Free Friday Night Concerts in the Band Shell

One great thing that comes with summer is outdoor concerts. St. Joseph has some wonderful free concerts in it's John E. N. Howard Bandshell on the St. Joseph River. The "Brownbag Concert Series" features concerts at noon on Wednesdays, and at 7:30pm on Fridays, June 3-September 2.

These concerts are presented by St. Joseph Today and are sponsored by Flagstar Bank and the Indiana Michigan Power Company.

Here's a "moment" from a concert D and I attended on June 5th, 2009 featuring Keith Scott.

Here's a list of the remaining concerts for the 2009 season:

Wed 6/24: David Youngman (folk/jazz solo guitar)
Fri 6/26: Kevin McDaniel & the House Band (classic rock)
Wed 7/01: John Tolhuizen (tenor folksinger)
Fri 7/03: Tim Velez (70's folk/rock)
Wed 7/08: Fiddlers Congress (traditional/folk)
Fri 7/10: Mike Talbot (adult classics & originals)
Wed 7/15: Venetia Sekema (blues/folk)
Fri 7/17: No Concert (Venetian Festival)
Wed 7/22: Tim Velez (70's folk/rock)
Fri 7/24: Jimmy Fastiggi (blues)
Wed 7/29: Voice of Choice Singers (Christian vocals)
Fri 7/31: Lake Effect Jazz (20pc. contemporary jazz)
Wed 8/05: Richard Schwartz (60's/70's/80's)
Fri 8/07: John & Paul (rock to swing plus more!)
Wed 8/12: Leonardo (interactive family show)
Fri 8/14: Carl Payne (multi-instrumental, many genres)
Wed 8/19: All God's Children (community choir)
Fri 8/21: Venetia Kekema (blues/folk)
Wed 8/26: Keith Scott (electric & acoustic blues)
Fri 8/28: Sheila Landis Trio (jazz/blues)
Wed 9/02: Josh Davis (lively & rockin' roots music)
Fri 9/04: Marcus Robinson & the Big Idea (rhythm & blues)

We enjoyed Keith Scott who was a very engaging entertainer. We also enjoyed "Living Soul" (island/Jimmy Buffett genre) who we saw at the band shell on June 12th.

With a light breeze off the lake, a beautiful sunset as a backdrop to the entertainers on stage, a variety of very talented musicians... well, outdoor concerts just don't get any better than these!


  1. Emeraldies21@yahoo.comJuly 21, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    How do I get there if I am coming from Kalamazoo? Directions PLEASE! thanx

  2. You can get directions using Google maps ( Click on "directions".

    The band shell's address is:
    John E.N. Howard Bandshell
    500 Port St
    St Joseph, MI 49085

    Just enter your address in Kalamazoo and the address for the band shell and it will give you turn by turn directions. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by!


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