Tawas Blues by the Bay Festival – Aug.28

Big Ray returns to the hottest Blues bash in the State of Michigan – the 15th Annual Tawas Blues by the Bay Festival!  This 3 day event runs from Friday August 26th through Sunday August 28th and is held at the East Tawas Harbor Park.  Big Ray & The Motor City Kings will close out the weekend as the headline act on Sunday at 3pm.  For more information:



Music and Art in the Gardens series in Taylor – June 8

June 8 can’t arrive soon enough for all of the fans waiting for Taylor Conservatory Foundation’s 2016 season of Music and Art in the Gardens! The spring flowers are in bloom, the garden is groomed, the menu is set, the cars are polished, artwork completed and the song sets planned!

The line up opens with some homegrown talent, Big Ray and the Motor City Kings, and is joined by artist Will Cooper along with works from his late grandfather, Leo Kuschel, to whom this season’s Concert Series is being dedicated. In addition to being a world-renowned artist, he has always been a special supporter of the Taylor Conservatory Foundation.

Another special treat of the evening is the classic car cruise, which will round out the 5-year-old series opener at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Northline Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m., allowing just enough time to purchase dinner in the pavilion, view the original artwork on display in the Conservatory and to check out the antique and muscle cars parked on the grand lawn.

Erin Dobbins and Mary Boonenberg, two of TCF’s board of directors and music series co-chairs, are excited about this year’s series.
“Our scheduled musicians are not only great musicians in their own right but they are truly happy about playing on the terrace for our concert guests” Dobbins said.

Boonenberg, a musician herself says “It’s not only acoustically unique, but it is fun to perform for this enthusiastic audience. Plus, the added perk of knowing this series helps support Foundation programs and garden upkeep makes it community-minded as well”.

“The series schedule is composed of a diverse group of new and returning acts, bringing some of the best groups around the metro area to our venue,” said Patty Donahue, executive director of TCF.

Big Ray and the Motor City Kings play a mix of blues, classic rock, soul and Motown, which offers an energetic and danceable repertoire. They are not only well known and respected for their music abilities and full sound but also for the vigor they bring to their performances.

Cooper works with metal parts to create unique sculptural pieces and had his inaugural show at Music and Art in the Gardens last year.

TCF is happy to welcome back Silver Shores Waterfront Banquet and Catering who provides interesting and delicious selections throughout the entire season. Love’s Custard Pies will also be available for purchase with their special brand of perfect-baked goodness.
The Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to “create beautiful public spaces, promote the arts and sciences and preserve our natural environment.” Board President Larry Wright says Music and Art in the Gardens does just that.

“It inspires individuals within beautiful surroundings while promoting the arts, and it is just an all-around fun evening,” Wright said.

TCF has partnered with Wayne County Community College District Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center, the season title sponsor, and evening sponsor Taylor Chevrolet for next Wednesday’s event.

The admission for all regular season concerts is only $5 at the door. No outside food or beverages are permitted. A cash bar opens at 5:30 P.M. Chair seating is limited so bringing a lawn chair or blanket is encouraged. Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is located at 22314 Northline Rd, Taylor. For more information, including rain updates, visit or or call 888-383-4108.

Music and Art in the Gardens

Where: 22314 Northline Road, Taylor

When: Art Viewing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and live music 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

Who: All Ages

Admission: $5

Information: Weekly food and drink specials (no outside food or beverages allowed.) Lawn chairs/blankets are encouraged.
Source: Taylor Conservatory Foundation

Boo’s Music Bistro – May 21

Come on out and join us for a rocking’ good time at Boo’s Music Bistro (in Jonathon B’s Pub) Royal Oak!

Boo’s is situated in a dedicated exclusive section of the building and features a private waitstaff and restrooms.

Host Mark Pasman brings nothing but the best entertainment to this room that has become one of the hottest tickets in town. It is recommended you make your reservation by purchasing your seats in advance. BRMCK @ Boo’s Advance Tickets






May 7 – Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue Fundraiser

Come and see Big Ray and the Motor City Kings at the 9th Annual Cinco de Mayo Dinner Fundraiser

Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue

Tickets are $25 per person
– A delicious Mexican Buffet dinner by Deb’s Catering
– Cash Bar
– 50/50 Raffles
– Chances to win some amazing Prize Raffles
– Dancing
Doors open at 5pm, Dinner is served at 6pm
All proceeds to benefit Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue

Belleville Yacht Club

831 E Huron River Dr.

Belleville, Michigan 48111