Summer Concert Series
The Summer 2015 Schedule
The Kruger Brothers
Thursday, June 18th @ 7p
Originally from Europe, Jens and Ewe along with
good friend Joel playing Bass will bring their award
winning Bluegrass style to the series for the first
time. Having performed on David Letterman, toured
with Steve Martin, and being inducted into the Blue
Ridge Hall of Fame, we cannot wait for them to
come to town!
Channing and Quinn
Thursday, July 30th @ 7p
Quirky 2 piece duo Channing & Quinn often tour the country in a rather unorthodox way. Past tours have
consisted of Amtrak Train Tours and most recently a tour of the entire country while pulling and living in an
airstream trailer. The two are based in East Nashville but originally met and began writing music in The Blue
Ridge Mountains of Boone, NC. In a live setting the two do the work of several musicians by playing guitar,
ukulele, accordion, drums, glockenspiel, banjo and more.
Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band
Saturday August 29th @ 7p
Closing out the series, we welcome back Jeff Daniels along with his son, the Ben Daniels Band! The
Daniels combo has been touring the mid-west since last fall garnering rave reviews for their performances.
Our season finale is sure to rock your socks off!
All shows are completely free , will start at 7pm, and will be outside in front of Max & Emily’s in downtown
Mt Pleasant. Donations to the Red Cross Infant Food Pantry will continue at each show. Bring diapers,
formula, wipes, or a financial donation and let's continue this great tradition of giving back to those in need.
Lastly, giant praise goes to our sponsors for their continued support of the series and the belief of giving
back to this amazing community. Isabella Bank, Downtown Mt. Pleasant, Central Michigan University, and
Max & Emily’s….you’re all the best!
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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