Jazz on a Summer’s Day returns to the Lakeside Inn

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Monthly concert series showcases roster of international virtuoso musicians

On Sunday May 27, the non-profit arts organization portoluz will kick off the fourth season of intimate concerts and performances it showcases at the Lakeside Inn.


JAZZ ON A SUMMERS DAY presents uncompromising jazz and creative improvised music (and more) in an idyllic rural setting perched on the shores of Lake Michigan. The series Jazz on a Summers Day presented by portoluz is a chance to encounter some of the world’s most innovative and compelling artists in a seductive arts-centric and semi-rural environment- a perfect place for deep listening and untrammeled creativity.


The “ballroom” of the historic Lakeside Inn is a mid-size wooden room filled with arts and crafts era antiques. The ballroom looks out over Lake Michigan and in this cozy and informal setting, the performance unfolds. The magic of the environment, the virtuosity of the musicians, the intimacy of the performance and the natural acoustics of the wooden room conspire to create a deeply meditative experience.


Veteran impresaria Marguerite Horberg owned the fabled nightclub HotHouse in Chicago for many years. HotHouse was one of the world’s premiere stages for Jazz and eclectic contemporary cultural expression. Now Horberg and her new company, portoluz are bringing the same top talent to Harbor Country in a special all-acoustic program. This seasonal series of sophisticated artistry is designed to be unfettered by commercial distractions -making the Lakeside Inn a perfect spot for artistic discovery and adventure.


Featured in this year’s season are some of the music world’s most treasured creative artists. While each performance on the bill is uniquely representative of the genre -jazz/creative improvised music, altogether and over the years, dedicated audiences can appreciate the comprehensive language of the improviser and how the music is continually being advanced through contemporary exploration.  In fact, the point of the series is to take audience members on a journey through modern music and provide opportunities to experience art that they might not otherwise have access to.


One highlight of the season includes a special bittersweet farewell tour of the Netherland’s Willem Breuker Kollektief – honoring the founder who died in 2010.  In June, look for Lakeside favorites: Edward Wilkerson Jr., Micheal Zerang, Tatsu Aoki to make a return appearance and elsewhere in series look for the Lakeside debuts of New Yorkers Thomas Buckner and Robert Dick.  Most of these artists tour the world and have substantial recording and performance careers playing and collaborating in a range of settings. We are very proud to present them in this special environment in Harbor Country.  

To read more about the featured artists click here 


“Crisp dappled sunlight falling on stray notes, lazy phrasing, a serious music lover’s idyll”.

Jazz on a Summers Day is underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund.

Jazz on a Summer’s Day  

Season summary at a glance 


VENUE: The Lakeside Inn 15251 Lakeshore Road, Lakeside Michigan

VENUE INFO: The Lakeside Inn (269) 469-0600 www.lakesideinns.com 

DATE: Concerts take place on the last Sunday of the month May through October

TIME: All programs commence at 4pm EST

PRICE: Tickets for each concert are $15 per person; all ages are welcome to attend 

MORE Information: portoluz@gmail.com, www.portoluz.org







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