Summer Music Along the Lakeshore

After a busy day at the beach or at work, it's time to kick back and relax a while. What better way than to listen to some music. You can find performances almost any night of the week, all within a short driving distance. Area musicians as well as professional traveling groups are featured in these summertime performances. For the outdoor venues, grab your lawnchair or a blanket and get ready to be entertained. Outdoor performances are free; there may be a charge for an indoor venue performance. Scroll down for the summer schedule, and enjoy!

This is what usually occurs. Dates for 2020 are being added as they become available. Several events may be canceled or postponed or have their locations changed due to the Covid-19 virus; attendees are advised to confirm before attending.


  • Sunday Jazz Brunch in the Park, 1pm, Waterfront Park, Ludington. Dates TBA


  • Concerts in the Park, 7pm, Village Park, Onekama.Canceled for 2020
  • West Shore Civic Band, various locations, Ludington.


  • Manistee Shoreline Showcase, 7pm, Rotary Gazebo, First Street Beach, Manistee. July 21-September 1, 2020
  • Summer Concert Series, Scottville Clown Band Shell. Weekly concerts canceled for 2020.
  • Silver Lake Concert Series, Golden Township Park at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, 7pm. Dates TBA


  • LACA Summer Music Series, 7pm, Waterfront Park, Ludington.(2020 concerts postponed due to Covid-19 attendance restrictions).
  • Echo through the Timber, 7pm, Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. July 29-August 26, 2020.
  • Nights at the Lights, 7pm, Little Sable Lighthouse, Silver Lake. Canceled for 2020


  • Roots on the River, 7pm, Manistee Jaycees Riverwalk Bandshell, Memorial Drive, Manistee. Canceled for 2020.
  • Live Music in the Plaza, 5pm-8pm, North James Street Plaza, downtown Ludington. (June 18-September 3, 2020)
  • Pentwater Civic Band, 8pm, Village Green, Pentwater. (Canceled for 2020)
  • Music on the Commons, 7pm, Hart Commons overlooking Hart Lake (alternate Thursdays from June 18-August 27, 2020.


  • Friday Night Live, 6pm-9pm, downtown Ludington. (Canceled for 2020)
  • NEW: Friday Night Live Unplugged, 6-9pm, various stages in downtown Ludington June 19-September 4, 2020.
  • Log Cabin Concert, Kaleva. August 7-28, 2020
  • Summer Sounds, 7pm, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville. Canceled for 2020
  • Music at the Hart Historic District, 7pm, Hart, Dates TBA


  • Sounds from the Forest, 7pm, Wenger Pavilion, Baldwin. July 25-September 5, 2020.
  • Rhythm & Dunes Concerts, 7pm, Waterfront Park, Ludington. (Canceled for 2020)
  • Summer Sounds, 7pm, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville. Canceled for 2020

In addition, several businesses offer concerts throughout the summer months. Also, check out our story about the Scottville Clown Band to see where they are performing throughout the summer.

For more summer music happenings along the lakeshore, check these out:

Idlewild Music Fest.
Ludrock-Two-Day Music Festival.
Manistee County Summer Music.
Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival in Brethren.
Ludington State Park Summer Performances.
Nights at the Lights Features Entertainment at the Lighthouses.

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Last Updated: 09-27-2020 05:25 PM ID: 1099