(KNSI) – After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the fifth annual Rock for Alzheimer concert is returning to Bad Habit Brewing in St. Joseph. Event organizer Tommy Vee expects a party mood.
“Because we missed last year with COVID, there just seems to be a lot more excitement in the air. It’s really a really fun day. “
This year’s performance is Sunday September 12th and features Tommy Vee’s band “The Killer Vees” with Jeff and Matt Vee. Other bands include Slip Twister, Collective Unconscience, and performances by the School of Rock.
Along with the entertainment, Vee says, it’s a day to help families struggling with the challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
“It’s really designed for the caregiver. And we encourage people to jump up, grab a microphone, and share a little bit of their story about why they’re there. And they are all different. You’d think we’re dealing with the widespread disease and the stories are similar, but they’re not. They’re different.”
During the concert there are several times where people can share their stories and struggles with Alzheimer’s. The concert is a fundraiser that also brings awareness and education about the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter will be there to provide resources to families with someone recently diagnosed with the disease. The concert is free, but voluntary donations are accepted, and all proceeds go to the St. Cloud office of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The concert was launched by Tommy Vee and his family in 2015, a few years after their father, legendary musician Bobby Vee, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Bobby Vee died of the disease in October 2016.
More information on this year’s Rock for Alzheimer’s Click here.
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