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Petitpren announces 2017 lineup for Music on the Lake

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 11, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — With the changing of the seasons, it’s one step closer to this year’s Music on the Lake summer concert series at Veterans Memorial Park.

Sponsored by Petitpren Inc. and put on by the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee, the concerts have been coming to St. Clair Shores for nearly three decades, said Mayor Kip Walby.

“It’s a great time of year,” he said April 3. “We are grateful to Petitpren for 27 years of bringing wonderful concerts to St. Clair Shores.”

Petitpren marketing manager Greg Hillman said that organizing the concerts is one of his favorite ways to be involved with local communities.

“It’s truly Petitpren Inc.’s pleasure to bring the concerts to St. Clair Shores. It’s part of our core values to give back to the municipalities and cities that we’re involved in,” he said. 

The concert series will span 10 Wednesdays throughout the summer, beginning June 14 with The Groove Council, which Hillman said has been performing in the concert series for the past eight years. 

Dave Rubello, of the Activities Committee, said that this year the opening concert will pay tribute to Flag Day with help from the Lac Ste. Claire Kiwanis. 

The national anthem will be performed by the Kiwanis Kids Club at Steenland Elementary School, and there will also be appearances by color guards from the Air Force ROTC from Anchor Bay, the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets and the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps.

“We’ve never had an opening day quite like this one,” Rubello said. “We’ve got our endless summer of fun coming up here.”

Opening day festivities start at 6:30 p.m., and the park is open to the public during the concerts.

The remaining concerts run 7:30-9 p.m. and continue June 21 with Jill Jack’s folk and rock music, Hillman said. 

“Jill is probably the most awarded performer in our lineup this year. (She) sings all around the region. Does a great job, and we’re glad to bring her back for her second appearance,” he said. 

New to the lineup is Whiplash Classic Rock, performing June 28. Hillman said it has gotten harder to find classic rock bands, so they were happy to “spread out the genres a little bit.” Mainstream Drive is also new to this year’s lineup and will play a variety of cover songs and dance music July 5.

July 12 features one of the most requested groups for the series — Devin Scillian with Arizona Sun. 

“He loves coming to St. Clair Shores. It’s easy for him after he gets done with the newscast, and he loves the environment and loves being able to play here in St. Clair Shores,” Hillman told City Council members. “I usually start with booking him first and move across the schedule.”

Also on tap for the series are the Sun Messengers July 19, the Gia Warner Band July 26, Capture Detroit Aug. 2, the Joey Vee Band Aug. 9, and the series wraps up with Air Margaritaville Aug. 16.

“They are probably the best Jimmy Buffett tribute band in the region,” Hillman said of Air Margaritaville. “They’re difficult to get, but they love playing here in St. Clair Shores. I think we have a reputation. A lot of groups are wanting to come in, and they’re one of them.”

Walby said he appreciates Petitpren and Hillman’s work getting “the best bands they can for our lineup.”

For more information, look for the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee on Facebook.

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