Music in the Park 2016

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 2016 Schedule


Southshore Concert Band
Concert Band


Singer / Songwriter Winners
Fragile Soul, Mia Green, Hans Hansen


Brad Cole and Friends
Bossa / Soul / Americana


Spanish Guitar Fusion
Spanish Guitar


The Bergamot
Pop Folk


Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys


Gina McLaughlin
Jazz Vocalist


Archtop Brownie


Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival
Pericles, Prince of Tyre


De Hurricane


Megan Dooley Trio
Swing, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Roots, Blues


Ben Benedict


Columbia College (Dod Kalm)
Jazz Standards

2016 Sponsors


Business Donations

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2016 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.




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 Mia Green, Fragile Soul, and Hans Hansen who each bring their own personal and special style to the park’s gazebo stage.




The songs of Brad Cole address the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insight. His passionate and distinctive delivery of roots-based folk music, woven with the grit and groove of old school bossa and rhythm & blues moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet familiar.




As a soloist, with the Spanish Guitar Duo, or in collaboration with violin, percussion, cello or various world music instruments, Carlo Basile has performed at over 1000 private and public events in the last 15 years. He has travelled to over 30 countries to study, teach and perform. He has a Masters Degree in Spanish classical guitar and performs Indo-Afro-flamenco with the ensemble Surahbi and Las Guitarras de España. Spanish Guitar Fusion is a bit different from our usual fare. They were new to Music in the Park last year and you loved what you heard so they are back for our 4th of July weekend.



The Bergamot – July 9, 2016

Jillian and Nathaniel are a Brooklyn, NY based husband and wife duo; together they are the Bergamot. The Bergamot is the result of vision, work ethic, passion, ambition, magic and two souls coming together at just the right space and time to create extraordinary music.

Their philosophy is simple. Aim big and start small. They are independently strong and have sold everything they own for their soul mission: hone in their songwriting craft and bring uplifting music to the world.




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 potent moonshine known as rockabilly. This combustible formula, passed down through the generations, forms the heart of the revved-up stylings of Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys.



GINA MCLAUGHLIN - July 23, 2016

Gina McLaughlin is a Jazz vocalist with the familiar sound of Ella Fitzgerald. Yet she is not a mere throwback or imitator, but the rare artist who manages the feat of sounding both timeless and entirely of the moment, often in the space of a single verse.



ARCHTOP BROWNIE – July 30, 2016

Fred Blacksmith, Lance Brown, Brad Rodger and Dan Lopata love the blues. But their approach has something else - a vast collection of tongue-in-cheeck 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!



ND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL – Pericles, Prince of Tyre – August 6, 2016

This event draws a larger audience every year in the beautiful setting of Dewey Cannon Park. The Young Shakespeare Company of Notre Dame always delivers a vibrant performance which delights our audiences. This year the troupe presents Pericles, Prince of Tyre. An epic adventure on the high seas of the eastern Mediterranean, Perecles is full of music, magic and pirates. Both fugitive and castaway, Pericles’s fate depends on a test of faith: he must endure the apparent death of those he holds most dear.



DE HURRICANE - August 13, 2016

Hailing from the exotic isle of Dominica, Cleve “Hurricane” Jean Jacques has been a professional musician since the age of 14, when he was lead guitarist and vocalist for the Island’s leading band. Hurricane has continued to develop as a song writer, musical arranger, and entertainer. He currently lives in Chicago performing with some of the most talented professionals in the business. Prepare to experience a true Caribbean vive, with reggae, calypso, a little jazz, blues and a taste of a real island culture and sound from De Hurricane.



The Skeletones - August 20, 2016

Due to a scheduling conflict, we are announcing a change to the performance on August 20th.

The Skeletones bring a searing brand of high energy, yet soulful music (R&B/Blues/Soul/Classic Rock) to the local music scene and we are pleased that they will now be joining us at Music in the Park.



BEN BENEDICT - August 27, 2016

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.

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



COLUMBIA COLLEGE (DOD KALM) – September 3, 2016

We close out our season with a new group brought to us by an old favorite, our friends at Columbia College. DOD KALM is a quintet consisting of vibraphone, sax, guitar, bass and drums. 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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