Magic! brings music to the streets

The area in front of Quinn's music will be transformed by Magic! when, next Friday, the shop will be one of five locations on Michigan Avenue featuring live music. (Pioneer photo/Adam Gac)

The area in front of Quinn’s Music will be transformed by Magic! when, next Friday, the shop will be one of five locations on Michigan Avenue featuring live music. (Pioneer photo/Adam Gac)

BIG RAPIDS —The Big Rapids Downtown Business Association is bringing wonder to weekends this summer. Magic! On Michigan Avenue starts next Friday, July 3, offering a variety of live music and food vendors for residents to enjoy.

DBA Executive Director Kelly Quinn has high expectations for the event, which she hopes will continue to bring music to downtown on Fridays throughout the summer.

“There was an idea in the community that Big Rapids needed some new life brought into it,” Quinn said. “What better avenue is there than music? From the second you hear that first note it can elevate your mood and put a smile on your face.”

The event features a number of groups performing simultaneously at various points along Michigan Avenue.

“We’re going to have a variety of music,” Quinn said. “People will be able to stop and see a piano man, Dave Marasus, playing music from the 40s to the 60s at Pocket Park and then walk a little way up the street and see Gene Harris and Bob Garrels dueling saxophones, or one of the guitar duos playing outside Nawal’s or Quinn’s Music.”

Allison Leveque and Randy Holt are two of the performers who will be playing in front of Quinn’s, but they are expecting some special guests to make an appearance too. Holt is an instructor at the music store and is opening up the performance to allow younger residents in on the action.

“We’re going to have some of Randy’s students sitting in with us and performing a few songs on their own as well,” Leveque said. “It’s an opportunity Randy and I didn’t have growing up, so we want to include the kids as much as we can.”

Hot dog and kettle corn vendors are participating in addition to local businesses that will be open for the duration of the event. Owner of Kilwins, Brian Rose, is excited for Magic!

“We’ll be participating right here,” Rose said. “We’ll be open for the whole event ready to serve anybody who wants to stop in. There are going to be musicians in Pocket Park, so people can come by, get a treat and enjoy the music. It’ll be a good time.”

Event participants should not be alarmed if they encounter any chalk paw prints on the ground leading them toward the Good Dog Bakery. No calcified canines are on the loose, but the bakery is remaining open to serve the pooch population during Magic!.

“Usually, we close at 6 p.m. But we’re going to be staying open for the event,” said owner Paula Robison. “We’re going to have specials on treats and some treats for the Fourth of July. We’ll also have a water dish for dogs that want to stop in for a drink. The price of anything we sell that day will also be matched with a donation to the Animal Rescue Coalition of Mecosta County.”

Even businesses that won’t be open during the event are glad to see Magic happening in the streets.

“We are going to be open for our normal business hours on Friday,” said Kathy Straley, owner of Fairman’s Apparel. “We’re hoping that anyone doing any window shopping during the event will want to come in later. We’re very excited that this is going to happen, everyone will be able to get out and enjoy some fantastic music and food.”



Posted by Adam Gac

Adam is the Pioneer City/County Reporter, covering government in Mecosta County. He can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (231) 592-8347.

Leave a Reply