The FREE Thursday evening Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series is back! The Arts Center Festival 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.
The Arts Center’s Festival 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. No alcohol carry-ins allowed.
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 22
6:15 p.m. Too Many Zooz—Brass House Band
This three-piece "brass house" band found its voice playing for change on New York's subway platforms, honing extremely danceable rhythms and melodies. Named to Billboards’ Top 25 Next Big Sound, Too Many Zooz will definitely force you to reconsider the way you think about jazz music. Too Many Zooz has shared the stage with Beyoncé, KASKADE, Beats Antique, Galactic and many more.
Thursday, June 22
7:30 p.m. Unity the Band—Reggae
Unity the Band, an award-winning roots reggae group, has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove. They treat fans to old roots, rock, and reggae favorites along with original songs that blending the influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound.
Don't miss a beat! The North High Drum Line will be here to help kick off the first concert of the summer at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 29
6:00 p.m. The Accidentals—Indie Folk
Billboard's Breakout Band at SXSW 2015, Huffington Post’s Sweet Sixteen of 2016, and Yahoo Music’s Top Ten Bands to Watch 2017, The Accidentals (Sav Buist and Katie Larson) exhibit “a musical and lyrical sophistication that outstrips most mainstream bands.”
Thursday, June 29
7:15 p.m. Radio Free Honduras—Honduran Punta
Charlie Baran is a true master—an heir to the rich tradition of Honduran music, as well as a guitar slinging showman and a gifted songwriter whose skill transcends genres. This revolving collective of some of Chicago’s most talented musicians includes lively percussion, eclectic instrumentation, and rich harmonies. It’s all a backdrop, allowing Charlie to do what he does best…stunning guitar work, tapping into what seems a limitless supply of energy and enthusiasm for music.
Thursday, July 6
6:00 p.m. Zach Vinson
7:00 p.m. Daddy Mack Blues Band—Authentic Memphis Blues
When people say, “Memphis blues ain’t what it used to be,” they haven’t heard the Daddy Mack Blues Band. All of its members at one time or another played in the Fieldstones, one of the most talked-about urban blues bands since the 1970s. Led by Mack Orr on lead guitar and vocals, this four-piece group is down-home and funky, and the best band around for cuttin’ loose on a Saturday night—or a Thursday night in downtown Sheboygan!
Saturday, July 15 at Midsummer Festival of the Arts
12:30 p.m. Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound—World
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound brings forth a funky, lyrically charged racket that is explosive yet intimate. Taking cues from the dance bands of western Louisiana (and his native Midwest,), the streets (and 45s) of New Orleans, touring African and Caribbean combos, and the soul, funk and blues of his youth, Paul Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture.
3:00 p.m. Son Monarcas—Latin Folk Fusion
Son Monarcas is well-versed in the Afro-Mestizo genres of Mexican folk music as well as other world music genres, having lived in the cultural melting pot that is the Windy City. They blend the traditional with the contemporary by creating original arrangements while retaining the foundation of the traditional style.
Sunday, July 16 at the Midsummer Festival of the Arts
12:00 p.m. Trapper Schoepp & the Shades—Rock & Roll
A Minnesota-born, Wisconsin-based tunesmith and teller of tales (both tall and true), Schoepp released his second album, Rangers & Valentines, in 2016 on Xtra Mile Recordings.
Trapper Schoepp is a young man who has befriended a strange and diverse cast of characters during his 25 years. That small army of rogues and rebels, drifters and dreamers, soldiers and schemers populate his songs, their tragedies and comedies, their lives and deaths recalled in his finely etched musical vignettes.
2:00 p.m. Copper Box—Swamp Rock
A younger, more bluesy and jazzy version of The Texas Tornados, Copper Box draws inspiration from rock, polka, blues and zydeco. Copper Box has performed small, intimate shows and large, main-stage festivals with artist such as Little Big Town, Peter Frampton, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, W.C. Clark, and The Doobie Brothers.
Thursday, July 27
6:00 p.m. This Big Life
7:00 p.m. Lucie Silvas—Country/Pop
Country-pop artist Lucie Silvas started playing the piano at age five and had written her first song by age ten. She left high school to work as a background singer, and in 2000 was signed to Chrysalis Records and released her debut single, "It's Too Late." Her debut album, Breathe In, was released in 2003 under the Mercury label.
Thursday, August 3
6:00 p.m. Seasaw
7:00 p.m. The Way Down Wanderers—Americana
This five-piece modern-folk Americana act draws listeners in with energy, originality and generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just three years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. They captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show.
Thursday, August 10
Opening Band: 6:00 p.m. Listening Party
7:00 p.m. Banditos—Honky Tonk/Rock & Roll
Originally from Birmingham, AL, Banditos is a group - more like a gang, actually - of six 20 somethings, nowadays operating out of Nashville, close to, and simultaneously very far away from, the gleaming towers and industry hustle of Lower Broad and Music Row. From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves.
Thursday, August 17
6:00 p.m. The Belle Weather
7:00 p.m. Billy Strings—Bluegrass
Reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!” Strings’ profile as a guitarist and singer in the acoustic/bluegrass scene continues to grow. He has played on stage with Del McCoury, David Grisman, Larry Keel, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon and more. He won IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year for guitar, banjo and mandolin, and was voted #1 in Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of ’16.
Thursday, August 24
6:00 p.m. Sidewalk Chalk
7:15 p.m. The People Brothers Band—Rhythm and Soul
The People Brothers Band has been spreading their brand of rhythm and soul around the Upper Midwest for nine years. The band is the winner of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for 2014 Soul/R&B Band of the Year and the Madison Area Music Award for 2015 Pop/R&B Album of the Year (Middle of the In Between), 2013 Blues Album of the Year (People Brothers Live) and Blues Song of the Year (“Looky Here Mister”).
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. Learn more at levitt.org. Presenting partners are the City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan Squared. Major support was provided by Acuity, Visit Sheboygan, Pride Hospitality, Sargento Foods Inc., and Laura Kohler and Steve Proudman.