Summer Concert Series
The Summer 2016 Schedule
It is our great pleasure to announce this year’s
lineup for the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert
Series. Spanning seven shows over three
months, this year’s lineup of artists delivers a
diverse sound and style.
The series begins on Thursday, June 23, with
Detroit’s Olivia Millerschin who will bring her
award winning music to our stage. We were
fortunate to have Olivia open for Jeff Daniels
last August and she is excited to headline our first show of the `2016 season. A finalist for three 2013 and
two 2014 Detroit Music Awards, winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and quarter finalist
on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, we are pleased to bring her back to Mt Pleasant. She is currently touring,
working on a new album, and writing music for several movie soundtracks.
Kelley Hunt, of Kansas City, makes her Mt. Pleasant debut on Thursday, July 14. Known for her soulful
blues style, Kelley’s thoughtful and poetic lyrics merge perfectly with her five-piece band. Max & Emily’s
owner Tim Brockman, following a suggestion from a friend, saw her perform in Minneapolis last fall and
knew instantly that she would be a hit for our Summer Concert Series. With a career in music spanning
decades, Kelley‘s polished lyrics and soul will fill the streets with the blues unseen at the series before.
Having taken a few years’ rest from our series, Mid Michigan’s The Saucecats will return on Thursday, July
21. With their New Orleans funk, zydeco, and blues style, as well as a blend of Latin and Caribbean
numbers, they are an eclectic group of musicians known for making the audience part of the show. The
Saucecats are the only artists in our history to have a 100 person conga line snaking through downtown.
The crowd will be on its feet ready to dance the night away so be sure to be up close and be ready to grab
an instrument and join the fun!
A Max & Emily’s Summer Concert favorite, Brian Vander Ark returns to our stage on Thursday, August 4.
The Verve Pipe founder and lead singer will bring with him two good friends, Channing and Quinn, as
special guests. The duo took Brian’s slot last year with their own headlining show and this year are excited
to join forces with Brian to bring a unique set to our stage. Promising to go back and forth between lead and
backup vocals, the trio will mix in originals from The Verve Pipe, Brian Vander Ark, and Channing and
Quinn. You can expect everything from guitar to glockenspiel to accordion!
While having shared the stage with his father Jeff before, this year on Thursday August 11th, The Ben
Daniels Band gets their well-deserved moment in the spotlight. They served as the house band for Jeff
Daniels when he performed in the misting rain last August, this year they will excite the crowd with their
youthful, energetic style. Having toured the country from New York to L.A.,The Ben Daniels Band has
played sold out shows to thousands of new and old fans, winning them over with style and grace typically
reserved for artists twice their age. His lyrics speak directly to a younger generation that hears, sees, and
thinks about the very things he’s writing. From their opening song to the finale of their set, the Ben Daniels
Band cuts through with their originality, musicianship, and a sound that spans Americana, Blues, Jazz, and
Making their debut on the Max & Emily’s stage on Thursday, August 18, Joe Hertler and The Rainbow
Seekers are unlike any other band performing this year. Their publicity packet describes them: “They will
roar into your life with rapturous frequencies, exuberant tone, and a joyfulness of purpose that has truly
become a rare sight on stage. As you'll know if you've seen the band, seeking the proverbial Rainbow is all
about the live performance.” Says Hertler, “The live show is the purpose of the band. This is why we make
music. Playing music is a symbiotic process, and without a crowd it is just a bunch of guys jamming.” This
is a show destined for greatness and we cannot wait.
After taking a few years off, Michigan’s own The Ragbirds will close the season on Saturday, August 27. A
fan favorite and requested every year, The Ragbirds’ style of folk music, rhythmic percussion section, and
the vocals of lead signer Erin, capture the audience from the very first song. The Ragbirds give their fans a
fantastic night of music and dance that leaves us all wanting more.
Each and every year we are also grateful to Central Michigan University, Isabella Bank, Downtown Mt.
Pleasant, and Max & Emily’s for supporting the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series. The amazing
people behind these local institutions believe that the series will continue to further our joint love of the
community, the arts, fellowship, and family. We are looking forward to seeing you at the shows!
Max & Emily’s
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
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
The Summer 2012 series saw two new acts stop by. First on the list was The Verve Pipe, led by Brian
Vander Ark, who 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.”
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