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June 15, 2013


Elvis impersonations, musical variety and a wedding proposal were all a part of the kickoff week for the Bismarck-Mandan Summer Concert series.

Dykshoorn Park in Mandan attracted a crowd filled with families, friends, children and even family pets for the show Thursday.

The night featured artist Johnny Vincent, whose show included musical favorites as well as a second half dedicated to Elvis Presley, costume and all. During a break in the concert, the audience was able to witness a man propose to his girlfriend, adding a round of cheers.

Concert organizers helped organize the marriage proposal, but didn't know the names of the couple.

The series began Monday and a variety of music will be free to the public every Monday through Thursday until Aug. 15.

Musical entertainment throughout the summer will include, concert bands, choral groups, jazz, rock, country, pop, folk, bluegrass and much more.

When Vicky and Dean Altringer of Bismarck aren't watching the Minnesota Twins play, they like to come out and enjoy the live music the concert series offers. "We like the variety of music,"Vicky Altringer said. "It's something to do that doesn't cost anything."

The couple have been attending the event for four or five years and they come to listen to the live music about three times a week.

Dean Altringer said they prefer the outdoor atmosphere rather than a bar.

"It gives musicians a way to get out and showcase their talents,"he said.

The summer night allowed people to sit in the benched seating area as well as on lawn chairs they brought along while they clapped and sang along to the familiar tunes.

Three friends from Bismarck spent the night enjoying the music together.

Berny Schuh and Irene Rankin have made it out to the summer concerts many times in the past years, but it was Victoria Nelson's first time Thursday.

"I've been thinking about coming for a while and couldn't say no to the invite," she said. "I've been so impressed so far."

Schuh and Rankin agreed that the music is why they keep coming back year after year.

"It's free entertainment with a nice setting and a great variety of music,"Schuh said.

A different artist, band and style of music will be offered from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday through Thursday at the Dykshoorn Park bandshell.

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