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 Construction has begun on two pavilions in Veterans Memorial Park, where the Music on the Lake summer concert series will begin June 12.

Construction has begun on two pavilions in Veterans Memorial Park, where the Music on the Lake summer concert series will begin June 12.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

‘Summer’s on its way’ in St. Clair Shores

Concert lineup announced

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 5, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The sounds of classic rock, ’80s music, country tunes and more will fill Veterans Memorial Park this year as the Music on the Lake summer concert series returns to St. Clair Shores for its 29th year.

Greg Hillman, marketing manager for Petitpren, which sponsors the concerts, told the City Council that it’s hard to believe the concert series has been going on for so long.

“I think we have one of our strongest lineups,” he said April 1.

The concerts will once again begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday nights through June, July and August. Hillman said ending the concerts at 8:30 p.m. gives everyone a little more time to get home before it gets dark, especially toward the end of summer. Residents of St. Clair Shores and nonresidents are all welcome to come to the park, located at 32400 Jefferson Ave., for the free concerts.

Whiplash will kick off the series June 12 with classic rock, followed by Capture Detroit June 19 and the Sun Messengers June 26.

“Summer would not be summer without the Sun Messengers,” Hillman said. “They’ve been great performers here in metro Detroit for almost 30 years.”

New this year is Rockstar, performing July 3. Hillman said that they are reportedly the “ultimate ’80s experience.”

Mainstream Drive performs July 10, The Groove Council comes July 17, the Joey Vee Band plays July 24 and Devin Scillian with Arizona Sun comes to the park July 31.

Returning favorites will bring covers of songs from Elton John and Jimmy Buffet as well, with Captain Fantastic Detroit playing Aug. 7 and Air Margaritaville on Aug. 14.

Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said that work has begun on the pavilions being constructed on the south end of the park. Part of the money for the pavilions was donated to the city by Harry Thompson, the current owner of Maloof Jewelry and Gifts, 28525 Harper Ave.

“It’s going to be another great venue where people will actually be able to rent the pavilions on concert nights as well,” Bowman said. “It’s going to be quite the hopping place.”

Along with support from the Parks and Recreation Department, the nights are organized by the Activities Committee. Dave Rubello, Activities Committee chair, said that musicians and concertgoers all love the events.

There are plenty of things to do at the park during the concerts, he said, including cornhole, shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce ball and the splash pad — all making for a great family atmosphere.

“You can come by boat, too, if you choose. We’re getting great crowds with the boats,” he said.

Visitors are able to use the grills in the park or purchase food from food trucks. There will also be free movie nights on July 10 and Aug. 7 after the concerts conclude.

“It’s a great setting for a concert and it’s really becoming a happening place to be, Wednesday nights in St. Clair Shores,” said Karl Schwarzwalder of the Activities Committee. “Summer’s on its way.”

Check out the St. Clair Shores Activities Committee Facebook page closer to the event dates for up-to-date information about other activities during the concerts.