2015 Concerts

The 2015 Baldwin Summer Concert series  runs from June 27 to September 5 - every Wednesday and Saturday evening from 7-9 p.m., rain or shine.  Come out and support live music at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin.

Saturday, June 27 -  Planet D Nonet

The "D" is for Detroit and this tightly-rehearsed, little-big band infuses all its music with a bluesy Detroit sound. The Nonet will rock you with swing music from Ellington & Strayhorn, Count Basie and Benny Carter to more modern charts by Sun Ra and Pharoah Saunders.  Planet D Nonet is all about swing, blues, jazz and classic songs. You'll be tapping your feet from the first bars and you're guarantee to go home with a smile on your face.


Sample their great music here.

Wednesday, July 1 - Mary Rademacher Reed and the Mark Kahny Band

Together Mary Rademacher Reed and Mark Kahny make beautiful music. Mary, a perennial favorite in Baldwin, is a dazzling vocalist who knows how to ignite a crowd and Mark, vocalist and keyboardist extraordinaire, was the West Michigan Jazz Society's 2012 Musician of the Year.  Check out Mark and his group here.  Mary's web site is located here.

Saturday, July 4 - Robert Pace & Nature's Brew

Robert Pace and Nature's Brew play a great blend of funky blues, rhythm and blues, pop and soul.   Hailing from Grand Rapids, Pace has played gigs from Michigan to California. Pace likes to write and experiment with different types of music, but he never strays far from his bass and guitar.  Stepped in gospel, jazz and R&B, Pace is just the ticket for a  hot 4th of July evening. 

Wednesday, July 8 - The Key West Permafrost Blues Band

 "Hot Rod" Harry Dempsey, music professor at Ferris State University and former member of Frank Sinatra Jr's touring big band, leads this eight piece group that plays "Big Band Blues" from Chicago  Blues to Key West Caribbean.  The musicians who play with the KWPBB do so because they love the music and they love to share it with the audience. To visit their web page, click here. 

Saturday, July 11 - Paul Keller Quintet

The Ann Arbor-based Paul Keller Quartet was a big hit when they played Wenger Pavilion for the first time in 2012.  They are back again this year by popular demand so come on out and hear one of Michigan's best and most entertaining jazz bands. The quartet features Keller on bass, Detroit icon Steve Wood on saxes and flute, Duncan McMillan on piano, Stephan Boegehold  on drums and Sarah D'Angelo on clarinet and as the featured vocalist.  The quartet plays straight-ahead jazz and swing and D'Angelo lends her beautiful voice to the familiar (and not so familiar) Great American Songbook.

Visit Paul Keller's web site by clicking here.

To listen to Sarah D'Angelo with Paul Keller and friends, click here

Wednesday, July 15 - Mustang Band

A very popular band based in Grand Rapids, the Mustang Band has been a mainstay on the West  Michigan country music scene since 1994.  The Mustang Band is led by guitarist Eric Vander Stel, who along with a bassist, a drummer and a vocalist perform a great mix of country and new and classic rock music. 

Saturday, July 18 - Benny Reeves w/ Paul Carey's Soul Sensations

Detroit native Benny Reeves is back once again on the stage of the Baldwin Summer Concerts.  Reeves is a bonafide Motown legend as a founding member of the Contours and the brother of co-legend Martha Reeves. As a soulful backup singer, his resume is a veritable Who's Who of the greats of Motown. Reeves will be performing all of the favorites of the era and plenty of jump and down-home blues.  Paul Carey is one of the hottest bandleaders and guitarists on the Detroit scene. To watch a performance of Benny Reeves, click here. To listen to Paul Carey's music, visit his MySpace page here. (The group will also perform at 1 p.m. in the 2015 Troutarama Parade.)

Wednesday, July 22 - Robin Connell/Paul Brewer Quintet

Robin Connell and Paul Brewer have been making beautiful music together ever since they met and married when they were both faculty members at Interlochen.  Robin plays the piano and Paul the trombone and they are both terrific vocalists.  Together they play and sing the sweet sounds of jazz.  For a preview, click here.

Saturday, July 25 - Ramona Collins

After an absence of several years, Sounds from the Forest is very happy to welcome back the remarkable vocalist Ramona Collins. A dynamic crowd pleaser with a smooth silky voice, Collins' musical songbook includes jazz, pop, soul and Motown.  To get a preview of tonight's great concert, listen to her music here

Wednesday, July 29 - Ghosts of the American Road

From West Texas comes this the great duo of Kevin Higgins and Barbara Malteze, who  weave their individual vocal styles over guitar and piano. The winners of seven Texas Music Awards, Ghosts of the American Road blends poetry and music in a terrific performance of American "roots" music.   Click here to listen to some of their songs.

Saturday, August 1 - Tom and Cherie Hagen Quartet w/ Rick Reuther  & Mike Lutley

Popular Michigan musicians Tom Hagen and Cherie Lynn will be on stage tonight at Wenger Pavilion.  They will be joined by Baldwin favorites Rick Reuther and Mike Lutley.  Together, they'll present an outstanding selection of jazz, pop, Broadway and big band sounds. Multi-talented musicians, they sing, play percussion, keyboards,  and various wind instruments. 

Wednesday, August 5 - Stella with Drew Howard

Stella is an all-women American roots band from Michigan.  The three members, Jo Serrapere, Jen Sygit and Laura Bates, describe themselves as "girls gone twangy."  Playing together since 2009, the group released its first album, "Sorry Stella," in 2012.  To hear a clip from their album debut performance, click here.  

Stella will be joined on stage tonight by musician and song writer Drew Howard.  

Saturday, August 8 - Bill Malone with Swamp Night, Mike Skory & Lisa Bonotto

Bill Malone has already played Baldwin as part of the ever-popular Roots Doctor Band. Mike Skory is the long-time keyboardist for Root Doctor, who together with Lisa Bonotto wrote some of the band's best songs. Tonight the three team up for an extraordinary evening of blues, rock and funk.  As Bill says:   "blues is my business n business is good."  

Wednesday, August 12 - DubTonic Kru

Reggae music comes to Baldwin with this authentic award-winning band from Jamaica.  As their web page says:  "imagine heavy baselines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics." The founding members of the group are "Jubba" and "Stone," a dynamic drum and bass duo. They are joined by their longtime friend and versatile guitarist and vocalist Jallanzo, and by the young, talented Luke Dixon on work stations. The group has rocked audiences all around the world and was named "Best Band in the World," at the 2010-2011 Global Battle of the Bands international contest in Malaysia.  To see why, click here to go to their web page.

Saturday, August 15 - Jenna Mammina

Based in the San Francisco Bay area since 1986, Jenna Mammina has a repertoire that includes jazz, folk and pop. She covers a wide range of music including songs ranging from her mentor Abbey Lincoln to Elvis Costello, U2 and Tom Waits, as well as original compositions.  She has recorded five outstanding albums, with her second album, Meant to Be, nominated for a California Music Award in the "Outstanding jazz album category."

Born in St. Joseph Michigan, Mammina is back home and performs tonight on the Baldwin concert stage. To hear some of the wonderful music that awaits you, click here.

Wednesday, July 30 - Greg Nagy Blues Band

Blues take center stage at Wenger Pavilion when the Greg Nagy Blues Band returns to  Baldwin. A Flint native, Nagy's music is infused with elements of soul, r&b, rock and gospel. Nagy's first feature album, Walk that Fine Thin Line earned him a prestigious Best New Artist debut nomination from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, as well as praise from media outlets including Downbeat, All About Jazz and Blues Revue, which called Nagy "one of the blues world's best newcomers of recent years. 

To find out more about Greg or to listen to his music - including tracks from his latest album, Fell Toward None - go to his web site here.

Saturday, August 22 - Terry Lower Quintet with Edye Evans-Hyde

Inspired by Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and Art Tatum, Terry Lower is an exciting pianist who swings hard and adds his own twist to the straight ahead jazz that he loves.  A very popular musician on the Michigan jazz scene, Lower has performed with such jazz greats as Frank Morgan, David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Shew, Hendrik Meurkins, Larry Nozero, KevinMahogany and Benny Golson.

Edye Evans-Hyde wowed audiences in Baldwin when she performed here a few years ago.  Her extraordinary voice and dynamic stage presence lit up the summer night and we're very                                                                             happy to have her back performing on our stage.  

To hear Terry Lower, click here.

To hear Edye Evans-Hyde, click here.

Wednesday, August 26 - Gospel Night Musical Praise with Glenda R. Williams

An evening of gospel with Glenda R. Williams, who got her start in Ministry at a young age. A songwriter, author, clinician and dynamic worship leader, Glenda has served as Worship Leader, WorshipCoordinator and Assistant Worship Leader in various denominations.  Her album, The Refreshing LIVE was issued in 2010.  To hear her music, click here.

Note:  This concert replaces The Rusty Wright Band, which was originally scheduled for this date.  The Randy Wright Band will perform on Wednesday, September 2.  See below.

Saturday, August 29 - Jim Shaneberger Blues Band

Bass guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Jim Shaneberger and his Blues Band come to Wenger Pavilion for their first headline performance.  A mainstay on the Michigan blues scene, Shaneberger has played with Greg Nagy (who will perform in Baldwin on July 30.) Shaneberger's original songs are a showcase of his diverse musical talent.  Join us tonight for a great evening of blues.  To hear a sample, click here.

Wednesday, September 2 - Rusty Wright Band

The Rusty Wright Band brings to the stage an electrifying tour de force of rollicking blues music.  A two-time winner of the  Detroit Blues Challenge, the group, led by Rusty and Laurie Wright,  has toured the world with blues, roots and rocks acts, including  Lynyrd Skynyd, Etta James, Charlie Musselwhite, Rory Block and Betty LaVette. Their latest honor is induction into the Blues Hall of Fame e-museum as a Master Blues Band.   For a sample of the groups music, click here.

Saturday, September 5 - The General Assembly Big Band

In keeping with tradition, the Baldwin Summer Concert season comes to an end with the great music of The General Assembly Big Band. This all-star band, led by Tom Sheppardson, was formed in 1971.  Over the years, the personnel has changed, but the band - playing the music of Basie, Ellington, Woody Herman, Glen Miller, and other greats - continues to receive  rave reviews from audiences from Traverse City to San Francisco.  This is not just a big band sound.  It's a full 17-piece orchestra with a female vocalist performing the best of the old and new in music for listening and for dancing. To learn more about the band and to hear some of their music, visit their web site by clicking here.