Free concerts add to Dearborn’s summer sounds

Photo courtesy of the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority

The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority’s annual Jazz on the Ave took to the stage for its first concert of the summer last Wednesday. Alexander Zonjic and Friends entertained a crowd of almost 450 people at City Hall Park. Jazz on the Ave concerts are from 7-9 Wednesdays through Aug. 24. Universal XPression will perform July 20.

DEARBORN – The city is boosting the opportunities to hear free music in outdoor settings by offering three Music Under the Starts concerts Thursdays in July and August.

Music Under the Stars is a long-standing tradition in the city, and this year concerts will begin on July 21 at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course, featuring Rockestra.

On Aug. 11, regional favorite Sun Messengers will entertain swimmers and park-goers at Dunworth Pool at Levagood Park.

And Aug. 25, Fifty Amp Fuse will return to the Dearborn Hills Golf Course.

All concerts are at 7 p.m. Seats are available at Dearborn Hills, but people are also allowed to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Music Under the Stars complements free concerts sponsored by the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (Jazz on the Ave) from 7 to 9 p.m Wednesdays in City Hall Park, and the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (Friday Nites in the Park) from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays in Muirhead Plaza.

The remaining concerts are:

Jazz on the Ave
July 20 — Universal Xpression

July 27 — Lin Rountree

Aug. 10 — Straight Ahead

Aug. 17 — Urban Jazz Collection

Aug. 24 — Alexander Zonjic All Stars

In the event of rain, the concerts will be moved across the street inside the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave.

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Friday Nites in the Park
July 29 — Justine Blazer, modern country sound

Aug. 12 — Metro Jazz Voices performing selections from all eras of the Great American Songbook

Aug. 26 — Crush, sounds of classic rock and more

In case of rain, the concerts will be held in the Henry Ford Centennial Library auditorium, 16301 Michigan Ave.

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