The Summer Sounds Series features up-and-coming artists, accompanied by beautiful Northern Michigan evenings, at Michigan Legacy Art Park.

Thanks to acclaimed artist David Barr and Crystal Mountain, the Michigan Legacy Art Park has been a haven for artists to tell Michigan’s stories amongst nature for more than 20 years. This non-profit organization is situated on a 30-acre preserve in Benzie County and home to almost 50 sculptures set along wooded trails. These outdoor concerts at the park are a fun way for new and returning visitors to experience the area. Bring a picnic, lawn chair, blanket and a buddy or two. (Stop at Crystal Mountain Market beforehand for picnic goodies.)


Last Gasp Collective is more than a collection of incredible artists—it’s a feeling. The Kalamazoo troupe blends hip-hop and jazz with R&B, soul and classical. Live strings, winds, percussion, vocals and poetry come together for a melting pot of rich sounds and irresistible energy. Founded by Jay Jackson and friends, the group works to bring people together to create a moving culture of fearless artists who believe in the spirit of collaboration. 


Known for spellbinding vocals, lush textures and intricate arrangements that defy genre, The Go Rounds set the bar for Michigan indie rock. They return to Summer Sounds, this time joined by Charlie Millard Band, one of the most buzzed-about groups in Northern Michigan, for a special showcase of exceptional songwriting.

The Go Rounds


Known for their entertaining, theatrical stage presence, this duo delights audiences by pairing show-stopping vocals with multiple instruments—guitar, ukulele, accordion, drums, glockenspiel, banjo and tap dancing. Their wide and unusual variety of talents and delightful personalities shine through, making it a fun concert for all ages.


The Bootstrap Boys are a four-piece Grand Rapids band with a fresh take on the classic country sound. They take their cues from that particular mix of country and gospel found in the small churches of rural Michigan, spiced with the flavor of Midwest honky tonk. There’s no shortage of thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics, twangy guitar riffs and steady rhythms to keep your boots tappin’ and heart happy. With a DIY attitude and a capable RV, The Bootstrap Boys have steadily built a devoted following across the Midwest, and beyond, since their 2015 inception. 

THE RAGBIRDS | August 10

Led by dynamic, multi-instrumentalist front-woman Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds draw from worldwide sounds—from reggae to Celtic to blues—to create roots folk that is equally danceable, intelligent and vulnerable. This is music that comes to life on stage. Now equipped with four vocalists, the band is diving into the textures they can create with vocal harmonies and adding more improvisational elements. They have become festival favorites with a passionate grassroots following and were hailed as “Highly impressive!” by USA Today.

Good to know: Golf Cart rides from the parking lot to the amphitheater are available for those unable to walk the ADA-accessible short trail to the stage. Portable restrooms are available at the amphitheater and trailhead. Free parking is available at the Art Park entrance with additional parking on Mountain Woods Drive, adjacent to the park, or at any public Crystal Mountain lot.

New! Enjoy dinner at the Art Park from local food trucks on select dates. // Steelhead Cafe is serving American food favorites and signature broiled fish July 19 and August 10. Nepalese Have Another is offering authentic Nepalese/Himalayan cuisine on July 12.

Photo(s) by Michigan Legacy Art Park