Concerts in the Park at Burns Park begin in June
This year as part of the Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Cultural Arts Series, there will be a summer outdoor concert series at 1p on Sundays at Burns Park (Moved to the adjacent Ann Arbor Senior Center in case of inclement weather). Admission is free thanks to a grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor although a suggested donation is appreciated.
The schedule is below with descriptions from the Ann Arbor Parks website:
- June 22 – Gemini
Popular local duo San and Laz perform music from around the world, and in this special concert, they make a nod to their Eastern European roots. The twin brothers’ original songs, traditional music, storytelling, and stage full of instruments make for a delightful show. Gemini’s shows are known for enthusiastic audience participation
- June 29 – Blue Water Ramblers
Jim Foerch and “Bear” Berends have traditional Great Lakes music in their blood. Their pride in their Michigan roots comes out as they sing and play lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ love songs, gospel music, and children’s ditties
- July 6 – Peter Madcat Ruth
Grammy Award-winning Peter Madcat Ruth is a champion of the old tradition of the one-man band — singing original and traditional songs while accompanying himself on harmonica, guitar, ukulele, jaw harp, banjo, kalimba, and the penny whistle
- July 13 – Mustard’s Retreat
David Tamulevich and Michael Hough are musical storytellers, multi-instrumentalists and highly regarded songwriters, loved by audiences for their deeply engaging performances
- July 27 – Susan Harrison and the Palamazoo Puppet Band
A performer for kids of all ages, Susan performs fun, interactive family concerts with the help of her puppet band and her own instrumental skills. Susan invokes many colorful characters and themes that encourage, inspire, and educate. Her musical adventures take audiences everywhere from memory lane to the playful side of the street
- August 3 Kitty Donohoe
Kitty will perform her best-loved songs from the waterways of Michigan and Ireland in a show specially put together for Concerts in the Park. Hear legends and songs about Great Lakes lighthouses, accompanied by mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and concertina. Then enjoy highlights from her new show, “The Heart of Ireland,” with Irish music past and present, including fiery jigs and reels, humorous and mournful songs, airs stories, and poetry
The Ann Arbor Senior Center is located at 1320 Baldwin Ave, adjacent to Burns Park.