Attendees of last year’s 175th Anniversary Celebration in Allegan may remember The Detroit Soul Men from their riverfront performance, shown here.

'Bluesin on Up' benfits new Griswold sound system

Kayla Deneau, Staff Writer

“It’s going to be a kicking concert—raucous, rowdy—and there will be dancing in the aisles,” said Joe Leverence.

Leverence was referring to BLUESin on UP!—a benefit concert collaboration between Baker Allegan Studios, Allegan Downtown Development Authority and the City of

Allegan to raise money to upgrade Griswold Auditorium’s sound system.

Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m., the Duffield and Caron Project will take the stage at Griswold Auditorium, 401 Hubbard St., with soulful original and cover songs.

He said an intermission will occur after the first group with concessions available.

Following the intermission The Detroit Soul Men—a Blues Brothers tribute band—will bring the crowd to their feet.

“They look, dress, and dance like (the Blues Brothers),” Leverence said. “They are very funny, very good singers and dancers and it’s fun. They are very high energy.”

He hopes to reach all ages with these performances.

The sound system upgrade costs approximately $2,500.

Leverence said upgrades are done throughout the auditorium periodically as events occur there.

“It is a great cause and a great thing for the City of Allegan,” he said. “I hope everyone comes out and has a great time.”

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at Something Sweet, 109 Locust St.; Baker Allegan Studios, 148 Mill District Road; or online at

For full story, pick up a copy of the July 10 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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