Arts Center Sweet Summer coming to a close

August 7, 2012

Ludington Area Center for the Arts has had an exciting summer and is closing it out with two must see concerts.  After a summer full of activity, Krista Detor, on August 17, and Ryan and Amber Kilpatrick, on August 24, will finish out the Center’s summer series of concerts as we approach Labor Day, the official close of summer in West Michigan.

LACAs Sweet Summer, sponsored in part by a generous grant from the DTE Energy Foundation, has produced many unforgettable evenings of music this summer.  Folks are still talking about the two evenings spent at Epworth with The Raisin Pickers and Serieux, and Friday Night Live was filled with great performances enjoyed by thousands.  Many braved the heat earlier in the summer to enjoy the likes of General Assembly and Tommy Foster at the Center.  In addition, hundreds of votes have been cast in the Garden Wars where several local gardeners have duked it out while beautifying the grounds of the Center. Ludrock was bigger and better than ever and provided a sizable donation to the Center for performance hall improvements.

The Arts Center has been on the move all summer, not the least of which was a transition to new leadership under Erica Karamiesool Reed.  The gift shop and lobby are already taking on a new look and big plans are in the works for more exciting, dynamic and abundant offerings to the community from the LACA.  Keep an eye on the Center’s website for updates on the progress.

The busy summer season will come to a close over the next few weeks with two wonderful performances at the Center.  On Friday, August 17 Krista Detor will be bringing her unique musical experience to the stage.  She performed at the LACA in 2009 to rave reviews.  She is returning to deliver her distinctive sound that has been described as, “beautiful, magnificent, and stunning.”

Ryan and Amber Kilpatrick will be the final Sweet Summer concert on Friday, August 24.  Ryan and Amber, from the Grand Rapids area, have been singing together since 2005.  Sometime folk, sometimes soul, their powerful song selections and harmonies are always catching.  Ryan is a talented singer, songwriter, and musician whose voice carries grit, tender with emotion.  Amber is an accomplished vocalist whose sound is a blend of urban soul and ethereal folk.

Both concerts will be performed at 7:30pm and admission is just $5.  Tickets are available now at the Arts Center office located at 107 S. Harrison St.  The office is open Tuesday-Friday noon to 5:30pm.  You may also reserve tickets by calling 231-845-2787.  For more information and a complete listing of events, visit

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