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Billings Clinic Classic will “Alter” plans for annual summer-concert fundraiser

Posted at 6:56 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:48:53-04

It’s the summer party here in Billings. Good food, drinks and top entertainment all to help a local cause and better the health care in our community.

It’s the Billings Clinic Classic, and although the Alberta Bair Theater is torn up for a massive remodel, the 2019 Classic will go on.

“Alter” is a key word for both of Monday’s big announcements.

Alter Ego will headline entertainment at the Street Party on Broadway for the 2019 Billings Clinic Classic on Aug. 24. The theme of this year’s Classic street party is Urban Classic, playing on the street party setting and classic downtown Billings elements. Proceeds will benefit the Sustainable Fund for the Psychiatric Services Residency Program at Billings Clinic, Montana’s first and only psychiatry residency program.

Alter Ego, from Montreal, Canada, is a top North American party band. It is a non-stop all-dance repertoire featuring the best of 70’s disco, 80’s rock, 90’s pop and the hit songs of the new millennium. With seven lead singer/dancers and 95 dazzling costume changes, the group puts on a show like no other.

Featuring seven talented singers and dancers, and three of the best musicians Canada has to offer, Alter Ego tours the world performing at prestigious parties and events.

Kicking off the evening will be up-and-coming band Arterial Drive, who will perform during a festive cocktail pre-party. Arterial Drive is a six-member band from Billings.  With over 200 shows performed in 2018, Arterial Drive takes pride in the “tightness” of their songs. Audiences are captivated by the unique sound that includes sax, violin, piano and trumpet blending perfectly with sweet vocal harmonies and a conventional rock and roll rhythm section.

The 2019 Classic will be held outside on Broadway, between Third Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North. This location has been an integral part of the Classic for more than 20 years and has become synonymous with the annual fundraiser and celebration.

Billings Clinic Classic tickets range in price from $100-$200. The $200 ticket includes a pre-concert street party with heavy hors d’oeuvres and hosted refreshments with music by Arterial Drive, the Alter Ego performance and a post-concert party with elegant desserts. The $100 tickets include the concert and post-concert event.

The Classic is the major annual fundraising event for Billings Clinic. Other Classic events feature a Women’s Golf Tournament at the Laurel Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 16; an Open Golf Tournament at the Powder Horn in Wyoming on Thursday, Aug. 22; and Open Golf Tournaments at the Briarwood Country Club and the Laurel Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 23.

Public ticket sales begin Tuesday, June 11 at 8:30 a.m. and can be purchased by calling (406) 657-4670 or visiting the Billings Clinic Foundation at 2917 10th Ave. N.