Sounds & Sights to hold open auditions for 2013 season

CHELSEA, MICHIGAN –  Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, one of Michigan’s premier summer concert series held in downtown Chelsea, is holding auditions for this year’s entertainment lineup. Auditions will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 18, 2013 at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church, located at 128 Park Street across from the Purple Rose Theatre in downtown Chelsea.

Now in its ninth season, “Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights” has become one of the state’s largest weekly music attractions. Crowds as large as 2,000 people attended the free concert series in 2012.

This year’s schedule kicks off June 6 and runs every Thursday (with the exception of July 4) through August 15, 2013. In addition to the 10-week schedule, a three day Chelsea Sounds and Sights Festival will take place July 25, 26 and 27.  The festival, now in its 38th year, helps raise the funds necessary to support the free summer long concert series.

“The talent and level of ability we see is just unbelievable,” said Craig Common, event co-organizer and owner of The Common Grill.  “It has been very rewarding over the years to watch performer’s careers grow and to see bands like Bill Bynum and Dragon Wagon graduate from performing at Sounds and Sights on Thursday nights to making it to the main stage at the Sounds and Sights Festival.”

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 arts performers.

Interested parties are asked again this year to fill out an application and reserve a time slot online at Those auditioning will then have 3-5 minutes to perform at one of four stages before a panel of judges made up of local musicians, committee members, merchants and maybe a few celebrities.

Performers should bring any necessary equipment with which they would normally perform. There are 30-40 audition slots available on a first come basis. Those that cannot make the audition or are not able to secure a time slot should still fill out the application online and send in a CD, demo, or email a link to an audio demo. Selected performers will be contacted to schedule performance dates based on availability. There is no charge to audition.

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