2017 Open Auditions



Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, one of Michigan’s premier summer concert series, is accepting applications to be considered for this summer’s entertainment lineup. Auditions will be held Monday, March 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 128 Park Street in downtown Chelsea.

Celebrating its thirteenth season, Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights has become one of the state’s largest summer concert series with weekly crowds as large as 2,000 people.  This year’s schedule kicks off June 8 and runs every Thursday through August 17, 2017.  Entertainers perform on 11 separate staged areas throughout downtown Chelsea.

In addition to the 11 week schedule, a three day Sounds & Sights Festival will take place July 27 thru 29.  The festival, now in its 41st year, helps raise funds necessary to support the free Sounds & Sight Thursday Nights concert series.

“The regional exposure and popularity of Sounds & Sights attracts many new and highly talented performers each year,” said Craig Common, event co-organizer and owner of The Common Grill.  “We want to give emerging artists the ability to showcase their talents, and are searching for innovative acts to enrich the experience of our spectators, and to bring the event to a whole new level.”

There are over 100 paid spots available on the Thursday nights schedule. Auditions are open to musicians, singer/songwriters, jugglers, magicians, performers, dance troupes, artists and other street performers.

Interested parties are required to complete an application online (Application Period has Closed).  Applicants can choose to audition electronically or to perform at the live audition on March 27.  There are 30-40 live audition slots available on a first come basis, and there is no charge to audition.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – ALL AUDITIONS TIME SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED.

Those auditioning live will have 3-5 minutes to perform at one of three stages before a panel of judges made up of local musicians, committee members, merchants and celebrities. Performers should bring any necessary equipment with which they would normally perform.

Those that cannot make the live audition, or are not able to secure a time slot, should still complete the application online and send in a CD, demo, or email a link to an audio demo. Preference is not given based on electronic or live audition.

Selected performers will be contacted to schedule performance dates based on availability.

For more information visit chelseafestivals.com, or call the Chelsea Area Festivals and Events at (734) 474-9178.