Rotary fundraiser to fill all three floors of the Saginaw Club with musical acts

SAGINAW, MI — Revived after a 3-year hiatus, a Rotary Club of Saginaw fundraiser will offer an assortment of musical genre performances later this month in downtown Saginaw.

The club’s Saginaw on Stage Music Festival is scheduled for 6-11 p.m. Friday, April 29 at the Saginaw Club, 219 N. Washington. Tickets, costing $30, will benefit three local organizations connecting youth to the performing arts.

Saginaw Rotary Club member Bill Harman, who oversees the event’s musical programming, said attendees could choose from musical performances on nine stages spread across the club’s three floors.

“It’s going to be an exciting night, with as many artists as we have in one place,” Harman said.

He said he regularly adds new acts to the lineup. At the start of this week, there were more than two dozen bands and singer-songwriters booked for the event. Musical genres represented will include funk, jazz, polka, pop and rock n’ roll. Harman said attendees will enjoy a dance floor on one of the stages as well as ballroom dancing lessons from a professional instructor.

Harman said he was adding a new element to this year’s musical performances.

“I call it ‘Tribute to the Artist,’ and it’s a special stage for local artists to sing their tribute to an artist who has passed away in the past three years,” he said.

Organizers plan to offer a cash bar on all three floors of the Saginaw Club.

Harman said the Saginaw on Stage Music Festival is a much-needed boost to Rotary club initiatives.

Like so many traditional events, the annual fundraiser was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, severely hampering the Rotary club’s fundraising efforts for two years. The organization raised $170,000 in the previous 16 years of Saginaw on Stage, when the club donated proceeds to 35 civic and service organizations.

Proceeds from the 2022 Saginaw on Stage Music Festival will help provide percussion equipment for the Saginaw Youth Orchestra, an amp and operating funds for major minor chords and scholarships for summer youth workshops of Pit and Balcony’s Class Act, Saginaw Rotary Club officials said.

Harman said the Rotary club plans to cap Saginaw on Stage sales at 250 tickets.

Tickets remain available for sale online. Interested attendees can also purchase tickets in person at Isabella Bank, 4975 Bay in Saginaw Township; Health Advantage Federal Credit Union, 4550 State in Saginaw Township; and Tafel Insurance Agency, 30 N. Center in Saginaw Township

For more information on the event and the lineup of musicians, visit SaginawOnStage.com.

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