It is legend that a blistering Jackie Venson guitar solo knocked Pluto straight out of planetary existence. Jackie Venson’s “astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace” (Austin American Statesman) has been compared to the likes of Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and fellow Austin native, Gary Clark, Jr.
Originally a classical pianist, Jackie picked up the guitar shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music and made the giant leap from the tradition of classical music to raw and gritty blues and soul. Enthralled with music since the age of eight, this young singer/songwriter/musician instantly captures attention with a vibrant musical soul accompanied by passionate control of her instruments. As she mindfully blends blues, rock, R&B, and soul with her introspective lyrics, the message is clear—when you’re listening to Jackie you hear the “truth in music.”
Emily Wolfe—Rock n' Roll
Austin, Texas’s resident rocker, Emily Wolfe transcends the ranks of ordinary musicians. Her creative songwriting keeps her fans aglow thanks to strong, powerful lead vocals and a dominating guitar style. Wolfe has shared stages with the likes of Heart, The Pretenders, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons, and Gary Clark Jr.
A self-taught guitar player starting at the age of five, Emily Wolfe has honed her craft over the past 22 years and continues to take her playing to the next level. After self-releasing her EP Roulette in 2014 followed by the single “Atta Blues” in 2016, Emily used 2017 and 2018 to write new music. She released a debut self-titled, full-length album in February 2019.
Emily Wolfe. 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 Packer 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.