Bays de Noc Live Music Scene

Music has been part of the Bays de Noc area for as long as there have been songbirds in our forests. The live performances will lift your spirits in the winter … renew your hopes in the spring … bring you to your feet dancing in the summer … and warm your hearts in our crimson and gold fall. Please join us at our concert venues, vineyards and pubs. Or, come share your songs or talents with us. We will always make time for more good music in our lives.


Summer vibe

Find your groove every summer with us. We’ll bring in musicians to perform a range of music from classic rock to country to easy-listening acoustic to get-up-and-dance cover tunes.


Winery Outdoor Concert Series

Bark River: Northern Sun Winery

June-August; $

Relax to the sounds of talented songwriters and musicians with the Anthony Vineyards as your backdrop. Arrive at 3 pm for a tour of the estate and wine tasting; concert begins at 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 or $15 at the door. Profits from ticket sales help local charities. BYO blankets, chairs and a picnic (no carry-in alcoholic beverages allowed).


Escanaba: Music Mondays, Ludington Park

Karas Memorial Band Shelll; Last Monday in June-to first Monday in August; 7-9 pm; Free

Picnics are welcome; popcorn and water are also available for purchase. Enjoy the bench seating or BYO chairs or blankets. Rain date: Tuesday evening.


Escanaba: City Band Concerts, Ludington Park

Karas Memorial Band Shelll;; June-August; 7:30 pm; Free

Picnics are welcome; BYO chairs or blankets or find your place on the bench seating.


Gladstone: Summer Concert Series, Van Cleve Park

June-August; 7-9pm; Free

Celebrate summer listening and dancing to a variety of music genres. Picnics are welcome; bring chairs or blankets for your family and friends.


More Summer Music Events

Lunchtime LIVE, Strings on the Bay Summer Concert Series and more!

Escanaba: Bay College

Besse Center, 2001 North Lincoln Rd.; $

  • Strings on the Bay Summer Concert Series showcases the Bay String Orchestra at the Besse Center. Paul Lundin conducts this delightful chamber music at 7:30 p.m. on select Tuesdays in June, July and August.
  • Lunchtime LIVE regional concerts are held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Catherine Bonifas Building (CB – 200) courtyard on specific Thursdays in June, July and August. Food will be available for purchase onsite or bring your own brown bag.
  • Hear additional talented music performers on scheduled evenings in May and July at the Besse Center.

Nahma Music Festival

Nahma: Township Hall Grounds; $

Bring your chair and dancing flip-flops. This Garden Peninsula festival, held the last Saturday in June, features a 5K Run/Walk in the morning and a talented mix of regional bands in the afternoon.

Rock the Dock

Escanaba: Ludington Park

This free, annual concert, held the first weekend of July, brings you to your feet as local bands jam on stage. Follow their Facebook page for the list of bands plus other Rock the Dock concerts this summer. Picnics are welcome; food vendors are on site; plus lots of activities for all ages.

Rockin’ the Bay

Gladstone: Gladstone Van Cleve Park; $

In mid-July, a talented mix of musicians rocks by Little Bay de Noc.

Escanaba Summer Music Camp Performance

Come encourage young people in their musical pursuits. This mid-July concert culminates a week of honing skills and making music and new friends.

U.P. State Fair Grandstand Shows

Escanaba: U.P. State Fairgrounds $

Held the third week of August, this is one of the best entertainment values in Michigan. All shows in this 5,500-seat grandstand are included with fair admission. If you want to get up close to the artists Gold Circle tickets are available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows. They are an incredible deal at $10 plus a service fee.


The music plays on …  

Listen to big-name singers and local and regional musicians perform live during other times of the year at:

Escanaba: Bay College

Escanaba: Bonifas Arts Center

Gladstone: Freshwater Tavern

Harris: Island Resort & Casino

Nahma: Nahma Inn

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