First Things

Something Outside

Grab a blanket and go hear free concerts
Bronk Bros performs at 6:30 p.m. on August 19 at The Stage in the Kindleberger Park.

You can get your free outdoor concert fix, from bluegrass to jazz to big-band music, this month at a variety of venues from Parchment to Portage.

Almost all of these concerts are lawn seating, so bring your own chairs, blankets and bug spray.

The scheduled concerts include:

  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra, big-band music, 7 p.m. Aug. 2, Overlander Bandshell, 7810 Shaver Road, Portage.
  • Kris Hitchcock, country singer and his band, 4 p.m. Aug. 5, Bronson Park, downtown Kalamazoo.
  • Barn on Fire, jam folk and rock, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, The Stage at Kindleberger, Kindleberger Park, Parchment.
  • Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m., Aug. 12, Flesher Field, 3664 S. Ninth St., Oshtemo Township.
  • The Cabtown Checkers, jazz, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, The Stage at Kindleberger.
  • Schlitz Creek, bluegrass, 4 p.m. Aug. 19, Bronson Park.
  • Bronk Bros., American country and Southern rock, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, The Stage at Kindleberger.
  • The RockShow, Journey tribute band, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26, The Stage at Kindleberger.

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