The Holt Community Arts Council is gearing
up for an exciting summer packed with fun
activities, including its popular free
Now in its eighth consecutive year, the Arts
Council's concert series features a
first-rate, diverse lineup that audiences
have come to expect, according to Arts
Council President Kara Hope.
"We have a couple of returning favorites and
a couple of artists who will be new to Music
in the Garden," Hope said. "We try to bring
in something fresh every summer, and our
audiences seem to appreciate the effort."
The high energy of Hullabaloo returns to
the Veterans Memorial Gardens Amphitheater
on July 9.
"Their music is fun," Hope said. They play
everything from Talking Heads to reggae- and
Latin-infused original tunes. "Folks who
like Starfarm -- and more 1,000 did here in
Holt last year -- will enjoy Hullabaloo."
On July 16,
Lansing-based vocalist Twyla Birdsong
takes the Music in the Garden stage for the
first time. "Twyla is versatile and
immensely talented. She can beautifully sing
anything -- jazz, show tunes, rock -- but
she is best known for singing the blues."
The 17-piece Flat River Big Band also
makes its Music in the Garden debut this
season. "We've wanted to bring in a big
band for a long time now," Hope said. "And
we finally learned about this group based in
Greenville." They will bring the sounds of
Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and other
1940’s favorites to life on
Lastly, the Red Sea Pedestrians return to
Holt on July 30
to round out the season. "Their talent is
huge -- the musicianship, the songwriting --
so we are thrilled to have them back." Hard
to categorize, the band draws on influences
as diverse as American roots, klezmer, and
Eastern European folk. "They're engaging and
fun," Hope added.
The Arts Council is an independent,
all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit with no
paid employees. The series costs
approximately $15,000 to produce every year.
The funds come through direct contributions
from local businesses and individuals,
grants, and support from the Delhi Township
“There still might be some people out there
who enjoy the music but who don’t know who
is behind it,” Hope said. Some assume that
it is Delhi Township who puts on the shows.
“While we certainly appreciate the DDA’s
support and the use of this beautiful
Township venue, the fact is that without
donations and grants and without volunteers,
Music in the Garden would have never
started, and it wouldn’t still be such a
great part of Holt’s summer,” Hope said.
All shows take place in Delhi Township's
Veterans Memorial Gardens Amphitheater, 2074
Aurelius Road, Holt. There is no charge for
admission or parking, but donations are
appreciated. All shows begin at