Grand Traverse Pavilions announces 2018 concerts on the lawn line-up

TRAVERSE CITY — Grand Traverse Pavilions and Title Sponsor Serra Subaru of Traverse City are pleased to announce the artists slated to perform in its summer Concerts on the Lawn series.

This year’s outdoor music series will feature a 13-week consecutive line-up. Concerts are on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., and include a wide variety of musical genres.

The series will start June 7, with returning artist Dominic Fortuna who last performed in 2015. Fortuna will be followed by a slew of return performances including the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute on June 14, Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums on June 21, and Peter, Paul, and Mary Remembered on June 28. The Pavilions will once again sponsor the National Cherry Festival Senior Events and Song of the Lakes will perform on July 5 during the festival.

“We are really anticipating a lot of excitement for the return of the Petoskey Steel Drum Band,” says Allen. “They are always a lot of fun and we are happy to bring them back to Traverse City.”

They are on the schedule for July 12.

The second half of the season will continue with ReBooted on July 19, followed by returning artist the neXus Band, Miriam Pico, Bay Area Big Band, the Dan Fogelberg Tribute, The con-cert series will wrap up with the K. Jones and the Benzie Playboys, and The Backroom Gang.

Held on the Grand Lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions Campus, the outdoor concerts are family friendly and free to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for the hour long performance. Con-cessions open at 5:30 p.m., offer a picnic style dinner menu, and for dessert Moomer’s ice cream is available.

“It’s a great, family friendly event for our independent, assisted living, short and long-term care residents along with their families.” says Kory Hansen, pavilions CEO/administrator. “We are proud to share this amazing space, and an exceptional line-up of regional artists with the entire community.”

For two years in a row Serra Subaru of Traverse City has signed to be the series Title Sponsor.

Mike McFarlan, general manager of Serra Subaru of Traverse City shared, “Subaru has a proud history of supporting local charities and family friendly community based events.”

“We enjoyed the opportunity last year to show our appreciation for our customers and our community by supporting this free summer concert series,” he added. “We are grateful to be returning and hope everyone will come out to enjoy an evening of free music and togetherness, which is core to Subaru’s values.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available to interested local businesses.

“We are looking forward to this season,” says Allen. “In addition to our sponsors, we’ve re-ceived support again from the Michigan Council of the Arts to help pay for the artists. Our sponsors help cover the costs of musician fees and promotional costs so that we can provide this multi-generational celebration of music for our residents, their families and the community.

“We simply could not continue to offer this free series if not for our committed sponsors, many of which return year after year. ”

Proceeds and goodwill donations received during the concerts will go to the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation to support Pavilions funding priorities such as the Power of PACE Capital Campaign.

For a full listing of concert dates go to www. gtpavilions.org/2018-concerts-on-the-lawn. Visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/grandtraversepavilions, to keep up with the latest events at Grand Traverse Pavilions.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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