Music offers great ‘draw’ to downtown

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

— Billy Joel


Quite frankly, we are excited.

The downtown Big Rapids Pocket Park concert series has kicked off another season.

For Big Rapids area residents, folks working in the downtown area and visitors to our town, the annual music series is something to really cheer.

Talented musicians offer a great way to not only spend the lunch hour, but also to refresh and re-create before heading back to work or our daily lives.

The concerts give working folks a break from the grind; offer retired residents a great reason to get out of the house and enjoy their extended neighborhood; and give young families an exceptional way to introduce their youngsters to the world of music.

Today, the third concert will take place in the shaded, congenial surroundings that are the Pocket Park — in the walkway between Pepper’s Cafe and Deli and Chemical Bank.

The weather should be fine, and the music should be exceptional.

Andy Kirby and Joey Artibee of the Turnips, will “own” the third session in the series and there are some great noon hour offerings of music to follow every Friday at lunchtime.

We encourage folks to get out and enjoy this creative program and enjoy a few minutes — or more — of time with fellow residents while taking lunch at the Pocket Park.

We thank the program’s sponsors for their vision and the opportunity given residents of this city and workers throughout the area to spend a little time growing in the appreciation of good music throughout the summer.

We also thank all those who have made the concert series worth the effort in years past by taking part and expressing their appreciation. This is a great program that should be enjoyed to the fullest.

We’ll see you all on Friday at the Pocket Park at noon.


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