The Lake Lansing Band Shell is a great way to spend a summer evening in Greater Lansing.

The Lake Lansing Band Shell is a great way to spend a summer evening in Greater Lansing.

This is it folks. The time of year that I like best in Greater Lansing. From the city of Lansing itself to its many charming surrounding communities we've got summer temps, bright blue skies and summer concerts literally everywhere you turn. From big time acts like the ones performing this week at Common Ground to little local stuff at area parks and Farmers Markets. I've found very little compares to sitting with loved ones on a blanket, or sitting barefoot in the grass and listening to live music being played over the soft chatter of laughter and friendly conversations. The world seems to slow down and for that moment in time and space you can be singularly focused on your senses and the good vibes hitting all of them. No distractions of stress, work, money, etc. - just letting go and feeling the environment around you, and simply escaping into it. Because we love this time of year in Michigan's Capital City, familiarize yourself with the robust events section of our website or download our free mobile app to your smart phone and find out the times, dates and locations for all these fantastic sensory experiences. Maybe best of all? Most of these concerts are free. Various music genres, settings and crowd sizes are certain to shape your experience. Try to attend them all and find your new favorite, then come back to Lansing and experience it again and again over the years to come. Of course many of these great outdoor concerts bring much more than music. Often times they are part of something bigger like a fair or fest that offers ethnic foods, rides, crafts, and all the special memories your memory banks can hold. Give your computer a rest. Turn off NetFlix. Shun technology for a moment, bringing your phone only if its helping guide you to something live and real. Its summer in Greater Lansing and the concert just started. Stop. Look - and listen. Spread out your blanket and kick back for a while. You'll be glad you did I promise.