Music in the Park in Sault with renowned musical artists

SAULT STE. MARIE – Starting Wednesday, live performances by some of the area’s most talented musical groups will perform weekly in Soo Locks Park.

The Music in the Park 2021 summer concert series begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the Soo Theater Project, Inc., and takes place every Wednesday throughout the summer through August. Concerts are free, but donations are welcome to help cover the series. A diverse selection of local and regional entertainment will perform tunes from a variety of musical genres ranging from traditional country, folk, rock, blues, original music and more.

“I expect the community to come and support the event in the same way as in previous years,” said Kayla Gugin, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority. “However, the trend downtown has been for businesses to see a lot of traffic, so it’s possible that too will have a lot of turnout while people are looking for activities outside. This particular event is significant because it features local artists and guests, is uniquely located within Soo Locks Park, and draws community residents and travelers to our downtown area. The downtown area has something for everyone and there are several new businesses and events to explore as communities begin to open and organize more activities.

In keeping with tradition, Soo Theater Project will begin the concert series, presenting selections from their upcoming theater season. Music in the Park’s schedule and guests are as follows:

  • The Soo Theater Project, Inc., June 23
  • The Pub Runners, June 30. Irish music, folk and choir singing
  • Indigenous Music Night, July 7. Images and sounds of Native American music
  • Gentleman George, July 14. Traditional country, folk music and original songs
  • Petoskey Steel Drum Band, July 21. Sounds of the Caribbean on the banks of the St. Marys River
  • Mark Bowe, July 28. Jazz, blues, classic rock, pop, classic country, modern country and top 40
  • The Good Cookies, August 4. Wide variety of rock, blues, R&B and jazz
  • Legal Rehab, August 11. Wide variety of rock, blues, R&B, Irish and jazz
  • Troy Graham and Colton Ort, August 18. Live and interactive show for all ages with worldly mixes of blues, folk, Irish folk, traditional, bluegrass and gospel styles
The Petoskey Steel Drum Band from a performance from the previous year.  They bring the sounds of the Caribbean to the banks of the St. Marys River.

Depending on the event, a few hundred to thousands attend the events. In the event of inclement weather, the venue for the event usually has another location, such as the Soo Theater or a local downtown church.

“Our events will follow all current outdoor guidelines,” said Gugin. “We will also have sanitation stations and the health department will be on hand to administer vaccines to anyone who is interested.”

Each year, the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority receives a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs that helps offset the summer concert series. Additionally, 22 local businesses and community partners are also helping pay for Music in the Park in addition to crowd donations.

Gugin especially thanked this year’s sponsors including Soo Co-op Credit Union, Fudge Du Locke, Monocle Jewelers Oh Crêpe and Coffee, Robert P. and Ella B. Hudson Foundation, The Hotel Ojibway, Sault Printing & Office Supply Company , Soo Brewing Company, Lake Superior State University, Central Savings Bank, Honorable Eric Blubaugh, Das Gift Haus, Honorable James P. Lambros, Prim Aesthetics, Proper Apparel, and MBANK.

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William N. Fernandez