West Michigan offers variety of summer concerts

Divermento Jazz Duo recently performed at Pocket Park in Big Rapids as part of the annual music series. The free concerts will continue from noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 21. (Pioneer file photos)

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association 

WEST MICHIGAN — Performances across West Michigan range from local acts in parks to national headliners performing on some of the area’s biggest stages. No matter personal preferences, there’s an outdoor music event for everyone to check out this summer and into the fall.

Concerts throughout the area include:

  • Located in Montague, the Trailway Campground is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the free concerts at the nearby Montague Bandshell each Tuesday through Aug. 7, bringing a wide range of music to the White Lake area.
  • Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant in Holland hosts live music every evening this summer. Enjoy the performance while eating fine foods while overlooking Lake Macatawa. Performances continue through Sept. 3.

    Another Mecosta County concert venue, the Big Rapids Bandshell, will host bands like last year’s performers Key West Permafrost Blues through Aug. 15.

  • LowellArts in Lowell has concerts that promote the region’s musicians, featuring music groups exclusively from Michigan. The concerts range from blues and world music to rock, swing, big band, and jazz. Shows are every Thursday evening through Aug. 23.
  • The Fox Barn Market and Winery in Shelby has live outdoor music now through Labor Day weekend. The series is called “Fridays @ Fox’s” and brings together regional talent in a farm setting.
  • The Grand Haven Musical Fountain is a synchronized water and light show accompanied by music of all varieties. Each 25-minute show features a variety of well-known music and plays daily at dusk through Labor Day, as well as Fridays and Saturdays in September.
  • The Grand Rapids Pops performances by the Grand Rapids Symphony offer a unique outdoor concert experience at Cannonsburg Ski Area. A schedule of  events is listed on the Grand Rapids Pops’ website.
  • The annual Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Frederik Meijer Gardens continue to bring national and international musicians to Grand Rapids, thrilling music lovers across all genres and all generations. For tickets and information on their lineup, visit Frederik Meijer Gardens’ website.
  • Locally, the Mecosta area has a variety of live music during the summer months. With the Bandshell Concert Series on Wednesdays continuing through Aug. 15, Pocket Park Music Series on Friday afternoons through Sept. 21, and Music on the River on Fridays through the summer. For more information on all the music in Mecosta County, visit the Mecosta County CVB’s website.
  • Mount Pleasant’s local concert series is celebrating 10 years, bringing family fun to the area’s downtown. Nearby Soaring Eagle Casino also is hosting outdoor shows including Chris Young, Little Big Town, Nickelback and more. For a full calendar of outdoor music, visit Mount Pleasant’s website.

Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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