September 19, 2021

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George Bedard and the Kingpins get the crowd dancing at Ann Arbor Summer Festival

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ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Summer Festival hosted a concert by George Bedard and the Kingpins at the Leslie Science and Nature Center Saturday, July 3.

Around 6:30 p.m., friends and family started to trickle in, lay out blankets and set up lawn chairs in the large, grassy space designated for the concert. The RSVP form for the event had reached full capacity earlier in the day, according to A2SF’s Twitter account.

Members of the audience got up and started dancing around a stretch of lawn in front of the band shortly after the performance began at 7 p.m.

“George Bedard is just such a local legend. He always brings a huge crowd and people are always dancing,” said Natalie Robbins, the marketing and communications manager for A2SF.

Some of the members of the audience are longtime fans and have attended multiple George Bedard concerts over the years. One man in particular, David Arsen, from Ann Arbor, has been attending the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for 30 years.

“He played at my 20th wedding anniversary. We had a joint party with another couple. That was 14 years ago,” said Arsen.

When asked why he keeps returning to perform for A2SF, Bedard replied, “Oh, because it’s so much fun! I always see people I haven’t seen in years.”

Bedard will be performing “Jump Blues—Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Big Brother” at The Ark in Ann Arbor on Saturday, August 28.

“If you like blues and want to explore the roots of today’s music, come check me out.”

The festival’s concerts were rained out two nights in a row the previous weekend.

Check out scenes from the concert below.

Read more about this year’s festival:

Ann Arbor Summer Festival to host private performances and spontaneous concerts

‘Temping’ offers immersive theater experience at Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Storms cause Ann Arbor Summer Festival to cancel shows two nights in a row

A crowd gathers to watch a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Lorri Coburn, center, dances during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Debbie Hosier, left, dances with her husband, Jerry Hosier, during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Bonnie Wylo, a professor at Eastern Michigan University, dances during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

George Fahmie, center, dances during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Drummer Rich Dishman plays during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Wolverine and Spartan fans alike attend a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Steve Caird, left, dances with his wife, Gail Caird, during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

George Bedard, left, Rich Dishman, center, and Pat Prouty perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Bass player Pat Prouty performs during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Linda Yohn, center, dances during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021. “I used to be the stage manager for the Grove stage,” said Yohn. “It was so much fun.”Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

George Bedard performs at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Attendants applaud during a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

George Bedard and the Kingpins perform at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

Families and friends begin to leave following a George Bedard and the Kingpins concert at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. In Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 3, 2021.Alyte Katilius | Ann Arbor News

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