5 Music Events to Check Out in South Bend This June

5 Music Events to Check Out in South Bend This June

Music Events in South Bend

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South Bend is lucky to have so many exciting events coming in the summer. There is always something to do at Notre Dame Stadium or in a neighboring town. If you intend to stay in the city this summer, you can hear some great music and enjoy some fun events, regardless of your kind of music. We’ve put together a guide to some music events you can attend this summer in and near South Bend, IN.


Elkhart Jazz Fest

The Elkhart Jazz Fest will take place June 16-19 in Elkhart, Indiana, which is 30 minutes outside of South Bend by car. This summer will be the 34th festival in Elkhart, and it takes the warmth of small-town hospitality and combines it with the big city excitement of jazz music to create a unique event that you won’t forget. It features more than 100 performers and often draws an audience of 20,000 people. 

Over 200 members of the community come together to put on this festival for their neighbors to celebrate America’s art form of jazz music. Headliners include The Queen’s Cartoonists, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, and Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble. Almost as impressive, the entire festival is volunteer-run. Tickets are on sale now for $25.

Wicker Park Summer Concert Series

The Wicker Memorial Park Concert series begins June 16 and runs through August 18 in Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana, about an hour outside of South Bend, near Chicago. The concert series is the pride of Highland’s summer and features some of the best bands in the area to play in their Wicker Park Social Center Gazebo. 

Each concert has individual tickets and costs around $10, so you can pick the band you most want to see and take your friends and loved ones for an exciting night out. You can avoid the lines and unwanted additional stress of a full-time festival by just attending the concerts you want to see. The Wicker Park Concert Series has a variety of acts coming to fill out its roster. 

You can see Small Town, a John Mellencamp tribute band, for those of you with plenty of pride in the Indiana native. Other bands like Kashmir, the Led Zeppelin tribute band, and Echoes of Pompeii, the Pink Floyd Tribute band from Gary, Indiana. In this rock tribute concert series, you can also catch the Tom Petty tribute band, Southern Accents. 

Billy Joel

Billy Joel is a massive star with plenty of hits and fans, so getting the chance to see him in his element is an exciting opportunity. He is coming to the Notre Dame Stadium on June 25. The Notre Dame Stadium is an excellent venue because it is one of the nation’s most renowned college football facilities and one of the most up-to-date. There is plenty of comfortable seating with amazing views, so there won’t be a bad seat to listen to classics like “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

This concert was originally scheduled for June 26, 2021, but was rescheduled. The fans in South Bend will have been waiting a long time to see Billy Joel, so the atmosphere is bound to be exciting. Some resale tickets are available on common resale sites, but the prices may vary. 

Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival

Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Festival is held in the beautiful Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Brown County. It is about three hours from South Bend but is a popular vacation and camping spot for central Indiana. The event is nine days of bluegrass music throughout the campground. The festival also includes workshops, camping and a traditional free Bean Dinner. 

Camping is a treasured part of the experience, but it isn’t necessary to enjoy the festival, as the camping permit is a separate charge from the festival. However, if you do choose to stay overnight, you can participate in the nightly jams held in the campsites, where musicians and audience members come together to make music throughout the night. Adding to the unique experience is the plethora of golf carts rented out to guests to get around the park. 

A nine-day ticket is about $225, but a single-day ticket is only $35 pre-sale and $45 at the gate. To rent a golf cart costs $720 for two passengers. The headliner for this year’s festival is Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, along with other popular bluegrass bands like Alan Bibey and Grasstowne and Appalachian Road Show. The festival starts on June 10 at noon.

The Righteous Brothers

The Righteous Brothers are another iconic music duo, originally made up of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. They are famous for songs like “Unchained Melody”, and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”. Since Hatfield died in 2003, Medley has been joined by Bucky Heard. The Righteous Brothers have been touring for 55 years, and, at 78, Medley is still as fun to see now as he was when those songs were released. They are a classic rock group that is often attributed as influencers for some of the most famous acts in the world.

You can see the Righteous Brothers at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana. The Blue Gate Theater is about 40 minutes from South Bend and is worth the drive. The event takes place on Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are currently selling for between $30 and $100, but prices may vary. There are still tickets available on various resale sites, so you can shop around to find the cheapest one with the best seats.

June is a beautiful time to explore some of the more unique and eclectic events in South Bend and the surrounding towns. If any music events are happening this summer that you are looking forward to and want to see on our list, contact us and let us know. You can check out the rest of our blog to find other fun things to do around town. You can also learn more about our mission to provide top IT services to the community. 

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