There is no question that summer is here when the free Wednesday Brown Bag Concerts and Friday Night Concert Series return to St. Joseph, Mich. Both series kick off June 23 and 28 in the beach town that showcases regional musicians in one of the most scenic venues along Lake Michigan’s shore. Performers play in the John E.N. Howard Bandshell on Port Street that offers concertgoers a beautiful vista of the St. Joseph River, Lake Michigan and the Victorian-era downtown St. Joseph.
“The bandshell has both bench and lawn seating, so it’s an awesome place for all ages to experience the joy of listening to live music,” said event organizer Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today. “You’ll come away from every concert in a great mood.” The Wednesday Brown Bag Concerts, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, offer lunchtime entertainment noon to 1 p.m. each week from June 28 to Aug. 23. Zapal said concertgoers can bring in brown bag lunches, get take out food from a variety of restaurants in the adjacent downtown or ask the sponsor to deliver to the bandshell. This year’s lineup includes:
June 28—Randy Kaplan (Not just for kids – American Roots & Comedic Storytelling) July 5—Deep Fried Pickle Project (Family/Kids) July 12—Rachel White (Country-Pop & Folk) July 19—Ruth & Max Bloomquist (Folk, Country, Bluegrass) July 26—Rum Boogie (Classics & Beyond) August 2—Lee Murdock (Songs & Tales of the Lakes) August 9—Leonardo (Family/Kids) August 16—Tim Velez (Acoustic Classics) August 23—Richard Schwartz (Classics you love!)
The Friday Night Concert Series is presented by The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, 7:30 p.m., June 23 to Sept. 1. Each performance will start the weekend as a great way to unwind with a refreshing music style:
June 23—The Moonlighters (Big Band) June 30—Blue Water Ramblers (Great Lakes Folk) July 14—Kenny Evans (Golden Oldies) July 21—Don Savoie Band (Blues & Blues Oriented Rock) July 28—Lake Effect Jazz Big Band (Jazz Big Band) August 4—Jack Adams & The Breakers (Oldies, Rock & Pop) August 11—Past Time (50’s/60’s Classic Rock) August 18—Big Boss Band (Roots, Blues, R&B) August 25—Van Dyke Revue (Classic Hits) September 1—Summer Reunion Band (Classic Rock & Roll)
“The concerts are within walking distance of beaches, shopping and more family entertainment,” said Zapal. “They’re the perfect interlude to your work or vacation day. Plus, with the bustling downtown just steps away, additional opportunities for dining, shopping and exploring are easily accessible.”
St. Joseph Today, a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events, visit stjoetoday.com or facebook.com/stjoetoday.