Summer concert series gets extension

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published April 4, 2016

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Sterling Heights will hear the sounds of summer a few weeks longer this year.

The city’s Music in the Park concert series will run for 12 weeks June-August, according to city officials. The concerts will start at 7 p.m. Thursdays June 2-Aug. 25, except for July 28, at Dodge Park.

Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Director Kyle Langlois attributed the decision to expectation-exceeding popularity for concerts and the launch of the Dodge Park Farmers Market. Last year, Music in the Park took place on seven Thursdays.

“What led to the expansion was really just the success of the concerts last year and how they worked alongside the farmers market, and those two events together,” he said.

According to the city, this year’s Music in the Park series will feature bands including Air Margaritaville, Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations, Eddy & The Breakers, Mega 80’s, and Steve King and the Dittilies.

Langlois said the lineup is a combination that comes from reaching out for different talent and reinviting longtime favorites. He said the bands are all paid performers, and budgeting was a factor in determining who could play.

“I think one of the things that is important to us, Sterling Heights specifically, is we want to find quality bands, bands that are out in the world playing gigs,” he said.

Besides the music, guests can expect children’s activities such as balloons, face painting and airbrush tattoos. Certain weeks will also have special themes and activities, such as the June 23 School’s Out Summer Party, the July 7 Cool Car Rally and the Aug. 18 Wild West Party.

According to officials, Jet’s Pizza will sell pizza during all shows but the one on June 23, for which Chicken Shack is scheduled to sell food.

Sterling Heights Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle said Music in the Park is free for residents and anyone who wishes to go.

“What we’re trying to do is give people a place to go to in Sterling Heights,” she said. “We’re fortunate to have beautiful parks and this city campus that creates kind of a synergy in the area. … It’s a great way for residents to try to get that community feel without having to fork over any cash.”

Music in the Park will take place at 7 p.m. Thursdays June 2-Aug. 25, except for July 28, in Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights. Learn more about the Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation Department or the Music in the Park summer concert series by visiting www.myshpr.net or by calling (586) 446-2700.

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