Music series

Awesome Distraction Among Ludington State Park Summer Musical Series, Lineup

LUDINGTON — Friends of Ludington State Park has announced that the 2021 Music and Adventure Summer Programs are back after a year off due to the pandemic.

This year’s lineup includes many returning artists and a few new ones.

Featured this year are musicians Chloe Kimes, Lee Murdock, Awesome Distraction and more at the Ludington State Park Amphitheater.

Two popular wildlife programs are planned: Holland’s Living Birds of Prey Outdoor Discovery Center and Nature Discovery’s Michigan Reptiles and Amphibians, based in Williamston.

In order to provide plenty of space, several shows will take place at the Lake Michigan Beach House where attendees can stretch out on the beach. Others will continue to the ever-popular wooded amphitheater south of the footbridge over the Sable River.

The series is put together by park performer Alan Wernette. Presentations are designed to entertain campers and area residents and visitors.

The 7 p.m. concerts and programs are free, but donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of the FLSP-sponsored series. Donations can also be made online at Additionally, this year a donor provided funding through a community foundation for Mason County’s Wish List to help cover costs.

The 2021 schedule is as follows:

• June 30: Mike Lenich, acoustic folk

• July 3 at Lake Michigan Beach House: third coastal swing

• July 7: Awesome Distraction, Popular Americana

• July 10 at Lake Michigan Beach House: Kitty Donohue, singer-songwriter

• July 14 at Lake Michigan Beach House: Mark Dvorack, “Woody Guthrie’s American Song program”

• July 17: Road Less Traveled, original songs and folk covers

• July 21: birds of prey, living owls, falcons and… up close

• July 28: Canopy Space, alternative folk duo, original music and covers

• August 4 at Lake Michigan Beach House: Chloe Kimes and Band, roots and America

• August 7: Hicks with Picks, “Yooperbilly” cover band

• August 11: Shipski magic show, family entertainment

• August 14: Salt City Dixie Jazz Band, swing, blues, polkas and more

• 21 August: Uneven Ground, Celtic music

• August 28 at Lake Michigan Beach house: Michigan Reptiles and Amphibians, live exhibition from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and program from 7 p.m.

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