Music in the Park 2017

Where tomorrow's stars come to play!

Music In the Park is a free concert series held at 6:30 pm every Saturday during the summer in Dewey Cannon Park, downtown Three Oaks.

Music in the Park is located in Three Oaks, Michigan 1/2 a block East of Elm Street at the Railroad tracks. For information contact Harbor Arts at:

Music in the Park 2017 Schedule


Southshore Concert Band
Concert Band


Delilah DeWylde


The Blue Water Ramblers


The Andrew Fisher Quartet
Jazz Quartet


Three for the Road + Friends
Folk, Rock N' Roll from the 50's, 60's, 70's, Country, Blues, and Americana from 20’s-40’s.


Archtop Brownie


Ben Benedict


Acorn's 2016 Singer/Songwriter Winners
Joe George, Linsay & Russell John, and Amy Andrews


Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival
Twelfth Night


The Bergamot


The North American Brass Company
Brass Quintet - Patriotic Music


The Southwestern Michigan College
Brass Band


Columbia College - ChicagoVox
Jazz Standards and originals in a variety of styles, feels and genres.

2017 Sponsors


Business Donations

Personal Donations


2017 Performers


It wouldn’t be Flag Day without this impressive band that somehow manages to crowd 60 plus musicians into our gazebo. In 1992, their conductor, Dale Reuss founded the Southshore Concert Band for the purpose of providing a musical outlet for area adult musicians who wished to continue performing in a concert band environment. The Band performs in residence at Lake Michigan College and has become a significant musical organization in Southwest Michigan. An acknowledged premier regional band, they never fail to please. This is going to be another great start to our year of concerts in Dewey Cannon Park.



DELILAH DEWYLDE - June 17, 2017

A long time ago, at the dawn of the Atomic Age, a succession of no-good punks and ill-mannered teenagers took the best of American roots music — hard-partying honky tonk country, searing gutbucket blues and lonesome hillbilly twang — and distilled it into a potent moonshine known as rockabilly. This combustible formula, passed down through the generations, forms the heart of the revved-up stylings of Delilah DeWylde.




The Blue Water Ramblers sing extraordinary folk music - the folk songs of Michigan, America and YOUR life. Their repertoire comes right out of our Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region. It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers' paeans, Michigan humor, '60s civil rights and protest music, love songs, gospel music and children's ditties. The combination delights and entertains audiences of all ages. "I think my hero, Woody Guthrie, would approve," opined Banjo-Jim. "We're singing the people's songs about the people's lives and they can join right in and sing along."




The Andrew Fisher Quartet started performing with the help of The Livery Microbrewery in Benton Harbor. They started meeting up one Sunday per month, and jamming on The Livery's stage. They are a 4-piece jazz quartet that breaks the boundaries of traditional jazz music. They speak jazz language through pop, rock, soul and R&B music, and often enjoy smashing multiple songs together.




Three guys and a gal who met at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and have been playin' around ever since. Recent gigs include the Skokie Theatre, the Holocaust Museum, and last year's "Blacklisted: Songs McCarthy Didn’t Want You to Hear” show at the Acorn Theater, plus senior centers and private parties. Their music includes: Folk, Rock N' Roll from the 50's, 60's, 70's, Country, Blues, and Americana from 20’s-40’s. They add their unique spin and interpretation to each song and encourage audiences to join along in the musical fun. It’s a mix of music history and a hootenanny of yesteryear.



ARCHTOP BROWNIE – July 15, 2017

You loved them last year so they are coming back! Fred Blacksmith, Lance Brown, Brad Rodger and Dan Lopata love the blues. But their approach has something else - a vast collection of tongue-in-cheek original tunes that spoof everything from male insecurity and sibling rivalries to seductions gone bad and the aging process. The perfect mix of art and entertainment - Musical, Insightful and Fun!



BEN BENEDICT – July 22, 2017

Ben Benedict has been playing bluegrass since his father put a mandolin in his hands at the ripe old age of four. As a former member of the Henhouse Prowlers and Dog 1 he has toured both regionally and nationally, and can often be seen in clubs and festivals throughout the country with his band or sitting in with a variety of groups he has made friends with over the years.

His original song 'Simplify', as performed by the Henhouse Prowlers, won the 2010 International Acoustic Music Awards Bluegrass/Country song of the year. The song can also be heard on the popular video game 'Watchdogs' which was released in 2014. You can also hear Ben's original piece 'Newsome Ridge' as the theme song from the PBS mini-series 'The Ride of Our Lives', written, produced and recorded by NBC Today Show correspondent Mike Leonard.




This season we have again invited the most recent winners of the Acorn Theater’s Singer/ Songwriter contest to join us at Music in the Park. We are pleased to welcome Joe George, Linsay & Russell John, and Amy Andrews who each bring their own personal and special style to the park’s gazebo stage.



NOTRE DAME SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL - Twelfth Night - August 5, 2017

This event draws a larger audience every year in the beautiful setting of Dewey Cannon Park. The Touring Company of Notre Dame always delivers a vibrant performance which delights our audiences. This year the troupe presents Twelfth Night, a high-energy show, influenced by rock and hip-hop, and directed by NDSF veteran, Cameron Knight. Join witty fools, foolish wits, and one set of shipwrecked twins as the NDSF Touring Company feasts on the food of love.



The Bergamot – August 12, 2017

The Bergamot is an American indie-rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. The two founding members and songwriters of The Bergamot are husband and wife Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece. After college Hoff and Speece began touring America extensively sharing their positive music and vibes with their fans. In 2013 Nathaniel's cousin Noah Webber (drummer) was added to The Bergamot's performing lineup. The band includes guest appearances by lead guitarist Neil Carmichael, and frequent collaborator- bassist, Jordan Swartzendruber.

In 2012 The Bergamot won the Bud Light Battle of the Bands and it helped them gain international notoriety.

The Bergamot’s uplifting songs are powered by unbreakable harmonies with seamless songwriting adeptness that combines a story of both the joys and heartaches of life.




The North American Brass Company is a professional brass quintet based in Michigan. They are a highly skilled, top notch assembly line, with a strong foundation in Teamwork, Communication and Problem Solving. They are a group of talented musicians, teachers and trainers with one goal in mind….teaching others to do it better. They work with the most challenging literature available and yet play works that everyone can enjoy. They also have a unique sense of humor that adds a strong element of entertainment to their art, giving everyone an opportunity to hear what they can do and enjoy themselves in the process.

The Company brings patriotic music to Music in the Park to complement Civil War weekend, a highlight of the Three Oaks Sesquicentennial.



SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE - Round Oak Cornet Band - August 26, 2017

The Southwestern Michigan College Brass Band was founded in January of 1992 by its current director, Dr. Jonathan Korzun, Director of Bands at SMC. It is composed of area band directors, community members, and SMC students. It is a British-style ensemble modeled after the brass bands popular throughout Europe. The Brass Band is one of three bands at SMC. The Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble are student groups that meet each Fall and Spring semester. The SMC Brass Band rehearses Wednesday nights on the Dowagiac Campus and its season runs from September through June.

Ben is currently producing his first solo project of original material that will be released in late 2016.



COLUMBIA COLLEGE – ChicagoVox - September 2, 2017

We close out our season with a new group brought to us by an old favorite, our friends at Columbia College. ChicagoVox is an 11 member ensemble. 7 singers and a 4 piece rhythm section. They play jazz standards and originals in a variety of styles, feels and genres.



A Word about Music in the Park

The first concert in today’s Dewey Cannon Park accompanied President McKinley’s visit to announce Three Oaks had bested the entire nation in per capita giving for a memorial honoring those lost on the battleship Maine. Since that date the tradition has informally continued. Three Oaks always meant music whether from one of the two municipal bands or the village orchestra. Later the tradition took on new interpretations with each passing generation as the sounds moved from ragtime to big band on the folk and rock. Most often this one square block jewel of a park hosted the event, but performances soared far beyond whether to the High School or even at the wire chairs of Whitaker’s Rexall Drugs, now the Harbor Country Thrift Shop.

The current series of concerts began in 1998 with Shakespeare in the Park and became a Harbor Arts project in 2001. It follows similar efforts over the decades that have kept the music flowing. The string of dedicated volunteers who ‘made it happen’ down through the decades is too long to list. Frankly, many of those who have been instrumental prefer to remain in the background and simply let the music speak for them.

The series is entirely donation funded, depending on generous local merchants and individuals who sponsor the programs with gifts of $50 or more, and the gifts collected at each concert from appreciative audiences whom, together, are the program’s greatest donor. Special recognition goes to the Village of Three Oaks that provides use of the park at minimal expense, permitting the series to continue.

A project of Harbor Arts, a 501 C3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to bringing art in all its diversity to Harbor Country. Music in the Park gifts are considered tax deductible.


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Three Oaks, MI 49128

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