Grab a lawn chair, pack a cooler and head to these six outdoor concerts at Michigan Legacy Art Park’s 2022 Summer Sounds Series in Thompsonville.

Bringing enriching stories of Michigan’s cultural and natural history to life, Michigan Legacy Art Park is a Northern Michigan staple frequented by locals and visitors alike–and even more so during the summer months when its concert series kicks off in July.  

The 30-acre wooded preserve offers a unique art experience and true Up North hiking, which is all made possible by founder and acclaimed artist David Barr and Crystal Mountain. Starting July 1 and wrapping up in August, the Summer Sounds Series will add yet another exciting reason to visit this season- for visitors and locals alike!

Cary Morin

Photo by Cary Morin/Michigan Legacy Art Park

Cary Morin | July 1 

Described as “one of the best acoustic pickers on the scene today,” Cary Morin is known for his inimitable style often characterized as roots-infused Native Americana with hints of bluegrass, folk, blues and rock. He has performed at renowned venues across the globe and has been described as “a unique and brilliant guitar player, songwriter and singer.”

The Timebombs | July 8 

Get ready for Traverse City’s hi-octane party, pop-rock experience, featuring ‘90s songs you know and love. The Timebombs features members Amanda Igra on vocals, acoustic and ukulele; Chad Schrader on guitar; Otto Jensen on bass; and Ryan Dunckley on drums.

Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds | July 15 

Led by multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds has a sound that’s danceable, intelligent and vulnerable, incorporating indie-pop melodies, global-infused beats, rock riffs and folk sensibilities. Since 2005, the band has gathered a passionate, grassroots fanbase by reinventing themselves with an ever-evolving sound.

The Bootstrap Boys | July 22

This band’s live shows will have you on your feet. The Bootstrap Boys are a four-piece Grand Rapids-based band with a fresh take on classic country. With well-crafted lyrics, twangy guitar riffs and steady rhythms, the band will keep your boots tappin’ as you move and groove all night.

Yid Vicious | July 29 

Featuring a take on Yiddish folk music, Yid Vicious has been spreading its infectious, original blend of freylekh fun throughout the midwest and beyond for over a decade. The band declares, “we celebrate the long-standing tradition of klezmorim incorporating new musical ideas into an organic and ever-evolving art form.” You won’t want to miss this memorable Friday night concert.

Hatchwing Rider

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Hatchwing Rider | August 12 

Mid-Michigan natives and lifelong traveling musicians, Hatchwing Rider play heavy-hearted folk-rock paired with a restless psychedelic Americana. Playing at bars, cafes and stages across the country, they have developed a musical sound inspired by legends like Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Leonard Cohen and The Byrds. Hatchwing Rider’s versatility is their hallmark, bobbing and weaving seamlessly through different genres.

Photo(s) by Michigan Legacy Art Park