The Alexandria Senior Center will kick off its 2019-2020 season of Sunday afternoon music performances with ParaDocx on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Sunday performances run from 2-3:30 p.m. except for the fourth Sunday of each month, when the time shifts to accommodate dancing.
ParaDocx is made up of two retired physicians, Dr. Bill Glade and Dr. John Emblom. Their band debuted at the senior center in March, and their music ranges from Hank Williams to Pink Floyd.
The Sunday afternoon sessions provide performance opportunities for older musicians, many of them professionals, or else retirees who finally have the time to pursue music, said organizer Kathryn LeBrasseur. Some groups comprise several generations of one family.
To provide the ultimate in background and facilities for these artists, several fundraisers are held each year, she said. Lighting and sound equipment are also receiving improvements.
“To many seniors, Sunday afternoons are considered to be the loneliest days of the week,” LeBrasseur said. “Especially if they do not have family available. This also holds true of many of various ages, especially those with special needs.”
She added, “Music is a healer. It is something one can enjoy, even if alone. Music enhances memories and it is always interesting to see some of the group home residents able to sing along to every number.”
The program is free and open to all ages. A free-will offering helps defray the costs of the artists involved, and simple concessions are available.
The senior center’s fall lineup for Sunday is as follows:
Sept. 15: ParaDocx - Glade & Emblom
Sept. 22: Julie Lee (1-3 p.m.) Dance
Sept. 29: St. Patrick’s Day Party with Mikko & Friends
Oct. 6: Donnie Brang
Oct. 13: North Door Jam
Oct. 20: Mikko - Crooner’s Tunes
Oct. 27: Loose Change Band - Dance
Nov. 3: Sellin, Wallace, Rousu
Nov. 10: Schjei Country
Nov. 17: Doug Tatge & Friends Gospel Sing-a-Long
Nov. 24: Gary Gylsen & North Country Band - Dance
Dec. 1: Schjei Country
Dec. 8: Tatge & Cochran Sound Idea
Dec. 15: Tim & Kathy Ray Scenes & Songs
Dec. 22: Katy’s Swing Band Benefit at Andrea