Downtown Musicale concerts begin June 9

EVART — It’s may still seem a bit early.

It may seem to be a little presumptuous to assume Michigan’s winter is REALLY over.

There have been, and will still be a few late evenings and early mornings when the temperature dips into the low 30s.

But it doesn’t matter. It’s time to dust off the lawnchair and making sure you’ve got plenty of sunscreen.

Summer is on the way, and with it the annual Evart Downtown Musicale series of concerts.

It is time to mark your calendar and start planning for the 2011 Evart Downtown Summer Musicale series of concerts.

Planners believe it’s going to be another successful summer of cultural and musical happenings on stage at The Depot.

“I think we’re looking at an exciting series ahead of us,” said DDA program coordinator Darcy Salinas.

“We have a good variety of music lined up this year.

“We’ll be offering everything from Motown funk to Celtic traditional.

“We also have the annual folkfest set to go with some old friends visiting Evart once again.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun for folks from around the area and visitors to our community.”

The concert series begins Thursday, June 9 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 20.

On the ticket this year are such performances as the lead act — the Jim Cummings Band on June 9 — bringing Motown music to Evart on June 9. They will be followed by Conga Se Menne, billed as “Finnish Reggae!”, taking the stage on Thursday, June 23.

During the pre-fireworks Independence Day festivities, (Sunday, July 3), the Beatles salute band Shout! will once again entertain the crowd in the grandstands at Tom Smith Memorial Stadium.

July 7 is tagged as Open Mic Night.

“We have some great groups of musicians throughout our area,” said Salinas. “This is an opportunity for them to get on stage and show what they can do.”

On Thursday, July 21, the big band Goethe’s Grove Connection group from Emmendingen, Germany will visit town in cooperation with Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp.

The dates of July 22-23 have been set aside for the ever popular One Day Mini-Folkfest.

On July 22 there will be the usual gathering from 8-10 p.m. around a blazing fire just west of The Depot in Evart.

On stage all day Saturday will be Matt Wotroba, Anne Hills, Jan Krist and Jim Bizer, and Claudia Schmidt.

After a short break in the schedule, the Raisin Pickers bluegrass band take the stage on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The series will wrap up with a Celtic music double header on Saturday, Aug, 20 with Mulligen Stew and Rant Maggie Rant both filling a huge five-hour concert program.

“It’s been exciting watching things come together,” said Salinas.

“There are a lot of good performers out there.

“We are always looking for something new and something interesting.

“We try to provide musical programs that might not be offered anywhere else in this area – to give people a chance to come, bring their children and grandchildren and enjoy an afternoon or evening of great music while sitting out on the lawn..

“It’s going to be fun and a good time. The kinds of groups we have scheduled usually draw a good crowd.”

The complete 2011 Musicale schedule is already available from the Evart DDA office and can be obtained by calling (231) 734-6119.