Hello everyone! We are one week away from the first Swingin’ at the Shell concert of the 2020 series! We want to share a few pieces of information based on current executive orders and our upcoming concerts. Albion is lucky to have an outdoor venue in our historic bandshell at Victory Park with its wide open lawn space and ample parking. Based on past concert attendance, we are confident the attendance at any of the upcoming concerts will be below the 500 person threshold. We know that people tend to gravitate toward the shade. This year, please consider bringing an umbrella for shade so that we can utilize the entire lawn space. We believe this will allow everyone to maintain six feet distance between households. If you are part of a vulnerable population, we encourage you to park in a spot that allows you to remain in your vehicle and enjoy the performances. With that in mind, we ask concert goers who will sit on the lawn area to please leave closer parking spots open for higher-risk concert goers. Please wear a face covering when you are moving around the lawn, purchasing concessions, using the restrooms, or in the event you might come into close contact with other individuals. We wholeheartedly believe that everyone who attends any of the upcoming concerts wants to do so in a way that keeps our community healthy. It is everyone’s responsibility to work together and follow the guidelines so that we can enjoy this summer tradition while being safe. If you are not feeling well, have been exposed to anyone who’s not feeling well, or have any symptoms at all - STAY HOME. It’s just not worth the risk of exposing anyone else. If you are uncomfortable attending the 2020 performances, for any reason, we understand, respect your decision, and encourage you to stay safe by staying home. We will be ready to welcome you back for the 2021 season.

2018 Season Archive

Lookin’ Back September 9

It has become a tradition in the past few years to have a tribute act once a season and this year we’re looking forward to Lookin’ Back! As one of (if not the best) Bob Seger tribute bands in the country, Lookin’ Back will close out another great year of Swingin’ at the Shell. Don’t forget, as part of the festivities for our last concert for 2018, we will be serving hot dogs, chips, and drinks in celebration of our 15th anniversary hosting the summer concert series. It’s also a way to thank our generous sponsors and attendees throughout the season who Think Music Think Albion™.

Lookin’ Back is comprised of seven world-class Detroit-area musicians united in their effort to keep the music of Bob Seger performed at its highest level. It’s a treat for concertgoers who profoundly identify with Segar’s music, and a tribute to his poetry, energy and vast catalog of hits spanning five decades.

Since their sold-out debut August 29, 2009, Lookin’ Back has been headlined all but four of their 141 shows. A few of the bands numerous highlights include:

  • Performing with original Silver Bullet Band members Alto Reed & Charlie Martin on four separate occasions in 2011/12.
  • Rocking the Palace of Auburn Hills to the delight of 11,000+ Detroit Pistons fans for Bob Seger Appreciation Night
  • Entertaining an estimated 100,000 fans at Howell’s Balloon Festival, and for 7,000 who specifically came to watch “Live Bullet Lives Again” at Pride In Saginaw.

Turn the page with us for this great season finale at the Victory Park Band Shell at the usual time, 6 p.m., on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

Thunderwüde September 2

We’ve had a number of requests for a bluegrass act for years, and haven’t found the right group to fit the bill until now. Enter Thunderwüde, a bluegrass trio out of Chelsea, Michigan. Their tight melodies and tantalizing compositions of original music, bluegrass standards and modern classics are beginning to make them somewhat of a local legend.

Not surprisingly, it didn’t take us long to sign them up for this year’s concert series after checking out both who they’ve shared a stage with and how fun their online videos are. Check out their Facebook page to see what these guys are all about!

One of the coolest things about researching a group before a performance is seeing where they’ve performed. Not only has Thunderwüde keep a busy local schedule performing around Chelsea and Ann Arbor, they’ve also played the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the Canal Street Tavern in Dayton, Ohio, the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, the Big Top Chautauqua in Wisconsin, and The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia.

Thunderwüde will make a Sunday to remember. So, Think Music Think Albion™ and give a listen at the Victory Park Band Shell at the usual time, 6 p.m., on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Kevin Nichols August 26

When we go about planning our annual concert series, we look for groups that can both fill the bandshell stage with their presence and project to the incredible lawn were the crowd sits. As you can imagine, any stage can be a lonely place, but the large Victory Park bandshell stage and lawn can be a mighty void to fill if you’re going solo. Maybe that’s why singer/songwriter/artist Kevin Nichols is bringing his band Blue Tuesday along for the ride. Well, we’re definitely not blue about having Kevin and his band performing this year. It’s another great reason to Think Music Think Albion™.

Kevin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Napoleon that not only gigs constantly, but has also been a participant in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. While researching Kevin for this post, we discovered that “this guy” must be the busiest act we have in this year’s series. It takes you a moment to scroll through all the shows he has lined up throughout the next few months.

He is a guy who loves to perform and please audiences. You’ll find Kevin and his great presence performing with his band Blue Tuesday at the Victory Park Band Shell at the usual time, 6 p.m., on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Capital City Brass Band August 19

While musical trends come and go, some traditions, like the brass band, keep evolving and reaching new musical heights without having to toot their own horn. Brass bands were formed in working-class communities in England in the early 1800’s. Although these kinds of musical groups were never truly seen as high art like orchestras or small, traveling ensembles, they were still considered to be a centerpiece for communities to gather and socialize around a common culturally shared interest: music.

Fast forward to today, and The Capital City Brass Band has certainly upped the ante on what a brass band can be. Formed in 2001, this award-winning group (check out all their awards here) is an auditioned group of approximately 25 extremely polished brass and percussion musicians.

Their repertoire consists of virtuosic versions of classical standards, jazz, show tunes, and solo features that spotlight various performers in the ensemble. You will not regret hearing these talented musicians and their conductor, James Otto.

The concert will take place at the Victory Park Band Shell at the usual time, 6 p.m., on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Prepare to be amazed as we present yet another reason to Think Music Think Albion™.

First Call August 12

POW! ZWAP! A dynamic vocal duo fronts the hard-hitting Detroit-based rock band First Call, and believe me they hold nothing back. We were introduced to them at a wedding and judging by the audience response, we knew they would be an excellent fit for one of our rocking Sunday evening concerts.

Swingin’ at the Shell has had a history of bringing in excellent Michigan talent and this funky band will not disappoint. With a playlist that ranges from Frank Sinatra to Motown to today’s radio hits, First Call will entertain you with a musical performance that is sure to bring down the house.

The summer is sizzling, and that means it’s time to Think Music Think Albion™. The party starts at the Victory Park Band Shell at the usual time, 6PM, on Sunday, August 12, 2018. Don’t forget your dancing shoes for this one!

Thornetta Davis August 5

We decided to add a little royalty this year and who better to reign over the musical court than Thornetta Davis, crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015 and winner of more than 30 Detroit Music Awards.

This multi-accomplished performer has a strong, smooth and melodic voice that’s only enhanced by her soulful band of Detroit musicians.  From blues, to R&B, to rock, Thornetta does it all, performing across the Detroit area as well as internationally.  From tours in Italy and performances at Blues festivals in Tunisia, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Norway, Germany, Holland, England and Canada, Thornetta has been exciting and wowing audiences worldwide.  The praises and awards keep rolling in for her Honest Woman album, which recently netted another award: L’ adademie du Jazz Award for “Prix Blues Album.”

Get excited about “Detroit’s Funky Rocking Blues Diva” by visiting Thornetta’s website, or visit her Facebook page and remember to Think Music Think Albion™.

Music will start flowing from the Victory Park Band Shell at the usual time, 6 p.m., on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

The Founding July 29

When you think of the hundreds of sample recordings that have been referred to our board of directors over the years, it’s not hard to imagine how difficult it is to make an impression.  One group that stopped us in our tracks was the Midwest-based group called The Founding, a six-piece “progressive Celtic” band that mesmerized us with the intricate composition of their music and their powerful approach to songwriting.

First, there’s the shear technical ability of these multi-instrument musicians that hooks your ear, followed by the beautiful and unabashed confidence of the lead singer’s voice which quickly reels you in. Take five and check out the music on their website or their YouTube channel. You won’t regret it. In fact, it will probably give you a strong desire to check them out live — and we know just the place to do it!

With a busy touring schedule, The Founding performs all around the United States for Celtic music festivals, concert series like Swingin’ at the Shell, private shows, and other performance venues and festivals. The band has received press coverage in USA Today, mLive.com, Local Spins, WMUK, and the Western Herald, and their music can be heard on various radio stations and podcasts nationwide. It’s no wonder why we are so honored and excited to have them perform at our venue this year.


Marshall Rotary Band July 22

Between the costs, the time and the travel challenges, traditional concert band performances are becoming a scarcity. Despite these obstacles, the talented Marshall Rotary Band keeps going strong, and they’re ready to strike up a tune at this year’s summer concert series.

You’ll soon be clapping your hands to crowd favorites, including show tune medleys, marches, ragtime, Dixieland, and traditional concert band pieces. The band puts on six concerts each year, including a performance in Albion to kick off our summer series.  Don’t miss these talented musicians as they wrap up their series of concerts by putting our concert series in full swing. It’s that time again to Think Music Think Albion™.

2018 Season Announced!

We have our 2018 Swingin’ at the Shell summer concert series line-up all buttoned up and ready to go! We’re especially excited about this year because it is our 15th anniversary and we think our line-up is fitting of a BIG anniversary. Each concert is free and open to the public. All concerts are held at the historic bandshell at Victory Park in Albion, Michigan. Concerts start at 6:00 PM and run until about 7:30 PM. Think Music Think Albion

7/22/18 – Marshall Rotary Band
7/29/18 – The Founding (6 Piece Celtic Band)
8/5/18 – Thornetta Davis (Queen of Blues)
8/12/18 – First Call (Covers to Dance To) E3 Detroit First Call E3 Detroit
8/19/18 – Capital City Brass Band (Concert Band)
8/26/18 – Kevin Nichols (Blues) Music by Kev
9/2/18 – Thunderwüde (3 PIece Bluegrass)
9/9/18 – Lookin’ Back (Bob Seger Tribute Band)