The intense heat lowered turnout for two popular concert series on Tuesday, but those that flocked to Rockford and to Meijer Gardens were treated to some sizzling performances. Photos, videos.
SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTO GALLERY, VIDEOS
Support our coverage of
West Michigan's music scene
If Tuesday’s brutal heat wave kept some folks from reveling in some of the region’s most popular outdoor concert series, it certainly didn’t temper the enthusiasm or the heat generated by musicians on stage.
At the opening salvo of the United Bank Rogue River Blues Series at Rockford’s Garden Park, renowned guitarist Paul Nelson and his band delivered sizzling blues-rock riffs and solos for an audience that may have been half the usual size due to a heat index that topped 100 degrees, but it didn’t stop some fans and lots of kids from dancing on the handsome new dance floor in front of the stage.
Twelve miles to the south, the situation was much the same with Kalamazoo singer-songwriter Kaitlin Rose and her Band of Thorns and northern Michigan guitarist-singer Seth Bernard with his all-star band bringing musical fire and plenty of sweat to the sprawling stage at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park for the second Tuesday Evening Music Club concert of the season.
The smaller-than-usual cadre of fans even stuck around to give Bernard and his crew a rousing standing ovation at the end of the night.
Scroll down for photos and video highlights.
Several free outdoor concerts continue in various communities this week, including tonight (Wednesday) with Flat River Big Band for Concerts in Rogers Park in Sparta and Thursday with Mungion for the Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series in Lowell and The Max Lockwood Band in Kentwood. View the full schedule of shows in Local Spins’ Free Outdoor Community Concerts 2022 Guide.
Next up for the Rogue River Blues Series on June 21: Jake Kershaw. Next up for Meijer Gardens’ Tuesday Evening Music Club on June 21: Molly.
PHOTO GALLERY: Paul Nelson Band, Seth Bernard & Band (6/14/22)
VIDEO: Seth Bernard for Tuesday Evening Music Club at Meijer Gardens
Copyright 2022, Spins on Music LLC