Music in the park meets arts

REED CITY — There’s going to be a lot going on in Reed City this year as music and art ‘happenings’ fill city parks and downtown streets.

“We’re really looking forward to starting the 2011 Art and Music in the Park series,” said program planner Kevin Rambadt. “We kick off the season on June 6 and there will be something going on every weekend until we shut down on Aug. 27.

“All of our concerts as well as the ever-popular Friday evening Crossroads Picnic Showcase series will take place in Rambadt Park.

“We’re looking forward to a great time.”

Moving into the summer series season, Rambadt pointed out that the ‘arts’ so important to the program have already been planned.

On June 4 and 18, July 2 and 23, and Aug. 6 and 13, art lovers young and old can take part in a hands-on program producing art projects in a wide genre of styles ranging from Contemporary and 3-D Painting, to Mardi Gras Art.

People of all ages are invited to take part in the creative process.

“This isn’t just a program for kids,” Rambadt pointed out. “Our program director, Donna Wheeler, is encouraging adults, moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas to come out as well.

“Donna does a lot to promote the arts in our area and we are looking forward to a great turnout.”

And throughout the summer there’ll be plenty of music — a LOT of music.

“This is our 10th year. We’ve worked very hard at trying to create a program that could reach out to almost everyone around our community,” reported Rambadt.

“We started out a little hesitantly a few years back — not really knowing what people would like and if we could give everyone something they’d enjoy.

“Then we added to the program each year and things really picked up. People have responded well.”

Music and art lovers in the Reed City area have a lot to look forward to in weeks and months to come.

As in years past, each Friday evening is given over to the jazz series of concerts in Rambadt Park — the Crossroads Picnic Showcase — at the pavilion.

All the Friday evening concerts will be held at 7 p.m. — a fine time to enjoy a little picnic dinner with some of the top shelf jazz musicians and singers in the state.

On Saturday, June 4, the Midnight Cattle callers will take the stage for a performance of traditional favorites.

Open Range, with Letha Raymond, will hold its their on Saturday, June 18, and Sister Wileme, with Mary Sue Wilkerson, will take the stage on June 25.

Again, please note, all performances begin at 7 p.m.

July 9, the good ol’ rock and roll performance Free Flight will entertain, while on July 16 Duck Soup with Tom Schwarz will rule the Rambadt Park stage.

On July 23, local favorite Dave Brooks and Flat Broke will offer his unique brand of music, and on July 30 the ever popular Blue Water Ramblers will grab the stage.

August begins with Roosevelt Diggs, (with Levi Duddles) cranking out a blend of musical stylings on Aug. 6. Local favorites An Dro, with Fred Wilson, hit the stage on Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. On the 20th, Michigan Mafia String Band gear up for an evening of new-traditional music.

The series ends on Aug. 27 with Ann Whitford and the Low Water Ramblers entertaining the crowd.

Don’t sit at home.

Join neighbors and friends in Rambadt Park for some of the best music the summer has to offer.

“We are really looking forward to a fun time of concerts, art activities and other happenings, said Rambadt.

“We’ve worked very hard to create a program that will attract both area residents and folks visiting our community.

“We’re sure this year will be as successful as years past — if not more!

“This program is fun and we hope folks will get out and get involved.”