Pump up the jams at Marshbank Park

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 3, 2015

 During the 2014 Hot Music, Hot Nights Summer Concert Series, the Parks and Recreation Commission scheduled popular groups like Marley-Rittaville. This year’s concerts feature new groups.

During the 2014 Hot Music, Hot Nights Summer Concert Series, the Parks and Recreation Commission scheduled popular groups like Marley-Rittaville. This year’s concerts feature new groups.

Photo provided by the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Music is a great way to relax and add “a little culture to your summer,” according to West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission Recreation Coordinator Nancy Keener.


The Parks and Recreation Commission will once again present two concert series this summer. Kids Komotion concerts will take place at 11 a.m. June 25 and Aug. 20, and at 7 p.m. July 23. The Hot Music, Hot Nights Summer Concert Series will run from 7-8:15 p.m. every Wednesday from July 8-Aug. 5.


“It’s free, and it’s a wonderful time to enjoy the parks with an added bonus,” Keener said, adding that attending the Hot Music, Hot Nights Summer Concert Series is a great way to relax after work.


The Hot Music, Hot Nights series pulls in anywhere from 300-1,000 people, depending on the weather, and was created to give families in the township an event suitable for all ages. This year’s lineup includes Small Town Son, Pete and the Parrotheads, THUMMp, Big Will and the 360° Band, and Cosmic Groove.


Parks and Recreation Public Information Officer Meagan Kurnat said the acts have never performed during the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation concert series. 


“We try to get a wide range of musical styles. We don’t want it to be the same every week,” Kurnat said. “We try to hit on all musical tastes.”


This is the first year that concert organizers have scheduled an a capella group. THUMMp performs music from classic rock, blues and pop genres. A capella has become popular since NBC’s “The Sing-Off” television show aired, Keener said.


Food from the Optimist Club of West Bloomfield will be available for purchase during the Hot Music, Hot Nights series. Proceeds from the Optimist Club sales are distributed to children’s programs in West Bloomfield. Residents are free to bring their own food if they do not wish to purchase food. Alcohol is not permitted in the park.


“Marshbank Park is absolutely beautiful, and it’s made for these kinds of concerts,” Kurnat said.


Kids Komotion was originally a series of puppet shows, but because local puppeteers became harder to find, Parks and Recreation switched to 30- to 45-minute musical performances. Kids can use inflatable bouncers before and after the concerts, courtesy of the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission, and the musicians typically hold a meet and greet. This year’s series includes Bob and Carl, Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers, and Deep Fried Pickle Project.


For the first time, the Parks and Recreation Commission has scheduled a night concert during the Kids Komotion concert series for working parents who cannot enjoy the experience with their children during the day, Keener said. The night concert will be at 7 p.m. July 23.


Kids Komotion concerts take place rain or shine. If it rains, the concert will be moved indoors.


For more information about either concert series, visit www.westbloomfieldparks.org. Marshbank Park is located at 2805 Hiller Road in West Bloomfield.


The Hot Music, Hot Nights series is weather-dependent, and residents can call (248) 451-1923 to confirm whether concerts are taking place in the event of bad weather.

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