Music in the Park returns in June

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published May 13, 2014

 The Groove Council performs during Music in the Park in 2011.

The Groove Council performs during Music in the Park in 2011.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

Dodge Park will be in harmony with people who enjoy some music with their outdoors this summer.

The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back its Music in the Park program on select Thursdays throughout June and July. Here is the scheduled lineup for this year:

• June 12, Kaleidoscope.

• June 19, Justine Blazer.

• June 26, Steve King & The Dittilies (oldies).

• July 3, Rick Lieder Band.

• July 10, The Square Pegz (’80s music).

• July 17, Danny D & The Vagabonds (Rod Stewart music).

Parks  and Recreation Department manager Kyle Langlois said this year is the 39th year that Sterling Heights has held a Music in the Park program. He said the city owes it to the residents to provide gathering places for family entertainment.

“The Department of Public Works can plow roads when it’s snowing. The clerk provides elections to go through democracy. The police keep people safe,” he said. “Our service is to provide the (public) with these types of recreational activities.”

Langlois said some of the acts, such as Steve King & The Dittilies, have played in the park for a number of years.

“Basically, we try to bring back certain fan favorites on a yearly basis,” he said. “This year, one of my goals was to find family-friendly entertainment, something that would more try to transcend generations.”

For instance, he said the Rick Lieder Band plays music from the 1960s and ’70s, all the way up to current songs that people hear on the radio today.

Country music is represented by singer Justine Blazer, who was invited last year but had to perform indoors due to inclement weather, Langlois said.

“Hopefully, the rain doesn’t follow her,” he added.

Turnout for the music events often depends on weather. Langlois said the average show can draw 700-1,000 people, and nice weather has brought as many as 2,000-3,000.

“If it’s raining, we could have 100,” he said.

Music in the Park has concession food on hand, and depending on the day, kids can get airbrush tattoos, face painting and balloons, he said.

The park will host a small classic car show during the program, Langlois added.

Richard Paul, events planner and booking agent for Richard Paul & Associates, did the booking for Music in the Park, and he said the venue is a change of pace for entertainers who normally do club or corporate work.

“It gives them the opportunity to get out and do an outdoor concert where everybody is laid back, and they have a great time,” he said. “They enjoy the whole atmosphere — the whole ambiance behind it.”

The Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department will host Music in the Park on select Thursdays June 12-July 17. Performances will be at 7 p.m. at the Dodge Park Band Shell in Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Admission is free.

Learn more about upcoming events by calling (586) 446-2692. Find out more about the Parks and Recreation Department by visiting or by calling (586) 446-2700.