Summer Concert Series
The Summer 2014 Schedule
Brian Vander Ark & Friends
Thursday July 10th
Brian has been a staple of every summer downtown,
performing solo, with Jeff Daniels, and out front on
Vocals and Guitar for The Verve Pipe. This year he
asked to do something different and bring along a
few friends and change it up a bit. We are looking
forward to seeing what he has up his sleeve!
The Kruger Brothers
Thursday July 31st
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!
Thursday August 7th
Last year when American Idol winner Kris Allen invited her up on stage to help close the show, magic was
made. We knew at that point she needed a night to herself. Our own Shubha Vedula, who graduated a
block away at Sacred Heart Academy, who made the Top 20 on American Idol will bring downtown to a
Thursday August 14th
Making their 4th appearance at the series The Saucecats promise to continue to “Make It Hot” downtown.
Last year they had a 200+ person long conga line snaking through downtown, this year let’s go for 300.
They also invited Max & Emily’s General Manager Elmo up on stage to play with them, we can only imagine
what crazy idea’s they bring downtown!
Saturday August 23rd
Closing out the series, and four weeks in a row, we welcome back The Ragbirds from Ann Arbor. With their
great grooves, rhythmic percussion section, and the vocals of lead signer Erin, who by the way was eight
months pregnant for last year’s show, this is a great way to end the summer. We also get to celebrate a
birthday that night as baby Aviva will turn 1 year old. We can already see the birthday sing-a-long!
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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