Summer 2021 full of free live music in the Cadillac area | New

CADILLAC – If music is the soundtrack of our lives, the summer of 2021 looks promising.

The worst days of the pandemic seem to be behind us and many people are excited to get out there and live life as they remember it before COVID-19 was a household name.

Seeing a live music show is high on the list of things to do this summer for many who were unable to see a show last year due to meeting restrictions.

Fortunately, those who live in the Cadillac area don’t have to travel far to see live music, and in many cases, they don’t even have to pay for it.

Throughout the summer, musicians will perform weekly in Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola counties.

At Cadillac, free shows will be held every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion as part of the UpBeat Cadillac series.

This year’s UpBeat Cadillac lineup includes jazz master Wendell Harrison, who kicks off the series on June 24. On July 1, Holly Maguire with The Kevin O’Connell Trio will take the stage for rock, blues, pop, jazz. Tell Yo Mama will bring the funk on July 8, followed by the Chicago blues and funk of the Nick Moss Blues Band on July 15.

Motown, pop and rock will take the stage on July 22 with Serita’s Black Rose and more blues, funk and soul-jazz from Greg Nagy’s Men of Leisure on July 29. The final month of shows will begin on August 5 with Rodney Whitaker Quartet, followed by The Planet D Nonet on August 12. The final two performances of 2021 will include Chris Foreman’s Soul Message Band on August 19 and U’Neek Soul on August 26.

The same musicians will perform every Friday (the day after their time at Cadillac) in Reed City as part of the Crossroad Picnic Showcase at the bandstand at Rambadt Park Campground. Like the Cadillac shows, the shows at Reed City will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Also this summer, the Cadillac Rotary Club is planning a short summer concert season at the Rotary Pavilion. Shari Spoelman, chair of Rotary’s cultural arts committee, said he booked Cadillac native Luke Winslow King to perform on Sunday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

“He will have amazing musicians with him,” Spoelman said. “We are looking forward to reserving an additional act or two to play at the pavilion.”

Steps from the pavilion, live acoustic music will be played every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at the Cadillac Commons Market from June 11 through October as part of the Cadillac Farmers Market.

Dan Belleville, entertainment coordinator for the farmer’s market, said artists who have signed up to perform so far include Dave Dalton, Anndersen Fremin, Carlos De Castro, Brian Satterlee, “Mio ‘Emily Rose Bischoff, Brett Mitchell, DJAM Jazz trio, Aaron Rohde, Bill Barnett / Mark Lagerwey, Kevin and Ann Trucks, Brett Cole, Matt Moresi and the Inland String Band, among others.

The shows will take place from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In Lake City, the annual Music in the Park series will not be held this year due to complications from COVID, but performances will be held throughout the summer at several local bars and restaurants.

“Missaukee County is set to open and invite guests this summer,” said Michelle Reichert, director of the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. “No offense to the arenas and stadiums, but the live music in a small town is much better. In addition to the exciting live music, you can also eat a little, watch a sporting event, see old friends and have fun. make new ones. “

Venues that will host live music include the LC Taphouse, The Patio on Main, Hammers Pub and Grub, and Merritt Auction House.

Another local business that will attract a lot of musical talent this summer is Coyote Crossing Resort, west of Cadillac.

From June to September, Coyote Crossing will have performances at 8 p.m. Performers include Zak Bunce and GrooveGround on June 5, Ward Davis with Myron Elkins on June 12, The Moonhowlers on June 19, Roosevelt Diggs on June 26, Drew Hale Band on July 10, Rachael Davis and Luke Winslow-King on July 17, Adam Joynt Band on July 24, Myron Elkins and Dying Breed on July 31, Michigan Rattlers on August 7, Drew Hale Band on August 21, Matt Sayles with special guests on August 28 and The Insiders on September 4.

These shows will be accompanied by cover charges which vary by artist.

In addition to the shows on Saturdays, Coyote Crossing will also host Open Mic Nights every Thursday throughout the summer.

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