2018 Sounds & Sights Festival Main Stage Lineup

Chelsea Area Festivals and Events is proud to announce the 42nd annual Sounds & Sights Festival July 26, 27 and 28 in vibrant downtown Chelsea, just 14 miles west of Ann Arbor.  Presented by Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart, the weekend event will feature national and regional live music acts, local food and brew, classic car show, chalk art contest, and multiple activities for all ages.

The Social Tent and Festival Main Stage is located behind The Common Grill restaurant. The festival social tent opens each evening at 6pm with live bands performing from 7 to 11pm.  Beer and wine will be for sale to those aged 21 and over. Admission in the evenings is $5 and all ages are welcome. In addition to the many local sponsors including Chelsea State Bank, “Jiffy” Mixes and Chelsea Chevrolet Buick, proceeds from the social tent help fund the summer long “Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights” free concert series.

Thursday, July 26, is billed as ‘Local Spotlight’ and features bands with local roots. Ben Daniels Band (BDB) kicks off the Sounds & Sights Festival on the main stage at 7pm. BDB has toured the country several times, and regularly makes the rounds in The Great Lakes State. The Ben Daniels Band believes in hard work, perseverance, and creatively challenging themselves and their audience.

At 9pm The Accidentals take the stage with their range of orchestral-based music. Named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017,” The Accidentals’ adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI. Having grown up in musical families, the bandmates shared influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.

Friday, July 28, is ‘Country Night’ and features two of the region’s most popular country performers – Kari Holmes and Bill Kirchen. Opening Friday night at 7pm Kari Holmes will perform with her passionate lyrics, dynamic sound and high energy. She recently completed her first radio tour and continues to promote both singles on her debut EP, “Something New.” Kari is currently touring and selling out shows in the Midwest and continues to branch out. Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen will take the stage at 9pm. Bill received a Grammy nomination in 2001, and is an architect of what is now known as Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll and Americana. He continues to be one of its most active proponents, playing, writing and performing throughout the world.

Saturday afternoon, the Social tent has free admission 1 to 5pm and features The Kielbasa Kings from 1:30 to 4:30pm.  The Dearborn based polka band performs contemporary and traditional polkas, waltzes, and obereks, both instrumentally and sung in Polish and English.

Saturday evening the tent reopens at 6pm with a $5 cover to the festival’s annual ‘Dance Party’.  The collective talent of Root Doctor kicks off the party at 7pm performing a diverse mix of classic soul and R&B alongside traditional blues and inspired original material.

Sounds & Sights welcomes back a social tent favorite, Fifty Amp Fuse, who will be closing out the Sounds & Sights Festival weekend with their tribute to the greatest hits of all time from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today.

For a complete line up of music events, visit www.chelseafestivals.com.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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