The FREE Thursday evening Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series is back! The City Green will be the site for great music, family fun, and delicious food and drink. Grab a blanket and some friends for weekly concerts on the lawn.
New this year, concerts will be held on the City Green located on 7th and New York. The City Green is an open lawn venue. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for their seating comfort. Grounds, food, and concessions open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings.
All proceeds from beverage sales at the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series support the concerts’ continued success by helping to offset the high costs of production. Please support this series with your purchases.
Thursday, June 21
5:00–5:45 p.m. Diana Gabriel Opening Reception
Be among the first to see this large-scale installation by artist Diana Gabriel and the Sheboygan community. This installation is located in the alley next to the Korthals Enterprises building in the 500 block of North Eighth Street in downtown.
6:00 p.m. Cold Soda Club—Alternative Rock
7:00 p.m. Boogát—Cumbia/Hip-Hop
Blending hip-hop with Latin styles such as cumbia, salsa and reggaeton, Boogát brings “the serious work of an artist that doesn’t miss out on being just plain fun to listen to,” says Canadian Beats. His 2017 album San Cristóbal Baile Inn includes collaborations with Andrés Oddone, Frikstailers, Miss Bolivia, Niña Dioz, and Lemon Bucket Orchestra. His album Neo-Reconquista won the Juno and Félix award for World Music Album of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards and the ADISQ gala, respectively.
Thursday, June 28
6:00 p.m. Porky's Groove Machine—Nerd Funk
7:00 p.m. The Main Squeeze—Funk/Soul
This five-piece powerhouse formed in 2010 at Indiana University, and was soon selling out clubs to frenzied college students. Now based in Los Angeles, their captivating live performances have earned them a devoted national following and even caught the interest of legendary producer Randy Jackson, who produced their latest album Mind Your Head.
Thursday, July 5
6:00 p.m. The Honeygoats—Bluegrass
7:00 p.m. Whiskey Shivers—Bluegrass
A diverse group of masterful musicians, Whiskey Shivers has made a name for itself with a genre-pushing sound that The Washington Post called "apocalyptic Americana" and NPR described as "frenetic bluegrass" with a "punk spirit.” The band has been featured on The Daily Show, Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, and on NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama Revolution.
Thursday, July 12
6:00 p.m. Lex Allen—Soul/Pop
7:00 p.m. Sweet Crude—Louisiana/Creole/Pop
Sweet Crude takes the music and language of Louisiana as inspiration to produce a completely fresh sound that thrusts century-old traditions into the present. Winner of the 2017 Big Easy Award for Best Rock Band, this six-piece ensemble delivers exciting shows featuring enough drums for a small marching band, exuberant harmonies, and lyrics that jump from English to Louisiana French in a single verse.
Saturday, July 21 at the Midsummer Festival of the Arts
10:00 a.m. Josh Harty Band—Americana
12:00 p.m. Well-Known Strangers—Alternative Pop Rock
Well-Known Strangers has been entertaining Midwest audiences with a cello infused, alternative pop/rock sound that has a tinge of country in it as well. The band members’ mix of musical knowledge and education provides a unique sound that is reminiscent of familiar of music from the ‘90s while being expressively groundbreaking and melodically rich. Proud supporters of the LGBTQ community and the ongoing battles against cancer and human trafficking, Well-Known Strangers continues to raise awareness of these important issues through community events and their music and art.
3:00 p.m. Mark Croft Band—Roots/Pop/Americana
Mark Croft’s booming baritone vocals, finely crafted songs, and superior ability on his six-string have garnered him praise as the classic triple threat. Unafraid to break down genre barriers, Croft takes inspiration from a variety of styles and blends them into his own roots, pop, and Americana-based approach to songwriting, infusing soulful performances with infectious rhythms and unforgettable melodies.
Sunday, July 22 at the Midsummer Festival of the Arts
10:30 a.m. This Big Life—Modern Folk
12:00 p.m. Big Little Lions—Alternative Folk
Big Little Lions—one from Ohio, the other from British Columbia—have been creating infectious folk-pop songs since their first collaboration won them a JUNO Award in 2014. Jam-packed with emotion and tight harmonies, their folk-pop songs are described by Guitar World as “so infectious that it sinks into your consciousness from the first listen." The Examiner said, "The duo's sound mixes the new-school folk of Mumford and Sons with a dance rhythm that keeps the music sounding light and upbeat.”
2:00 p.m. King Solomon—Reggae
Thursday, July 26
6:00 p.m. J-Council—Soul/Pop
7:00 p.m. Martha Redbone Roots Project—Roots
One of today’s most vital voices in American roots music, Martha Redbone is an award-winning musician and songstress celebrated for her tasty gumbo of roots music embodying the folk and mountain blues sounds of her childhood in Kentucky’s Appalachian hills mixed with the eclectic grit of her teenage years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Her latest CD, The Garden of Love—Songs of William Blake, produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder/Grammy winner John McEuen, was praised as “a brilliant collision of cultures” by The New Yorker magazine.
Thursday, August 2
6:00 p.m. Lilly Hiatt—Americana/Folk/Country
Lilly Hiatt’s third LP, Trinity Lane, earned a top-ten spot on Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017. “She's a rocker, writing lived-in autobiographical details about unhealthy habits, nagging obsessions and love gone bad (or worse)…This is a record that portends even greater ones to come,” said Rolling Stone reviewer David Menconi.
7:00 p.m. Suzanne Slair—Folk/Rock/Indie
Americana rock artist Suzanne Slair has been singing and songwriting since the age of six. Her 2017 album, Nowhere Road, offers deeply personal tracks that touch on themes ranging from sweet love in the breezy “Firefly” and the tenderly affectionate “The Wedding Song” to the lies and censorship of mainstream media in “Smoke and Mirrors.” The lead single, “Grace,” garnered a John Lennon Songwriting Award in the folk category.
Thursday, August 9
6:00 p.m. ¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat—Afro-Latin
7:00 p.m. Making Movies—Latinx Alternative
Making Movies blends pulsing Afro-Latino rhythms, psychedelic jams, and rock ’n’ roll swagger into live performances full of theatrics and cathartic climaxes. Armed with the ambitious and politically charged 2017 release I Am Another You (“lyrically and sonically one of the best albums of the year,” NPR raved) and a companion EP, You Are Another Me, this Kansas City band punches out one high-energy song after another.
Thursday, August 16
6:00 p.m. Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra—Classical
Join us for a theatrical performance of Jim Gill’s book “A Soup Opera” with the Mead Public Library.
7:00 p.m. Doolin'—Celtic
French in origin—although easily mistaken for Irish musicians—this sextet (guitar, bodhrán, violin, tin whistle, accordion/vocals, bass) brings a fresh approach to Irish music. Doolin’ worked with legendary Irish guitarist John Doyle to achieve its unique sound—deeply rooted in traditional Celtic music but flavored with French chanson, American roots music, and even hip-hop from the streets of Paris. “A finer gift hasn’t come from France since the Statue of Liberty was delivered,” says Jack Baker, Irish American News.
Thursday, August 23
6:00 p.m. Invisible Cartoons—Smile Rock
7:00 p.m. Delhi 2 Dublin—World Fusion/Hip-Hop
Founded in 2006 by Tarun Nayar (of Beats Without Borders cred), Sanjay Seran (from the bhangra act Signia), and Ravi Binning (bhangra dancer and dhol player), Delhi 2 Dublin had a way with world music that people wanted to experience. Word spread about their energetic live show, and these road warriors have been touring ever since—mesmerizing crowds at top festivals across Canada and the U.S., and blowing audiences away in the UK, Australia, Germany, Malaysia , Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Dubai.
Big Little Lions on July 22, Lilly Hiatt and Suzanne Slair on August 2 and Doolin’ on August 16 are sponsored by Laura Kohler and Steve Proudman.
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. In 2018, nearly 500 free Levitt concerts will take place in 26 towns and cities, all featuring a rich array of music genres and high caliber talent. Learn more at levitt.org.