From Bridget Favre

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, presented by Rick Taylor Real Estate – Reinhart Realtors continues its free summer concert series Thursday, July 12from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. Professional artists perform at nine staged areas located throughout downtown Chelsea featuring music, dance, and family entertainment.

The diverse music line-up features Detroit-Music-Award-Winning band Escaping Pavement, a folk and Americana duo performing at the Sylvan Stage. Hullabaloo will perform original rock and ska music blended with Latin-Caribbean rhythms at South Street, and rock band The Seatbeltsperform at E. Middle Street.

Singer-songwriters Dave Boutette and Kristi Lynn Davis will be at the East Alley stage with Americana music and Robyn returns to the Glazier building with her original country and pop tunes.


Katie’s Korner at the Chelsea District Library will feature Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid, performing an upbeat program of Boogie-n-Blues, Jazz-n-Ragtime favorites from the 20’s 30’s & 40’s, with arrangements of American classics as well as original songs.

At the Clocktower Gazebo, the WCCB Town Band will play music from the 1880–1920 period, in period-appropriate costume and with period-appropriate instruments.  The Chelsea Monitors Baseball Club will provide old-time games for kids of all ages across from the Gazebo.

There is something for the whole family including face painting by Face Painting Robot at the Kids stage in the Clocktower Complex and unique balloon animals created by 3 Generations Twisters at the Main Street alley.

Senior seating will be available at the South Street stage as well as the Gazebo stage thanks to sponsors Silver Maples, Jackie Schiller and Suzanne Morrison.

Spectators wishing to learn to draw are encouraged to visit the Chelsea Chalk Art area beneath the iconic Clocktower on Main Street. Chalk and drawing examples are provided for free to all ages and levels of expertise.  The theme “Farming” is sponsored by The United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

After Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, SRSLY Cinema presents free outdoor movies at dusk. This week SRSLY presents Wonder (PG).

For the complete summer concert series schedule, visit

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