Charlotte’s popular Summer Concerts on the Square free music series will return this summer on July 11 with a performance by Kathy Ford & the Power 3. The concerts will run for six weeks, and conclude with The Ezy Street Band and the now-traditional Taste of Charlotte food festival.
Rounding out this year’s schedule will be the Capital City Chordsmen, the Brenda Loomis Band, the Greg Nagy Band, and The Music Doctors. “This is a line-up with a lot of new faces for this series,” organizer Bryan Myrkle said. “We try to keep things fresh and not have the exact same bands every year, even though some of them are very popular.”
Myrkle also said that country music would be featured more this year than in the past. “I always try to ask our regular attendees what kind of acts they want booked for this series, and by far the most common request I get is for more country.” He said that, since putting the word out a couple years ago, country acts have started seeking out this series. “It’s not all going to be country, but I am happy to try to give people more of what they want.”
Kathy Ford & the Power 3, on July 11, is a popular variety band requested several times by Charlotte concert-goers. Kathy Ford is an award-winning song writer and has been performing across the country for more than 25 years.
The Capital City Chordsmen, booked for July 18, are a Lansing-based ‘barbership’ style group with more than 30 members. They are a veteran of the summer concerts scene around Mid-Michigan and have a wide following.
The Brenda Loomis Band, performing July 25, is a well-known, high-energy country music act making its third appearance on the Courthouse Square. The band was a 2018 inductee of the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Greg Nagy Band will perform August 1. Greg Nagy is a critically-acclaimed guitarist and singer from Flint who focuses on the blues, tempered with soul, R&B, rock and gospel. He was formerly a member of Lansing-based band, Root Doctor.
The Music Doctors, playing on August 8, are a classic country act, with both rock and blues influences. Playing together now for almost 30 years, these veteran musicians are based out of the Tri-Cities area of Michigan.
The concert season will wrap up on August 15 with local favorites The Ezy Street Band, and the Taste of Charlotte food festival, featuring favorites from local restaurants.
As always these concerts could not be put on without the support of generous sponsors, this year including Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home, Eric Rogers LLC, Pray Funeral Home, Whistlepig BBQ, the Charlotte Lions Club, Charlotte Congregational Church, Peace Lutheran Church, the Charlotte Downtown Development Authority and the Courthouse Square Association.
All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting, and will run for approximately two hours. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their blankets or lawn chairs to sit on, and their favorite non-alcoholic refreshments.