The City of Charlotte Downtown Development Authority is pleased to announce another season of ‘Summer Concerts on the Square.’ The popular free summer music series will begin the evening of Thursday, July 7 and continue every Thursday evening through the end of August. Concerts will be moved to the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in case of serious weather.
The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and run approximately two hours. Residents and visitors are encouraged to bring their blankets, lawn chairs, and non-alcoholic refreshments to the 1885 Eaton County Courthouse Square each Thursday. This season will feature a few returning favorites, as well as acts totally new to Charlotte and the summer series.
This year’s kick-off concert on July 7 will feature SLOAN!, a variety act based in Lansing, focusing on jazz and blues.
There is a wide range of other acts scheduled to perform this year, some for the first time, and others returning as local favorites:
- July 7 – SLOAN!
- July 14 – Stars of Charlotte winners Whoa Nelly!
- July 21 – 5 O’Clock Somewhere
- July 28 – Life Support
- August 4 – The World Class City Band
- August 11 – Roaring 20’s Party Band
- August 18 – The EZY Street Band
- August 25 – The Chain
Whoah Nelly! were the winners of last year’s Charlotte Idol competition at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, and will be performing along with a couple other crowd favorites from that evening. The Roaring 20’s Party Band and The Chain are both making their Charlotte debut this year. Made up of mid-Michigan’s top jazz musicians, the all-star Roaring 20’s band is sure to inspire dancing in your seats as they take us back to the carefree and exciting musical times of the 1920’s. The Chain is getting a following as a top local band featuring the popular music of Fleetwood Mack and similar artists.
Battle Creek-based 5 O’Clock Somewhere will bring the summertime sounds of Jimmy Buffet back to the Courthouse lawn for the second time on July 21, and two of last year’s most popular acts, the World Class City Band and Life Support will be featured back-to-back on July 28 and August 4. Life Support is the high-energy variety band that played every request the crowd challenged them with, and the World Class City Band fills the concert staged with its signature big-band swinging sound.
The Charlotte Lions Club’s annual Taste of Charlotte event will take place in conjunction with the EZY Street Band’s concert on August 18. The Charlotte Kiwanis Club will sponsor refreshments each week, and the Charlotte Artisan and Farmers Market will be on the Courthouse Square Thursdays throughout the entire concert season.
Along with the Downtown Development Authority, this year’s generous sponsors include Burkhead-Green Funeral Home, Charlotte First Congregational Church, Custom Home Interiors, Courthouse Square Association, Eaton Federal Savings Bank, Eric Rogers, LLC, Frank’s Food Mart, and Pray Funeral Home. The concert series would not be possible without additional financial help, and these sponsors help keep the quality of music high and the admission free.
Now in its seventh season, Charlotte’s Summer Concerts on the Square is considered by both bands and audiences as one of the best community concert series in Mid-Michigan. The Downtown Development Authority invites everyone in Charlotte to check out at least one Concert on the Square this year. If you do, you’ll be hooked.