Detroit Blues Soul Rocker performs at the Concert in the Park July 28

David Gerald, a Blues Soul Rockin’ musician will be featured on the Wednesday, July 28 Concert in the Park series. This special concert will start at 7:00 p.m. in the William E. Tennant Performance Shell in the beautiful St. Johns City Park.

David, the son of Rural Mississippi born and raised parents, grew up to the sounds of the blues and R&B music in his hometown, Detroit. He started playing the guitar at 14, influenced by Prince and ‘80s rock guitarists. His dynamic, blues-infused rock and soul hybrid has been captivating audiences across the country for over a decade.

“Gerald, having performed in many local blues, R&B, and rock bands in his earlier years, brings to each performance a unique blend of music that is sure to reach everyone,” says Bill Tennant, concert coordinator. “Now playing nationally with his own band, he performs at clubs and festivals across the United States. He is considered one of the top Blues musicians of our era.”

The concert will feature a nice mix of blues, R&B, along with some rock thrown in. David’s recordings and radio play are making him a much sought-after artist.

The concert is sponsored by the Clinton County Arts Council and the City of St. Johns. It is open to the public free of charge – donations are graciously accepted.

All concerts are presented rain or shine. The Lion’s Club food trailer will be available this year. Social distancing and safety precautions are strongly encouraged. The CCAC receives funding from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

4-h fair coming up July 31 – August 7

2021 Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 31
9:00 a.m. -Still Exhibits
10:00 a.m.-Dog Show

Sunday, August 1
1:00 p.m. -Dairy Show
10:00 a.m. -Goat Show

Monday, August 2

11:00 a.m. -Prospect Beef Show
6:00 p.m. -Sheep Show
To be determined -Poultry Show

Tuesday, August 3
11:00 a.m. -Swine Show
6:00 p.m. -Beef Show
8:00 a.m. -Rabbit Show

Wednesday, August 4
5:00 p.m. -Livestock Sale
4:00 p.m. -Dog Agility

Thursday, August 5
-Livestock Sale Delivery

Friday, August 6
9:00 a.m. -Equine Show

Saturday, August 7
9:00 a.m. -Equine Show

Two local favorites perform on the Brown Bag Concert on July 30

Steven Easterling and Jeff Richards, two excellent musician from St. Johns, will be featured on the new Brown Bag Concert Series on Friday, July 30 in downtown St Johns. The hour-long concert will start at 12 noon and will be held in the Rotary Park Pavilion next to the Railway Depot.

“Both Steven and Jeff have performed extensively over the years,” says Bill Tennant, concert coordinator. “The passion they bring to each of their selections is their trademark as they connect with audiences at every performance. And their varied program will also be appealing those in attendance.”

This special program will consist of everything from showtunes, to spirituals, to even a little opera and more. The main focus of these Friday performances is to bring people together to enjoy a variety of excellent performances.
Steven is an Elementary Music teacher in the Laingsburg Schools. He holds a BA in vocal performance from UM, post BA teacher certification from MSU, and a Master of Music Education from CMU. He also is the director of the Mint City Singers and the Laingsburg Community Singers, who sang at Carnegie Hall in February of 2020.

Jeff was born and raised in St. Johns where he began studying piano at the age of ten with Diantha Witteveen. He then went on to study with Jean Hull and Deborah Moriarty at MSU. After spending several years accompanying groups in Chicago, he now serves as the Music Director at St. Joseph Parish in St. Johns, also serving Saint Martha Parish in Okemos.

This concert is being presented by the Clinton County Arts Council and is made possible by a grant from the St Johns Area Community Fund using gifts received from The Forest and Doris Swatman Trust.

The concert is open to the public free of charge and will be held rain or shine. Some picnic tables are available for the lunchtime concert, but it’s advisable to bring your favorite lawn chair. Social distancing and safety precautions are strongly encouraged.

Don’t forget to check out and support the Brown Bag Specials from the following downtown businesses below.

Bruno’s Bar, Main Street Café, Swany’s Pub & Grub, St Johns Brewing Co, Dershey’s Café, Domino’s Pizza, Global Coffee Co, Waypoint Coffee Company, Mazz’s Endzone Party Store,Oh Mi Organics, Cupcakes and Kisses

Briggs plans outdoor learning space

They are making an outdoor learning space at the Briggs District Library, and the first couple sections of the fence are in.

Mint Festival will include Bingo August 13 – 15

The VFW Post 4113 will be hosting Bingo Days on
– Friday, August 13 from 2:00 p.m. – Close
– Saturday, August 14 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
– Sunday, August 15 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

The event will be held in the Zeeb Pavilion in the St. Johns City Park.

Costs will be $10 for a Bingo Book and $2 for a Dauber. Cash only. Come and get in on all the fun and prizes.