Free Summer Music Concerts to Play Every Wednesday and Friday in St. Joseph

There is no question that summer is here when the free Wednesday Brown Bag Concerts and Friday Night Concert Series return to St. Joseph. Both series showcase 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 Holt Bosse, offer lunchtime entertainment noon to 1 p.m. each week from June 26 to Aug. 21. Zapal said concertgoers can bring in brown bag lunches, get take out food from a variety of restaurants in the adjacent downtown. This year’s lineup includes:

June 26—Richard Schwartz (Classics you love!)
July 3—Deep Fried Pickle Project Jug Band (Kids Show)
July 10—Mockingbird (Easy Listening/Rock/Country)
July 17—Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey (Hot Jazz/Blues/Cabaret)
July 24— Campfire Stu (Kids Show)
July 31—Jenna Mammina (Jazz/Pop)
August 7—Leonardo (Kids Show)
August 14—Lighting Matches (Acoustic Folk)

August 21—Matt Gabriel (Roots/Country/Americana)

After the concert, take a stroll down to the corner of Elm and State Street to enjoy free horse-drawn trolley rides, made possible by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation, on Wednesdays in June, July and August (weather permitting).

The Friday Night Concert Series is presented by The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, 7:30 p.m., June 21 to Aug. 30. Each performance will start the weekend as a great way to unwind with a refreshing music style:

June 21—The Moonlighters (Big Band)
June 28—Lorrie Snyder or The Snyders (Jazz)
July 5—Boulevard Billies (Roots/Folk/Rock)
July 19—Trevor Jones and Friends (Jazz)
July 26—Lake Effect Jazz Big Band (Jazz/Big Band)
August 2—B-Side Growlers (Roots/Americana)
August 9—Saturday June Band (Classic Rock/Oldies)
August 16—Delilah Dewylde (Rockabilly)
August 23—Van Dyke Revue (Classic Hits)
August 30—Blue Shoes (Jazz/Big Band)

“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 or