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West End Concert Entertains Young, Old

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Alive After Five might be a very well-known live music event for the Magic City, but it is just one of a number of events Billings residents can enjoy during the summer.

Thursday evening, people packed the Saint John's Lutheran Ministries' campus on the West End for some timeless classic songs, performed by a band. While the event might have had the silver-haired population in mind, it nevertheless drew a younger crowd who would otherwise listen to songs by Coldplay or One Direction.

"We kind of grew up listening to the oldies with our parents and grandparents," said Erin Thompson, one of the attendees of the St. John's Lutheran Ministries Summer Concert Series. She was there with her parents and her sister, Amber Lewandowski, who drove up from Colorado to visit the family.

"We drove in today from Colorado, and as soon as we got to town, my parents said 'We packed the car. Everything's ready. We're going down to St. John's to hear music,'" said Amber.

This year's concert has a significant meaning for the ministries, as it celebrates 50 years of service.

"When we started the concert 16 years ago, it was really as a way to engage the residents and family in live music," said St. John's Lutheran Ministries Foundation Executive Director Shelley Pierce. She said the concert has grown over the years.

"You can see young and old alike, people coming from all different ages," said Shelley.

"It's always, like, the elderly couples and the little kids out dancing," said Erin.

For some, the songs performed at the concert could even be therapeutic.

"We've heard stories of it sparking memories for residents who are Dementia-ridden, or have Alzheimer's. They've heard a song, and it just sparks something in them," said Shelley.

However, at the very least, it was a night of fun for the whole family.

"We have three different generations here that can enjoy it, as opposed to just the younger group," said Erin.

There are four more concerts planned this summer, with local band Midlife Chryslers performing July 25th.

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