Indiana will again host a Christmas concert this year at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
“Feel The Love — Celebrating a B.E. Taylor Christmas,” presented by S&T Bank, will be held Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The show will benefit Renda Broadcasting’s 39th annual Teddy Bear Fund Drive. As in the past, a pre-concert show will start at 6:15 p.m.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is sponsoring the “Christmas in July Ticket Launch.” Customers purchasing tickets will receive a complimentary ticket to the Pittsburgh Zoo, good through July 31, 2019 (maximum of eight complimentary tickets per order). Supplies are limited to 500 zoo tickets.
Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Kovalchick Complex box office, online at iuptix.com or by calling (800) 514-3849. Tickets are priced at $50, $37 and $32.
“The B.E. Taylor Christmas concerts quickly became a holiday musical tradition here in Indiana County and from 2012 to 2015, we attracted well over 10,000 fans who just loved it,” Mark Bertig, Renda vice president and general manager of broadcasting, said in a news release. “And now to have B.C. Taylor carry on the tradition and legacy that his father built, and keep B.E.’s special ‘Taylorized renditions’ that became so immensely popular alive, personally I don’t think there could be a more appropriate and lasting tribute.”
B.C. Taylor, the band’s drummer, vocalist and tour leader, is hoping he can carry on the legacy his father left.
B.E. Taylor passed away in 2016.
“Last year’s ‘tribute show’ was very special for so many reasons, and now we are all fired up to be coming back to Indiana,” B.C. Taylor said in the release. “We had an incredible response when we came to Indiana the first time in 2012, and it had grown every year.
“The sound in the KCAC is unreal, the glow sticks, and the energy from the crowd. Indiana really blew it out of the park, and you really can’t top what we had built up. There was an electric atmosphere and we are hoping that together, we can re-create that this year.
“We’ll have some wrinkles and surprises that we think fans will like, but most of all we will have the full cast of musicians and vocalists that performed with Dad. I believe many fans remember Jeff Jimerson, Rick Witkowski, Hermie Granati, and they will all be there. However, we will be bringing back some band members that performed with us through the years. These guys were all my dad’s best friends, and now they are mine, too, and we embrace that.”
All of the proceeds will benefit the Teddy Bear Fund Drive, which has generated nearly $3 million for the Indiana Regional Medical Center Pediatric Unit and the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.