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There's a Variety of Great Music During the Summer in West Michigan

After a busy day at the beach or at work, it’s time to kick back and relax a while. What better way than to listen to some music? You can find performances almost any night of the week, all within a short driving distance. Area musicians as well as professional traveling groups are featured in these summertime performances. For the outdoor venues, grab your lawnchair or a blanket and get ready to be entertained. Outdoor performances are free; there may be a charge for an indoor venue performance. Below is the typical schedule for summer music. Stay tuned as events for 2022 will be added as information becomes available!


  • Sunday Jazz Brunch in the Park, 1pm, Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., Ludington.


  • Concerts in the Park, Village Park- Portage Ave., Onekama.
  • West Shore Civic Band, various locations. Ludington.


  • Manistee Shoreline Showcase, Rotary Gazebo- First Street Beach- 100 S. Lakeshore Dr., Manistee.
  • Silver Lake Concert Series- Golden Township Park at Silver Lake Sand Dunes.


  • LACA Summer Music Series, Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., Ludington.
  • Echo through the Timber, Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin.
  • Nights at the Lights, Little Sable Lighthouse- 287 N. Lighthouse Dr., Mears.


  • Roots on the River, Manistee Jaycees Riverwalk Bandshell- Memorial Drive, Manistee.
  • Live Music in the Plaza, Legacy Plaza- N. James St., Ludington.
  • Pentwater Civic Band, Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater.
  • Music on the Commons, Hart Commons overlooking Hart Lake.


  • Log Cabin Concerts, Kaleva.
  • Summer Sounds, Michigan Legacy Art Park- 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville. 
  • Fridays in Hart Concerts, Hart Historic District.


  • Sounds from the Forest, Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin.
  • Rhythm & Dunes Concerts, Waterfront Park- 391 S. William St., Ludington.
  • Summer Sounds, Michigan Legacy Art Park- 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville.
  • Music on Bear Lake

In addition, several businesses offer concerts throughout the summer months. Also, check out our story about the Scottville Clown Band to see where they are performing throughout the summer.