Max and Emily’s ‘Summer Concert Series’ returns to downtown Mount Pleasant

This summer will mark the third year of Max and Emily’s Eatery’s “Summer Concert Series,” held in downtown Mount Pleasant with live music, food and entertainment.

Performances will include The Verve Pipe, Thursday, June 7, The Rag Birds, Thursday, July 19 and Howie Day, Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.

Owner of Max and Emily’s Tim Brockman, manager Chris Walton and support staff work hard to ensure success each summer. Max and Emily’s and other sponsors such as the city of Mount Pleasant, Isabella bank and Central Michigan University each donate $10,000 per year to make it all happen.

Brockman, Walton and staff will be grilling juicy burgers, steak sliders, brats and more to raise money for the William Ellis Brockman Infant Assistance Fund, an organization that provides prenatal vitamins and infant food needs.

The restaurant will stay open until 9 p.m. and Broadway Street will be closed at 7 p.m. for each of the three concerts.

In the past, bands and musicians such as The Ragbirds, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Saucecats and Monique Berry have appeared, along with famous actor and musician Jeff Daniels, who starred in a number of films including “Dumb and Dumber” and “Terms of Endearment.” Daniels is also a graduate of CMU.

Concerts are free with the exception of food and are fun for all ages.

“This event is beneficial to Max and Emily’s, but also it’s about families coming together and enjoying good music,” Walton said. “The concerts are a fabulous idea not only for the performers, but for the community and downtown.”