Summer Concert Series

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, it is our great pleasure to announce the 2018 Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series.  Again this year, each show will open with local talent who will take the stage at 6:00pm.  If you are interested in being one of our opening acts, please email with a link to your music and a brief bio.


Here’s the 2018 10th Anniversary Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series lineup.  We can’t wait to see you at the corner of Broadway and University in downtown Mt. Pleasant!


Thursday, June 28, 7:00pm

The Series begins year ten, like it started year one, with Brian Vander Ark.  Brian has been a staple of our summer concerts, performing in all but one year.  From the first year as a solo artist, to year three when he brought his band, The Verve Pipe, to year five when he was joined on stage with a few new friends to mix things up.  Whether alone, with the band, or like this year with friends, Brian is always a fan favorite!


Thursday, July 19, 7:00pm

We are going back, way back, for this artist.  Mt. Pleasant area native, Monique Berry, was part of the first outdoor concert that Max & Emily’s had in the fall of 2007.  At the time, Monique had been living in California for several years and wanted to come home and play for friends, family, and her community.  Little did we realize that our first little show on the corner of Broadway and University would become a widely anticipated annual event for our community!   Bringing back her soulful voice, we are so happy to have Monique join us on this special year.


Thursday, August 9, 7:00pm

New to the series this year is Mt. Pleasant’s very own Paddlebots.  Trading percussion, horns, and bass, they have honed their live shows into, as they say, a “high-energy, endlessly groovy package of musical expression.”  They have been a staple at Tailgate Village before CMU Football, and we are thrilled to have them make the trip downtown in support of their debut album “Mouth Full of Dirt.”


Thursday, August 16. 7:00pm

We are excited to bring back community favorite, The Ragbirds, as part of our anniversary series.  Led by the incredible Erin Zindle, the Ragbirds encourage the crowd to leave their chairs in the street and come up close and dance.  Their unique blend of Indie-pop with global rhythms, laid down by Randall Zindle, their music takes you on a spiritual journey few other bands can create.  Be sure to clear your calendar for an amazing evening.


Saturday, August 25

Don’t miss the conclusion of the 2018 Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series as our good friend, Jeff Daniels, along with The Ben Daniels Band, return with their trademark humor, passion, and soul.  Last November, we had a chance to ask Jeff how his summer looked for 2018. His schedule was packed from January to December with TV shows on Hulu and Netflix, preparations for his portrayal of Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway-bound adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as the great things happening at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea!  We were thrilled when Jeff managed to make time for a return to Mt Pleasant and CMU!




We are thankful to Central Michigan University, Isabella Bank, Downtown Mt. Pleasant, and Max & Emily’s for their continued support allows us to provide first class family entertainment with no cost to our community. If you have an opportunity to thank them, we hope you will.  See you at the show!


Donations in support of the Infant Food Pantry are sincerely appreciated and may be given to any Max & Emily’s staff member on concert evenings. 

2018 summer concert dates and links:

All shows are at 6pm in front of Max & Emily’s on the corner of Broadway and University

Thursday June 28 – Brian Vander Ark & Friends

Thursday July 19 – Monique Berry

Thursday August 9 – The Paddlebots

Thursday August 16 – The Ragbirds

Saturday August 25 – Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band