JULY 26:  Festival Weekend Kicks off with Sounds & Sights on Thursday Night





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CHELSEA, MICH – This week, Chelsea Area Festivals & Events kicks off the Sounds & Sights Festival with its weekly concert series, Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights, presented by Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart Realtors.  Professional artists perform from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at ten staged areas located throughout downtown Chelsea featuring free music, interactive art and family entertainment.

The diverse music line-up features country and pop artist Kayla Kendallat the Sylan Stage and Brian Brickley & The Martingaleswill play southern soul, rock and blues at the Glazier building.  Local favorite, David C. Bloomsings jazz standards and ballads of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s at the Clocktower Gazebo.  Singer- songwriter, Rochelle Clark, performs at East Alley Stage.

On E. Middle Street, Blue Light Bandwill be performing rock and blues music, starting at 6:30. At 7:30, Ballet Chelsea will showcase dancers from their Dance Beat and Jazz Ensemble.



Katie’s Korner at the Chelsea District Library will featureOtter River. The Detroit-area classic country band plays a variety of country music that includes everything from high-energy, boot-stomping honky-tonk to lonesome classic country ballads.

There is something for the whole family including Colors the Clownwith an animal magic show at the Kids stage in the Clocktower Complex and unique balloon animals created by 3 Generations Twisters.  Look for street-performances by Michael Lee Mimethroughout downtown.

Chelsea Chalk Artwill feature professional chalk artists Friday and Saturday and hold the annual Chalk Art Contest on Saturday during the Sounds and Sights Festival. Visit chelseafestivals.com/festival/chalk-art/ for information about the professional artists and how to enter the contest.

In addition to the free stages located throughout downtown, the Sounds & Sights Festivalshowcases a main stage inside the social tent located behind The Common Grill restaurant.   The social tent opens at 6 p.m., with live bands performing from 7 to 11 p.m.  Beer and wine will be for sale to those aged 21 and over. Admission to the social tent is $5 and all ages are welcome.

 

Thursday the main stage features bands with Michigan roots. Chelsea natives, Ben Daniels Band(BDB) kick off the event at 7 p.m. BDB has toured the country several times, and regularly makes the rounds in the Great Lakes State. They believe in hard work, perseverance, and creatively challenging themselves and their audience. At 9 p.m., The Accidentalstake 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 bounce between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.

Adjacent to the Social & Entertainment Tenton W. Middle Street, the Food Court and features a variety of food and drink options from local and regional favorites including The Common Grill, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, Chelsea Kiwanis Food Cart, The Incredible Kettle Krab, LLC, Srodek’s Catering, Thompson’s Pizza and Amie Jo’s Elephant Ears.

In its 42ndseason, the Sounds & Sights Festival weekend will draw over 15,000 visitors and will feature a classic car show, professional chalk artists, sidewalk sales, local food, and multiple events activities for all ages.

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

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About Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights:

Celebrating its 14thanniversary 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 (located 14 miles west of Ann Arbor).  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 7 and runs every Thursday through August 16, and features a variety of music, dance, comedy, film, and family entertainment.

Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights is a program of Chelsea Area Festivals and Events, and is made possible with the support from its 2018 season sponsors including: Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart Realtors, the City of Chelsea DDA, Chelsea Chevrolet Buick, Chelsea State Bank, Jiffy Mixes, Roberts Paint & Body, Edward Jones, The Common Grill, Andy Kellogg – Financial Advisor, Cleary’s Pub, Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, Jeff Klink & Associates, LaJolla Fine Jewelry, Lehman & Scheffler Real Estate Services, Michigan Medicine, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea,Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, The Arts Alliance, Chelsea District Library and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Stages and events are also sponsored by Ann Arbor Pediatric Dentistry, Rainbow Child Care Center, Parts Peddler – Chelsea, Healthy Smiles Dental Care of Chelsea, O&W Inc, Destination Ann Arbor, Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, United Methodist Retirement Communities, Chelsea Rhone LLC., Gestamp Chelsea Hardwood Solutions LLC, Hatch Stamping Company, Heydlauff’s Appliances, Jet’s Pizza, Mitchell Family, Rick Eder Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance, Thrivent Financial – Chelsea Group, Costco, Wilkinson Foundation, Silver Maples of Chelsea, Jackie Schiller & Suzanne Morrison, Bank of Ann Arbor, 102.9FM W4 Country, Ann Arbor’s 107one, Current, Ann Arbor Family Magazine, Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, ChelseaUpdate, Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center, Palmer Auto Service, A Pigment of Your Imagination, The Lucy Ann Lance Show, and Trinchero Family Estates.

Additional sponsors include: Audio Acres, Biggby Coffee – Chelsea, Chelsea House Victorian Inn, Macklem Family, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Sun Times News, Torrance Learning and Zou Zou’s Cafe and Coffee Bar.

For a complete schedule, visit www.chelseafestivals.com

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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