Salty Summer Sounds To Return This June

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Salty Summer Sounds is back! Saline Main Street has confirmed to the Sun Times News that they will be bringing twelve weeks of live free music to downtown Saline, every Thursday, starting June 10.

“We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to do the full summer. I had booked about half of the summer last year, before the shutdown. So part of it was easy, I was just able to contact them once again to see what date would be good for them this year, and all but one group was still available,” Main organizer Jill Durnen said.

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The concert will be held on South Main Street, at the heart of downtown’s main restaurants. Attendees to the free concert are being encouraged by Saline Main Street to get dinner at the surrounding bars and restaurants. Like essentially all downtown’s, Saline’s restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic and it was unclear for a time if the series was going to go ahead or not. But now that about three fifths of American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine and Michigan is starting to loosen its pandemic restrictions, the concert series is back on.

According to the State of Michigan, slightly more than half of the state's population has gotten at least one dose of the vaccine and 43 percent of the population has gotten a second dose. The concert will stay open unless the federal or state governments announce a new shut down to respond to a new spike.

“If you make a date to come to downtown Saline, chances are great that you’ll catch a really cool live act. We’ll feature lots of local talent. Everybody is really raring to go and preform. I’m just delighted that everybody is wanting to play here,” Saline Main Street Executive Director Holli Andrews said.

Normally, attendees would sit in long rows of folding chairs to listen to the performers. But because some people will not be comfortable with the lack of social distancing, Durnen is planning to simply make the chairs available, so people can choose how close or far to others they want to sit as they listen to Holmes and her band.

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The twelve family friendly acts will be returning with its traditional sense of variety, according to Saline Main Street. Every week will be different, with acts ranging from classic rock, to hip hop, to indie rock, Andrews said. The first concert will feature the return of pop country star Kari Holmes, and her band.

“I am so excited. This past year has been just crazy with not being able to preform as much,” Holmes said. When she and her band originally formed “Saline was one of the first places I played with my full band. It’s going to be great being back there and playing my new music for you guys. It’s gonna be a great time.”

In full disclosure, the editor of this newspaper, Chuck Colby, is a member of the band Three Men and a Tenor. They will be performing on the second Thursday, June 17.

According to Durnen, the full line up will be:

6/10/21 Kari Holmes -  Country

6/17/21 Three Men and a Tenor

6/24/21 Sociables & Head Full of Ghosts - Singer Songwriter/Alternative Acoustic Rock Trio

7/1/21 Pajamas - Funk/Rock

7/8/21 Fifty Amp Fuse - Lite Rock

7/15/21 Drivin' Sideways - Rockabilly/Country

7/22/21 CEYX (cease) - Classic Rock

7/29/21 Corndaddy - Country/Rock

8/5/21 Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic - Fiddle

8/12/21 Major Dudes - Steely Dan Tribute

8/19/21 Ben Daniels Band - Americana/Singer/Songwriter

8/26/21 Geezer & The Queen's Revenge - Classic Rock/Pirate Rock

Top headline credit: Saline Main Street. 

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