Max and Emily's Summer Concert Series
The Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series started with a vision from 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 their vision became a reality.
The following year, Downtown Mt Pleasant and Isabella Bank joined Max & Emily’s as official sponsors of the Summer Concert Series. 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 2,000 people for the combined nights. Concluding the series, Jeff Daniels made his presence known, bringing in over 2,200 in attendance. Not only is Jeff Daniels a singer, songwriter and actor, but he also is a Central Michigan University Alumni, truly bringing a uniqueness to the Summer Concert Series and continuing the exponential growth of this event.
2012 brought in well-known talent from around the country as the Max & Emily's Summer Concert Series grew and gained more attention. The series started off with 90’s rock band, The Verve Pipe in June, followed by the folk-rock melodies of The Ragbirds in July. Howie Day, best known for his 2005 hit “Collide” closed out the series in August.
Each year adds new talent and excitement to the community. The concerts are free to all and are family friendly. So grab a couple of lawn chairs, the family, and a hunger for both great Max & Emily’s food and amazing music and we’ll see you downtown this summer!
The 2014 Concert line-up is as follows:
Thursday July 10: Brian Vander Ark & Friends
Thursday July 31: The Kruger Brothers
Thursday August 7: Shubha Vedula
Thursday August 14: The Saucecats
Saturday August 23: The Ragbirds
Call (989) 772-7460 for more information about the summer concert series or visit Max & Emily's website by clicking here!