While summer doesn’t officially begin until the soltice on June 21, East Lansing got a taste of things to come with the opening of the Summer Concert Series.
The free music series, which takes place Friday and Saturday evenings, open its 2009 summer season with local favorite Wanda Degen and her trio.
Degen, an award-winning singer, autoharp and dulcimer player, has been a mainstay of Lansing’s music scene since her time as a student at Michigan State University in the 1970s. Degen is joined on flute and saxophone by Dan Giacobassi and also by Pete Wittig on guitar and harmonica.
Degen plays a variety of styles including country and folk, but for the Summer Concert Series opener the audience was not only treated beautiful weather but also to the Celtic sounds of Ireland.
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The East Lansing Summer Concert Series is at the Fountain Square on Fridays and at the Ann Street Plaza on Saturdays until August 22.