Downtown Billings prepares for another record breaking Alive After 5 at Skypoint, July 13th.

On June 29th The Montana Brewing Company hosted Alive After 5 at Skypoint with approximately 2,427 attendees enjoying Bozeman based band El Wencho setting a record for the largest Alive After 5 attendance.

An average Alive After 5 sells 1,200 to 1,500 wristbands but last week we sold 2,378. The wristband fund a number of things for the Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) like the flower baskets, public art projects, landscaping projects, and free community events like the parades, chalk on the walk, and more.

“We had a feeling that night while we were in it, that it was probably going to be close to, if not break the previous record set on July 18, 2019 at Tiny’s Tavern’s Alive After 5 when Arterial Drive played their Alive After 5 debut concert.”

Lindsay Richardson, Downtown billings, Community Engagement and Events Director

The approximate attendance for the 2019 Tiny’s Tavern record breaking date was 2,290 attendees. Our team has seen the attendance numbers consistently climb for certain Alive After 5 host locations over the years. To make more room for attendees we’ve expanded and made some updates to a number of the street closures we create for the summer concert series. “People remember how they felt and we don’t want people to feel squished in close quarters, we want them to feel they have room to dance, mingle, and experience the location they are at.” continued Richardson.  

Preparing for This Week to be a big one too

We are preparing and excited for another big attendance night at the next Alive After 5 on Thursday, July 13th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. This week’s show will once again take place on the streets below Skypoint (2nd Ave N & N Broadway) with Hooligan’s Sports Bar as the host and the Billings based band Repeat Offenders on stage.

The Repeat Offenders are a popular and crowd pleasing band who cover songs from the 1980’s all the way to current hits. They play songs you can’t help but dance and sing along with. The band consists of Kenn Patterson (vocals), Dusty Young (Drums), Steve Shelton (Bass), Jay Fuson (Guitar), and Jon Verbeck (Guitar). The second the Repeat Offenders step on stage the crowd can feel their “we’re here to have a good time with you all” energy. They have been playing all over Southeast Montana for years and are known to bring the good tunes and good vibes with them.

The Downtown Billings 360 Video Booth powered by 406 memories will make once more Alive After 5 appearance this week. The booth will once again be under Skypoint and all attendees are invited to step up onto the video booth platform with up to four friends to make a digital video keepsake of the evening (FREE). 

The all ages weekly summer concert series takes place outdoors at a different downtown location Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, June 8 to August 3.

Admission for each Alive After 5 is free to the public, however, those 21 and older wishing to consume alcohol must purchase a $2 wristband at one of the Purple DBA tents at the event

The V.I.P. Area
A special tented V.I.P. area with seating options, tables, free ice-cold water, and easy access to one of the event bar locations. Only twenty, $10 V.I.P wristbands are available for purchase each week. To purchase a V.I.P. Wristband ahead of time you can call (406-294-5060) or visit the DBA office (116 N. 29th Street) Monday through Wednesday 9am to 4pm. All remaining V.I.P. wristbands will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis each Thursday on-site directly at the week’s Alive After 5 V.I.P. area.  

Who Makes Alive After 5 possible?

Alive After 5 is coordinated annually by our team at the downtown Business Improvement District (B.I.D.). Valley Credit Union has been the producing (title) sponsor of the Alive After 5 concert series since 2019. Supporting sponsors include TDS Fiber, MariMint, Alpha Overhead Door, B-Town Vapes & Glass, Hensel Law, Stella’s Kitchen & Bakery, ClockTower Inn, Planet 106.7, Zone 96.3, Classic Hits 105.9, KSKY 94.1, KBEAR 98.1, ESPN 910, and Earth First Aid. Each series sponsorships help cover the booking costs of the many local, regional, and national bands in the line-up.