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Rain threat moves Picnic with the Pops performance inside

August 19, 2018

HUNTINGTON — With a forecast of rain Saturday, Aug. 18, the Huntington Symphony Orchestra has decided to move its final Picnic with the Pops concert from Harris Riverfront Park indoors to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

HSO Executive Director Hogan Haas said after looking at the forecast, organizers had to make the move for the special concert with the 50-member HSO under the direction of Kimo Furumoto and featuring special guests the First Ladies of Disco.

“We had to move inside because it is an 80 to 90 percent chance of rain all day tomorrow and we’ve already had so much rain today, the stage area would be soaked,” Haas said Friday. “Even at 8 p.m., there is a 65 percent chance of rain, and nobody’s hair and disco getup looks good in the rain.”

Haas said doors will open at the arena at 5 p.m., followed by pre-concert entertainment from 6 to 7 p.m., with the orchestra performing at 8 p.m.

Concert-goers do have to follow typical arena security measures. Concert-goers are allowed to bring any food they would like; however, they cannot bring their own alcohol into the arena. The arena does plan on having some of its concessions open, including alcohol sales.

Haas said there will be a dance floor for the concert, which features the First Ladies of Disco — Linda Clifford (“Red Light”), Martha Wash (“It’s Raining Men” and the 1990 dance hit “Everybody Dance Now”) and Norma Jean Wright, from the disco band Chic.

Haas said he is hoping everyone will come inside for a great concert. He said they had already sold out of tables as well as reserved seats for the outdoor show. There will be some $20 general admission tickets available at the door.

“It’s going to be a great concert, and I think it will be packed,” Haas said.

The symphony concert is one of several weekend events moved indoors or postponed because of rain this weekend. Thursday’s Marshall Pep Rally at Pullman Square was moved to next week, while Friday’s Diamond Teeth Mary Blues Fest was canceled and Charleston’s Live on the Levee moved indoors to the Municipal Auditorium.

Go online at www.facebook.com/firstladiesofdiscoshow/and firstladiesofdiscoshow.com/to find out more about the First Ladies of Disco. More information on the HSO can be found at huntingtonsymphony.org and by calling 304-781-8343.

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