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Michigan Native and Finalist on NBC’s The Voice, Joshua Davis, Headlines First Live Concert Event Since COVID-19 Closures

It’s been three months since Midland Center for the Arts ceased performances in its theaters. Since this time, the Center has anxiously anticipated a day when they could bring people together again to enjoy one another’s company while celebrating the creativity of live performing arts experiences. “We are thrilled that this day is finally here as we enjoy the beautiful Michigan summer and our first outdoor concert featuring Michigan’s very own Joshua Davis,” said Terri Trotter, President & CEO.

The outdoor concert event will be the first in-person event since March due to the international pandemic. “Although we’re not gathering in our facility, we’re excited to bring friends and neighbors together in a relaxed outdoor environment, following the health department’s safety guidelines, and welcome a fellow Michigander to the stage.”

Davis is a Detroit native and 2002 graduate of Michigan State University. A Michigan favorite for more than a decade, he rose to superstardom when he competed on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2015. He instantly captivated audiences with his soothing voice and performances of hit songs like “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes” and “Fields of Gold.” His authenticity plucks all of the right heart strings which kept fans voting him back to the show week after week, leading him to a third-place finish.

Being the first concert event for the Center since the start of COVID-19, the organization is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of all attendees, including a maximum capacity of 500 people at the event, socially distanced seating in marked areas around the stage to accommodate groups of up to eight, and a vehicle-only designated area for people who prefer to stay in their car during the concert.

Masks are strongly encouraged at all times and will be required in common areas, including concession lines, restrooms, walking to and from your vehicle, walking to and from the designated seating area, and when entering the concert. Though not required at your personally provided seat during the concert, masks are highly encouraged for the safety and comfort of fellow attendees.

Davis will bring a set list of fun summer hits for the July 18 event, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Midland County Fairgrounds. All guests should bring their own seat for the event, with chairs and blankets allowed on the large grass-covered surface at the fairgrounds. Tickets are on sale now, $20 per person until July 10 and $25 per person after. For more information on the event and a full list of safety precautions and frequently asked questions, please visit Midland Center’s website at

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Kayleigh Garrison

Kayleigh Garrison

Kayleigh Garrison is a Michigan State University alum and Communications & Public Relations Intern at Midland Center for the Arts. 

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