Magic City Blues kicked off Saturday night with a refreshing rock performance by Not Your Boyfriend’s Band, who got the crowd moving despite the stifling heat.
Later, the crowd grooved to the captivating and unique sounds of local group Arterial Drive.
This year, a portion of ticket sales went to Kelker’s Kids, which provides financial support for children and their families undergoing cancer treatment.
At the event it was announced that $25,000 in total was raised through ticket sales and matching funds. “We are proud as can be, said Tim Goodridge, who, along with his wife, Pam, founded Magic City Blues. “This is one of the most special accomplishments that we’ve done as a family,” continued Tim Goodridge.
The couple’s son, Will, underwent cancer treatments at age 14 for leukemia and received financial support from Kelker’s Kids. Dr. Paul Kelker, a pediatric oncologist associated with Billings Clinic established Kelker’s Kids to aid families during the difficult battle with cancer. Funds from Kelker’s Kids have assisted families in paying for travel to and from cancer treatments as well as providing for basic necessities. Kelker’s Kids also supports opportunities for youngsters with cancer to socialize and feel like kids again.
Over 7,000 attendees were expected to line the streets of Billings’ downtown at this year’s Magic City Blues.