In another Local Spins roundup of outdoor summer concerts, here are lineups for Garage Bar’s block parties, West Michigan Jazz Society’s Monday performances and John Collins Park shows.
Mondays will get jazzed up and Wednesdays will rock in Grand Rapids once again this summer.
And East Grand Rapids’ Collins Park will kick off six summer weeks with an assortment of rock, jazz and country acts.
For the third year, the West Michigan Jazz Society’s Jazz in the Park series will host a variety of regional jazz bands on Monday nights at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids, starting with the Northview High School Jazz Band on June 12. (The series, in its 17th season overall, moved to Ah-Nab-Awen Park from John Ball Park in 2015.)
Later that month, and not far away, the Garage Bar Block Party series will kick off for the third year, closing off a section of Ottawa Avenue NW in the Monroe North District on Wednesday nights through August — parties that also will boast parking areas for motorcycles and classic cars. This year’s series kicks off on June 21 with Greenville rock band In the Red.
The Monday night concert series at East Grand Rapids’ Collins Park, meanwhile, launches on June 19 with Traverse City country singer Drew Hale.
See the schedules and details below.
GARAGE BAR BLOCK PARTIES
When: 7 p.m. Wednesdays
Where: Outside 819 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
June 21 – In The Red
June 28 – Big Boss Blues
July 5 – Brena
July 12 – Desmond Jones
July 19 – Magna Sonik
July 26 – The Hype
Aug. 2 – Guinness Brothers
Aug. 7 – Brena (Goodwill Special Block Party)
Aug. 9 – The Slick Willys
Aug. 16 – Mid-Life Criss
Aug. 23 – Barbarossa Brothers
Aug. 30 – TBD
JAZZ IN THE PARK
When: 6:30 p.m. Mondays
Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
June 12 – Northview High School Jazz Band
June 19 – The Mark Kahney Group
June 26 – Noel Webley & His Jazz Friends
July 3 – The Lakeshore Big Band
July 10 – Imer Santiago
July 17 – Kevin Jones Band
July 24 – Jim Cooper and Organic Vibes
July 31 – Metro Jazz Voices
Aug. 7 – Mary Rademacher and The Fred Knapp Quartet
Aug. 14 – Robin Connell
EAST GRAND RAPIDS:
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
When: 7 p.m. Mondays
Where: John Collins Park, 650 Lakeside Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids
June 19 – Drew Hale
June 26 – Colin McCahill Quartet
July 10 – Green On Blue
July 17 – The Doran Brothers Band
>July 24 – JMM Jazz Group
July 31 – Mid-Life Crisis
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