First Things

Something Musical

Free outdoor concerts offer nostalgia and more
Top left: Shayna Steele; Bottom left: The Michigan Nightingales; Right: Motown Nation

The nice thing about outdoor concerts? You can spread out a little bit, maintain social distance and still enjoy the music. You’ll have four opportunities this month in Kalamazoo and Portage.


The Concerts in the Park series, presented by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, will offer two concerts at Bronson Park this month:

July 19: The Michigan Nightingales — A Kalamazoo-based gospel group.

July 26: Shayna Steele — New York-based R&B and jazz vocalist.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for these 4 p.m. performances. In case of rain, the concerts will be held in the First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., across from the park. Check the Arts Council website,, for schedule updates or changes.


This month’s Summer Concert Series performance, presented by Portage Parks & Recreation, will be “drive-in style,” letting attendees listen to the music from the comfort of their own cars at Ramona Park, 8600 Sprinkle Road.

The tribute band Motown Nation will perform at 7 p.m. July 30, singing songs by Motown artists such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, The Supremes and The Temptations.

For more information, visit or call Portage Parks & Recreation at 329-4522.