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Two days after releasing details on its June 6-7 state convention in Fort Wayne, the Indiana Republican Party confirmed Wednesday that singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins will perform for delegates and their guests.

Loggins will have a concert at Embassy Theatre at 8 p.m. June 7.

Loggins, 66, is best known for hit songs in the 1970s and ’80s, including “Whenever I Call You Friend,” “Keep the Fire,” “This Is It,” “I’m Alright” from the film “Caddyshack” and “Footloose” from the film of the same title.

He won Grammy awards in 1981 for “This Is It” and a year earlier for co-writing the Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes.”

With Jim Messina, Loggins was part of the 1970s musical duo Loggins and Messina. They were known for the songs “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “House at Pooh Corner” and “Angry Eyes.”

These days, Loggins is a member of the country-music trio Blue Sky Riders.

“The Kenny Loggins concert will be the grand finale for what promises to be the best Indiana GOP Convention ever,” Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine said Wednesday in a statement.

Nearly 1,800 delegates will choose Republican nominees for state auditor, secretary of state and treasurer at the convention, which will be at Grand Wayne Center. This is the first time the state GOP has scheduled its convention outside Indianapolis.