Concerts, fireworks to set off summer with a bang!

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 10, 2014

UPDATE: There will not be an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Locomotion Dance” during the 2014 Fireworks Extravaganza.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Summer starts now!

The 2014 Michelob Ultra “Music on the Lake” concert series, sponsored by Petitpren and put on by the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee kicks off for the 10-week season June 11 with Polish rock from the Polish Muslims.

The Wednesday evening concerts start each week at 7:30 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park on
Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard. Gates open at 6 p.m. for visitors to get in and get a spot; no park passes are required for the concerts.

The summer series continues with the Eastside Blues Crew’s blend of classic rock and blues to the park June 18, Devin Scillian and the Arizona Sun June 25, the Jimmy Buffett-Beach Boys band Marley-Ritaville takes the stage July 2, and The Shy pop, rock and country band are on stage July 9.

Activities Committee Chair Maureen Antushevich said Marley-Ritaville is new to the lineup this year. Also, she said, after the July 9 concert, Park-it will be coming to show the animated movie, “Frozen,” outdoors for free in the park. Another Park-it night is set for Aug. 13, the night of the last concert, when they will show “Despicable Me 2” for free.

The concert series continues July 16 with rock classics from The Gia Warner Band, funk and jazz from the Sun Messengers July 23, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Air Margaritaville July 30 and psychedelic rock from Magic Bus Aug. 6. It ends with the Groove Council, a band playing classic soul, R&B and funk, Aug. 13.

Antushevich said the concerts are free and that visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them. Mastro’s Ice Cream will also be on hand every week to sell frozen treats, and the park concession stand will be open, as well.

“We are ready — we are jumping in with both feet,” for summer, she said. “We work on it all year.”

The family-friendly events usually draw about 1,000 people each week.

Admission is $2 per person for the fireworks show, which will go off at dusk June 27 off the coast of Veterans Memorial Park. Gates open at 2 p.m., and there will be music from Outrageous Jams by Jamie playing at that time, along with children’s activities put on by First State Bank. Later on, Elite Entertainment will provide music before and during the fireworks display, although it will not be synchronized to the show this year as it has been the past two years. Antushevich said Great Lakes Fireworks can put on a bigger show with more fireworks shells if it is not set to music.

National Coney Island and Mastro’s Ice Cream will be selling food and refreshments along with the park’s concession stand, and the Activities Committee will be selling glow items.

Admission wristbands and parking passes are currently for sale at the Parks and Recreation Department office, 20000 Stephens Road. Parking passes for the lot across the street from the park are $5 and guarantee drivers a spot.