Seitz and Sounds Open Stage: Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series in South Bend

Help 78 artists connect with their audience at South Bend's premiere community experience.
Kelly Dietz
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South Bend, Indiana
United States
2 Team Members

In the midst of the “South Bend Renaissance”, the idea of not just wishing, but actually making something happen was the inspiration behind Seitz and Sounds Open Stage. The idea took hold one night in a causal conversation in the Dietz kitchen. Don, Cathy, and Kelly Dietz agreed to take steps toward creating a weekly event designed to provide opportunities for an array of acts, everything from first time performers to experienced artists.  It was also important that the event be free to the public so the whole community could enjoy the experience.  

The venue chosen was Seitz Park, along the beautiful East Race Waterway in Downtown South Bend.  It's location has a beautiful stage, seating and is a short walk or bike ride from many neighborhoods and downtown businesses.  

Seitz Park, South Bend, Indiana

The concept for Seitz & Sounds Open Stage is simple. Each night has five 20 minute sets, followed by an hour long performance from a featured artist. Artists interested in performing are pre-screened by registering online. To expose the community to many different types of music and performance art, each night's list of performers includes as many different genres as possible. 

The Phineas Gage Band rocks out on stage during the 2013 season of Seitz & Sounds.

In between performances, Local DJ Chuck Fry keeps the party in motion by spinning tunes and playing a variety of songs.

DJ Chuck Fry at Seitz & Sounds 2013.

In just under a month, with the help of friends and neighbors, we were up and running. Before long, attendees started showing up every Thursday night. After thirteen straight weeks, and 78 performances, we  were continually amazed by the community’s response and enthusiasm in support of our little idea. 

Seitz & Sounds is free, fun, and family- friendly!

During the 2013 season, we were challenged weekly to put together a sound system for the event. Through the generosity of friends and local businesses, we were able to piece together what we needed for those thirteen weeks. Although we were grateful for everyone's help, operating this way each week was very challenging. Many things can go wrong…. and sometimes did.

Merriman's Playhouse Jazz Trio performing at Seitz & Sounds 2013.

What would really help us this year is for Seitz & Sounds to have it's very own sound system. We are looking to raise $8000 for a sound system that can handle one performer or a group with multiple instruments. With the addition of a new sound system, we will be able to improve:

  • Playing time for artists

  • Consistency in sound

  • Noise control

  • Guaranteed professional sound for artists

  • Operations

  • Ensuring a secure environment

  • Opportunity to expand event experience

Not only does your support open up the potential for this event to encompass more talent, but the ultimate benefit is creating a richer experience for the audience.

Bailey and the Cherannes performing at Seitz & Sounds 2013.

We are asking for you to please consider contributing to our campaign.  Every bit helps! It makes us so happy to be able to bring the community together each week for this beautiful event.  Help us make it event even better!  

Plan to attend weekly in the months of June, July and August, every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.

Stay up to date at our website:

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Follow us on Twitter: @SeitzSoundsSB

And show us your pictures on Instagram: @SeitzAndSoundsSB

If you are an artist interesting in playing, visit our website and click on the Musician/Performer Sign Up Info tab. Complete the online form and we will contact you with more information.

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  • $10USD
    Thank You

    Your contribution gets us one step closer to reaching our goal, and we are so thankful for your support. So thankful in fact, that we want to display your name on our website as a contributor. Without you, Seitz and Sounds wouldn’t be the great event that it is. And for that, we thank you.

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  • $25USD
    Community Cookies

    One of the unique things about Seitz and Sounds is the eclectic group of people seen mingling in the park. With this package you will get a batch of Community Cookies, a cookie with ingredients that symbolize the diversity seen in the park each week. Cookies are available for pick up at our opening event on June 5th, 2014.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $50USD
    S&S 2014 T-shirt

    Can't decide on what to wear on Thursday nights? With this package you will never have to rummage through your closet again! This year's Seitz and Sounds shirt has a unique and colorful design that all of your friends will be jealous of. This year's shirt also includes all featured performers names on the back! All shirts are available for pick up Thursday nights at Seitz and Sounds. If you are unable to pick up your awesome shirt, please provide us with your address so we can ship it to you

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    The Triple Threat

    Have a local business you want to promote? or maybe its your sister's birthday and you want to embarrass her. This package allows for one (1) shout out (1) tshirt and (1) dozen cookies during a Seitz and Sounds event. Notice: You have the option to pick the date if necessary. First Come First Serve. All Shout Outs are no more than 5 minutes in length. Shout Out is NOT a show performance. All messages MUST be appropriate for all ages.

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  • $150USD

    Have you always wanted to be on the Seitz Stage during a show, but you're not necessarily a performer? With this package you have your chance! We welcome you to be the Seitz and Sounds Emcee for a night. As the Emcee you have the opportunity to warm up the crowd and introduce the performers! This package also includes a Seitz and Sounds 2014 T-shirt

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  • $200USD
    The Paparazzi

    Become famous through all of our social media when we take a picture of you or your group and share it with the world on our "Wall of Fame" page on our website! You get the high resolution digital file plus (4) tshirts.

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  • $500USD
    2014 Limited Edition Poster

    There are so many different artists that come across the Seitz and Sounds stage over the 13 weeks it is truly amazing. This limited edition poster pays special tribute to the performers. These movie-size posters will have the Seitz and Sounds 2014 logo along with the signatures of every performer of the summer on it.

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  • $800USD
    The Season

    A beautiful 10 x 10 hardcover book filled with images of our 2014 Season performers. Includes commentary from the season and list of all donors to this campaign. As a bonus we will include a special page where you and your friends are featured.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $1,200USD
    VIP Pop Up Dinner

    Hang out and have dinner with the the Dietz Family, creators of Seitz and Sounds at their home. Chef Mat Ewing, Executive Chef at Main Street Grill in Mishawaka, will prepare a tapas style meal for you and 10 of your friends. Come and enjoy the amazing food while being serenaded by music from Robin, Kelly & Don Dietz and special guests. (Excluding Holidays)

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