City of Hastings and Thornapple Arts Council announce 2019 Hastings Live lineup

The 2019 Hastings Live Summer concert season is underway—offering not one, not two, not three—but four free events in downtown Hastings every week! Old favorites, new favorites, and those yet to be discovered will take the stage at the Thornapple Plaza, Hastings Spray Plaza and the Barry County Courthouse lawn this summer as part of the entertainment series. Hastings Live includes: Hastings City Band, Community Concerts, Fridays at the Fountain, and Friday Night Features, Hastings Live at Summerfest, and the Playing at the Plaza children’s entertainment series.

The Wednesday and Friday evening and Summerfest concerts are held at the Thornapple Plaza which is adjacent to downtown Hastings and its many charming and unique shops and restaurants. It is also located next to the Riverwalk Trail which hugs the banks of the scenic Thornapple River. Come early and stay late to enjoy all that Hastings has to offer. Whether a quiet stroll along the river or dinner and shopping, Hastings has it all.

Friday Night Features showcase some of the region’s finest up-and-coming performers along with established artists. Friday Night Feature concerts start at 7:30 p.m. at the Thornapple Plaza.

The Friday Night Features lineup includes:
June 14 Valerie Barrymore and the Foundation of Funk
June 21 The Insiders – A Tom Petty tribute band
June 28 Josh Davis
July 5 Kari Lynch
July 12 Katmandu – A Bob Seger tribute band
July 19 The Accidentals

July 26 Nicholas James and the Bandwagon
Aug. 2 Luke Winslow-King
Aug. 9 Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Aug. 16 The 338th Division Army Band

Hastings City Band has been entertaining audiences for more than 150 years. Members are high school aged and up. All Hastings City Band are held on Wednesday at the Thornapple Plaza and start at 7:30 p.m. Their 2019 performance schedule includes:

June 5 Beatles and Jazz
June 12 A Night on Broadway
June 19 Disney Magic
June 26 Marches
July 3 A Tribute to America

Community Concerts feature some of the area’s finest local talent. All Community Concerts are held on Wednesday evening at the Thornapple Plaza and start at 7:30 p.m. This year’s Community Concert line-up includes:
July 10 The Blue Leaf’s
July 17 Dede and the Dream
July 24 Tyler Roy
July 31 Grumpy Old Men
Aug. 7 The Goldberrys
Aug. 14 The Dacia Bridges Project
Aug. 21 Geez Louise

Fridays at the Fountain start at noon on the Barry County Courthouse lawn on the southwest corner of the intersection of Church and State streets. In the event of inclement weather, Friday at the Fountain concerts will be canceled. This year’s line-up includes:
June 14 “Elvis” James McKay
June 21 Hastings Heartbeats Zydeco Band
June 28 Dave’s at 7
July 5 Kilkenny Corkers
July 12 Jessie Wolthuis
July 19 Chuck Whiting
July 26 Community Music School
Aug. 2 Jonah Evans
Aug. 9 David Lloyd

Playing at the Plaza is a children’s music, entertainment and education series on which is held at the Hastings Spray Plaza on Thursdays at 11 a.m. The plaza is located on the northwest corner of Church State streets in downtown Hastings. The venue offers youngsters (and the young at a heart) a chance to splash and play before and after the event. So, pack up the kids and a few towels and come join the fun! This year’s line-up includes:
June 13 Mime Rob Reider
June 20 Cooperfly Puppet Troupe
June 27 Thornapple Players
July 11 John Ball Zoo
July18 Stormy the Magician
July 25 Drumming with Dede
Aug. 1 Hands and Feet Music
Aug. 8 Kalamazoo Exotic Animals

Hastings Live at Summerfest is the last concert series of the summer. All concerts will be held at the Thornapple Plaza on the Friday and Saturday of the last full weekend in August. The line-up for this year includes:

Friday, Aug. 23
4-5 p.m. Ellie Youngs
5:30 – 7 p.m. Jake Kershaw
7:30 – 9 p.m. Saved by the 90s
Between sets Clark Lewis

Saturday, Aug. 24
2-3 p.m. SilentBark
3:30 – 5 p.m. Toppermost – A Beatles tribute band
5:30 – 7 p.m. Kari Holmes
7:30 – 9 p.m. Simply Queen – A Queen tribute band
Between sets Expressions Dance Studio

Hastings Live is funded in part by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Local sponsors include the Baum Family Foundation, Barry County Lumber, Flexfab, Highpoint Community Bank, and Spectrum Health Pennock.

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