Music’s in the air at Marshbank Park

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 27, 2016

 The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission books a variety of bands during its summer concert series.

The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission books a variety of bands during its summer concert series.

Photo provided by the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Get out the lawn chairs and head down to Marshbank Park’s concert hill for the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s annual summer concert series. 

The Marshbank Music Series — formerly known as Hot Music, Hot Nights — will run 7-8:15 p.m. July 13, 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 10. Food will be available for purchase from the Optimist Club of West Bloomfield, and the proceeds will benefit the club’s programs. Alcohol is not permitted in the park. 

This year’s lineup includes Big Will and the 360° Band, Magic Bus, Mainstreet Soul, Hidden Agenda and Remedy. Marketing Coordinator Meagan Kurnat said she’s looking forward to the groups, especially Mainstreet Soul, which is Detroit’s premier dance and Motown band.

“We try to bring in new groups as often as we can. It’s a really great, relaxing night at Marshbank Park,” Kurnat said. 

Parks and Recreation Coordinator Nancy Keener said that oftentimes people use the park for fitness — walking, running, etc. The concert events are an opportunity “for people who want to get out and enjoy the park and maybe aren’t runners,” she said. 

“It’s a beautiful venue, and it’s something to do that isn’t late. … Come out and enjoy the outdoors.”

The Kids Komotion concerts will take place at 11 a.m. July 21 and 7 p.m. Aug. 18. 

July’s performance will feature the Deep Fried Pickle Project. The eclectic trio has performed across the country, including at the Wakarusa Music Festival in Arkansas and Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois. The members incorporate a variety of instruments into their music, including a jug, a washtub bass, a swambone, a cigar box ukulele and a kazoo, according to their website.

The August concert will feature Rick and Dayna. The group has performed at the Meadowbrook Music Festival Gazebo, the Traverse City Cherry Festival and the Ann Arbor Art Fair. 

“Kids Komotion concerts offer a great opportunity to get the family outdoors to spend time together,” said Jennifer Tucker, executive director for the commission. “Previously a daytime series, we decided to offer two evening concerts this year so more families are able to take advantage of the free events.” 

The first evening concert took place June 23.

Inflatable bouncers will be set up one hour prior to the evening concert, and 30 minutes before and after the daytime concert. The commission will hand out giveaways and raffle prizes to all concertgoers. 

This year, Kurnat said, food trucks will be on-site for the Kids Komotion concerts. 

“We serve food at our evening concert series, and I think people were looking for it (at the Kids Komotion concerts). There’s not a lot of food venues in the Marshbank neighborhood,” Kurnat said. 

Rain or shine, the Kids Komotion music will play on. Families are invited to meet the performers once the concerts conclude, and to explore Marshbank Park. 

For more information about the concerts, visit www.westbloomfieldparks.org.