PETOSKEY — An annual tradition of bringing live entertainment to Petoskey’s Pennsylvania Park will again return this summer bringing music to the heart of downtown.
Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park series has recently finalized and announced its summer schedule of performances slated to kick off on Friday, June 17.
“We were able to do this last year but it’s so nice to have it back again even through the pandemic,” said arts center event coordinator Andi Symonds.
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“I’ve really enjoyed booking this out too because it’s just one more sign that summer is around the corner,” she said.
As in years past, the upcoming summer concert series will take place at noon each Wednesday and Friday from Friday, June 17 through Friday, Aug. 19 in Petoskey’s Pennsylvania Park. However, there will not be a concert on Wednesday, July 13 and Friday, July 15 as the arts center will be hosting its D’Art for Art event.
The summer line up is as follows:
- Friday, June 17: Katherine Ryan
- Wednesday, June 22: Indigo Moon
- Friday, June 24: Sean Miller
- Wednesday, June 29: Ron Fowler
- Friday, July 1: Keith Scott Blues
- Wednesday, July 6: Nathan and Jessie
- Friday, July 8: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Members
- Wednesday, July 20: Michelle Chenard
- Friday, July 22: Jeff Pagel
- Wednesday, July 27: Bay View Spectrum Brass students
- Friday, July 29: The Real Ingredients
- Wednesday, Aug. 3: Caroline Barlow
- Friday, Aug. 5: Fowler and Richey
- Wednesday, Aug. 10: The Shooting Bones
- Friday, Aug. 12: Steel & Wood
- Wednesday, Aug. 17: Holly Keller-Thompson
- Friday, Aug. 19: Chris Kory
The series in whole is mostly filled with local talent and favorites including Jeff Pagel, Ron Fowler and Chris Koury. It also spans multiple genres to bring audiences something new each Wednesday and Friday.
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“I’m excited for the Shooting Bones,” said Symonds.
“I’ve always been a fan of Eric Jaqua and his other band the Pistil Whips and I’m excited to see what he and his girlfriend Holly do with this new act,” she said.
Symonds is also particularly excited about Ron Fowler and the children’s music he does for the kids as well as the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra who will be bringing an ensemble of its performers together for an intimate show.
“A great thing about this event is it is really in a prime location right in the heart of downtown,” Symonds said.
“I love it when people just stumble upon the live music in the park and being able to hear the music all throughout downtown. It’s just perfect for summer in Petoskey,” she said.
Limited picnic tables and chairs will be available in the park and its suggested that people bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy an afternoon picnic in the park while listening to free and live entertainment.
In the chance of inclement weather, the arts center also asks people check its social media for information on relocation or cancellations.
Visit crookedtree.org for more information about the series.
Editor’s note: Sean Miller is a performing and working musician and is performing in this series.
Contact reporter Sean Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @seanmillerpnrand Instagram, @sean_everest.