After a nine-year absence, the popular Bud Light Riversight & Sound concert series returns this summer to the riverside in downtown Mount Clemens.
Long billed as the entertainment capital of Macomb County, promoters of Mount Clemens said on Tuesday there were four shows planned for this year and six in the works for the summer of 2023.
Michelle Weiss of the Downtown Development Authority said the city was the first to launch free outdoor concerts before other cities such as St. Clair Shores and Warren began picking up the idea.
“Since then, we’ve had people ask us about gigs,” she said. “So we listened to them and we heard them, and decided ‘we’ll give them what they want’.
The free series had been a Mount Clemens staple for 27 years when it ended.
Spectators were asked to bring chairs and blankets to sit on the grassy embankment along the Clinton River in front of City Hall to enjoy music from Badfinger, Junior Walkers & The All Stars, Mitch Ryder, Forbes Brothers, Danny D and even Elvis. Aaron Presley, Jr.
The Funtasticks headlined the first show last Friday.
Upcoming shows include:
• Saturday July 23 – Kathleen Murray and the Groove Council
• Saturday August 27 – Air Margaritaville
• Saturday September 24 – Nightline
Concerts are from 7-9 p.m. at Clinton River Park. They will be sponsored by Clinton Township-based Petitpren Inc., a wholesale beverage distributor.
Patrick Mikuajczcek said he was delighted with the return. The Harrison Township boater not only says he will listen to the music, but he suggests that more docks be added to the river’s edge to accommodate the crowds of boaters.
“I’ve been all the pictures from the riverside gigs of the 80s and 90s, so of course I’ll go down. I love coming here, even though it takes an hour and a half to get here. The city should make it worthwhile by adding more events,” he said.
Weiss, the retail coordinator for the DDA, said there will be six concerts in 2023. The following year, plans are in the works for a new series with new branding, it said. she stated.
Also on Tuesday, the schedule for this summer’s Uptown Friday Night concert series was released. The free, family-friendly outdoor concert series in the city’s downtown offers a variety of musical genres:
• July 8 – Strictly Fine – funk and soul
• July 15 – Joe Alan Group
• July 22 – Motor City Josh and the Big Three – funky blues
• July 29 – Olivia Van Goor Jazz Quartet – swinging vocal jazz
• August 5 – The Dynamic Duo – soul, pop, R&B
• August 12 – Soul Commission with Kathleen Murray – pop, R&B
• August 19 – 3 Pease – classic rock
• August 26 – 5th avenue – blues, rock, funk
• September 9 – Kathleen Murray Soul Commission – soul, disco
• September 16 – April: funk, soul
• September 23 – Wheels of Fire – classic rock, music by Cream
• September 30 – The Pat Smillie Band – blues, rock
The shows will take place at the Fountain Stage on Macomb Place between North Walnut and Pine Streets in Mount Clemens and will run from 7-9 p.m.
Many downtown retail stores will offer special sales, and some bars, restaurants and eateries will offer outdoor dining.