Line dancers take the floor during a 2019 concert in Veterans Memorial Park.

Line dancers take the floor during a 2019 concert in Veterans Memorial Park.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Music on the Lake returns for summer in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 27, 2021


ST. CLAIR SHORES — Proclaiming that “it’s like we’re getting back to normal,” Mayor Kip Walby thanked Petitpren for bringing its 30th season of Music on the Lake back to Veterans Memorial Park in June, July and August.

“It’s good to see. It would have been the 30th year last year, but it will be the 30th year this year,” Walby said May 3.

Greg Hillman, of Petitpren, said the company is looking forward to sponsoring the popular outdoor concert series at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave., beginning at 7 p.m. June 9 with Teddy Petty and the Refugees, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover band.

“We missed the concerts last year,” Hillman said. “(We’re) really looking forward to this year, in the summer, getting out. We might be constrained on the number of people we can have in the park, (but that is) yet to be determined.”

He said it takes a lot of different people working behind the scenes to make the concerts a success, including the Parks and Recreation Department, the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, and the sound system company that brings a professional sound to the band shell.

The concerts will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The lineup continues June 16 with Motor City Josh and The Big Three; June 23 with The Groove Council; June 30 with Atomic Radio; July 7 with Mainstream Drive; July 14 with Rock Star; July 21 with Captain Fantastic Detroit; July 28 with American Ages; and Aug. 4 with the Joey Vee Band. It concludes Aug. 11 with Air Margaritaville.

“What would summer be without Air Margaritaville?” Hillman said. “I think it’s one of our strongest lineups.”

Karl Schwarzwalder, of the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, said they are happy to have one of the “signature events in our city” returning after nearly two years.

“I can assure you all, as disappointed as we all were that these things couldn’t take place, the people at Petitpren and the members of the Activities Committee were probably more disappointed,” he said. “The bands that play our park all say it is a highlight of their summer to play that park.”

Hillman said he was happy to be celebrating 30 years providing music to great crowds in St. Clair Shores.

“We hope that, in 30 years from now, we can say it’s been 60 years,” he said. “We’ve got two new young Petitprens in our business, and I can say now, in 30 years, it will still be Petitpren Inc., so we have a chance.”

All concerts are free and open to the public, with free parking, but attendance may be limited depending on current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, follow the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee on Facebook.