Chelsea Area Festivals and Events is proud to announce the return of its annual Sounds & Sights Festival July 23, 24 and 25 in vibrant downtown Chelsea, just 14 miles west of Ann Arbor. Presented by Golling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Chelsea, the festival is in its 39th season, the weekend event will feature national and regional live music acts, local food and brew, an open-air art market, classic car show, chalk art contest, and multiple events activities for all ages.

Social Tent and Festival Main Stage:  

Located behind The Common Grill restaurant, the festival social tent is open at 6 p.m., with live bands performing from 7 to 11 p.m. Beer and wine will be for sale to those aged 21 and over. Admission is $5 and all ages are welcome. In addition to the many local sponsors including The City of Chelsea DDA, Chelsea State Bank, “Jiffy” Mixes and Rick Taylor Real Estate, proceeds from the Social Tent help fund the summer long “Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights” free concert series.

Thursday, July 23 is billed as ‘Chelsea Spotlight’ and features three bands with Chelsea connections. Opening at 7pm is Jake Prince Trio. Veterans to the Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights concert series, Jake Prince Trio mixes elements of classic and modern indie rock. At 7:40 pm The Moxie Strings take the stage performing an electrifying combination of feel-good melodies and rock-influenced rhythms. Ben Daniels Band headlines Thursday night performing Americana, blues, jazz and rock. With five CDs under their belt, Ben Daniels Band has toured notable venues throughout Michigan, New York City, Washington D.C. and Nashville.

Friday, July 24 features two of the region’s most popular Country performers, Kari Lynch Band and Whitey Morgan and the 78’s. Kari Lynch Band open the show at 7 p.m. with ear-grabbing music that mixes elements of traditional country, folk, pop, and rock. At 9 p.m. Whitey Morgan and the 78’s return to the Sounds & Sights Festival stage for the fourth straight year.   The Honky Tonk band emerged from the Detroit area music scene with whiskey tinged vocals and foot stomping beats.

Saturday, July 25 is the festival’s traditional ‘Dance Party’ showcasing two cover bands that are guaranteed to stir up the dance floor. The collective talent of 13th Floor kicks off the party at 7 p.m. with a high energy show followed by Collision Six, an award winning band recognized for their combination of classic sounds, cult favorites, and contemporary chart toppers that span several decades and multiple genres.

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