For the next six Thursday evenings, starting July 2, St. John’s Lutheran Ministries will host a free public concert featuring local and regional acts for the residents as well as Billings community members to enjoy.
Patrons will fill in the campus lawn, located at Rimrock and Shiloh roads, with blankets or lawn chairs facing the Fred and Marie Miller Pavilion, to revel in the live music and summer sun.
Following a barbecue at 6 p.m. for $7, the concerts start at 7 p.m. The 2009 lineup is as follows, with the featured act listed first and the opener, second:
July 2 – Rob Quist, White Hawk
July 9 – John Pierce, Yellowstone Brass Quintet
July 16 – Dave, Luke and Hannah Oltrogge (Blowin’ In The Wind – The Songs of Peter, Paul and Mary), Just The Two Of Us
July 23 – Andrea Peterman, Jerod Birchell and Trevor Krieger
July 30 – Midlife Chryslers, Jessica Lechner
August 6 – Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials (in partnership with Magic City Blues), XLT Country with Benny Milks
What is particularly striking about this concert series is the intentional gathering of people of all ages. With elderly residents lining the crowd’s border to toddlers dancing freely at the base of the pavilion, these concerts bring together a dynamic age group. And it is wonderful to see this, all because of music.
Within just the past few years, Saving Abel has scaled to a place of national recognition. “You know when you hear a song on the radio and you don’t know who it is, but you love it and feel like you’ve heard it before? That’s our band!” said lead singer Jared Weeks.
After Weeks and Jason Nulls (guitars) connected, co-wrote music, recorded a couple of singles and gradually formed a full band, Saving Abel’s single “Addicted” caught the ears of management at Virgin Records. Soon after, the band released its self-titled debut album on Virgin Records in March of 2008.
“Addicted” and “Drowning (Face Down),” singles on the album, received airplay across the country. “Addicted” also hit No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “18 Days” reached No. 6 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.
The band’s resulting widespread fame is wholly deserved. Saving Abel mixes the techniques and sounds of alternative, pop, hard rock and post-grunge music to create fully rounded and confident music. The five band members perform with an unparalleled passion that demands an equally energetic response.
There is also something about the music that defines it as professional. The band’s creative results are not afterthoughts, but the intentional creations of sweet or sour moods.
Along with Since October, Taddy Porter and Monty Are 1, Saving Abel will perform an all-ages show at the Shrine Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2.