SHEBOYGAN — Another unforgettable season of free summer concerts in Downtown Sheboygan is just around the corner.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center announced Friday an impressive lineup of artists who will perform during the 2018 Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series.
Grab your family, friends and neighbors, and plan to head on down to Sheboygan’s City Green at North 7th Street and New York Avenue in Downtown Sheboygan most Thursdays at 6 PM from June 21st through August 23rd. In the past, the Boston Store occupied the lot that is now home to City Green, a unique arts and entertainment green space that’s designed as meet-up space for family, friends, and neighbors.
Concerts will also be held during the Midsummer Festival of the Arts in July.
The Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series will present 11 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.
Boogát kicks off the series on Thursday, June 21st, performing a combination of hip-hop and Latin music styles such as cumbia, salsa, and reggaetón. Alternative rock band Cold Soda Club opens the show.
Also on the summer lineup are The Main Squeeze and Porky’s Groove Machine on June 28, a double dose of funk styles; and Whiskey Shivers and Honey Goats on July 5, this time a double hit of bluegrass. On July 12, audiences will be treated to a Louisiana, creole, pop musical mix by the band Sweet Crude.
The concerts shift to Saturday and Sunday on July 21 and 22 as part of the Arts Center’s Midsummer Festival of the Arts. Headlining the three Saturday performances is Mark Croft Band, offering a roots/pop/Americana blend. Sunday’s headliner is the alternative rock group Big Little Lions.
The concerts return to Thursday evenings for the remainder of the series: July 26, Martha Redbone Roots Project; Aug. 2 is a double bill, Lilly Hiatt followed by Suzanne Slair; Aug. 9, Making Movies; Aug. 16, Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra opens for Doolin’; and Aug. 23, Delhi 2 Dublin.
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. Beverages will be available on the concert grounds. Be sure to arrive by 6 p.m. to catch all the talent.
For a full schedule of concerts, directions, and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility, go to levittamp.org/sheboygan.
Presenting partners are the City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan Squared. Major support was also provided by Sargento, Visit Sheboygan, Pride Hospitality, and Laura Kohler and Steve Proudman. Additional support came from Wisconsin Public Service, UnitedOne Credit Union, US Cellular, Pepsi Lakeside Bottling Co., Terry Kohler Family Foundation and 3 Sheeps.
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 2017, more than 450 free Levitt concerts will take place in 22 towns and cities, all featuring a rich array of music genres and high caliber talent.