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Music in the Garden

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The Holt Community Arts Council's largest project is the annual 'Music in the Garden' (MIG) concert series. The concerts are free and family friendly. Held in the amphitheater in the beautiful Veterans Memorial Gardens, right behind the Delhi Township Hall, 2074 Aurelius Road in Holt, MIG has become one of Holt's most anticipated summer traditions.


2015 'Music in the Garden'

The Holt Community Arts Council is gearing up for an exciting summer packed with fun activities, including its popular free summer concerts.

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 July 23.

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 DDA.

 “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 7 p.m.

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The Red Sea Pedestrians performing at the 2011 MIG.

See more videos of MIG on our YouTube page.

 

To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage. - Georgia O’Keefe                                                                 Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time, for everybody. - Piet Mondrian                                                                 What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit. - John Updike                                                                 Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.  - George Bernard Shaw

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