Summer Concert Series
The Summer 2013 Schedule
Kris Allen - Thursday, June 6th @7pm
The Ragbirds - Thursday, July 11th @ 8p
The Verve Pipe - Thursday, July 18th @ 7p
The Saucecat’s - Thursday, July 25th @ 7p
Howie Day - Saturday, August 24th @ 7p
The Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series started with a vision of owner Tim Brockman and General
Manager Chris “Elmo” Walton back in the fall of 2008.
With local musician Monique Berry asking to perform her first local show in eight years at Max &
Emily’s, Brockman and Walton worked with Downtown Development Coordinator Michelle Sponseller on
how to close down Broadway one night in August to put on a free show for the community. With over 750
people in attendance, the show was a great success and the vision was born.
The following year Downtown Mt Pleasant and Isabella Bank joined Max & Emily’s as official sponsors.
In 2009 The Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series was officially started with three shows that summer.
Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of The Verve Pipe; The Saucecats, a local band out of Remus with a funky
style; and Monique Berry returning to close out the year.
In 2010 both Brian Vander Ark and The Saucecats returned to play the series drawing over 2000
people for the combined nights. The conclusion of the year saw singer, songwriter, actor Jeff Daniels
added to the lineup and he brought in the biggest crowd yet. With over 2200 people in attendance it was
the biggest show to date.
The 2011 series added a fourth sponsor in Central Michigan University. Kicking off on June 9th, The
Ragbirds, brought their folk-rock sound to Mid Michigan. On July 28th, Toad the Wet Sprocket stopped by
with a pair of Billboard #1 songs. Jeff Daniels returned with a special guest (our good friend Brian Vander
Ark) and though the rain fell, over 3300 people came to Finch Fieldhouse on the campus of CMU to enjoy
Last summer the 2012 series saw two new acts stop by. First on the list was The Verve Pipe, led by
Brian Vander Ark, played hits off their new children’s album to several thousand in the heart of downtown.
A return to Finch Fieldhouse on the campus of CMU, The Ragbirds continued to wow the community with
their infectious sounds and talent. Closing out the year was first time guest Howie Day. Known for his
impressive guitar and vocal work, he brought with his three Top 10 hits. His parting words after the show
“I want to come back, and bring some friends next year.”
This year The Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series celebrates 5 years and what better way to
celebrate than with more shows! We are calling it “Five for Five,” a show in June followed by three
shows in July, and closing it out Welcome Back Weekend with CMU.
Leading off on June 6 is the 2009 American Idol winner Kris Allen. His first album debuted at No. 11 on
the US Billboard 200, and his lead single 'Live Like We're Dying,” had sales of more than 1.7 million. You
have seen him on TV, now is your chance to see him in the heart of Downtown.
Celebrating July never sounded like this before, three shows back to back to back to rock the month
out! All three shows are based around you, the fans who talk about and ask to have these groups return.
You asked and we listened. Starting at 8pm on Thursday July 11th, The Ragbirds return with new songs,
a new time, but the same amazing performance you have come to expect from these series veterans.
The following Thursday July 18th at 7pm, The Verve Pipe will be bringing new songs off their upcoming
second children’s album to get you and your little one’s dancing up front. Coming back after a three year
hiatus, The Saucecat’s promise to have everyone out of their seat singing and dancing on July 25th at
7pm. Going back to the very first year, one of our fondest moments is band member Perry English
leading a 95 person strong conga-line through downtown. This year, let’s go for 150 strong!
Closing out the series for the second year in a row see’s our friend Howie Day returning on Saturday
August 24th at 7pm. As requested, we said yes to him bringing along some friends. Backed up by
various pieces of a wind orchestra, percussion, and keyboard, this show will one to talk about! He has
also been in the studio this past year, so look for new song’s before they hit the local radio stations!
It’s a great year for music, and we are thrilled to give you five shows to enjoy. None of this would be
possible without great care and trust from our sponsors Isabella Bank, Central Michigan University,
Downtown Mt Pleasant, and Max & Emily’s. Please, when you run into anyone from these great
community partners, extend a handshake, a hug, a “thank you” for all they do with the series.
As always, the concerts are free to all and are family oriented. So grab a couple of lawn chairs, the
family, and a hunger for both great Max & Emily’s food and amazing music and we’ll see you downtown
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