The Ninth Annual Fennville “Tuesdays in the Park” free community concert
series begins on June 14 with one of Michigan’s favorite jazz and folk singers Claudia Schmidt and her band the Funtet. The concert will be held at
Memorial/Paradise Park on north Maple ST, downtown Fennville. Music begins at
7PM. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held in the lower level
of the Fennville District Library.
Claudia Schmidt has
toured across North America and Europe, playing for intimate clubs and
theaters, and festival stages with 25,000 rapt listeners. She is familiar with
the mediums of radio and TV, including regular stints on Public Radio
International's “A Prairie Home Companion”. Host Garrison Keillor says, “When
Claudia sings a song, it stays sung.”
She has recorded fourteen albums exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms. While
Claudia’s musical roots have been in the folk genre, she continues to explore
her love of Jazz by way of her musical partnership with the Funtet which includes Don Julin on mandolin, Ron Getz on
guitar, Jack Dryden on bass and Randy Marsh on drums and harmonica.
The result is something original and
exciting, as displayed on her most recent CD with the Funtet called ‘Promising
Sky’ (which won a Jammie at the 2011 WYCE music awards for best female artist).
Free to the public the concerts are sponsored by the following
businesses; Alexander’s Drug Store, Allegan Community Federal Credit Union, Allegan
County News, Birds Eye Foods LLC, Charles P. Schreiner Photography, Chemical Bank, City of Fennville Downtown Development Authority, Crane’s Pie Pantry
Restaurant, Cris’ Hairstyling, Darpel and Associates Builders Inc., Dickinson True
Value Hardware, Fenn Valley Vineyards, Fennville
Family Medicine, Fennville Main Street Market, Fennville Station Dining Coach
& Lounge, Fennville Tire Center, Formed Solutions Inc., Greater Fennville Chamber of Commerce, Hidden Pond B&B, Hilliard
Lyons, Lakeshore Lodging, Lakeside Electric of Fennville LLC, Mac’s Landing Vet
Services, Pleasant Hill Farm, Renzema Dentistry, Robert
Hutchinson, Salt of the Earth-rustic American eatery, Septic Tank Systems Co. Inc.
Bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner and enjoy Tuesdays in the Park!
Anyone wishing to contribute toward concert
sponsorship should contact Martha Wickett-Schrock at 269.561.2420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org