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The sounds of summer

Matt DeYoung • Jun 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM

From big bands to banjos, classic rock to country, the Lakeshore comes alive with music during the summer months.

Here are some of the best options for your listening pleasure:

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park take place Tuesdays in Grand Haven’s Central Park.

The concert series is presented by 92.1 WGHN.

“It’s been around for a long time, but this is the third year we’ve been doing it,” said John Roberts. “We needed to keep this going, to keep the feel of local music and also to give these bands an outlet.”

Concerts began June 19 and run from 7-8:30 p.m.

“We do a mix of music ever year,” Roberts said. “Uneven Ground is a local Irish band. Kari Lynch is country rock. Delilah Dewylde is our first rockabilly.”

The concerts are held rain or shine; in the event of rain, they move across Columbus Avenue and into the Loutit District Library.

Food vendors are on site for the weekly concerts.

Sounds of Summer

Started by Walk the Beat founder Dave Palmer, the popular weeknight Sounds of Summer concerts at Bolt Park (Tuesdays) and Pottawattomie Park (Wednesdays) are now operated by Eric Kaelin of 103.5 WAWL.

“Dave started these and I’ve watched how they’ve grown the past three years, and it’s been tremendous,” Kaelin said. “I picked up Bolt Park last year, and Pottawattomie this year.”

The Bolt Park concerts began Tuesday, June 19 with Van Mason, and continue through Aug. 7, when Dave Palmer and his Only Friends perform.

Concerts in Pottawattomie Park kicked off Wednesday, June 20 with JetBreak and continue through Roosevelt Diggs on Aug. 8. There will be a free pig roast at that show. A concert will not be held on Wednesday, July. 4.

Kaelin said this year’s schedule at the two venues features a mix of new artists and returning favorites.

The music runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for these free concerts. Concerts are canceled if it’s raining.

The concerts are made possible by an $8,000 grant provided by the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.

Concerts at the Point

Mill Point Park in Spring Lake is the site of the weekly Thursday night Music at the Point.

This year’s schedule begins June 21 with Dave Burel and continues through Aug. 30, when Deep Blue Ramblers wraps up the series.

Concerts run from 7-8:30 p.m. and are part of the Spring Lake Heritage Festival.

Worship on the Waterfront

The revamped Waterfront Stadium in Grand Haven will be the site of the weekly Worship on the Waterfront concert series.

This free outdoor worship series draws worship artists from the local, regional and national level.

This year’s schedule began on June 24 with Hawk Nelson, and continues through Aug. 26 with Mark Schultz.

In case of rain, the concerts will move inside to Harvest Bible Church’s south campus at 12900 U.S. 31 in Grand Haven.

Visit worshiponthewaterfront.org for more information.

Dancing on the Grand

Dancing takes placed Wednesdays from June 13 through Aug. 30. The first few dances this year were moved to Bicentennial Park due to construction at Waterfront Stadium, but with the stadium now complete, dances return to their traditional venue.

Dancing begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 9.

For more information, search “Dancing on the Grand” on Facebook.

Pin Drop Concerts

Seven Steps Up Music Live Music and Event Venue hosts an eclectic mix of artists for their Pin Drop Concert Series.

Upcoming concerts include Rebecca Loebe, Robby Heicht and Caroline Spence, Brendan James, Lucy Kaplansky, Gallaghan, Shawn Mullins and Max Gomez, and Seth Glier.

Seven Steps Up also hosts an Open Mic Night

For more information, visit pindropconcerts.com.

Frederick Meijer Garden

Several national acts will descend upon Frederick Meijer Garden in Grand Rapids this summer.

Performers include Allison Krauss, Seal, The Temptations and the Four Tops, Jason Mraz  the Beach Boys and Alabama.

Visit meijergardens.org/calendar/ and click on the Summer Concert Series for more information.

Coast Guard Festival Concerts

Music is always a central focus of the annual Coast Guard Festival.

This year’s acts include Crush, a Bon Jovi tribune band; The Boy Band Project; Festival Idol; the Lakeshore Big Band; The System, a Bob Seger tribute band; Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band; and Material Girls, a tribute to Cher, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Adele.

For more information, visit www.coastguardfest.org/events.

Dancing into the Sunset

This dancing and concert series runs through Aug. 30 at the band shell in Pomona Park in Fruitport. 

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and beverages. Concerts and dancing, which are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, search “Dancing into the Sunset” on Facebook.

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