Bluegrass featured in outdoor concert

Folk/bluegrass artist Billy Strings headlines the free Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series concert Thursday, August 17, at 6 p.m. on the Arts Center’s Festival Green at New York Avenue and Seventh Street. The outdoor event also includes family-friendly activities.

“Billy Strings will be the biggest thing in bluegrass,” says the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Michigan native Billy Strings—real name William Apostol—is a fourth generation musician who has been playing music since childhood. “Ever since I was a little kid, that’s all I wanted to do was play,” Strings said. “To me, bluegrass is a music that’s earthy and organic. You can learn it from a book, maybe you could learn the tunes, but if you don’t have the soul and feeling to it, to me, you’re not playing it.”

Strings’ profile as a guitarist and singer on the bluegrass scene continues to grow. He has performed with Del McCoury, David Grisman and Larry Keel and played numerous festivals including Pickathon. Strings won International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year (for guitar, banjo and mandolin) and was voted #1 in The Bluegrass Situation’s “Top 16 of ’16.”

The concert begins with The Belle Weather opening the show. Equal parts alt folk and indie rock, Sheboygan musicians Eric Cox and Tom Abromaitis perform inspired anthems steeped in the art of simple storytelling.

Visit the Community Tent for a showcase of works created by MAKER Break workshop participants. There will be acting performances, free workshops, and plenty of engaging activities for all ages.

Information about this and other concerts in the series is available at 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.

Presenting partners are the City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan Squared. Major support was provided by Acuity, Sargento Foods Inc., and Laura Kohler and Steve Proudman.

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