Summer Sounds

Summer Sounds 2015 Concert Series

fullhouse2Entertain your family and friends at a concert in the Art Park this summer. The relaxed atmosphere and great music are a perfect way to enjoy a midsummer evening. This year the series is expanding from five to six performances thanks to our generous sponsors.

All concerts take place on Fridays at 7 p.m. at the outdoor amphitheater.

July 10 – Joshua Davis Trio
As seen on NBC’s television show The Voice, Joshua Davis writes songs that blend the roots of American music with gritty rock n’ roll and vintage soul.

July 17 – May Erlewine with Seth Bernard
The sounds and influences you’ll hear in her music range from good old fashioned folk and country swing to soul singers, rock and music from all over the wide world. It’s all bundled together with stories and melodies to take you on a journey of the heart.

July 24 – Benzie Playboys
K.Jones and the Benzie Playboys play some great “old school” zydeco and cajun music with traditional button accordions, fiddles, and washboard for an authentic Louisiana dance experience.

July 31 – TBA … stay tuned! 

August 7 – Ruth and Max Bloomquist
With influences of folk, bluegrass, and country, they have created a heart touching, audience pleasing acoustic Americana that is all their own.

August 14 – The Accidentals
Back by popular demand, Traverse City singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Katie Larson, Savannah Buist and Michael Dause, have created a sound all their own that is winning praise from music lovers across the country.

$10 suggested donation for admission.

Summer Sounds is underwritten by:

Maurice and Linda White
Crystal Mountain
National Endowment for the Arts
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Benzie County Visitors Bureau
Cooke Sheet Metal, Inc.
Abramson Family Dentistry
Traverse City State Bank
GLR Inc.




The amphitheater was originally built in 1995. An acoustic engineer helped choose the acoustically ideal location, and Michigan architect Bob Holdeman designed the venue. It will be 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 people to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.