The Kansan Grill is hosting the In/Out Reunion Show and Cancer Benefit with Silent Auction on May 21.

Back when Topeka’s reigning kings of 80’s pop and roll, Nucklehead Jones, was still in High School, the band In/Out was blowing the roof off clubs and bars here in T-Town. Performing an eclectic mix of original material alongside some now classic tunes like One Thing Leads to Another by the Fixx, New Girl Now by Honeymoon Suite, Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil, Why Can’t I Be You by the Cure and Two Tribes by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, In/Out performed a professional show and was one of the most in-demand bands of that time.

But like most bands in this or any day and age, they split up, went their own ways, did some exciting things, and lived their lives. John Kinsch and lighting engineer Scott Crider went on to work with Garth Brooks and Martina McBride while other members moved to such exotic locations like Seattle, Boise and Kansas City.

Eventually all the members of In/Out made their way back to Topeka to be closer to family members, and every once in awhile they’d get together and talk about doing a reunion. But it wasn’t until recently when that talk became a reality and a really important motivation for the band to get back together. As Scott explains in the band’s press release:

. . . Duff Tuell’s wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor and then passed away after a long struggle, leaving behind their beautiful daughter. Then, John’s sister was diagnosed with Leukemia and passed away last year. Somewhere in the middle one of our mutual friends died of breast cancer . . .it became obvious . . .We needed to get together for a reunion show that would benefit the American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge, one of the facilities that Duff’s wife and John’s sister used during treatment.

So on May 21, Mark Hodges, guitar; John Kinsch, bass; Doug Gragson, vocals; Bill Kampsen, drums, and Duff Tuell, keyboards, accompanied by Scott Crider, will once again take the stage as In/Out to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge in Kansas City.

A silent auction is also planned featuring items from Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks along with other celebrities and retailers. The silent auction will begin at 6 p.m.

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge is a place for patients who travel for treatment to stay for free, to lessen the financial burden.

Nestled downtown in the quaint Quality Hill district, the Hope Lodge in Kansas City provides a home away from home for cancer patients who have traveled from out of town for treatment. For 365 days a year, the Hope Lodge provides patients with easy access to some of the nation’s leading medical institutions while offering a caring, community environment during their stay.

For more information on the Hope Lodge, visit or call 1.800.227.2345

Tickets are on sale for the event at the Kansan Grill, Steam Music and the Kansas Guitar Exchange for $10 and are limited to the first 250 sold. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $12. Free parking will be available at the Crosby Place parking garage near 8th and Kansas the night of the show.

If you can not attend, but would like to make a donation, send it to the following address:

IN/OUT Reunion and Cancer Benefit

c/o Scott Crider

1905 SW High Ave

Topeka, Kansas 66604

What Is Cancer?

Cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases in which cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Although there are many kinds of cancer, they all start because abnormal cells grow out of control. Untreated cancers can cause serious illness and even death.

How cancer starts

Cancer starts when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control. There are many kinds of cancer, but they all start because of out-of-control growth of abnormal cells.

Cancer cell growth is different from normal cell growth. Instead of dying, cancer cells continue to grow and form new, abnormal cells. Cancer cells can also invade (grow into) other tissues, something that normal cells cannot do. Growing out of control and invading other tissues are what makes a cell a cancer cell.

People can inherit damaged DNA, but most DNA damage is caused by mistakes that happen while the normal cell is reproducing or by something in our environment. Sometimes the cause of the DNA damage is something obvious, like cigarette smoking. But often no clear cause is found.

In most cases the cancer cells form a tumor. Some cancers, like leukemia, rarely form tumors. Instead, these cancer cells involve the blood and blood-forming organs and circulate through other tissues where they grow.

How cancer spreads

Cancer cells often travel to other parts of the body, where they begin to grow and form new tumors that replace normal tissue. This process is called metastasis. It happens when the cancer cells get into the bloodstream or lymph vessels of our body.

How common is cancer?

Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes.

Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer. The risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by changes in a person’s lifestyle, for example, by quitting smoking, limiting time in the sun, being physically active, and eating a better diet. The sooner a cancer is found and treated, the better the chances are for living for many years.

For more information about cancer, please contact The American Cancer Society anytime, day or night at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

[May 2011 | Robin Cremer | photo courtesy of In/Out]

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