Chelsea Area Festivals and Events Announces 2019 Season 





CHELSEA, MICHIGAN – Chelsea Area Festivals and Events (CAFE) is pleased to announce the kick off to our 2019 Season, presented by Rick Taylor Real Estate of Reinhart Realtors.  

This year’s Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights begins on June 6 and runs every Thursday evening through August 15, showcasing a variety of music, art, comedy, and family entertainment.  Now in its 15th season, the outdoor concert series is recognized for its music ranging from jazz to country to indie rock and more.  Every Thursday, professional acts perform throughout downtown Chelsea from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The 2019 lineup includes more than 100 performers and features the return of many regional favorites as well as 23 new acts making their Sounds & Sights debut. The ten-week musical line-up can be found at www.chelseafestivals.com. 

Image Credit: Burrill Strong, Singer Songwriter Dave Boutette

Performances take place concurrently at ten separate-staged areas  located throughout downtown. Starting at the new stage at Palmer Commons and heading north, stages are also located at Katies Korner on the Library Lawn, South Street, the Main Street Alley, East Middle Street, Sylvan Courtyard, the Glazier Building, under the Clocktower, at the Clocktower Gazebo and in the Clocktower Courtyard. 

“As you walk downtown, many stages feature returning bands like Chelsea House Orchestra, Escaping Pavement, and Cash is King.  We also mixed in lots of new talent, including up-and coming bands like Railcar Graffiti and Lia Catallo. It is exciting to see the progression of veteran acts and the discovery of something new each week.” commented co-organizer Craig Common.

The 2019 schedule of performers also includes magicians, face painting, balloon artists, jugglers, dancers, comedy and art demonstrations. The “Learn to Chalk” series, led by talented and competitive chalk artists, takes place weekly under the Chelsea Clocktower.  Free chalk and templates are available for spectators to draw on the pavement.

In partnership with Chelsea District Library, the first four weeks of Sounds and Sights features “Korner Stage” programming at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  In keeping with over a decade of comedy performances, June 6 showcases comedians Kevin Kramis and David Dyer. The following three weeks feature Aviary Aerial & Circus Arts on June 13, A Touch of Magic on June 20, and Ring of Steel on June 27.


SculptureWalk Chelsea will be celebrating its 10th year with 13 sculptures showcased in prominent locations throughout historic downtown Chelsea. Most of these juried sculptures were designed and created by Michigan Artists. CAFE has revitalized this outdoor art project as part of the visual arts component of its mission with community support from the City of Chelsea, Chelsea Downtown Development Authority, Chelsea District Library, Chelsea Area of Chamber of Commerce, generous sponsors and a mini-grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program administered by The Arts Alliance. Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided walking tour of the year-long creative placemaking project.  

In addition to the ten-week Thursday nights schedule, a three day “Sounds and Sights Festival” will take place July 25 thru 27. The festival, now in its 43rd year, helps to raise the funds necessary to support the free Thursday Night concert series. Visit www.chelseafestivals.com/festival for a list of events that take place throughout the weekend, including a kid zone, car show, pet parade, art market, chalk art and more live music. 

“Sounds and Sights is an essential part of our initiative that contributes to the vibrancy of our community, local businesses, and supports local arts. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the financial support we receive from both the Sounds and Sights Festival and our loyal sponsors continues to allow us to put on a first class, free event,” says Craig Common. 

Chelsea Area Festivals and Events would like to recognize and thank the 2019 season sponsors who make the events possible including: Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart Realtors, Chelsea State Bank, “JIFFY” Mixes, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, and Chelsea District Library.  Stages and events are sponsored by Andy Kellogg – Financial Advisor, Edward Jones, Roberts Paint & Body, Chelsea Community Foundation, Chelsea Retirement Community, Cleary’s Pub, Jeff Klink & Associates – Reinhart Realtors, LaJolla Fine Jewelry, Lehman & Scheffler Real Estate Services, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, Stieper & Brust Orthodontics, The Common Grill, Thrivent Financial – Chelsea Group, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and The Arts Alliance. 

Additional sponsors include Bank of Ann Arbor, Devil’s Haircut Salon, Rumpus Room, Ann Arbor Pediatric Dentistry, LAFCU – Your Credit Union for Life, Michigan Medicine Chelsea Health Center, Mudpies and Lullabies, Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, Parts Peddler – Chelsea Inc, O & W / Labatt Brewing Company, Chelsea Retirement Community, H&R Block of Chelsea/Dexter/Stockbridge, Healthy Smiles Dental Care of Chelsea, Riemco Building Company, Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, Chelsea Rhone LLC, Hardwood Solutions LLC, Hatch Stamping Company, Heydlauff’s Appliances, Jet’s Pizza, Lane Animal Hospital, Mitchell Family, Rick Eder Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance, Secret Crisis Comics, Wilkinson Foundation, Destination Ann Arbor, Jackie Schiller and Suzanne Morrison, Silver Maples of Chelsea, D&B Strategic Marketing, LaMaison, Live In Balance Consulting, Atwater Brewing, Room, Secret Crisis Comics, and Surelutions.

Community partnerships include the City of Chelsea – DDA, Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, Chelsea Farmers Supply, Costco, Palmer Auto Service, Trinchero Family Estates, Ann Arbor Family Magazine, Current Magazine, 102.9FM W4 Country, Ann Arbor’s 107one, 2188 Studios, R.K. Studios, ChelseaUpdate.com, Sun Times News, Chelsea Guardian, The Lucy Ann Lance Show, Burrill Strong Photography, Mark Bogarin Photography.

For a complete schedule, visit www.chelseafestivals.com.

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JUNE 6th 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. 

Fun on the Frets (Jazz) at Palmer Commons 

Korner Stage: #TBT Comedy Showcase (Comedy) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

Cash is King (Johnny Cash Tribute) at South St. *Senior Seating

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley 

Beach Daisy (Indie Rock) at East Middle St. 

Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davis (Americana) at Sylvan Courtyard 

The Shelter Dogs (Americana) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Bugs (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

The Big Band Theory (Jazz/Swing) at the Clocktower Gazebo 

Colors the Clown (Animal/Magic Show) at the Kids Courtyard 

JUNE 13th 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. 

Bob Pogue (Rock, Country, Folk) at Palmer Commons 

Korner Stage: Aviary Aerial & Circus Arts (Acrobats) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

Escaping Pavement (Americana Duo) at South St. 

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley 

Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies (Vintage Rock-n-Roll) at East Middle St. 

The Potter’s Field (Americana Duo) at Sylvan Courtyard 

2×4 (Tap Dancing Duo) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Pokémon® (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

David C Bloom & Friends (Jazz) at the Clocktower Gazebo 

Eric the Juggler (Juggler) at the Kids Courtyard 

JUNE 20th 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. 

Chey Halliwell (Folk/Rock/Blues) at Palmer Commons 

Korner Stage: A Touch of Magic (Comedy/Magic) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

Cadillac Cowboys (Country) at South St. *Senior Seating

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley 

Chelsea House Orchestra (Celtic) at East Middle St. 

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke (Americana/Folk/World Duo) at Sylvan Courtyard 

Kate Hinote Duo (Indie/Alt/Folk) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Birds (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

WCCB Town Band (Concert Band) at the Clocktower Gazebo *Senior Seating

Face Painting Robot (Face Painters) at the Kids Courtyard 

JUNE 27th 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. 

aL Jacquez (Acoustic) at Palmer Commons 

Ring of Steel (Theater) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

The Blue Rays (Blues/Funk) at South St. 

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley 

Cat Lung (Progressive Art/Rock) at East Middle St. 

Mixed Nuts (Folk/Americana) at Sylvan Courtyard 

Fangs & Twang (Monster Country) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Jungle (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

Five Miles More (Jazz) at the Clocktower Gazebo 

Alexander the Magician (Magic) at the Kids Courtyard 

Monitor Base Ball Club at Clocktower Complex

JULY 4 – NO EVENTS.  Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

JULY 11th 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. 

Larry Conklin (Folk-Pop) at Palmer Commons 

Ellis, Michael & Muxlow wsg Elkins (Eclectic Acoustic) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs (Roots/Americana) at South St. 

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley 

TC & the Roadmasters (Blues/Rockin’ Blues) at East Middle St. 

Delbert Walling & Haley Houtz (Pop/Indie/Country) at Sylvan Courtyard 

Jacob Sigman (Soul/Pop) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Enchanted Garden (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

School of Rock (Rock) at the Clocktower Gazebo 

Inflate Your Party-Glitter Tattoos (Glitter Tattoos) at the Kids Courtyard 

JULY 18th 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. 

Chelsea Paddock / Sarah Grace Cattell (Singer/Songwriter) at Palmer
Commons 

Annie & Rod Capps (Americana/Folk) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

Railcar Graffiti (American Old Time/Celtic) at South St. *Senior Seating

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley 

DownRiver Dan (Blues/Rock) at East Middle St. 

The Blue Rays Trio (Blues/Roots) at Sylvan Courtyard 

The North Creek Fiddlers (Bluegrass/Country) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Dinosaurs (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

Dede & the Dream (Folk/Jazz) at the Clocktower Gazebo *Senior Seating

Face Painting Robot (Face Painters) at the Kids Courtyard 

JULY 25th 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. KICKS OFF FESTIVAL WEEKEND 

Ceolsige (Singer/Songwriter) at Palmer Commons 

Joanna & the Jaywalkers (Folk/Rock) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

Closed at South St. 

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley

Ransom Jones (Classic Rock) at East Middle St. 

Alex Mendenall (Indie Soul) at Sylvan Courtyard 

Brian Brickley & The Martindales (Blues/Rock) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Sea Creatures (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

Box of Sol (Jazz) at the Clocktower Gazebo 

Colors the Clown (Animal/Magic Show) at the Kids Courtyard 

AUGUST 1st 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. 

Ian Stewart Acoustic (Blues/Roots) at Palmer Commons 

The Waynewood Boys (Bluegrass) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

Hullabaloo (Ska/Jazz) at South St. 

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley 

Blue Top Blues Band (Blues) at East Middle St. 

Feeding Grizzlies (Rock) at Sylvan Courtyard 

The Devil Elvis Show (Elvis Tribute Band) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Toys (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

Mo ‘Easy / Wild Childz (New Orleans R&B/Rock) at the Clocktower Gazebo 

Face Painting Robot (Face Painters) at the Kids Courtyard 

AUGUST 8th  6:30 – 8:30 P.M. 

Lia Catallo (Pop/Originals/Covers) at Palmer Commons 

Bowdish Brothers (American Roots) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

Otter River (Classic Country) at South St. 

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley 

Dorkestra (Jazz) at East Middle St. 

Kevin B Klein (Classic Rock) at Sylvan Courtyard 

The Bluesmatics (Blues) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Video Game Characters (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

Athens Creek (Americana) at the Clocktower Gazebo 

Alexander the Magician (Magic) at the Kids Courtyard 

AUGUST 15th  6:30 – 8:30 P.M. 

John Latini (Singer/Songwriter) at Palmer Commons 

Bill Bynum & Co. (Americana) at Katie’s Korner on the Library Lawn 

Bus Stop Poets & The Lafayettes (Rock/Americana) at South St. *Senior Seating

3 Generations Entertainment (Balloons for Kids) at Main St. Alley 

The Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid (Roots/Boogie-Woogie) at East Middle St. 

Cellar Cats (Classic/Progressive Rock) at Sylvan Courtyard 

Doctor Pizza (Jazz/Fusion) at Glazier Building 

How to Chalk – Farm (Chalk Art) at the Clocktower 

King Family Band (Bluegrass) at the Clocktower Gazebo *Senior Seating

Eric the Juggler (Juggler) at the Kids Courtyard 

Schedule is subject to change without notice.  Follow on Facebook at Chelsea Festivals and Events for rain alternatives or changes. 





Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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