The 14th annual Concert in the Park summer music series is set and ready to go with another great lineup in 2017. Concerts are held every Wednesday evening, June 14 through Aug. 30, at the William E. Tennant Performance Shell in the St. Johns City Park. The music begins at 7 p.m., rain or shine.
"St. Johns is definitely the place to be on Wednesday evenings in the summer," says Bill Tennant, concert coordinator. "We have outstanding performers lined up again this year for our mid-Michigan audiences. The quality of performers along with the great variety of music makes this one of the best series we've ever put together."
A quintet of the series' most popular groups return from last year, beginning with The Sea Cruisers who open the 2017 season June 14 with their outstanding renditions of "good old rock and roll" hits. Other repeat performers include Matt King and his tribute to Elvis (Aug. 30); Toppermost and their tribute to the Beatles (Aug. 9); local favorite Louis Longoria and his band (Aug. 9); and the Mountain Town Singers, an award-winning barbershop chorus from Mt. Pleasent (Aug 16).
The Lansing Concert Band (June 28) is another favorite that has been part of the series line-up in previous seasons. "This is one of our favorite concert bands," Tennant says. "The band performed at the Gala Concert that opened our first season, playing a commissioned piece by local composer, Chad Rehmann, and they have performed here several other times. A special performance of Gershwin’s beautiful "Rhapsody in Blue" performed by St. Johns’ own Jeff Richards is part of the band's program this summer."
Six new groups on the 2017 schedule bring their unique performance styles to audiences: a Lansing favorite Root Doctor(July 26) plays its brand of classic soul, blues and rhythm & blues; the Lansing Concert Jazz Band (June 21) plays many classics from the big band jazz era; local community theatre group, Homegrown Productions presents an encore performance of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "A Grand Night for Singing;" a new group, Miranda & the M80’s with local favorite Jeff Dietrich (Aug. 2) play great hits of the 1980s; popular Lansing group, the Roaring Twenties Band will take audiences on a trip through the great music of the "Flapper Age;" and three-time Detroit Blues champions from Detroit, the Flying Lantini Brothers with John Lantini (Aug. 23), bring their award-winning sound of blues, soul and great rock and roll to the stage with songs from their newest album "The Blues Makes Me Feel So Good."
"Bring a chair, a blanket and head to the beautiful St. Johns City Park to partake of a wonderful feast that will fill your musical palette with many delights throughout the summer," Tennant says.
The St. Johns Lions Club will have food available with all the proceeds going back into the community. There is no admission charge; donations greatly appreciated to help pay for the series that is sponsored by the City of St. Johns and Clinton County Arts Council.