Free Summer Music Concerts to Play Every Wednesday and Friday in St. Joseph, Mich.

Free Summer Music Concerts to Play Every Wednesday and Friday in St. Joseph, Mich.
There is no question that summer is here when the free Wednesday Brown Bag Concerts and Friday Night Concert Series return to St. Joseph, Mich. Both series showcase regional musicians in one of the most scenic venues along Lake Michigan’s shore. Performers play in the John E.N. Howard Bandshell on Port Street that offers concertgoers a beautiful vista of the St. Joseph River, Lake Michigan and the Victorian-era downtown St. Joseph.
“The bandshell has both bench and lawn seating, so it’s an awesome place for all ages to experience the joy of listening to live music,” said event organizer Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today. “You’ll come away from every concert in a great mood.”
The Wednesday Brown Bag Concerts, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, offer lunchtime entertainment noon to 1 p.m. each week from June 27 to Aug. 22. Zapal said concertgoers can bring in brown bag lunches, get take out food from a variety of restaurants in the adjacent downtown or ask the sponsor to deliver to the bandshell. This year’s lineup includes:
June 27—Blue Water Ramblers (Great Lakes Lore)
July 11—NightTrain with Jan Trapani (Pop-Variety)
July 18—Backsliders (Classic Rock/Pop)
July 25—Lighting Matches (Acoustic Folk-Rock)
August 1— Deep Fried Pickle Project (Kids Show)
August 8—Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey (Hot Jazz, Blues & Cabaret)
August 15—Leonardo (Kids Show)
August 22—Campfire Stu (Kids Show)
After the concert, take a stroll down to the corner of Elm and State Street to enjoy free horse-drawn trolley rides, made possible by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation, on Wednesdays in June, July and August (weather permitting).
The Friday Night Concert Series is presented by The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, 7:30 p.m., June 22 to Aug. 31. Each performance will start the weekend as a great way to unwind with a refreshing music style:
June 22—The Moonlighters (Big Band)
June 29— Don Savoie Band (Bluesy Rock)
July 6—Snyders (Blues/Roots)
July 20—Kari Holmes (Americana/Country-Acoustic)
July 27—Lake Effect Jazz Big Band (Jazz/Big Band)
August 3—Jack Adams & The Breakers (Oldies, Rock & Pop)
August 10—Guitar Banjo Band (Bluegrass)
August 17— Big Boss Band (Roots, Blues, R&B)
August 24—Past Time (Oldies)
August 31— Summer Reunion Band (Classic Rock & Roll)
“The concerts are within walking distance of beaches, shopping and more family entertainment,” said Zapal. “They’re the perfect interlude to your work or vacation day. Plus, with the bustling downtown just steps away, additional opportunities for dining, shopping and exploring are easily accessible.”
St. Joseph Today, a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events, visit or

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