Pay to See REO Speedwagon with Blood

Promotion with Riverbend, Holy Grail at The Banks and Hoxworth Blood Center can also net you tickets to see a Jeff Beck/Paul Rodgers/Ann Wilson concert, as well as a Holy Grail gift card

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This summer, Riverbend Music Center has been trading concert tickets… for blood!

OK, it’s not as vampiric as it sounds. The popular Cincinnati music venue has teamed up with the Hoxworth Blood Center to give away tickets to those donating blood for medical purposes. Hoxworth serves 31 hospitals throughout the region and receives more than 70,000 units of blood from donors every year.

The partnership’s latest endeavor gets The Holy Grail Tavern & Grille at The Banks involved. Anyone who donates at the Aug. 1 blood drive at The Banks receives a free lawn ticket to the Aug. 8 Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers concert at Riverbend (also featuring opener Ann Wilson of Heart)  or a lawn ticket to the Aug. 10 Chicago/REO Speedwagon concert at Riverbend (singer/songwriter Michael Tolcher opens that one). Everyone who donates also gets a $5 gift card to use at The Holy Grail.

To score the goods — and, more importantly, give of yourself in a very important way — Hoxworth’s “Donor Bus” will be parked in front of The Holy Grail at The Banks from noon-6 p.m. on Aug. 1. Those planning to donate are encouraged to schedule an appointment here (the link also has further instructions, requirements and restrictions).


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