June 6 Sounds & Sights kicks off Thursday nights with stellar music lineup & new sculpture exhibition

CHELSEA, MICH– Chelsea Area Festivals and Events (CAFE) is pleased to announce  the kick off of Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, presented by Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart Realtors. Celebrating its 15th season, the free summer concert series runs every Thursday, June 6 to August 15, 2019 from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m.  

Professional artists perform at ten stages located throughout downtown Chelsea featuring music, dance, comedy, family entertainment and art. Starting with the stage at Palmer Commons, spectators can enjoy jazz music performed by Fun on the Frets. Across the street, at Katie’s Korner on the library lawn, the Chelsea District Library presentsKorner Stage: #TBT Comedy Showcasewith Kevin Kramis followed by headliner David Dyer. Dyer is a stand-up comedian and contributing writer for NBC’s The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Heading north, the South Streetstage features Cash is King, a Johnny Cash tribute band that is known to get everyone dancing in the street. Indie folk band, Beach Daisy, returns to East Middle Street with an authentic and unique style full of rich harmonies. Americana duo Dave Boutette & Kristi Lynn Davisperform folk-inspired harmonies at the Sylvan Courtyard.

Chelsea Chalk Artreturns with free“How to Chalk” seminars each week beneath the Clocktower. For the opening night, the focus islearning to draw bugs.  The adjacent stage, located at the Glazier building showcases the Americana band, The Shelter Dogs. 

Around the corner, at the Clocktower Gazebo, The Big Band Theoryperforms jazz and swing music. Senior seating is available at this stage and the South St. stage thanks to sponsors Silver Maples of Chelsea, Jackie Schiller and Suzanne Morrison. 

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights provides something for the whole family including the Colors the Clownat the Clocktower Courtyard and balloon animals created by 3 Generations Entertainmentin the Main Street Alley. 

SculptureWalk Chelseawill be celebrating its 10th year with 13 sculptures showcased in prominent locations throughout historic downtown Chelsea. 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.  

Chelsea Area Festivals & Events is a not-for-profit organization that enriches Chelsea, and the surrounding communities, by promoting the presentation of and participation in quality performing and visual arts throughout the year. 


About Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights:

For an updated list of performers and stage locations please visit www.chelseafestivals.com.

Celebrating its 15thanniversary 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 6 and runs every Thursday through August 15, and features a variety of music, dance, comedy, film, and family entertainment. 

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.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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