2017 Concerts

The 2017 Baldwin Summer Concert series  runs from June 21 to September 2 - every Wednesday and Saturday evening from 7-9:15 p.m., rain or shine.  Come out and support live music at Wenger Pavilion in Baldwin.

Wednesday, June 21 - Gospel Explosion from the Forest 

Join local area pastor Denise Suttles, nationally-recognized musical minister Chris Greer, and a multi-denominational group of singers for  an informal evening of inspirational song and praise.

Saturday, June 24 - Ted Malt and the WSCC "Deans List"

Ted Malt, West Shore Community College Professor of Music Studies and Director of Performing Arts, brings his sweet sound to Baldwin.  With an eclectic flare, the group performs jazz, funk, Rock and blues from the American Songbook to Motown. Ted has studied and played with Branford Marsalis, Andrew Speight, Benny Carter, Nat Adderley, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Verve Pipe and Chicago.  

Wednesday, June 28 - Boogie Woogie Babies

A revue of great girl groups and singers from throughout pop music history.The group features Mary Rademacher Reed, Barb Wisse and Francesca Amari, with musical director/pianist Mark Kahny The Boogie-Woogie Babies are known for their tight harmonies, beautiful blends and entertaining shows.  Come out for their high-energy show that features time-honored songs by the McGuire Sisters, Shirelles, Carol King and more.

Saturday, July 1 - Paul Keller's At Sundown Quartet

The PKB plays swing and straight ahead jazz with an emphasis on fun and surprising presentation. When not leading his own ensemble, Paul records and tours the world with Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli and Russell Malone.  Featured are veterans Steve Wood on sax and flute, Kevin Kanner on drums, Duncan McMillan on keyboards and the beautiful voice of vocalist Sarah D'Angelo.

Visit Paul Keller's web site by clicking here.
To listen to Sarah D'Angelo with Paul Keller and friends, click here.

Wednesday, July 5 - Jenna Mammina

A singer with a sultry and seductive voice and a hypnotic delivery, Jenna Mammina's repertoire includes folk, pop, and jazz. A native of SW Michigan, Jenna now calls San Francisco home.  Her new album is getting rave reviews internationally. She is touring the world with New York City guitarist Rolf Sturm and Western Michigan's own Keith Hall on drums.

To hear Jenna and Rolf, click here.

Saturday, July 8 - Paul Nelson Band

Power-house guitarist and 2015 Grammy Winner Paul Nelson was the guitarist for the Johnny Winter Band. Touring the world for decades, he has played alongside Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Slash, Brian Setzer and Steve Vai among others.  He has the distinction of appearing as both guitarist and songwriter on rock/blues legend Johnny Winter's Grammy-nominated Virgin/EMI release I'm a Bluesman, as well as producer/performer on Winter's releases Roots  and the Grammy-winning Step Back on Megaforce/Sony.  He appeared in and was the executive producer on Johnny Winter's Down and Dirty Movie. The Paul Nelson Band's new CD, Bad Ass Generation (Sony Records) is receiving rave reviews and world recognition.  A diverse blues/rock fusion-based, sophisticated journey of boundless energy, displaying ferocious solo sections.

Click here to go to his web page.

Wednesday, July 12 - Harper and Midwest Kind

Award-winning Australian singer/songwriter "Harper" has a strong, resonant voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music.  His "World Blues" are a rich musical stew of '50s rhythm and blues, a '60s message of love and unity and a '70s funky soul, stirred up with masterful harmonica and the deep, woody, percussive tones of the didgeridoo.  Visit Harper's web site here.

Saturday, July 15 - 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.  

Wednesday, July 19 - Mane Street

A popular Michigan band that knows how to kick up its heels and get the Trout a Rama party started with your favorite classic country, classic rock and top 40 country tunes - with just a little blues thrown in. The group brings tight harmonies, heartfelt solos and lightharted banter.  Be sure to put on your dancing shoes.  To hear Mane Street, click here.

Saturday, July 22 - 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.

Wednesday, July 26 - 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 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 29 - Organissimo

Jim Alfredson on Hammond B3 organ and vocals, Larry Barris on guitar and Randy Marsh on drums are Organissimo, a multi award-winning touring trio.  Keyboard Magazine said the group "successfully walks the line between complex and accessible, maintaining super-tight grooves throughout."  The group "...stretches the boundaries of the traditional organ trio with bits of funk,  blues, gospel, Latin, groove and New Orleans influences," said Jazzweek.  

The link to their web page is here.

Wednesday, August 2 - Claudia Schmidt

After a few years absence, we are thrilled to have the wonderful Claudia Schmidt back 

at Wenger Pavilion.  Equally at home singing folk, blues and jazz, Claudia is a magnetic performer with a radiant and irrepressibly emotional voice.  With four decades as a traveling pro, Claudia also has 16 albums.  She surrounds herself with first-class musicians, including the two who will join her in Baldwin - Ron Getz on guitar and Don Julin on mandolin.  To hear Claudia's music, click here


Saturday, August 5 -  The 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, August 9 - The Johnny Winter All Star Band

If you're a fan of blues and rock, you'll want to be at this official "Johnny 

Winter Concert Event."  The show features original members from 

Johnny's band, including protege guitarist and Grammy Award winner 

Paul Nelson.  Nelson toured the world with Winter and recorded

on and produced his last #1 Billboard Blues charting, Grammy/BMA

winning album, "Step Back."  Click here to hear the band.

Saturday, August 12  - Rudy Petschauer's NYC All Stars

Active on the New York jazz scene for many years, Rudy Petschauer has played with such jazz greats as David Fathead Newman, Lou Donaldson, James Moody, Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath, Jerry Weldon and Joe Magnarelli.

A Michigan native, Melanie Marod began her musical career early. By age 10, she was performing in Sweeney Todd  with Tony Award winners George Hearn and Pamela Meyer.  She studied opera in Buenos Aires Argentina and Sydney Australia.  Since moving to New York, she has sung at Birdland, The Blue Note, The Plaza Hotel and The Carlton as well as various venues up and down the East Coast.
To hear Melanie, click here.

Wednesday, August 16 - Kathy Lamar

Kathy has made her mark in Las Vegas, working with Gladys Knight, Wayne Newton and The Four Tops.  A beautiful vocalist with a smooth sound and a raw spirit, Kathy will take your breath away and leave you mesmerized. To hear Kathy, click here.

Saturday, August 19 -Thornetta Davis

Detroit's "Queen of the Blues" comes to Baldwin.  A member of the Detroit Blues Hall of Fame, she is the recipient of more than 30 Detroit Music Awards.  Working with many of the greats of the music world, including Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Bob Seger and Bonnie Raitt, she has wowed audiences all over the world with her great delivery and strong melodic voice.

To hear Thornetta, go to her site here.

Wednesday, August 23 - Jim Shaneberger Blues Band

Jim is a soulful blues and funk-driven Grand Rapids guitarist raised on the music of The Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and numerous Motown/Soul artists. 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.

Saturday, August 26 - Tell Yo Mama

Tell Yo Mama is a Lansing, Michigan based groovy mix of funk, soul, rock and blues.  The group features the head-turning vocals of Lucas Holliday.   

To hear their music, go to their web page here.

Saturday, September 2 - 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.