Mike Hall has been taking pictures and video of the Music Monday concerts in Ludington Park this summer. Above is a video he put together of the season so far.

In the video, he talks with John Beck, who played guitar with the Phil Lynch Quartet.

MIKE HALL: We are here with the Bonifas for Music Mondays with John Beck. He's a staple in this area for music and we just want to ask, what do you think about Music Mondays and what does it mean to the community?

JOHN BECK: Music Mondays are a pretty cool thing that we've got going on. I remember the first years they started it and there'd be like 25 people in the park. Just like most cool things in Escanaba, it takes a few years to get established but now I think people are really open to it and show up. We've had good attendence so far this year. It's another cool offering in the park that for many years was under used.

MIKE HALL: That's the truth. And, I think it helps foster the youth of today and music and getting them involved.

JOHN BECK: Sure. You see more and more kids now. That's a thing to come down to. The city band on Wednesday night but now we've got this and people come to expect it which is really cool.

MIKE HALL: Thank you John and have a great performance tonight.

JOHN BECK: Thank you.

The final concert is Monday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Karas Bandshell in Escanaba's Ludington Park.

The concerts are sponsored in part by the City of Escanaba, Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts, Patrick Lindow of Edward Jones Investments, EMP, Marie Theoret, Ray and Peg Hirvonen Foundation, and William and Diane Bennett. The Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Central U.P. Planning & Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD) also support this program.

 

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Music Mondays have been a tremendous success this year. More and more people are spending time in Ludington Park on Monday nights for great entertainment. And it's been a great opportunity for the musicians to play in the park.

There have been five bands so far including the Phil Lynch Quartet shown in the photos above. The band Speedy Beef performs in the video below.

The series ends Monday, Aug. 6 with the band Cadillacs. Pasqua Warstler with the Bonifas Arts Center says it's a great way to end the season.

"Everybody loves them. We are out dancing," Warstler said. "Beach balls are flying, kids are doing cartwheels, I mean, you don't want to miss it, even to watch the crowd. Great music, always, from the Cadillacs."

Music Mondays is a community effort. Warstler says she appreciates the interest and support that the music series gets. She said it's important to build those partnerships.

"I love the Music Mondays because the arts works with the city to present it. I'm a community builder. So the Bonifas is working with the city on a grant that brings in state funds. That is a winning formula," she said.

State funding comes from the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Central U.P. Planning & Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD). It is also support locally by the City of Escanaba, Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts, Patrick Lindow of Edward Jones Investments, EMP, Marie Theoret, Ray and Peg Hirvonen Foundation, and William and Diane Bennett.

 

The Escanaba City Council approved a resolution to support a grant application to the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs seeking funds for Music Mondays summer concert series.

Bonifas Arts Center Executive Director Sue Roll asked the council to support the application.

"We would like to write the grant for Music Mondays and keep the music happening," Roll said at a council meeting. "I think it's been a huge positive for our area and it brings in visitors. It's a crowded space most Monday nights."

The grant proposes a collaborative effort between the city and the Bonifas to enrich the cultural lives of area residents and visitors through free concerts featuring area musicians. If awarded, the city will serve as the administrator for the funds.

The grant proposes six Music Mondays throughout June, July and August at the Karas Memorial Bandshell in Ludington Park. The Bonifas will coordinate the musicians and promote the events.

The concerts are sponsored in part by the City of Escanaba, Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts, Patrick Lindow of Edward Jones Investments, EMP, Marie Theoret, Ray and Peg Hirvonen Foundation, and William and Diane Bennett. The Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Central U.P. Planning & Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD) also support this program.

 

Music lovers can again look forward to getting out to some fun, free concerts this summer on Monday evenings. Continuing in the City of Escanaba’s annual “Music Mondays” summer tradition, these concerts started on June 25, and will pick up again on Monday, July 9 through Monday, Aug. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ludington Park’s Karas Bandshell.

Held along the lakeshore under the summer sun, Music Mondays offer listeners a variety of musical styles. Listeners can relax while listening to some great local bands, and are welcome to use available bench seating or bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, and maybe even something to drink. These fun free concerts offer everyone the opportunity to come out and savor the sun, while listening to music, having fun, dancing, or just hanging out.

The first Music Monday concert on June 25 featured the band Sit Down Francis with their signature hardcore alternative folk music. The next concert will be on Monday, July 9, when listeners can check out the wonderful Phil Lynch Jazz Quartet, which is made up of public school educators.

On July 16, attendees will enjoy the sounds of Speedy Beef, performing mainly ‘80s rock, including some “hair bands,” alongside “classic rock” from the ‘70s and through the ‘90s, including lesser known B-sides, and some pop songs in the mix.

Speedy Beef Drummer Nick Nolde of Escanaba said there may be tunes by Cheap Trick, A-Ha, Bon Jovi, Poison, Elton John, the Sweet, Gin Blossoms, the Violent Femmes, and Billy Joel. And according to Nolde, they may even mix some Michael Jackson tunes.

Subsequent concerts will feature tunes from Wingin’ It on July 23 and on July 30, Kraig Kenning (kraigkenning.com) will play a mixture of folk, acoustic blues and roots rock.

Finally, on Aug. 6, those who love ‘60s sounds, with some ‘50s and ‘70s songs in the mix, can check out the Cadillacs, an Escanaba-based “oldies” band whose four vocalists will offer harmonies, at times a cappella, including the Beach Boys, Four Seasons tunes – basically, overall “good-time” music with a happy sound. The family-friendly concerts aim to feature only children-appropriate songs.

The concerts are sponsored in part by the City of Escanaba, Sayklly’s Confectionery & Gifts, Patrick Lindow of Edward Jones Investments, EMP, Marie Theoret, Ray and Peg Hirvonen Foundation, and William and Diane Bennett. The Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Central U.P. Planning & Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD) also support this program.

 

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