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If you're looking for mid-week summer fun in downtown Grand Rapids, you don't have to go far. Every Wednesday night you can take full advantage of Grand Rapids' beautiful summer weather and late-into-the-evening sunshine by heading over to Rosa Parks Circle for the Blues on the Mall. This free outdoor concert series runs from now through August 15, and all shows begin at 6:30 p.m, give or take a few minutes. (There's no show on Wednesday, July 4. Go to the fireworks!)

What can you anticipate?

Last week we enjoyed the smooth sounds of the youngest Blues Band in America, Homemade Jamz (June 13). If you're lucky, they'll be back next year. Until then, here's whats up next:

June 20: Big James and the Chicago Playboys. Big time blues, R&B and soul sound from an award-winning trombonist and his band.

June 27: Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials. Energetic and soulful sound, led by Lil Ed and his slide guitar.

July 11: Trampled Under Foot. Award-winning family blues band from Kansas City.

July 18: Samantha Fish. Young, enthusiastic, blonde from Kansas City who lights up the stage with her blend of old and original songs.

July 25: Vasti Jackson. Guitarist and vocalist who moves easily between blues, jazz and gospel. (He visits all the way from Mississippi.)

August 1: Laith Al Saadi. Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter from next door in Ann Arbor.

August 8: Curtis Salgado. Award winning harmonica player. (Interest tidbit: John Belushi saw him playing while he was filming Animal House, and Salgado was the inspiration for his character in Blues Brothers.)

August 15: Walter Trout. Blues guitarist with 21 albums and lots of international acclaim.

See any or see them all: You can't miss!

The WLAV Budweiser Blues on the Mall series is sponsored by Gun Lake Casino. Rosa Parks Circle is located at 135 Monroe Center in downtown GR.