Outdoor concerts return to Swartz Creek; season opens Tuesday

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek Fine Arts Association is excited to bring the toe-tapping, hand-clapping summer concert series back to the Pajtas Theater this year.

The season opens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. The open-air amphitheater is located on Civic Drive behind Fire Station #1. Check the association’s Facebook page in case of cancelations or postponements due to inclement weather.

“It will be nice to be back,” said association President Dave Spillane. “We’re looking forward to it.”

The Regulators will open the season bringing rock and roll from the 1960s to today to the Pajtas stage. The show is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Swartz Creek.

“They’ve been around for a while and a lot of people follow them,” said Spillane. “They’re real popular, and people are looking forward to having the first concert with them.”

On June 22, the Detroit-based band Taylor Tucky will perform some original works and new-style, high-energy country numbers. Genesee Valley Rotary Club is sponsoring the show.

“They’re pretty popular around the Detroit area, so we’re looking forward to seeing what they bring,” Spillane said.

The Sinclairs will return to Swartz Creek on June 29 thanks to the support of the Swartz Creek Area Firefighters Inc.

“They are the ultimate party band,” Spillane said. “They cover all genres of music and they’re real high energy. They’re guaranteed to get people up on their feet dancing. They’re just a lively group and people just go crazy for them.”

Mackinaw City-based Gordon Lightfoot Tribute band will play July 6, making their first trip ever to the Flint area. The band is popular up north, playing annually at the White Fish Point memorial for the Edmund Fitzgerald in November. They’ve also been featured on PBS. Members of the Fine Arts Association will sponsor the concert.

On July 6, the Motown Eagles will be back on the Pajtas stage performing some of the solo numbers and much of the catalog of Eagles music. Attorney Robert Crites provided the support for the concert.

Another local favorite, The Fairlanes, will entertain the crowd with sock hop-style tunes on July 20. The show is sponsored by Barb Robertson – Farm Bureau Insurance.

“They’re just a fun group of people who are all from right here: Gaines, Swartz Creek, Mundy Township,” said Spillane. “They draw a nice crowd because they’re well known and they perform fun music.”

Billy Mack, backed up by an all-new lineup of the Juke Joint Johnnies, will perform July 27. Known for his style of rockabilly, Billy Mack is the ultimate showman, often venturing into the crowd as he sings his renditions of some all-time favorites from Elvis, Roy Orbison and the like.

“The people just love his show,” Spillane said. “I know I can’t go wrong booking him.”

The Swartz Creek Downtown Development Authority provided sponsorship for the concert.

On Aug. 3, Old Days Chicago Tribute will entertain the crowd. The show is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 6694. The traditional Bob Smeets Coney Night, which would have taken place prior to this concert, has been canceled this year but the Knights of Columbus expect to return in 2022.

Wrapping up the season will be Stronghold Quartet, featuring Swartz Creek High School Principal Jim Kitchen, with sponsorship provided by the GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club.

As always, concert-goers should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and may bring snacks and beverages (no alcohol), although the concession stand will be open every week.

Spillane said the association is not soliciting raffle donations from area businesses this year, but will accept donations that are offered.

Concert programming is also sponsored, in part, by a Greater Flint Arts Council Share Art Genesee County Program grant made possible by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment millage funds.