to bring back Yacht Rock Revue to perform live and in-person atMill Race Park. Last year, Yacht Rock Revue performed virtually from Atlanta due to the pandemic and many of our viewers requested an ENCORE for this crowd favorite,” said Laura Leonard, Our Hospice President.


“We were very pleased with the quality of the virtual show last year but very excited to have them in-person at Mill Race Park. Our Hospice is a not-for-profit, community based service that relies heavily on the generosity of our communities to support our largest fundraiser so we can continue to provide high-quality, palliative and end of life care for your family, friends and neighbors.”


“Our Hospice along with our presenters, Faurecia and Columbus Regional Health, want to make sure we continue to keep everyone safe this year. We will stay updated and follow CDC, Bartholomew County and Our Hospice guidelines at the event,” said Leonard.


“Last year, our concert team came up with some unique events to help celebrate prior to the concert. We are already making plans to bring some of these events back, the drive-thru baked cookie & raffle ticket sales and the popular American Legion Fish Fry, to help buildexcitement and anticipation for this year’s concert. The format of the concert will be more condensed and additional information and guidelines will be communicated to the public once we get closer to the concert date. We hope everyone will help in our efforts to make this a safe and fun event.”


“The health and safety of our community including those attending the Our Hospice Summer Concert are our top priorities,” said Bartholomew County Health Officer, Dr. Brian Niedbalski. “Our Hospice will be working directly with me and the Covid Task Force of Bartholomew County to ensure the health guidelines in place at the time of the concert are followed. It is exciting to bring back this long-standing tradition to Columbus and we ask that everyone attending comply with the guidelines and recommendations so we can all enjoy this annual event.”



Yacht Rock Revue will perform an evening of smooth songs from the 70’s and 80’s. This top-notch group of musicians has already rocked onstage with John Oates, Eddie Money (RIP), and both versions of the band Player. They’ve trademarked the term “yacht rock,” both metaphorically and literally (U.S. Registration Number 3834195). From humble beginnings in a basement, to touring in partnership with Live Nation and Sirius XM, they now headline sold-out shows across the country, from Webster Hall in New York to the Wiltern in L.A.


Yacht Rock Revue’s first original record is ten songs inspired by the smooth sounds of the Seventies and Eighties. They’ve brazenly titled it Hot Dads In Tight Jeans – forgive them for bragging, but that’s what they are – and it returns Yacht Rock Revue to their roots in original music. The band has been featured in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, CNN, and the Indy Star.   


The local connection, Nicholas Niespodziani and Peter Olson, met in the fourth grade in Columbus, Indiana, went on to Indiana University in the late nineties, and formed the band Y-O-U before launching Yacht Rock Revue.“We are thankful to Yacht Rock Revue members for their continued partnership in helping us make our summer concert an event that our communities can enjoy as we raise funds to further our mission,” said Leonard. “We are grateful for the on-going support of our concert presenters, Faurecia and Columbus Regional Health,” said Leonard.


After many years, 40 Years of College will be back on the Hospice stage as the Opening Act with guest vocalist, Janie Gordon. 40 Years of College started when college friends – who became doctors – decided to put a band together. When other musicians joined – who also happened to be doctors – the decision was made to name the band in reference to the combined time they spent in higher education. Since then, there have been a number of changes to the lineup, but the music has remained the same. Members include Mike Stiver (vocals), Dr. Roy Goode (guitars and vocals), Dr. Dave Larson (keyboards, guitars and vocals), Dr. Drew Robertson (keyboard, guitars, and vocals), Bob Caudell (bass), and Kevin Welsh (drums and vocals).  Janie Gordon is the formerChoral director at Columbus North High school and well known in Columbus for her involvement in the annual American Pie rock music/history concert every spring and with the Mill Race Theater Company musicals. She was a member of 40 YOC in the early days and has performed with the band on numerous occasions since.


We are currently soliciting sponsors, contributors and benefactors and everyone can purchase raffle tickets. If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Julie Davis at (812) 371-7973, jdavis3@crh.orgor make a donation “In Memory Of” or “In Honor Of” a friend, family member, or in appreciation of our staff members athttps://www.crh.org/hospiceconcert


To purchase $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win $10,000, please contact Tabitha Saltzman at (812) 662-3194, tsaltzman@crh.org, or purchase online at https://www.crh.org/hospiceraffle, direct debit only.