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Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series

The Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series started with a vision from owner Tim Brockman and General Manager Chris “Elmo” Walton back in the fall of 2008.

With local musician, Monique Berry asking to perform her first local show in eight years at Max & Emily’s, Brockman and Walton worked with Downtown Development Coordinator, Michelle Sponseller on how to close down Broadway one night in August to put on a free show for the community. With over 750 people in attendance, the show was a great success and their vision became a reality.


The following year, Downtown Mt Pleasant and Isabella Bank joined Max & Emily’s as official sponsors of the Summer Concert Series. In 2009, the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series was kicked off the summer with; Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of The Verve Pipe, The Saucecats, a local band out of Remus with a funky style and Monique Berry returned to close out the year.


In 2010, both Brian Vander Ark and The Saucecats returned, drawing over 2,000 people for the combined nights. Concluding the series, Jeff Daniels made his presence known, bringing over 2,200 in attendance. Jeff Daniels is a singer, songwriter and actor. He also is a Central Michigan University Alumni and truly brought a uniqueness to the Summer Concert Series and continued the exponential growth of this event.

2012 brought in well-known talent from around the country as the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series grew and gained more attention. The series started off with 90’s rock band, The Verve Pipe in June, followed by the folk-rock melodies of The Ragbirds in July. Howie Day, best known for his 2005 hit “Collide” closed out the series in August.

Each year adds new talent and excitement to the community. This year, Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series is celebrating its 10th anniversary! The concerts are free to all and are family friendly. So grab a couple of lawn chairs, the family, and a hunger for both great Max & Emily’s food and amazing music and we’ll see you downtown this summer!

2018 Summer Concert Line Up!

Brian VanderArk – June 28
Monique Berry – July 19
Paddlebots – August 9
The Ragbirds – August 16
Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band – August 25

Call (989) 772-7460 for more information about the summer concert series or visit Max & Emily’s website by clicking here!


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