SHEBOYGAN — The Main Squeeze returns to Sheboygan this summer to headline the free Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series concert Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. on the new City Green located at North 7th Street and New York Avenue. The outdoor event also includes family-friendly activities.
The Main Squeeze began as a party band at Indiana University in 2010 and have toured extensively ever since. Known for their spirited sets, they perform original funk fusion music. Their sound captured the attention of legendary producer and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who then produced one of their four albums. Their 2017 release Without a Sound features a brilliantly animated YouTube video of the energetically catchy song “Sweat.”
The quintet has performed at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, High Sierra, and Red Rocks, and shared the stage with The Roots, Aloe Blaccc, and Jane’s Addiction among others. Band guitarist Max Newman says, “We are devoted to making great music for people to get lost in and to feel real emotion and love, and also to dance and enjoy life.” Billboard agrees, commenting: “Funk runs deep in their DNA. Dare you not to two-step.”
Opening the show will be Porky’s Groove Machine, a “nerd funk” band that adds to the fun with its wacky costumes. Maximum Ink says, “With their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks, Appleton’s Porky’s Groove Machine plays campus-ready dance-able white guy funk that is ready to help you get on with your baddest self.”
Information about this and other concerts in the series is available at levittamp.org/Sheboygan or at the Arts Center (608 New York Ave.).
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs as seating is not provided. Food trucks and a cash bar will be on site. No alcoholic carry-ins allowed.
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 Sheboygan Squared. Major support was provided by Sargento, Visit Sheboygan, Pride Hospitality, and Laura Kohler and Steve Proudman. Additional support came from Wisconsin Public Service, UnitedOne Credit Union, U.S. Cellular, Pepsi Lakeside Bottling Co., Terry Kohler Family Foundation, Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center, The Encore, Parker John’s BBQ & Pizza, and 3 Sheeps Brewing.