“MOBIG,” the Music On Belle Isle Group, presents “River Blast! 2018,” a summer music series featuring the area’s finest concert bands. Performances are Sunday afternoons — all summer — at Belle Isle State Park.
The first concert will be held on Sunday, June 17 at Sunset Point (on the west end of Belle Isle, facing the buildings downtown) beginning with the 90 piece Farmington Community Band, under the direction of Damien Crutcher, at 2 p.m., followed by the Royal Oak Concert Band, under the direction of Kevin Czarnik, at 4 p.m.
More information along with a complete concert schedule, information about each music group can be found at mobigmusic.org.
2018 Music Series Schedule:
- June 17, 2 p.m. – Farmington Community Band (Location – Sunset Point)
- June 17, 4 p.m.- Royal Oak Concert Band (Location – Sunset Point)
- June 24, 2 p.m.- Ferndale Community Concert Band
- June 24, 4 p.m.- North Oakland Concert Band
- July 1, 3 p.m.- Motor City Brass Band
- July 8, 3 p.m.- Novi Concert Band
- July 22, 3 p.m.- Plymouth Community Band
- July 29, 3 p.m.- Belgian and Heritage Bands
- Aug. 5, 3 p.m.- Real Deal Big Band
- Aug. 12, 3 p.m.- Five Lakes Silver Band
- Aug. 19, 3 p.m. – Peace Jubilee Brass Band
- Aug. 26, 3 p.m.- Downriver Community Band
Series Details from MOBIG:
Many will remember the wonderful summer concerts at the Remick Bandshell on Belle Isle performed by the legendary Detroit Concert Band, under the direction of Leonard B. Smith.
The members of MOBIG, Music On Belle Isle Group, are dedicated to returning that summer music tradition to Belle Isle and to promoting the restoration/reconstruction of the Remick Bandshell. Erected in 1950 by Detroit music publisher Jerome H. Remick, the Remick Bandshell was a popular venue for summer concerts on Belle Isle performed by the renowned Detroit Concert Band until 1980.
Listeners would sit on the rows of green park benches, lie on blankets on the lawn, or sit in their canoes pulled up on the shore. The 40 x 80 foot stage could accommodate 80 musicians. The structure included restrooms, a radio control room, dressing and assembly rooms and storage. The design of the shell could push the sounds for a typical concert out to an audience of 10,000. The band shell hasn’t been used since then, and summer concerts have disappeared from the island.
The metro Detroit area is home to many passionate and talented non-professional musicians who play in several area concert bands. A few of those musicians have formed the group MOBIG – Music On Belle Isle Group, dedicated to returning summer band concerts to Belle Isle and to exploring the restoration/reconstruction of the Remick Bandshell. MOBIG is working in cooperation with State and local agencies that manage Belle Isle State Park to present the first summer music series in 38 years featuring the area’s finest concert bands. The music event will be known at “River Blast!”
The Detroit area’s finest community concert bands have signed up for River Blast 2018, and will perform at sites near the old Remick bandshell. MOBIG believes that River Blast will be widely received by area residents and lead to support for the restoration/reconstruction of the Remick Bandshell and a permanent home for an on-going summer concert band music series.
The first concert featuring The Farmington Community Band and Royal Oak Concert Band will be held at Sunset Point on the northern tip of the island. Locations of the subsequent concerts will be announced at mobigmusic.org. Attendees should look for lawn signs directing traffic to concert locations and are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets for their comfort. Concerts may be cancelled at last minute due to weather conditions.
The Music On Belle Isle Group – MOBIG is established as a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Michigan with a 501 (c) (3) certification. Donations for support of the music series and for renovation of the Remick Band shell are welcome and can be made via PayPal url at the MOBIG website.
The Music On Belle Group, aka MOBIG has been established with the purpose of bringing a summer concert band music series back to Belle Isle in the tradition of the renowned Detroit Concert Band and to the restoration/reconstruction of the historic Remick Bandshell. These “traditional” band concerts will occur most Sunday afternoons during the summer 2018 and will feature the Detroit area’s finest concert bands.
MOBIG members are made up of dedicated musicians from area concert bands including the renowned Motor City Brass Band under the direction of Crag Strain. Maestro Strain is also the president of MOBIG. More about MOBIG and a complete concert schedule can be found at mobigmusic.org.