Summer Sounds Concert Series


Summer Sounds Concert Series 2016
Weekends this summer from July 1 – August 13.
All shows from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Bring family and friends for a wonderful night of entertainment at an Art Park concert this summer. For over twenty years, concert-goers have enjoyed the fresh air, relaxed atmosphere and great music of Summer Sounds, a perfect way to spend a midsummer evening. This year, thanks to some very generous sponsors, we are excited to expand our series to seven weeks!

Tickets on sale Friday, May 27. Sign up here to be the first to know they are available.

Tickets will be required for attendance at this year’s concerts. Some tickets will be available at the door, but we recommend purchasing tickets in advance, as some shows will sell out.

Don’t Miss Out On a Sold-Out Show!

Want to make sure you get tickets to the concerts you would most like to see? Become an Art Park member today and get early bird access to all Summer Sounds tickets.

Become a Member Here


2016 Summer Sounds Schedule

Photo by Leah Renee

The Crane Wives

Friday, July 1
Tickets: $10, Kids 12-and-under: Free

This award-winning female-fronted Grand Rapids band has become a big favorite around Michigan. Their harmony-driven folk-rock/pop traverses innovative territory, ranging from whisper-quiet ballads to big, danceable grooves.


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Channing & Quinn

Friday, July 8
Tickets: $10, Kids 12-and-under: Free

Indie folk duo Channing & Quinn blend quirky with creepy, and theatrics with sincerity. In a live setting the two do the work of several musicians by (often simultaneously) playing guitar, ukulele, accordion, drums, glockenspiel, banjo, looping vocals and even tap dancing!


Rachael Davis & Dominic Davis

Rachael & Dominic Davis

Friday, July 15
Tickets: $10, Kids 12-and-under: Free

An award-winning songwriter with a magical voice, Rachael Davis has been captivating audiences since childhood. Her husband Dominic is one of the most sought after musicians in Nashville, playing in Jack White’s band and working with icons like Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Christina Aguilera, and Neil Young. Together they play jazz, swing, folk and roots tunes.


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The Go Rounds

Friday, July 22
Tickets: $10, Kids 12-and-under: Free

Hailing from Kalamzoo, The Go Rounds have been building a big buzz up north this year, thanks to their collaborative spirit and energetic live act. Equally inspired by their record collections as the beauty of the Great Lakes State, the band explores soul music, baroque folk, art rock, country and classic rock n’ roll.


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Drew Hale

Friday, July 29
Tickets: $10, Kids 12-and-under: Free

This year’s national champion at the 34th Annual Country Showdown, Drew Hale was named “Best New Act In Country Music.” This soulful Traverse City singer-songwriter plays modern country with hints of blues, rock, and soul.


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Joshua Davis

Friday, August 5
Tickets: $25, Kids 12-and-under: $10

Northern Michigan hero returns to the MLAP amphitheater stage to bring his uncanny gift for connecting with audiences across generations through his music. Deeply rooted in the folk tradition, while incorporating elements from a wide range of genres, Joshua has a passion for creating music that brings people together in community. *Our last concert with Joshua sold out very fast. Art Park members get exclusive early access to this and other ticket sales. Become a member today!


Terry Barber

Terry Barber

Saturday, August 13
Tickets: $15, Kids 12-and-under: $5

Back by popular demand, internationally-acclaimed countertenor Terry Barber will perform “Around the World in 80 Minutes”, unique arrangements by Emmy and Grammy-winning composers of the world’s favorite melodies in 10 languages (with songs like Danny Boy, Besame Mucho, La Vie En Rose, Bridge Over Troubled Water).


Become a Summer Sounds Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available. By helping to underwrite the series, all revenue from ticket sales will directly benefit Michigan Legacy Art Park.

Call us to sponsor a Summer Sounds event: 231.378.4963

Special Thanks to These Lead Sponsors

Jim and Maree Mulvoy
Maurice and Linda White
Tom and Julie Dawson
Diane Wilbur and Jim Szalay
Steve and Deona Paine

Crystal Mountain
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Benzie County Visitors Bureau
Benzie Sunrise Rotary Foundation

2016 Summer Sounds Sponsorship Benefits

$1,000: Concert Sponsor

  • Recognition as a Summer Sounds 2016 Presenting Sponsor
  • Priority placement of your name/logo and link to website in all Summer Sounds email blasts and online marketing
  • Recognition in all related media releases
  • 5,000 concert schedules distributed at area businesses and visitors centers will feature your name/logo
  • Opportunity to address the audience from the stage at one concert of choice
  • Recognition in ads placed in local newspapers
  • Reserved table seating for six at two concerts of choice*
  • Four complimentary tickets to each of the seven concerts

$500: Supporting Sponsor

  • Priority placement of your name/logo and link to website in all Summer Sounds email blasts and online marketing
  • Recognition in all related media releases
  • 5,000 concert schedules distributed at area businesses and visitors centers will feature your name/logo
  • Recognition in ads placed in local newspapers
  • Reserved table seating for six at a concert of choice*
  • Two complimentary tickets to each of the seven concerts

$250: Friend of Summer Sounds

  • Your name/logo and link to website in all Summer Sounds email blasts and online marketing
  • 5,000 concert schedules distributed at area businesses and visitors centers will feature your name
  • Two complimentary tickets to each of the seven concerts

*Limited number of tables available.
Reservation on first-come-first-served basis.
Does not include admission.

Event Details

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The amphitheater was originally built in 1995 and dedicated in memory of Jessie Frohlich by Edward P. Frohlich. An acoustic engineer helped choose the acoustically ideal location, and Michigan architect Bob Holdeman designed the venue. It was rebuilt for the 2014 season with a major grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Its terraced seating, built by David Barr and Jim Ristine, accommodates about 150 people, with additional space for another 50 to 100 people to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.