A Sneak Peek at 2018’s Thursdays at the Felt Summer Concert Series
Our 2017 concert series was a blast and next year’s looks to be even better!
We want to thank our sponsors who helped to make 2017 a great year: Saugatuck Brewing Company, Fenn Valley Vineyards, Macatawa Bank, Global Concepts, and IHS Distributing. You made this series possible! We hope you will support us again next year as we bring great music to West Michigan.
2018: We have already contacted next year’s artists, and we are fine-tuning our contracts. Our concerts begin June 21 and go through July 26. All concerts are free. Food and beverage service starts at 6:00 p.m. and music begins at 7:00 p.m. One change for the coming year: we will have a different food vendor each week. This was a popular request by guests.
We have six concerts in our concerts series – and each artist/band costs about $1200, so we are hoping to get enough money in sponsorships and donations to cover the cost of our artists for 2018 ($7200 total). Here is our 2018 line-up:
Delilah DeWylde (June 21): (rockabilly) Delilah DeWylde got her start in 2005. Just like rockabilly originators Johnny Cash, Bill Haley and Carl Perkins, this Michigander cut her teeth on steel-guitar driven country in the style popularized by Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Webb Pierce. But the draw of the big beat was irresistible, and over time the band’s approach has become sharper and tighter. Not self-consciously retro, Delilah remains committed to hand-crafted American music that stands at the crossroads of creativity and craftsmanship, liberally drawing from honky tonk country, rockabilly and surf music.
May Erlewine (June 28): (folk, soul) Some people might call May Erlewine “Michigan’s darling songbird”, but her songs have traveled far beyond her home state. One of the most prolific and passionate songwriters of her generation, May’s music has touched the hearts of people all over the world. Her words have held solace for weary hearts, offered a light in the darkness and held a lot of space for the pain and joy of being alive in these times. When she starts to sing, there’s no way around it. Welcome to the moment, everyone. May pulls from a wide variety of sounds and influences to create her unique musical landscape. You’ll hear traditional folk roots, old time country swing, soul and rock and roll but mostly she’s inspired by the hearts of the people and the one in her chest. This music is about feeling and it’s about telling life’s stories.
Mary and the Rad Pack (July 5): (swing, jazz, blues) Mary Rademacher brings an expressive warmth to her singing, as well as a skilled ability to communicate the emotional content of a lyric. Her unique abilities as a performer are a culmination of her natural talent, as well as her experience and training as an actress and vocalist. Awarded West Michigan Jazz Society’s Jazz Musician of the Year 2006, Mary was invited by Mike Vax (Stan Kenton alum) and The Great American Jazz Band to sing in Sun Valley, ID and Sacramento, CA, performing at two of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the country. She has been featured with The Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Paul Keller Orchestra, Don Shelton, Richie Cole, Jamie Hadad, Dave Bennett’s Benny Goodman show, Broadway & Beyond, the tribute Big Bands of Stan Kenton and Benny Goodman, opened for Bob Newhart and Shirley Jones and performed for Presidents George Bush, Sr, and Ronald Reagan.
Brena (July 12): (classic rock) Back by popular demand! Brena appeared on the Carriage House Stage for the first time in 2017 and they were a crowd favorite! Every survey said, “have this band back next year!” – so we listened! Brena covers every rock legend – from Stevie Wonder to Led Zeppelin to Pharrell Williams. Brena features horns, violin, keyboard (read: keytar!), electric and acoustic guitar and vocal harmony. Every member is a seasoned musician with over 15 years of experience each.
Schlitz Creek (July 19): (bluegrass) Hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Schlitz Creek features what has become known as “Bluegrass with Some Bite.” The group performs a unique variety of bluegrass music that cannot be classified as strictly traditional or progressive. Their repertoire includes standard bluegrass tunes as well as a collection of refreshing and unusual choices for a bluegrass band. Performing material from such bluegrass legends as the Dillards and Flatt & Scruggs, they also surprise and delight audiences with selections from the Monkees, Bob Seger, the Beatles, Kenny Rogers, the Bee Gees, and Cheap Trick. Using the classic single-microphone technique, their high-energy stage show has transformed Schlitz Creek into a crowd favorite on the regional bluegrass festival circuit. Don’t miss the hot pickin’ and smooth vocal harmonization of the Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band.
Zion Lion Reggae Band (July 26): (reggae): Always a crowd favorite, Zion Lion Reggae Band finishes our concert series on a high note. Zion Lion is the baddest band to hit the West Michigan music scene. The members are a combination of several bands from the Kalamazoo area that crossed paths along the way and decided to form what we believe to be the right mix of reggae: African zouk, mucosa, zoukous, and some Afro-latin influences. Some of the members have had the honor of opening and sharing the stage with locak, national, and international reggae artists such as Freddie McGreggor, Pato Batun, Winston Jarrett, Culture, Beenie Man, Lucky Dube, Mikey Dread and the Meditations.
We know everyone will love our 2018 line-up that features rockabilly, folk, jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, and reggae. Join us next summer for Thursdays at the Felt!