If nothing else, the COVID summer of 2020 has created opportunities for unique live music experiences. Today, Local Spins recaps a smattering of outdoor August concerts across West Michigan.
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There’s a certain rustic, hippie charm to Camp Clear Sky near Lowell.
With live music indoors shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic that’s swept the globe, the backyard venue hosted by sound engineer John Wenger on his sprawling property quickly has become a beloved attraction for fans and campers across the region seeking to recapture that vibrant concert experience.
West Michigan bands — including FlyLiteGemini, which performed at Camp Clear Sky on Friday — have embraced that experience, too, with social-distancing and mask-wearing practiced by attendees who bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to the family-friendly shows.
But make no mistake: Despite the wandering chickens and dogs amid the down-home accommodations (with a handful of vendors), the sound quality and professionalism at these outdoor shows is top-notch, making it an uplifting live music alternative with a bright future.
“I wanted to do something to help the (music) community and have you guys get out of your houses and enjoy some live music,” Wenger said Friday before introducing Joe Chamberlin and FlyLiteGemini to the stage and encouraging fans to make donations to the band.
This coming week at Camp Clear Sky, Corrina Wenger plays Thursday night; The Bootstrap Boys on Saturday. National act Dixon’s Violin is on the schedule for Sept. 3.
Check out a photo gallery and video here, the scroll down for a mattering of images from several outdoor West Michigan concerts.
PHOTO GALLERY: FlyLiteGemini at Camp Clear Sky (8/21/20)
Photos by Anna Sink
Elsewhere on the music front, West Michigan music fans had a chance to see:
⭐ Grand Rapids psych-rock band Lazy Genius, which on Friday kicked off the first “Bands at Blandford” show of 2020 at Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids. (Kalamazoo’s Jordan Hamilton plays the series at 7 p.m. Friday; $20, $35 VIP).
PHOTO GALLERY: Lazy Genius at Blandford Nature Center (8/21/20)
Photos by Jamie Geysbeek
⭐ Detroit act Pinter Whitnick, which played the downtown Kalamazoo Mall Market on Friday night.
PHOTO GALLERY: Pinter Whitnick on the Kalamazoo Mall (8/21/20)
Photos by Derek Ketchum