Downtown Howell gets ready to rock! Bands announced for inaugural music & food series

(Photo by Carrie Allen.)

(Photo by Carrie Allen.)

Music and food combine with the eclectic vibe of Howell’s historic downtown for an outstanding summer series when the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority presents Rock the Block.

Scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month this summer (June 3, July 1 and Aug. 5), Rock the Block will run 6-8 p.m. and feature free, live music at four downtown venues: Cobb Hall Insurance’s patio, 2FOGS Pub, the Historic Howell Theater, and the Howell Opera House.

Also joining in the excitement will be The Great Foodini, Renee Chodkowski, with her Best Bites on the Block highlighting scrumptious food specials from Howell’s favorite eateries.

The lineup for this new series includes rock, country, soul, Americana, folk, and jazz music.

Bands for the first month’s event on Wednesday, June 3, are:
• Historic Howell Theater: Randy Brock Trio
• Howell Opera House: Darwin Mamassian
• 2FOGS Pub: Jarrod Champion
• Cobb Hall Patio: Jill Jack Duo

July 1 lineup
• Historic Howell Theater: Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils
• Howell Opera House: Ted J. Reed
• 2FOGS Pub: The Jalopy Brothers
• Cobb Hall Patio: Reeds & Steel

Aug. 5 lineup:
• Historic Howell Theater: Barelyon
• Howell Opera House: Mike Vial
• 2FOGS Pub: Mark Loduca
• Cobb Hall Patio: Billy Brandt & Serena

View the band websites and their music online by clicking here.

Block Rockers will also find special Rock the Block offerings from businesses throughout downtown, raffles, family activities and more. The Best Bites samples and business specials will be accessible at no charge only to those who purchase a VIP pass

The music is free to all event attendees, but the sales of VIP passes will bring added value to concert-going attendees, as well as help cover the costs of this first year event.

Four packages will be available for those wanting to sample everything: The three-day VIP Family Pass is $100, (or $75 if purchased early on-line at A single adult three-day pass is $50; a single adult one-day pass is $25; and a one-day children’s pass is only $10.”

“We’re also still seeking Rock the Block sponsors,” said DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly. “If you’re a business owner or manager who wants to be in the center of the action, contact me at 517.540.6727 or”

For tickets and complete Rock the Block event information, visit

Special thanks to Rock the Block sponsors including: Bob Maxey Ford, Block Brewing Company, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, First Impression Print & Marketing, Studio Sesh, and Wellbridge of Brighton.