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.

2019 Season Archive

Howl2Go – September 8

What better way to send off another great Swingin’ at the Shell Concert Series then to bring in Howl at the Moon, the world’s biggest name in Dueling Piano entertainment.  Howl2Go brings the official traveling version of Howl at the Moon to Albion for a truly unforgettable experience.

Howl2Go comes fully equipped with two custom electric baby grand pianos, a top of the line sound system, stage lighting and, of course, two world-class Howl piano entertainers ready to rock your socks off. Don’t forget, as part of the festivities for our last concert for 2019, we will be serving hot dogs, chips, and drinks in celebration of our 16th anniversary hosting this great concert series. It’s also a way to thank our generous sponsors and attendees throughout the season who Think Music Think Albion™.

Magic Bus – September 1

Hey man, it’s all about psychedelic music, peace, and love. Wear your 60’s attire and take a magical journey back to Woodstock with Magic Bus.

It was a period of musical energy that has left an imprint still today, and Magic Bus re-creates this atmosphere both through their on-the-mark musical abilities and their authentic look that will transport you back to this influential time.

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!

Trippin’ Billies – August 25

Going to see the nation’s most renowned, longest touring Dave Matthews Tribute Band is something a lot of Midwesterners can relate to, as the Trippin’ Billie’s sold-out shows attest.

What started as a duo act back in the nineties is now comprised of some of Chicago’s best musicians. Whether the Trippin’ Billies are playing to a packed show at the House of Blues or at a fabulous event like Swingin’ at the Shell, they combine extreme talent with a mutual love of high energy performances that have turned their concerts into a jaw-dropping, show-stopping experience. And one you don’t want to miss.
Many DMB tributes have come and gone, but no other band has become such a permanent facet of the Dave Matthews Band movement.

Airtight – August 18

Looking for a musical performance that is airtight and will make you feel all right? Then get ready for Airtight! Known for their renditions of Jazz, Blues, Motown, and R&B music, Airtight consists of local musicians from Albion and Jackson with over 40 years of musical experience who have traveled the world performing the hottest cover songs.

Airtight has been together for over 6 years, moving and grooving together and doing what they do best: entertaining audiences with their soulful and energetic music that covers a variety of different music genres. Band members consist of Guitarist John White, drummer Richard Pinard, bass player Kipp Larson, keyboardist Phillip Ragland, percussionist and lead vocalist Jeff Thomas, and lead vocalist Taneka Thomas.

Jack Dropper and the Best Intentions – August 11

Jack Droppers is a Grand Rapids native who has made quite a name for himself with his Americana-fueled, roots rock band called Jack Droppers and The Best Intentions.  While some influences of Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen do weave their way into his songs, there is no doubt that Jack brings his own distinctive style and swagger to his music.

This six-piece band has a deep love of Michigan and has arranged all their tour dates this summer in our beloved mitten. “I Just Want to Rock With My Friends” and his sincerity shows, and the band has reached the point were they just loving making music together.

Ron Short Entertainment – August 4

 

Looking for a hunk, a hunk, of burning fun you’ll love?

Ron Short is a multitalented world-famous entertainer and is one of the most exciting and realistic Elvis tribute artists in the world. He looks, moves, sings, and even plays guitar like Elvis did. With his colorful personality, Ron performed next door to Don Ho in Honolulu, Hawaii for many years in his own show “Blue Hawaii Nights” and “Blue Hawaii The Show.” Ron is also well known for performing other artist tributes including Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Country Legends and others. He is definitely not a one-trick pony.

Besides being an entertainer and tribute artist, Ron is a professional composer, songwriter, and musician. He has had original songs on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and on TruTV as well as composed and performed much of the music for the Show “Cirque Hawaii” which ran for many years in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Ron professionally plays guitar, drums, percussion, bass, ukulele, harmonica & keyboards.

Music will start flowing from the Victory Park Band Shell at the usual time, 6 p.m., on Sunday, August 4, 2018.

The Invasion – July 28

Don’t look now, but an invasion is coming! The Invasion is Detroit’s premium British Invasion cover band.  The British Invasion was a cultural phenomenon of the mid-60s and was influential in the counterculture forming on both sides of the Atlantic. Drawn together from a love of this type of music, The Invasion’s tight harmonies and era-inspired instruments bring out the best of that magical decade.   They are the real deal.

This project has been a pure joy for the group who have a love for the music of the Beatles and those who followed, and it shows in their musical command as well as their audience engagement. We love them yeah, yeah, yeah… And with a love like that, you know they can’t be bad!

The Invasion’s members are all experienced musicians, and have played for Nathaniel Mayer, Map Of The World, Kiss Me Screaming,  Billy Mack and the Juke Joint Johnnies, Milagro, Frank Allison and the Odd Sox, the Imperial Swing Orchestra, and Dick Siegel and the Brandos, just to name a few.

Marshall Rotary Band – July 21

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™.

 

Our 2019 Season!

We have our 2019 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 16th 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

7/21/19 – Marshall Rotary Band
7/28/19 – The Invasion (British invasion cover band)
8/4/19 – Ron Short Entertainment (Elvis tribute artist)
8/11/19 – Jack Dropper and the Best Intentions (Americana-fueled rock)
8/18/19 – Airtight (Covers of your favorite Blues, Jazz, Motown and R&B classics)
8/25/19 – Trippin Billies (Dave Matthews tribute band)
9/1/19 – Magic Bus (60’s Woodstock)
9/8/19 – Howl2Go (Dueling Pianos)

Swingin' at the Shell 2019 Concert Series

Let the singin' and swingin' begin once again!For the 16th year in row we have a fantastic lineup for all tastes in music. The best part? It's 100% FREE! Just bring a lawn chair and enjoy the sweet sounds of summer at Swingin' at the Shell! Check out who's coming to town ?

Posted by Swingin' at the Shell on Tuesday, June 25, 2019