by Bri Kilroy
There’s an entirely new sound that accompanies great music when you shift from an indoor concert hall to an outdoor venue. The crisp summer air, soft grass and echoing instruments add a new rhythm to even the most recognizable songs, making this version the best you’ve ever heard.
Fortunately, this artsy and diverse city we call home is filling multiple stages with outdoor musical experiences. Read on for an agenda of outdoor concerts, many of them free, happening this June! For a full list of concerts happening through September, visit the websites listed below.
Lunchtime Concerts at Rosa Parks Circle Thursdays through September 15
Energize your lunch hour with live performances by talented musicians and mobile eats from local food trucks. Facebook.com/Rosa-Parks-Circle
Lineup (all noon-1:30 p.m):
- June 2 Kari Lynch
- June 16 Mystic Dub
- June 23 The Boogie Woogie Kid!
- June 30 Alex Mendenall
Jazz in the Park Mondays, June 6-September 25
Set up a chair, lie on a blanket or perch in the grass at Ah-Nab-Awen park to unwind with performances by incredible jazz artists. WMichJazz.org
Lineup (all 6-8:30 p.m.):
- June 6 Northview High School Jazz Band
- June 13 Mike Frost
- June 20 In the Tradition
- June 27 Greenbrook and Robert Moore of Muskegon
Summer Concerts at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park June 8-September 7
Big names in entertainment perform onstage at the Garden’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater for music lovers of all genres and generations. MeijerGardens.org
Lineup (times vary):
- June 8 An Evening with the Monkees
- June 12 America
- June 13 Of Monsters and Men
- June 15 Ziggy Marley
- June 17 Tedeschi Trucks Band
- June 22 Michael Franti & Spearhead
- June 26 Fitz and the Tantrums
- June 27 An Evening with Jackson Browne
- June 29 Gregg Allman
Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts Thursdays, June 16-August 25
Music flows throughout downtown Lowell during these evening concerts held in front of the Lowell Showboat at Riverwalk Plaza. LowellArtsMI.org
Lineup (all 7-9 p.m.):
- June 16 Off the Ledge
- June 23 Steppin’ in It
- June 30 Big Band Nouveau
In July, there’s more! Tuesday Night Music Club at the Gardens (starting July 5), GRAM on the Green (July 7) and Picnic Pops (July 14) join the lineup next month.
Bri Kilroy is a Grand Valley and AmeriCorps alumna who learned to type through vigorous Mavis Beacon trainings. She also passes as an artist, illustrator and author of this bio.