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Summer has arrived, which means it’s time to dig the lawn chairs out from the depths of the garage, shake out the picnic blankets and mark your calendar for a packed season of outdoor live music. From St. Johns to Mason and Grand Ledge to Haslett, a multitude of free outdoor concerts are ready to provide the soundtrack to your summer.
Performers range from summertime regulars like the Sea Cruisers and Root Doctor to throwback groups like ‘80s cover band Starfarm and Beatles tribute band Toppermost. Even classical musicians get in on the act, with appearances by the Lansing Concert Band, the Meridian Community Band and a variety of MSU student ensembles. So cut out this list, pin it to your family bulletin board and get ready to enjoy a summer of free concerts in the sun.
LANSING CONCERTS IN THE PARK
All concerts at 7-9 p.m. except where noted. FREE. Each concert is in a different city park. (517) 483-6019.
June 21: Kari Lynch at Sycamore Park, 1415 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing June 28: Jill Jack at Cherry Hill Park, 515 River St., Lansing July 4: Lansing Concert Band (8-9 p.m.) at Adado Riverfront Park, 201 E. Shiawassee St., Lansing July 12: Jump Street Swing at Turner-Dodge House, 100 E. North St., Lansing July 19: Tejano Sound at Frances Park, 2701 Moores River Drive, Lansing July 26: Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle at Moores Park, 400 Moores River Drive, Lansing Aug. 2: 496 West at Fulton Park, 4300 Sheffield Blvd., Lansing Aug. 9: Sea Cruisers at Grand River Park, 3205 Old Lansing Road, Lansing
GRAND CONCERT SERIES AT LANSING CITY MARKET
Food and drinks available at Lansing City Market. All concerts start at 6 p.m. FREE. Lansing City Market, 325 City Market Drive, Lansing. (517) 483-7460 ext. 234. lansingcitymarket.com.
Jazz on the Grand June 22: MSU Professors of Jazz July 20: Horn and Holland Sept. 14: Brandon Marceal
Blues on the Grand June 14: Thornetta Davis Aug. 9: Root Doctor Aug. 16: Pat Zelenka Sept. 6: Frog and the Beeftones
R&B on the Grand July 12: Alise King
EAST LANSING SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
All concerts start at 7 p.m. Concerts will be cancelled if it rains. FREE. Ann Street Plaza, corner of Albert and M.A.C. avenues, East Lansing. (517) 319-6888, cityofeastlansing.com/summerconcertseries.
July 7: Root Doctor July 14: Paddlebots July 21: Earthwork Music Showcase featuring the Springtails, Jen Sygit and Sam Corbin, Gifts or Creatures and Red Tail Ring July 28: Taylor Taylor Aug. 4: Starfarm Aug. 18: Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band Aug. 25: Heartland Klezmorim
MSU’S COLLEGE OF MUSIC’S MUSIC IN THE GARDEN
The MSU Food Truck and Dairy Story ice cream will be available during the performances. The rain location for all four concerts is the Music Building across the street. All concerts at noon except where noted. FREE. W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens, 408 W. Circle Drive, Okemos. (517) 353-9958, music.msu.edu/event-listing/music-in-thegarden-class-jazz. June 28: Spartan Student Jazz Combo (7 p.m.) July 20: M.I. Concerts Percussion and Flute Duo Aug. 25: Brass Tacks Quartet Sept. 7: Spectra Saxophone Quartet (6 p.m.)
ST. JOHNS CONCERTS IN THE PARK
All concerts start at 7 p.m., rain or shine. FREE. William E. Tennant Performance Shell, St. Johns City Park, 805 W. Park St., St. Johns.
June 14: Sea Cruisers June 21: Lansing Concert Jazz Band June 28: Lansing Concert Band July 5: The Flying Latini Brothers July 12: Homegrown Productions July 26: Root Doctor Aug. 2: Miranda and the M80s Aug. 9: Toppermost Aug. 16: Mountain Town Singers
Aug. 23: Roaring Twenties Band Aug. 30: Matt King (Elvis Impersonator)
GRAND LEDGE MUSIC IN THE PARK
Food concessions available. All concerts 7-9 p.m. FREE. Jaycee Park, 525 E. River St.,Grand Ledge. (517) 627-2383, grandledgechamber.com. June 15: The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle with Abbey Hoffman and the Storytellers June 22: Red Herring with Shelby and Jake June 29: Tell Yo Mama with Rachel Lynn Curtis July 6: Grand Ledge Burns with Exit-86 July 13: The Invasion with Rick Kelly July 20: Showdown with Sierra Denae July 27: Root Doctor with Kari Lynch Aug. 3: Kari Holmes with Clique Aug. 10: Taylor Taylor with Alex Mendenall Aug. 17: Fabulous Oldies but Goodies Band with Darin L. Larner Aug. 24: Life Support Band with Bridgette Gulock Aug. 31: Global Village with the Lost Hitchhikers
EASTWOOD TOWNE CENTER
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
All concerts 6-8 p.m. FREE. Center Court, Eastwood Towne Center, 3003 Preyde Blvd., Lansing. (517) 316-9209, shopeastwoodtownecenter.com/events. June 20: Brenda Loomis June 27: Kids’ Night Out (family entertainment and games) July 11: Showdown July 18: Bobby Standal and Paulie O July 25: Root Doctor Aug. 1: Don Middlebrook & the Pearl Divers Aug. 8: Smooth DaddyAug. 15: Natchez Trace Aug. 22: Life Support
MASON THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE
All concerts start at 6 p.m. FREE. Ingham County Courthouse lawn, 315 S. Jefferson St., Mason (517) 676-1046, masonchamber.org.
June 22: Life Support (acoustic) July 6: The Brian Randall Band July 20: Sea Cruisers Aug. 10: Backwoods Band Aug. 24: Twilight Memories Big Band Sept. 14: Mason High School Marching Band and Cheer Squad
SOUNDS OF SUMMER AT LAKE LANSING PARK SOUTH
Bounce house and slide available for children. All concerts start at 7 p.m. FREE. Lake Lansing Park South, 1621 Pike St., Haslett. (517) 347-1689, friendsofinghamcountyparks.org.
June 16: New Rule and Gemini June 23: Capital City Chordsmen June 30: Meridian Community Band July 7: Lansing Concert Band July 14 The JPP Band July 21: Sea Cruisers July 28: Avon Bomb Aug. 4: Peat in the Creel and Glen Erin Pipe Band Aug. 11: Oldies But Goodies Aug. 18: Don Middlebrook Aug. 25: Jeff Baldor