Kalamazoo, MI—The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo is excited to announce a collaboration with the cities of Parchment, Portage and Oshtemo Township to promote summer concerts in Kalamazoo County. Summertime Live will promote Sunday’s Arts Council’s Concerts in the Park as well Parchment’s Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts – The Stage at Kindleberger and Oshtemo Township’s Music in the Park, and the City of Portage’s Thursday Summer Entertainment Series. “We are fortunate in Kalamazoo County to have great summer music festivals that support local artists and bring different genres and introduce new artists into our community,” states Kristen Chesak, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. “The Arts Council is excited to be able to sponsor and promote our community partner’s concert series together with our Sunday Bronson Park Concerts in Park as Summertime Live.
Concerts in the Park
One of Kalamazoo’s long-standing traditions offered Sunday’s in June, July and August in Bronson Park deliver a unique offering unlike other concert series in Kalamazoo. Each concert is free and is friendly for the entire family. Picnic meals (no grilling allowed), blankets or lawn chairs are encouraged. Shows begin at 4 pm. The rain location is First United Methodist Church, just across from Bronson Park (unless otherwise noted). Notice will be posted on kalamazooarts.org and Facebook if the concert is moved indoors due to inclement weather.
Concerts in the Park is a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, with support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation and the City of Kalamazoo.
- June 3 - Kalamazoo Singers
- June 17 - Kalamazoo Concert Band
- July 1 - Dacia Bridges Project
- July 15 - The Accidentals
- July 22 - Kalamazoo Big Band
- August 5 - Kris Hitchcock
- August 19 - Schlitz Creek
Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts
The 37th Annual Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts, The Stage at Kindleberger promises to be outstanding with a wide variety of acts, which has something for everyone. The Summer Concert Series schedule is a diverse collection of music performing over seven weekends. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a relaxing evening in Kindleberger Park at The Stage. Bring the kids, a picnic dinner and your lawn chairs for an entertaining night in Parchment! The entrance at to Kindleberger Park is at the corner of Park Avenue and Hubbard Street. The Kindleberger Summer Festival of the Performing Arts, The Stage at Kindleberger is sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, and Advia Credit Union. For more information on the Kindleberger summer concerts, visit www.kindlebergerarts.org or www.facebook.com/KindlebergerArts.
- June 24 - Byron Legacy – The Legends of Las Vegas
- July 22 - The Last Mangos – Jimmy Buffet Tribute
- July 29 - Matt Giraud
- August 5 - Barn on Fire
- August 12 - Cab Town Checkers
- August 19 - The Bronk Bros
- August 26 - The Rock Show – Journey Tribute Band
Portage Summer Entertainment Series
Join the City of Portage for their Summer Entertainment Series at Overlander Bandshell. The Thursday evening concert series will feature various genres of music that will be fun for all ages. Concessions will be available for purchase. Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. and are free, except Damien Escobar ($15 general admission). Parking for all shows will be available at City Hall, Portage District Library, and Portage Senior Center. Portage Summer Entertainment Series is brought to you by the Portage Parks and Recreation Department and is sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. Celebration Cinema is also a sponsor for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. For more information on the Portage Summer Entertainment Series, visit www.portagemi.gov.
- June 14 - Justin Shandor – Elvis Impersonator
- June 28 - New Odyssey – 3 Guys 30 Instruments
- July 12 - Damien Escobar – Violinist (purchase tickets at www.DamienEscobar.EventBrite.com)
- July 26 - Allen Scott – Tim McGraw Impersonator
- August 2 - Glenn Miller Orchestra
Music in the Park
To bring music and entertainment to the residents of Oshtemo Township, Friends of the Parks is excited to announce 2018 Music in the Park Summer Concert Series! Music and hands-on art begin at 6:00 p.m. making this an event for the whole family to enjoy. The concerts will be held at Flesher Field’s Gazebo which provides plenty of lawn seating for our guests. Food will be available for purchase or bring a picnic supper. Alcohol is prohibited. In the case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved inside to the Voyage Church. Major sponsors for Music in the Park are the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, U0Insured, Oshtemo Rotary, and Oshtemo Charter Township. For more information on Music in the Park, visit www.oshtemofriends.org.
- June 10 - Corn Fed Girls
- July 8 - Zion Lion
- August 12 - Lake Effect Jazz Big Band
“For more information on all of the Summertime Live concerts visit us on Facebook or call Beth McCann, Deputy Director at (269) 342-5059.