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April 18, 2016 Sheboygan, WI
Free, family-friendly outdoor concerts will feature a feast of musical talents
The countdown to an unforgettable season of free summer concerts is underway! Today, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center announced an impressive lineup of artists who will perform during the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series. Grab your family, friends and neighbors, and plan to head on down to the lawn at Seventh and New York Avenue in downtown Sheboygan most Thursdays from June 16 through August 18 at 6 p.m.
The Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series will present 12 free, family-friendly concerts featuring a diverse lineup of high caliber talent spanning genres like bluegrass, funk and roots rock. It is sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers communities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music.
Opening the series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, is Mariachi Flor De Toloache, the Grammy-nominated, all-female mariachi band from New York City. The evening starts with a launch party featuring DJ Kidd Nems with Tim Dolfin spinning pop tunes.
Also scheduled to perform are Samite on June 23, a world renowned musician whose smooth vocals are accompanied by African instruments and various flutes; Scythian on June 30, throwing Celtic, Celtic rock, folk, gypsy, and Americana together into a dance-all-night mix; and The Main Squeeze on July 7, a Chicago-based band blending funk, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll.
The concerts shift to Saturday and Sunday on July 16 and 17 as part of the Midsummer Festival of the Arts. Featured Saturday performers are The Battle of Santiago at noon, combining Afro-Cuban with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit; and WiFEE and the HUZz Band at 3 p.m., a ten-piece powerhouse celebrating the glory of Motown without abandoning today’s sound. On Sunday at 11 a.m., enjoy The Hollows, a freewheeling roots-rock ensemble, and then Copper Box takes the stage at 2 p.m. with its unique, crowd-pleasing blend of rock, polka, blues and zydeco.
The concerts return to Thursday evenings for the remainder of the series: July 28, The Travelin’ McCourys; Aug. 4, Sierra Hull; Aug. 11, Rebirth Brass Band; and Aug. 18, Funkadesi.
The public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, and to grab dinner from one of the food trucks or bring a picnic basket. Soft drinks, beer, and wine will be available on the concert grounds. Each evening begins with high-caliber, local, regional, and national artists. Be sure to arrive by 6 p.m. to catch all the talent.
Visit http://levittamp.org/Sheboygan for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility. Last January, Sheboygan was named one of 15 recipients across America to win $25,000 in matching funds to present a free concert series from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center submitted the proposal and is presenting the concert series.
Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the Grammy-nominated all-female mariachi band from New York City, opens the free Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series on June 16.
On July 7, The Main Squeeze will offer up a feel-good musical gumbo of funk, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll at the free Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series.
Scythian brings Celtic music with a very real edge to the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series June 30.
About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center: Founded in 1967, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is dedicated to making innovative arts programming accessible to a broad audience that ranges from artists and academics to families and youth of all ages. Central to its mission is promoting understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts programs, community arts initiatives, and publications. The Arts Center’s collections focus primarily on works by vernacular-environment builders, self-taught and folk artists, and works created in the Arts/Industry residency program.
Looking to the future, the Arts Center continues to generate new explorations in the arts that foster creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public, making real the power of the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is supported by corporate and foundation donors, government grants, and its many members. The Arts Center is not an entity of Kohler Co. or its subsidiaries. More information about the Arts Center can be found at jmkac.org.
Admission to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is by voluntary donation. Arts Center members receive a discount on performance and other event tickets, classes and camps tuition, purchases at ARTspace gift shops, and free or discounted admission to many special events. Memberships are available at the Arts Center, by visiting jmkac.org, and/or by calling 920-458-6144.
Arts Center Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Arts Center is open at other times for special events.