Summer Music Along the Lakeshore

After a busy day at the beach or at work, it's time to kick back and relax a while. What better way than to listen to some music. You can find performances almost any night of the week, all within a short driving distance. Area musicians as well as professional traveling groups are featured in these summertime performances. For the outdoor venues, grab your lawnchair or a blanket and get ready to be entertained. Outdoor performances are free; there may be a charge for an indoor venue performance. Scroll down for the summer schedule, and enjoy!

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This is what usually occurs. Dates for 2020 are being added as they become available. Several dates may be canceled or postponed or locations may have changed due to the Covid-19 virus; you are advised to confirm before attending.


  • Sunday Jazz Brunch in the Park, 1pm, Waterfront Park, Ludington. Dates TBA


  • Concerts in the Park, 7pm, Village Park, Onekama.June 29-August 17, 2020
  • West Shore Civic Band, various locations, Ludington.


  • Manistee Shoreline Showcase, 7pm, Rotary Gazebo, First Street Beach, Manistee. June 23-September 1, 2020
  • Pickin' in Pentwater, 7pm, Pentwater Village Green. Dates TBA
  • Summer Concert Series, Scottville Clown Band Shell. Weekly concerts canceled for 2020.
  • Silver Lake Concert Series, Golden Township Park at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, 7pm. Dates TBA


  • LACA Summer Music Series, 7pm, Waterfront Park, Ludington.(June 24-August 26, 2020).
  • Echo through the Timber, 7pm, Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. June 24-September 2, 2020.
  • Nights at the Lights, 7pm, Little Sable Lighthouse, Silver Lake. Canceled for 2020


  • Roots on the River, 7pm, Manistee Jaycees Riverwalk Bandshell, Memorial Drive, Manistee. Dates TBA
  • Live Music in the Plaza, 5pm-8pm, North James Street Plaza, downtown Ludington. (Early June-September 3, 2020)
  • Pentwater Civic Band, 8pm, Village Green, Pentwater. (June 25-August 27, 2020)
  • Music on the Commons, 7pm, Hart Commons overlooking Hart Lake (alternate Thursdays from June 11-August 27, 2020.


  • Friday Night Live, 6pm-9pm, downtown Ludington. (July 24-August 7, 2020)
  • Log Cabin Concert, Kaleva. August 7-28, 2020
  • Summer Sounds, 7pm, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville. Canceled for 2020
  • Music at the Hart Historic District, 7pm, Hart, Dates TBA


  • Sounds from the Forest, 7pm, Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. June 27-September 5, 2020.
  • Rhythm & Dunes Concerts, 7pm, Waterfront Park, Ludington. (Canceled for 2020)
  • Summer Sounds, 7pm, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville. Canceled for 2020

In addition, several businesses including Gull Landing in Pentwater, offer concerts throughout the summer months. Also, check out our story about the Scottville Clown Band to see where they are performing throughout the summer.

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For more summer music happenings along the lakeshore, check these out:

Idlewild Music Fest.
Ludrock-Two-Day Music Festival.
Manistee County Summer Music.
Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival in Brethren.
Ludington State Park Summer Performances.
Nights at the Lights Features Entertainment at the Lighthouses.


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Last Updated: 05-23-2020 01:15 PM ID: 1099