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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bridget Favre for the information in this story.)

Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights, one of Michigan’s premier summer concert series, is accepting applications to be considered for this summer’s entertainment lineup.

Auditions will be held Monday, March 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 128 Park St. inside Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

Celebrating its 14th season, Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights has become one of the state’s largest summer concert series with weekly crowds of over 2,000 people.

This year’s schedule kicks off June 7 and runs every Thursday through Aug. 16. Each week, 11 different entertainers perform on 11 separate staged areas throughout the downtown area.

In addition to the 11-week schedule, a three-day Sounds and Sights Festival will take place July 26-28. The festival, now in its 42nd year, helps raise funds necessary to support the free Sounds and Sights Thursday Nights’ concert series.

“The regional exposure and popularity of Sounds and Sights attracts many new and highly talented performers each year,” said Craig Common, event co-organizer and owner of The Common Grill.  “We want to give emerging artists the ability to showcase their talents, and are searching for innovative acts to enrich the experience of our spectators, and to bring the event to a whole new level.”

There are more than 100 paid spots available on the Thursday night schedule. Auditions are open to musicians, singer/songwriters, jugglers, magicians, performers, dance troupes, artists and other street performers.

Interested entertainers are required to complete an application online at http://chelseafestivals.com/soundsights/auditions/. Applicants can choose to audition electronically or to perform at the live audition on March 5.  There are 30-40 live audition slots available on a first-come basis, and there is no charge to audition. 

Those auditioning live will have 3-5 minutes to perform at one of three stages before a panel of judges made up of local musicians, committee members, merchants and celebrities. Performers should bring any necessary equipment with which they would normally perform.

Those that cannot make the live audition, or are not able to secure a time slot, should complete the application online and send in a CD, demo, or email a link to an audio demo. Preference is not given based on electronic or live audition. Selected performers will be contacted to schedule performance dates based on availability.

The 2018 Sounds and Sights Concert Series is presented by Rick Taylor Real Estate.

For more information visit www.chelseafestivals.com, or call the Chelsea Area Festivals and Events at (734) 474-9178.

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