The Music in the Park Summer Concert Series on June 28 will kick off the first of five events at Macomb Corners Park.

The Music in the Park Summer Concert Series on June 28 will kick off the first of five events at Macomb Corners Park.

Photo provided by Michelle Duda


Music in the Park concert series kicks off June 28 in Macomb Township

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 20, 2018

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Music in the Park Summer Concert Series will return to Macomb Corners Park this summer, with the first concert taking place June 28 to help kick off the 20th anniversary of the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department.

The concert series is nearly as old as the department, having started around the turn of the 21st century at Town Center Park. The event moved to Macomb Corners Park in 2014, and this year there are five concerts featuring local acts.

The Sun Messengers will open the summer on June 28, followed by The Prolifics on July 12, Steve King & The Dittilies on July 19, Fifty Amp Fuse on July 26, and the Jerry Ross Band will close the series on Aug. 2. All the free concerts run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

“The concerts are an opportunity for the Macomb Township Parks and Recreation Department to accomplish one of our goals (in) creating community through people, parks and programs,” said Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda. “Thanks to our sponsors, we can offer these high quality and unique events for free, with truly no catch.”

For each event, the department will set up the stage and decorate the park with flags, signs and red sky dancers. There are concessions available from Jet’s Pizza as well as a $1 frozen treat cart.

If residents don’t want to spend any money, Duda said patrons are invited to bring a picnic basket, chairs and blankets to make a night out of a concert.

“It is so great having outdoor activities like this where family and friends can come and be outside close to home,” Duda said. “It’s a chance to create lifelong memories, and it is more than just music, as we have something to offer everybody at the park.

“You can sit back and relax while enjoying the beautiful Michigan summer weather.”

By having the concert before the sun goes down, and in an open area, Duda said it helps keep the events cool and bug-free. While coolers and food are permitted, Duda said alcohol is not allowed in the parks and dogs are not allowed during the events.

There is also the Kidzone, where improvements have been made with new aesthetics and activities to attract more families. The Kidzone provides a safe play space, Duda said, for the kids to be entertained while the family enjoys the music.

Duda said all five bands performing this year have been part of a Music in the Park event in the past. While some of the bands have been performing more recently, Duda said the Jerry Ross Band will be returning with some older hits, while Fifty Amp Fuse is a favorite every year with its upbeat music.

Parks Director Sal DiCaro has a big hand in choosing the music, as he looks for bands that have both original music and can skillfully cover popular music. The combination provides something for everyone.

“We pride ourselves in getting good quality entertainment for our summer concert series,” DiCaro said. “We keep up with the local bands, and we are well aware of what other communities are offering. Most parks and recreation agencies work together and swap information so we can all provide the best concerts possible for our residents.”

For more information on the summer concert series, or to get weather updates closer to the events, visit www.gomtpr.org.

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