Troy’s Summer Sensation Concert Series Returns

The Troy Summer Concert Series is back! Boulan Park on Crooks Road between Big Beaver and Wattles Roads will be the backdrop for some fabulous music on select Thursdays this summer. Stay after work, grab a bite to eat, and listen to music from 6:30-8:30pm. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and relax with friends as a variety of music fills the air. Food will be available from food trucks and Harold’s Italian Ice starting at 5:30 pm and there are plenty of picnic tables. Food trucks are subject to change,.

The series is sponsored by Beaumont Hospital.

The Concert schedule is as follows:

August 8: Brushes with Broadway with Tom Butwin & Musical Guests
Tom Butwin is a four-time Detroit Music Award nominee and recently starred as “Jesus” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Since 2003, Tom has released many albums and EPs, the most recent being 2018’s The Superstar EP and 2016’s collection of classic musical theater songs, A Different Stage. In November of 2017, Tom was featured on PBS’s Detroit Performs Live alongside Alexander Zonjic & Ruben Studdard. Tom has also shared the stage with two of Broadway’s “Phantoms,” from The Phantom of the Opera, Franc DiAmbrosio & Ramin Karimloo. Tom regularly performs his original music at venues and festivals throughout the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada. Tom is an Athens High grad.

August 22: Thornetta Davis
International singer, songwriter, recording artist, and SAG/AFTRA member Thornetta Davis, was the 2019 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Soul Blues Female Artist, and a 2018 Kresge Fellowship recipient. She was also awarded by the Detroit Blues Society the “Living Lifetime Achievement Award” and awarded a star on the Canada South Blues Museum “Walk of Fame.” In 2015 Thornetta was crowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in a ceremony by the Detroit Blues Society, with proclamations from the City of Detroit, County of Wayne and the State of Michigan.

Her labor of love CD entitled Honest Woman has recently been nominated by the Blues Foundation, for two 2017 Blues Music Awards, for best song (I gotta sang the blues) and emerging artist CD. As a winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, Thornetta has also won eight 2017 Detroit Music Awards, which include Outstanding Record Producer, Outstanding Blues Recording, Outstanding Blues Vocalist and Outstanding Live Performance. As winner of the 2017 Blues Blast Magazine Music Awards for “Best Soul/Blues Album, Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine“ Coolest Blues Song” Thornetta has garnered international attention by winning the prestigious French 2018 La Academie du Jazz Award for Best Blues Album.

“We are so excited to bring back the Troy Summer Concert Series and July Movies at Dusk at Boulan Park again this summer,” Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart said. “We appreciate the support of our concert series sponsor, Beaumont Hospital, and invite everyone to come out for some fantastic music this summer at one of Troy’s largest parks, plus ‘drive-in” movies after the two July concerts. The concert series is yet another activity for people of all ages to enjoy this summer along with other great programs at our Library, Community Center, Historic Village, and Nature Center.”

For more information, call the Community Affairs Office at 248.524.1147 or check out the City’s website at troymi.gov.

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