Music with a more sober theme

By Burk Krohe

While Aggiefest carried on a block away, City Park hosted Lutherpalooza Saturday. The event is in its second year and is a free day of religious-themed music.

Neal Wollenberg, a praise team member at Peace Lutheran Church, helped run the event.

“We’ve had a good crowd most of the day, we started out really strong in the morning,” Wollenberg said.

Wollenberg said last year the event was held at Peace Lutheran Church, with donations going to a young woman in the community who was stricken with a rare form of cancer. Those donations totaled $4,000.

“It’s something that helped her,” Wollenberg said.

Wollenberg said Lutherpalooza was also set up as a way for praise bands to come together regardless of denomination and worship through music rather than a traditional sermon. This year, the organizers decided to try to grow the concert, showcasing nine bands, and moved it to City Park.

Donations will go to Shepherd’s Crossing this year. The concert had raised $2,000 with several bands yet to play Saturday, and Wollenberg was confident enough donations would be collected to surpass last year’s total.

A number of churches helped sponsor the concert but they also had help from local businesses. Kite’s Bar and Grill and Rusty’s both sponsored the event. He also noted all of the food sponsors agreed to donate 10 percent of their profits.

“It’s just a number of people, a number of businesses, coming together throughout the community to help us out and get this thing going,” Wollenberg said.

He said if the support continues it might turn into a two-day event next year.

“Check us out next year if you missed us”

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