Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights returns for an exciting 2015 season in downtown Chelsea, Michigan
Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights: June 4-August 13
Celebrating its 11th season, Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights is one of Michigan’s most popular free open-air concert series, and is performed on ten stages throughout historic downtown Chelsea, Michigan. These laid-back concerts are known for their variety of music from jazz to blue grass to country and indie rock. This year’s schedule kicks off June 4th and runs every Thursday through August 13th, and features a variety of music, dance, comedy, film, and family entertainment.
The 2015 lineup includes more than 120 performances throughout the summer and features the return of many local favorites as well as 30 new acts making their festival debut.
“This year we had a pool of more than 200 talented artists apply to perform. This made selection and scheduling a challenge, but the result is a phenomenal line up with a variety of acts,” commented co-organizer Craig Common.
“As you walk downtown, you can see veteran entertainers like Annie and Rod Capps, Los Dingos Del Norte and Bull Halsey, who have performed at Sounds & Sights in the past, mixed in with new talent like Sarah Blacker, Thunderwüde, and the ABC Sisters. It is exciting to see the progression of favorite artists and to discover something new each week.”
The open mic stage is returning to West Middle Street again this year. “This is a popular stage for aspiring artists and gives local musicians more opportunities to be a part of the event. Many previous open mic acts, like Mixed Nuts and Town Band, are now a part of our scheduled lineup,” said Common.
In addition to the music, the 2015 schedule includes magic, face painting, balloon artists, jugglers, dancers, interactive art demonstrations and comedy.
In partnership with Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, and sponsored by Friends of Chelsea District Library, The Chelsea District Library’s Comedy Showcase presents professional comedians the first four weeks of Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights. That stage with outdoor seating is located at Katie’s Korner on the library lawn and features premier comics from around the country including Billy Ray Bauer, Jeff Nease, Andy Pitz, and Tony Deyo.
Visitors can also explore SculptureWalk Chelsea, a self-guided walking tour of 12 juried sculptures which are a part of a yearlong community arts project.
After Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, SRSLY Cinema presents free outdoor movies at dusk. Visit www.srslychelsea.org for details.
Sounds & Sights Festival: July 23-25
In addition to the eleven week Thursday night schedule, a three day “Sounds and Sights Festival” takes place July 23 thru 25. The festival, now in its 39th year, helps raise the funds necessary to support the free Thursday nights concert series. Visit www.chelseafestivals.com/festival for a list of events that take place throughout the weekend, including a kid zone, indie art market, car show, chalk art contest and live music.
“Sounds and Sights is an essential part of our initiative to increase vibrancy for our community and local merchants, while at the same time supporting local arts. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the financial support we receive from both the festival and our loyal sponsors continues to allow us to put on a first class, free event,” says Common.
Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights is a program of Chelsea Area Festivals and Events, and is made possible with the support from its 2015 season sponsors including: City of Chelsea DDA, Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, Chelsea State Bank, “Jiffy” Mixes, Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart, Chelsea Rhone, Cleary’s Pub, The Common Grill, LaJolla Fine Jewelry, Lehman & Scheffler Real Estate Services, Roberts Paint & Body, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, and Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation. Visit the chelseafestivals.com website for a full list of sponsors.