Sounds of summer coming with concert series

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 3, 2015


ST. CLAIR SHORES — Summertime means summer concerts in the Shores, and this year a plethora of acts will bring their sounds to the city.

“Petitpren has sponsored it for 25 years; we’re very fortunate to have that partnership with them,” said St. Clair Shores Activities Committee Chair Maureen Antushevich.

The Michelob Ultra “Music on the Lake” concerts at Veterans Memorial Park on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard begin June 10 with The Pros Big Band, an act new to the series.

“We haven’t had a big band in a few years; we’re excited about that,” Antushevich said.

The free concerts run from 7:30-9 p.m. each Wednesday night, and on two nights, Park It will bring free movies to the park to be shown immediately following the concerts. “Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb” will be shown July 8, and “Big Hero 6” will be shown Aug. 12.

Also, Antushevich said, patrons will receive a surprise free giveaway on one of the concert nights this year, but they’re not disclosing the date in advance.

The concerts are always free, but Mastro’s Ice Cream will be on hand for those who wish to purchase cold treats, and the park concession stand will be open, as well.

Other new acts this year include The George Brothers Band with classic rock Aug. 12 and Dr. Pocket with R&B and funk June 24.

“The setting is perfect for music and just spending a relaxing evening during the summer,” Antushevich said.

Antushevich said residents can also look forward to this year’s fireworks, set for June 26. Admission wristbands and parking passes are now available; wristbands are $2 and parking passes are $5 at the St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation Department, 20000 Stephens St.

Just down the road at Wahby Park, which is located on the east side of Jefferson Avenue just south of 10 Mile Road, Monday nights will bring the sounds of instrumental music when Shorewood Kiwanis brings back its chamber music series in conjunction with the Macomb Chamber Music Society.

The free concerts will be held from 7-8 p.m. Mondays in July and August on the colonnade, and they have expanded from eight to nine weeks of music thanks to the generosity of patrons.

Tom Ulrich, of Shorewood Kiwanis, said that although the shows are free, patrons always ask if they can donate, so they began setting out a violin case at each concert to collect donations in the way of a street musician.

“Last year, we made enough money on that case to fund another concert,” Ulrich said. “They really support us well.”

That’s why the series will run until Aug. 31 with a performance by the Belgian American Association Band.

Perennial favorites include the Swing Shift Orchestra, who perform music from John Philip Sousa, and the Grumpy Cat String Trio, made up of a pre-med student at Wayne State University and her friends.

Patrons are encouraged to bring their own seats, blankets, refreshments and snacks, as there are no vendors at these concerts.

“We just do it for the community,” Ulrich said. “We don’t make a profit.”

2015 Music on the Lake Concerts at Veterans Memorial Park

• June 10 — The Pros Big Band
• June 17 — The Orbitsuns
• June 24 — Dr. Pocket
• July 1 — Eastside Blues Crew
• July 8 — The Shy with Park It
• July 15 — Devin Scillian with Arizona Sun
• July 22 — Magic Bus
• July 29 — The Sun Messengers
• Aug. 5 — Air Margaritaville
• Aug. 12 — The George Brothers Band with Park It

Shorewood Kiwanis and Macomb Chamber Music Society Chamber Music Series at Wahby Park
• July 6 — Swing Shift Orchestra
• July 13 — William Junius Flute and Guitar
• July 20 — R.J. Spangler Blues Band
• July 27 — Cousino Jazz Combo
• Aug. 3 — Montage String Quartet
• Aug. 10 — Grumpy Cat String Trio
• Aug. 17 — Onita Sanders
• Aug. 24 — Lincoln String Quartet
• Aug. 31 — The Belgian American Association Band