The legendary 1970’s American progressive rock band “Kansas” will headline the 2014 Our Hospice Concert over Labor Day weekend at Mill Race Park, Columbus. The free community concert on Aug. 30 is Our Hospice’s largest fundraiser to benefit patients with an advanced illness and their families.
The 28th annual concert is sponsored by Faurecia and Columbus Regional Health, and is supported by the Columbus Area Arts Council.
“Kansas” is best known for their stellar hits “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry on Wayward Son.”
“Kansas” band members who will take center stage at the Aug. 30 concert are: Phil Ehart (drums, percussion), one of the original members who formed the group in 1970 in his hometown of Topeka, Kansas; Richard Williams (guitars) and Steve Walsh (keyboards, synthesizers, percussion and vocals), who joined Ehart and “Kansas” in 1973; and Billy Greer (bass, vocals), who joined the group in 1985; and David Ragsdale (violin, guitars, vocals (1991-97, 2006-present).
In 2013, “Kansas” celebrated their 40th anniversary as a band, and per their website, their first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974: “From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so.”
“Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the early ‘70’s, what seemed to be “different,” was actually ahead of its time … the band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (including Leftoverture and Best of Kansas), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’ The band appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Their hit “Carry on Wayward Son” was the #2 most-played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997.”