LEILA ARBORETUM LAUNCHES FREE 'BELIEVE IN BATTLE CREEK! AUGUST CONCERT SERIES
Thursday evenings in August will come alive with outdoor music at Leila Arboretum, celebrating the theme: “Believe in Battle Creek!” and spotlighting an exciting mix of talented music groups and audience tastes on Leila’s new Fantasy Forest stage.
Bring your lawn chairs, chill out, and enjoy the music, with soft drinks, beer wine and other refreshments available to purchase. Admission to the fundraising concerts is free. All proceeds to charity.
The series kicks off Thursday, August 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a stirring performance by the SOUJOURNER TRUTH YOUTH CHOIR, joined by the Battle Creek Symphony Concert string quartet of outstanding musicians. Concert proceeds will benefit the Music Center of South Central Michigan.
Kick up your heals and stomp those feet the next Thursday, August 9, with the blue grass and country pickin’ sounds, covering all genres, from band BANJOVI. Charitable proceeds to benefit Sprout, a key organization ensuring healthy food for the less fortunate in our community.
August 16 will feature the popular, rock and roll cover band BAREFOOT BLONDE, with donations to help the Arboretum.
Marching music and big band sounds will take over Thursday, August 23, with the concluding outdoor concert series by the CEREAL CITY CONCERT BAND, benefiting the Leila Arboretum.
“We want – most of all – to celebrate the pride and love so many Battle Creek residents have in their community,” said one of the series’ volunteer organizers, Gerald Tilmann. “And what better way to do that for all of us to share live music, in the comfortable, airy outdoor setting of the Fantasy Forest at Leila Arboretum.”
More information on the events, how to volunteer for them, and special opportunity to join other local donors and businesses in sponsoring the series is available by contacting Tilmann at 269-964-2267 or Brett Myers, at the Arboretum, 269-317-4893.