Fill Your Summer Nights with Free, Live Music!
By: Michael Fossbakk
July 8, 2019
Are you ready to rock?
You better be if you’re a fan of music in Metro Detroit. And, let’s be honest, who isn’t a fan of music in this town?
It’s officially summer. The sun is out (save for all those rainy days). Drinks with little umbrellas can be seen at every bar and restaurant. And concerts are happening every day of the week if you look hard enough. But, if you’re short on cash and want to take in a show, there are some pretty stellar free concerts to check out!
Celebrating 14 years of rock & roll music, the Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series is back this summer! Every Friday evening from July 12 – August 16, you will be able to enjoy a concert from artists/bands, like The Marshall Tucker Band, Soul Asylum, Loverboy and Little River Band. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the GM Plaza.
A celebration of diversity in Detroit, the Concert of Colors music festival is returning for its 27th year July 10-18. This week-long festival brings together a wide variety of musicians and musical styles in addition to fun activities, attractions and events, like Detroit Community Yoga with Salar Ansari and the Detroit Women’s Chorus. For a full list of performances, check out the full schedule on the Concert of Colors website.
Downtown Farmington is the place to be on Friday nights this summer with new performances by local and national bands and artists. The Right Now is a band from Memphis and Chicago that takes direct influence from the Motown music of Detroit. The Shawn Riley Band brings a collection of classic rock and Irish/Celtic songs to their set. And Skye Island Band is a jazz band that plays original compositions in addition to covers of Stevie Wonder, George Benson and Herbie Hancock.
Every summer, Shain Park in Birmingham is brimming with music on Wednesday nights. The lineup of artists covers a range of genres, including pop rock, blues, jazz, soul, Motown, country and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show!
Thursday nights in Milford at the Amp will feature rock music, Motown, country, jazz, pop, Americana and more from the likes of Phoenix Theory, Fifty Amp Fust, Magic Bus and more. The amphitheater is located just outside of downtown Milford and features stadium-style seating and plenty of lawn space to watch the show.