by Jeff Pederson
for The Beacon
Music fans will have plenty of tuneful variety to sample as the 2022 edition of the Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street Summer Concert Series is poised to offer a little bit of something for every musical taste.
For the sixth consecutive year, Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street is set to stage six concerts on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings in June, July and August at River Park as part the popular free Summer Concert Series starting Wednesday, June 8 and continuing through Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Each of the six concerts will begin at 6 p.m. with food trucks open from 5-8 p.m.
“We are looking forward to presenting the Summer Concert Series again this summer,” Breunig said. “This year we have added some brand new genres of music that we’ve never had before during the Summer Concert Series, while also bringing back some bands that have built up a strong following over the years.”
“We do our best to bring back favorites bands and add something new every year to keep it fresh and appealing to a wide range of our community,” she said.
The 2022 Summer Concert Series will kick off with a bang on Wednesday, June 8 with Brent Bel & The Boys on Cow Country Night presented by Sheboygan Falls Utilities.
“Brent Bel & The Boys are a new band to the Summer Concert Series and it is also the first time we’ve had a country band play,” Breunig said. “It will be nice to introduce the country music genre and to have Cow Country involved is also great to see.”
On Wednesday, June 22, the Ryan Kautzer Band will make its Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street Summer Concert Series debut, which is sure to feature a mix of polka favorites.
“The Ryan Kautzer Band will be also be playing the Summer Concert Series for the first time and the polka music genre will be heard from for the first time as well,” Breunig said. “We’ve had a lot of requests for polka music over the years and this is the year that it will happen for the first time.”
Returning favorite Bella Musik will hit the Summer Concert Series stage on Wednesday, July 13, followed by another Summer Concert Series veteran band, Tonic Roots, on Wednesday, July 27.
Community Safety Day will return to River Park on Wednesday, Aug. 10 featuring a return musical performance from Big Bass Trio, sponsored by ASI and The Sewing Machine Shop.
“The August 10th concert will, once again, feature the Community Safety Day activities in partnership with the Sheboygan Falls Police Department,” Breunig said. “We had a really good crowd last year and event coordinator Lt. Scott Hoogester and all of the members of the Sheboygan Falls Police Department really outdid themselves in planning a great event. The representation of police, fire and department of public works equipment was amazing to see on display.
“‘Fan favorite’ Big Bass Trio will be the featured band for Community Safety Day again this year,” she said.
The 2022 Summer Concert Series will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 24 with returning favorite Il Cool.
Breunig is pleased that the Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street Summer Concert Series has settled into a permanent home on the east side of River Park near the gazebo.
“We had really outgrown the space in Settlers Park,” Breunig said. “It served us well for several years, but the popularity of the Summer Concert Series makes River Park a better-suited venue now.
“It is a flatter surface with no bowl to deal with, there’s more shade, people can really spread out and parking is much more accessible,” she said. “The gazebo provides shelter for the band and their equipment in the case of inclement weather and is a shady place to dance to the music. Having the food trucks located along the river in the parking lot behind City Hall provides a hard surface to support the trucks, quick set up and easy access for concert goers and the community.”