2018 Summer Concert Series

Thursdays at the Felt Summer Concert Series

Mark your calendars!  Our summer concert series is almost here!  Beginning June 21 and going through July 26, we will host a variety of bands from six different genres.   Also, this year, we will have a variety of food vendors so the food at each concert will vary.  We are excited to bring you these wonderful community events.  Come to Thursdays at the Felt – and celebrate summer!  

***Note: Due to our lack of internet/wi-fi connection at the concert site, we can only accept cash for food and drink. Thank you.***

Our Artists:

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.  Our food vendor for our first concert will be Dokk’s Firehouse Dogs.

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. Our food vendor for this concert is Salt of the Earth.

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.  Our food vendor for July 5 and July 12 will be FOODesign by Chef Brech.

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.  Our food vendor for this concert will be Two Scott’s Barbeque.

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.  Our food vendor for this concert will be Dokk’s Firehouse Dogs.

As always, Friends of the Felt will sell beverages- New Holland Brewing craft beers, Fenn Valley Wines, Miller Lite and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.  As well as an assortment of non-alcoholic drinks.

We know everyone will love our 2018 line-up that features rockabilly, folk, jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, and reggae.  Join us this summer for Thursdays at the Felt!

We want to thank our sponsors:  IHS Distributing (who brings us Ciderboys Cider, Leinenkugel’s and Miller Lite); Fenn Valley Winery; New Holland Brewing (who brings us our craft beers); Macatawa Bank; and Global Concepts who make this series possible.

***Note: Due to our lack of internet/wi-fi connection at the concert site, we can only accept cash for food and drink. Thank you.***


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