Billy D & The Crystals plays courthouse concert

A well-known Breckenridge band will bring a variety of music from the 1950s to today to the Douglas County Courthouse lawn on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m.

Billy D & The Crystals say they are the longest running group in part of the country, having been formed in 1967, more than 50 years ago. That's when two brothers, Jay and Jan Vagt, began rocking with their dad and older brother in the family basement.

The band plays the most memorable songs in rock 'n roll history, including hits by Elvis, Buddy Holly, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who and Prince.

Organized by Red Willow Arts Coalition, the free concerts are sponsored by Anderson Funeral Home and Elden's Fresh Foods, as well as nightly sponsors.

Thursday's concert is sponsored by the Echo Press and West Central Sanitation and is the eighth in a series of weekly performances scheduled throughout the summer. Red Willow encourages concert-goers to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Proceeds from popcorn sales will support a new playground for Miltona Science Magnet School.

Agen to perform at Mount Carmel Ministries

Addison Agen, an emerging recording artist and runner-up on Season 13 of NBC's "The Voice," will be appearing live in an informal night of songs and stories at Mount Carmel Family Camp and Retreat Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, according to Mount Carmel's website.

Agen will be joined in this live show by her brother Korrigan and their mother, Kristine.

Since appearing on The Voice, Agen has received national attention and increasing performance opportunities. Most recently she and Korrigan opened four concerts for Bob Seger.

Agen will share many of the songs from an album to be released in the fall.

All proceeds from the event will go toward Mount Carmel.

Dance club hosts The Velvet Brass

The Velvet Brass will be playing from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood. This popular and versatile local band plays danceable tunes from many eras. Bandleader John "Duffy" Morton, on trombone and trumpet, keyboardist Brent Cochran and saxophonist Chuck Wencl, who all share vocals, will be joined by well-known local drummer Bill Engebretson.

The dance is sponsored by the Lakeside Dance Club. For more information, visit, or call Barbara Benson, 320-763-6432

Handbell ensemble to perform

Strikepoint, a Duluth-based handbell ensemble, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at the Church of St. Mary, 420 Irving St. in Alexandria. Admission is free but a $15 donation is suggested. This performance is part of the group's 2019 summer tour.

Strikepoint, from First United Methodist Church in Duluth, began in 1984 and has been touring annually since 1986. Their travels have taken them to England, Scotland, Japan, Hong Kong, Sweden, Canada, Hawaii and throughout the mainland U.S., with performances in four national capitals.

The 11-member ensemble, which has no director, performs a variety of styles. A boisterous Macedonian folk tune may follow a Duke Ellington swing or a pensive meditation on the Passion Chorale.

Strikepoint's recordings have been featured on National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio and other nationally broadcast programs. Itts newest recording, Reflections, is described as "music to calm the mind and restore the spirit," which has been used for meditation, yoga and music therapy.