Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts
Thursday Nights -
June 13 - August 22
Plaza Downtown Lowell - Concerts
begin at 7:00 p.m.
through 9:00 pm
The Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts are brought to the community by the Lowell Area Arts Council and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce
Join us for the 2013 Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts for a sizzlin’ time on the river! Admission and parking is FREE.
Every Thursday Night, 7pm to 9pm. The concert venue is wheelchair accessible and handicap/senior parking is available. Bleacher seating is also available along with room for your own comfy folding chair.
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|June 13 - Steve Hilger Band
The Steve Hilger Band is a Grand Rapids-based progressive blues band that mixes a rich blend of traditional blues with progressive ideas on traditional blues music. Started in 2007 by its leader, Steve Hilger, a singer-songwriter since the 70s, the band includes the rich talents of legendary professional musicians including John Gist on sax, the keyboards of Steve Talaga, the lead guitar riffs of Matt Young, the bass lines of Dave Devos, the drums of Bill Roelofs, the rich vocals of Deborah Richmond. The band plays a wide mix from traditional blues covers to original traditional and progressive blues. The Steve Hilger Band has electrified audiences all the way to Chicago. Come out for an exciting blend of smokin’ hot blues!
|June 20 - Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (Eclectic Bluegrass)
Eclectic Bluegrass band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys has jumped into the forefront of today’s progressive roots music movement. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. Instrumentally, they can turn on a dime, their arrangements showing a well-developed taste in music - based on bluegrass traditions but frequently dipping into swing jazz and popular song craft – and their sound is deftly guided by the vocals of lead singer Lindsay Lou Rilko; Joschua Rilko, vocals and mandolin; Spencer Cain, bass; Mark Lavengood, dobro; and Keith Billick, banjo.
|June 27 - Harper and Midwest Kind
(World Blues Fusion)
An amalgamation of blues, rock, funk, soul and world music, Harper and Midwest Kind combine traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and Aboriginal music to create a highly original take on the roots genre which many have labeled "World Blues". Lead singer/songwriter Harper’s innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback, breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, somehow sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. He is backed by his Michigan- based band, Midwest Kind, featuring Matt Besey on Guitar, Chris Wiley Smith on Bass Guitar/ Djembe and Scott Key on Drums.
|July 4 - 126 Army Band
The citizen-soldiers of the Grand Rapids based 126 Army Band has been providing music for the State of Michigan and the nation since 1857. Under the current direction of Chief Warrant Officer Jon Montgomery, the citizen-soldier group of critically acclaimed musicians has performed throughout the United States, London, Italy, Trinidad & Tobago, Australia and Latvia for all branches of the Armed Forces and the State Department.
|July 11 - Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys (Rockabilly)
Rockabilly musicians Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys got their start in 2005. Just like rockabilly originators Johnny Cash, Bill Haley and Carl Perkins, this Michigan trio cut its teeth on steel-guitar driven country in the style popularized by Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Webb Pierce. But the draw of the big beat was irresistible, and over time the band’s approach has become sharper and tighter. Delilah and the Lost Boys remain committed to hand-crafted American music that stands at the crossroads of creativity and craftsmanship, liberally drawing from honky-tonk country, rockabilly and surf music. Mixing their own self-penned songs with these vintage favorites, Delilah and the Lost Boys come out on stage looking and sounding like a step back in time. The band is Bandleader Delilah DeWylde (upright bass/lead vocals), Lee Harvey (guitar), D.J. McCoy (drums).
|July 18 - Rusty Wright Band
From their start in 2004, blues and southern rock Rusty Wright Band has leaped from regional favorite to international recognition, performing at music events on four continents including a 2009 U.S. Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Entertainment tour. It was only the band's second show together when they opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd that garnered them a standing ovation. Recently, St. John Blues Festival promoter and Bluzapalooza founder Steve Simon described the Rusty Wright Band as “One of the most entertaining Blues bands in the country today.” Their live blues and southern rock show has been described as “an energized blues storm.” Band members are Rusty Wright, guitar, vocals; Laurie LaCross-Wright, guitar, vocals; Pete Haist, drums; Dave Brahce, keyboards, B3 organ; and Dennis Bellinger, Bass guitar, vocals.
|July 25 - The Ragbirds
Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of
instruments from around the world. The band is a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world
rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler's bow. Crisscrossing the US in their converted bus, The Ragbirds have performed in over 40 states to a tune of 150+ shows a year. Surrounding Zindle's earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of guitarist T.J. Zindle and dynamic bassist Brian Crist, spinning over the world-beat grooves of drummer Loren Kranz and percussionist Randall Moore. Zindle skillfully switches between violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and percussion, all while dancing around the stage, drawing the awe of audiences across the country.
August 1 - Kathy LaMar and
Bob Van Stee
West Michigan’s jazz keyboardist Bob Van Stee and Las Vegas vocalist Kathy Lamar perform a diverse blend of jazz, R&B, soul and pop hits. The duo frequently takes audience suggestions, combining Van Stee’s improvisational style with LaMar’s soothing and sulty jazz sound. The voice of jazz singer Kathy Lamar is often compared to Tina Turner, Toni Braxton, and Billy Holiday. Kathy’s sultry jazz sounds are sure to capture the attention of every audience and leave every person delighted. Pianist Bob Van Stee has been a professional musician since he graduated in 1968. He started playing piano at the age of seven, and since then he has written his own music, played with rock bands. Together, the two produce a mesmerizing mix of jazz standards and rock classics.
|August 8 - No Concert/Kent County Youth Fair Week
(Bluegrass at the Fairgrounds)
August 15 - Kari Lynch Band
For the Kari Lynch Band, it’s all about the fans and making good music. Singer Kari Lynch and her band mates – guitarist Ryder Jones, acoustic guitarist Matthew Kok, bassist Jacob Meekhof and drummer Sam Briggs have established themselves as one of West Michigan’s most energetic and promising acts on the country music scene. The band’s chemistry and passion shine through each performance creating a one of a kind, country rocking show. In their three years together, they’ve become one of Michigan’s most talked about and sought after country bands. Mixing elements of classic country, rock, folk, and contemporary country, this is country that rocks!
|August 22 - 13th Hour
A performance by the classic rock group, 13th Hour, is much more than a trip down memory lane. Although they play plenty of gems from earlier decades, you are just as likely to hear an original tune for the first time or a clever pop song that you thought you forgot years ago. With over a century of professional experience between them, these veteran West Michigan musicians will delight you with song favorites old and new, strong vocal harmonies, and a tight, energetic performance. Featuring Ken Bierschbach on acoustic guitar & vocals, Mark Swanson on lead guitar & vocals, Jay Round on bass & vocals, and Tom Davis on drums, 13th Hour represents the melding of four distinctly different musical backgrounds.
For more information on the Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts please call the LowellArts!, (616) 897-8545, www.lowellartsmi.org or
the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, 616-897-9161, www.discoverlowell.org