Opener: Caley Conway—Indie Folk
A concert by The Mammals is healing and inspirational. It’s not only the vocal magic of Ruth Ungar’s remarkably soulful grace and Mike Merenda’s hushed and intimate ease, it’s also the lyrics themselves that strike deep and spark smiles. Nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards, the title track of their 2018 album Sunshiner is an instant full-room sing-along.
The band’s quintet lineup features dynamic drummer Konrad Meissner and a rotating inner circle of their favorite bass and organ/piano players. The Mammals joke that they’re “too folk for the rock show” and “too rock for the folk show,” but in reality they hit the critical emotional and sonic touchstones of both. Their performances are propelled forward by just the right amount of guitar grit, soothing harmony, barn-burning fiddle, retro grooves, and storytelling savvy.
The Mammals. Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform underused public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. Learn more at levitt.org. Presenting partners are the City of Sheboygan and Harbor Centre. Major support provided by Laura Kohler and Steve Proudman; Acuity; Sargento; Meijer, Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center; Pepsi Lakeside Bottling Co.; Festival Foods; Mersberger Financial Group Inc.; United One Credit Union; Green Bay Packers Foundation; Pride Hospitality; Midwest Communications; and Visit Sheboygan.
Additional support provided by Baird-The Le Clair Bemis Miller Group; Heck Capital Advisors, LLC; Lakeland Chiropractic; Oostburg State Bank; Parker John’s BBQ & Pizza; SarrikClean; Terry Kohler Family Foundation; The Encore; U.S. Cellular; 3 Sheeps Brewing Company; and Jeffrey Pribek in memory of his wife Lori Ann Pribek.