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Indiana Black Expo moves concert indoors over weather concerns

July 19, 2018

Indiana Black Expo is moving its free Summer Celebration concert indoors Friday because of a threat of severe weather.

The move, announced Thursday, means no more than 8,000 people will be able to attend the 6 p.m. show at the Indiana Convention Center, in contrast to the potential of drawing a crowd nearly four times larger. Outdoor shows on the American Legion Mall have drawn crowds estimated at 30,000 in recent years.

It also means concert-goers must obtain complimentary tickets that were distributed Thursday convention center box office. More tickets will be distributed Friday. Each person can receive two tickets to the show featuring Stephanie Mills, After 7 and Loose Ends.

Unlike outdoor shows, attendees may not bring their own food or drinks, which will be sold at the convention center.

Stormy conditions in 2015 damaged the stage and prompted a cancellation of the free concert.

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