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The Old Hippies, Kay McDonald, center, and Bill McDonald, right, are shown performing Vincent Pastore, left, who has joined the Old Hippies during recent shows.

The Old Hippies are getting an early start this afternoon for its 29th "Home to Home" concert, which will be presented live from Darien Center and also online.

Kay and Bill McDonald, who perform as the Old Hippies, are joined again by Vincent Pastore.

Today's concert, scheduled to begin around 3:30 p.m., comes from My Saloon, 1928 Broadway Ave., Darien Center. The concert will be livestreamed on Bill McDonald's Facebook page. Here is a link to today's performance.

Bill and Kay have been presenting a series of Saturday night performances since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The concerts began from the living room of their Florida home and later included a handful of outings streamed from Florida-area venues.

The duo has been playing Saturday nights from their home in Batavia since returning to the area in early July, with several recent concerts presented live on location.

The full title of the concert series is called "Be Kind to One Another Home to Home Concert Series."

"Our purpose has been and will continue to bring some music, peace, love, entertainment and good vibes through our music from our home/location to yours/location," Bill McDonald said.

Singing, dancing and playing along at home is encouraged.

The performances are designed to connect folks who are unable to go out to concerts and other arts programs due to closures and limits on large gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our purpose has been and will continue to bring some music, peace, love, entertainment and good vibes through our music from our home/location to yours/location,” Bill McDonald said.

The McDonalds have been joined in recent weeks by Vincent Pastore. They play a selection of ‘60s favorites across a variety of genres.

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