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Live on the Lake Summer Concert Series Kicks Off on June 27th

Aerial view of bandshell and East Park plus marina in Charlevoix

Don't miss out on Live on the Lake, a captivating Summer Concert Series at the Odmark Performance Pavilion in downtown Charlevoix. Situated in picturesque East Park, this venue offers stunning views of the Charlevoix Marina and Round Lake, creating the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable concert experience. With tiered seating and spacious grassy knolls, you'll have ample room to relax with lawn chairs and picnic blankets, making it an ideal outing for the whole family. Grab some delicious carry-out from a nearby restaurant and get ready to enjoy a fantastic lineup of performances!


The series is coordinated by the City of Charlevoix's Downtown Development Authority and made possible by Series Sponsor Jim Riehl's Friendly Ford of Charlevoix, Lodging Sponsor Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites, Creative Partner Charlevoix Circle of Arts, and concert sponsors Kilwin's of Charlevoix, The Clothing Company, and Biggby Coffee of Charlevoix. Thanks also to our Community Partner, the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Mark your calendars for these upcoming concerts and visit downtowncharlevoix.com for more info:

 
Chris Bathgate

Chris Bathgate with special guests Hearth & Hymn - June 27th | 7:00 PM

Chris Bathgate is a celebrated singer/songwriter whose stark, heartbroken songs earned him a strong local following throughout Southeast Michigan before an international fan base joined the fold. Emerging in the early 2000s with a sound rooted in bluegrass and folk, he gradually incorporated more diverse instrumentation and developed a songwriting style that, beginning with 2007's A Cork Tale Wake, placed him more in line with his alternative singer/songwriter contemporaries. Bathgate drew comparisons to Wilco with 2011's Salt Year and went in a more meditative direction with 2022's The Significance of Peaches, an album that eschewed guitar for parlor organ and drone while remaining thematically tied to the artist's career-spanning rural inspirations.


Hearth & Hymn

Hearth & Hymn is a close harmony, minimalist folk project produced by songwriters, song collectors, and multi-instrumentalists Samantha Cooper and Elisabeth Pixley-Fink. Beloved artists in the Michigan music scene, their masterful harmonies and seamless vocal blend capture a room. Raiding family songbooks and sharing old tunes, Hearth & Hymn reimagines old songs and pens future classics through a queer, feminist lens. The pair grew up immersed in “kitchen music” and have studied old-time music and vintage vocal traditions. Their current project is Lullaby Bangers (Earthwork Music)


 

IPR’s Sound Garden Project will take over Charlevoix with Sound Samples starting on Wednesday, July 3rd. You won’t want to miss them planting classical music in unexpected places throughout town. To view the complete schedule, click here.

 
Kodak Quartet

IPR Sound Garden Project - Kodak Quartet - July 4th | 7:00 PM

The dynamic, award-winning string quartet, Kodak Quartet, is setting the world on fire with its passionate and energetic playing. They are highly regarded for their work with contemporary composers on new compositions and for presenting traditional works with a contemporary flavor. Kodak's members hail from the US, Canada and France. Their international performance career brings concerts to a great diversity of people, season highlights include concerts at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance. They have also performed for thousands of children at non-traditional performance venues including school concerts, and movie theaters, and working alongside Rob Kapilow in his program “What Makes it Great?”. Kodak Quartet formed in Rochester, New York while attending the Eastman School of Music and is currently based in New York, NY.


A special opening act performance featuring students and faculty of the Cummings Quartet Chamber Music Camp, sponsored by the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program will take place.

 
Hazel James Band

The Hazel James Band - July 11th | 7:00 PM

The Hazel James Band's setlists span decades, from the soulful sounds of the 60s to the indie rock anthems of today. With a captivating female lead vocalist paired with dynamic instrumentation, The Hazel James Band invites listeners on a musical journey that transcends time and genres. Tap your toes, dance, and sing along as The Hazel James Band brings a fresh perspective to classic tunes creating a musical experience that is nostalgic and forward-thinking, paying homage to the past while embracing the present. Sponsored by Kilwin's of Charlevoix.

 
The Marsupials

The Marsupials - July 18th | 7:00 PM

The Marsupials are a band that defies easy categorization, weaving together a diverse tapestry of genres to create a unique experience. With rock, indie, funk, psychedelic, ska, and progressive elements, their music showcases an impressive array of musicianship while never being afraid to keep it simple for the sake of the song. Led by the main songwriter, Tai Jaxx Drury, The Marsupials have cultivated a reputation for electrifying performances and raucous good times throughout their home state of Michigan. Sponsored by The Clothing Company.

 

Note: on Wednesday, July 31st the Traverse City Dance Project returns to Charlevoix! Event details can be found here.

 

Pocket Watch - August 1st | 7:00 PM

Pocket Watch

Pocket Watch is a Grand Rapids-based 6-piece jazz-fusion band mixing old-school funk vibes with a new-age jazz sensibility.

Pocket Watch is comprised of Berklee and Michigan State alumni, with members hailing from various other groups around West Michigan like Minor Element, Earth Radio, the Verve Pipe, Squatch, Whorled, and Cosmic Knot. Members of this ensemble have prior experience with national tours opening for Five For Fighting, festival appearances with Afro Man and Spin Doctors, and memorable performances at summer NAMM and SXSW.

 

Levitator + Super Nuclear with special guests Radio Vision - August 8th | 7:00 PM

Levitator

Levitator is a psychedelic rock band from Petoskey, Michigan, known for their mesmerizing live shows and ethereal soundscapes. The band consists of lead singer and guitarist Robby Hovie, guitarist Sam Hovie, bassist Gabe Rellinger, drummer Dan Schillinger, percussionist Jeff Neill, and keyboardist Cole Oosthuizen. Levitator's music is characterized by Robby’s soaring vocals and intricate guitar work, combined with the band's dynamic rhythms and dreamlike textures.


Super Nuclear out of Traverse City, specializes in handmade light show experiences and will provide a psychedelic light show to accompany the music.


Radio Vision will start the fun at 7:00 PM. “Psychedelic Rock for the modern age.” Heavily influenced by Blues and Rock music going all the way back to its earliest forms and as recent as the punk movement of the 80s/90s Northern Michigan natives “Radio Vision” consciously blends these influences with a distinctive psychedelic edge; all coming together to create a explosively unique kaleidoscope of sound.

The Concert Truck flyer

A special pre-show performance by The Concert Truck will occur on August 8th at 6:00 PM. The Concert Truck is a mobile music venue featuring Nick Luby and Susan Zhang that strengthens communities by redefining the concert experience and making live music accessible to everyone. Presented by the Great Lakes Center for the Arts.






 

Ryan Curtis - August 15th | 7:00 PM

Over the last decade, Ryan Curtis has continued to carve out a name for himself in Alt-Country and Americana music. His unique blend of old-school honky tonk and high desert country blues plays like a love letter to the past, bucking the slick sheen and tired cliches of today’s pop country radio in favor of traditional, songwriter-driven roots music. Ryan’s songs are usually about life’s harder-learned lessons, painting cinematic pictures of anti-heroes from the Midwest to the Rockies. His visionary tales of down-and-out townies, bar room drifters, and forlorn lovers, mournful subject matter he turns into country gold.

Ryan Curtis

Ryan's first solo record, 2021’s Rust Belt Broken Heart, was woven with a Western noir sound soaked in the sorrowful twang of pedal steel. His latest Ain’t Ever Easy, (released in July of '23 on American Standard Time) builds on that, but with a more guitar-forward sound, mixing in early 70’s rock n’ roll, (a’ la Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street era Rolling Stones), alongside classic 60’s country and honky tonk. The gravelly voice of the Michigan-born, Boise-based singer has been praised on Serius/XM Outlaw Country and earned acclaim from Hollar Country, No Depression, and Saving Country Music. You can catch Ryan and his band out on the road week in and week out bringing the heat to the dives and haunts of the great American West and beyond.

 

The concerts are every Thursday evening from June 27th through August 15th in East Park. Admission is free, ensuring that everyone can experience the magic of live music without any barriers.


For more information about the Live on the Lake Summer Concert Series, including the full lineup and schedule, please visit our website by clicking the button below.

Stay connected by following Downtown Charlevoix on social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the performances.


About Charlevoix DDA

The mission of the Charlevoix DDA is to strengthen the year-round economic vitality of our vibrant historic business district through community efforts, events, and public/private partnerships while fostering a sense of community pride and ownership. For more information about Downtown Charlevoix, visit www.downtowncharlevoix.com. Join the conversation on FacebookYouTube, and Instagram.

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