Lowell Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts

presented by LowellArts and the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

We bring excellent talent to the riverfront stage in downtown Lowell. Enjoy free, family-friendly outdoor concerts on the Riverwalk Plaza each Thursday, all summer long.

 

Thank you Musicians, Sponsors, Organizers and Attendees for a great 2019 Sizzlin' Summer Concert Season!

 

Time: Thursdays at 7pm

Location: Riverwalk Plaza, 113 Riverwalk, Lowell, MI 49331

Food & Beverage: Beer, wine & cocktails available for purchase from Flat River Grill in an expanded Riverwalk Plaza area. Concessions available for purchase from Lowell Area Historical Museum and Jared’s Ice Cream.

 

Seating: Bleacher seating is available or attendees can bring their own folding chair. The concert venue is wheelchair accessible.

 

The concerts showcase and support a diverse selection of musicians and musical styles from throughout Michigan and draw upwards of 1,000 visitors each week.

Sponsors

AIC Insurance Services/Auto Owners • All Weather Seal • Attwood Corporation • Bernard’s Ace Hardware
Betten Baker GMC • BHT & D CPAs • Clear Sky Technologies • Crystal Carpet Care • Crystal Flash Energy
Dery Physical Therapy Services PC • Garage of Lowell • Goggins Insurance Agency–All State Insurance
Grand River Veterinary Hospital PC • Green Acres of Lowell Assisted Living • Greenridge Realty–Rick Seese
Hooper Printing • J & H Family Stores Mobil • J & K Roadside Service • King Milling Company
Lake Michigan Credit Union • Lowell Ledger/Litho/Buyer`s Guide • Lowell Rotary Club
Lowell United Methodist Church • Mercantile Bank of Michigan • Metric Manufacturing Co.
Metron of Forest Hills • Mike Curtis Agency–Farm Bureau Insurance • PFCU • River Valley Credit Union
RiverView Flats • Suez • The Laurels of Kent • Valpak of West Michigan • WION Radio 100.3

lEAD sPONSORS

June 27, 2019 (past concert)

Down-home Americana

Deep Greens & Blues is a down-home Americana band based in Grand Rapids. Blending soulful harmonies and artisan-crafted songwriting, the band explores the depths of roots, country, and folk traditions, creating new vibes inspired by old sounds. The band features Travis Atkinson on vocals and acoustic guitar, Kelsey Gustafson on vocals, Jason Upton on upright bass, Ben McNeil on drums, Matt Young on electric guitar and mandolin, and Susan Mora on fiddle.

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Deep Greens & Blues

June 13, 2019 (past concert)

Inspirational Country

Alan Turner is a singer-songwriter with songs that speak of loves gained and lost and raucous whiskey drinking often times with a sly twist of humor mixed in. Alan Turner’s voice is rich baritone that pours “country” into every note he sings. His inspirational country songs talk about his love of God, country, and family and they will touch your soul. Alan Turner jets off the stage to mingle with the crowd throughout his performance with his non-stop mix of traditional country with a rockin’ edge like no other. Recognition includes - 2015 Inspirational Country Music Association nominee "New Artist of the Year" and 2016 Inspirational Country Music Association nominee "Video of the Year: Preacher Man and Me."

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This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Alan Turner

June 20, 2019 (past concert)

Dynamic Blues / Soul / Funk

 

Blue Soul Express is a professional five piece band out of Grand Rapids. The band’s style is as varied as their musical influences, with a dynamic collection of Blues, Soul, Funk and many surprises along the way. In addition to a repertoire that spans many decades and multiple genres, the group also incorporates original music from their CD “This Little Love,” nominated in 2017 for Best Blues Soul Album of the Year at the WYCE 88.1 FM Jammie Music Awards. The band is led by the resonating vocals of Brenda “Sookie” Harris, along with the soulful guitar of Darryl Matthews, spirited keys & vocals by Mike Phelps, and a rock solid rhythm section of bassist Mark Hicks and drummer Mark Jilbert.

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Blue Soul Express

July 4, 2019 (past concert)

 

Dance and Swing Tunes

River City Jazz Ensemble, known for being the high society dance band that plays all the standard swing tunes, has been entertaining in the West Michigan area since 1976 when it was founded by Henry Swart and son, Dave Swart. In 2008, Henry turned over the leadership to David Wells. A retired music teacher who performs, composes, arranges, and directs for various musical groups in the Grand Rapids area, Wells has led River City to being the premier swing band everyone wants for their next event. River City Jazz Ensemble will be joined by singer, Rick Reuther. When Rick begins to sing, heads turn! Sounds like Sinatra! Sounds like Bennett!  These comparisons alone, while frequent, do not begin to capture the essence of Rick’s stage presence and warmth.

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River City Jazz Ensemble with Rick Reuther

July 11, 2019 (past concert)

 

Rock & Roll

The Insiders present the premier Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers experience. With six veteran musicians and decades of combined stage and touring experience, The Insiders are genuinely running down the dream. It all starts with frontman Max Lockwood. In high school, Lockwood’s band Big Dudee Roo started covering Mary Jane’s Last Dance at their frequent shows in West Michigan. After the passing of Tom Petty in October of 2017, Lockwood organized the band by pulling together some of his favorite musicians. “We try to honor what Mr. Petty and the Heartbreakers have done for rock and roll each night. We’re fans of the music foremost. These songs are woven into the fabric of the American identity.”

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The Insiders: Tom Petty Tribute Band

July 18, 2019 (past concert)

 

Vintage Rock & Roll

The JetBeats are a vintage Rock & Roll combo from Grand Rapids. The members were brought together over a common obsession with the savage early 60’s Rock & Roll sound. A JetBeats show is a rocket ride to the fabulous early 60’s, with a contemporary twist. The JetBeats will remind you of a time when Rock & Roll was fresh, wild, and unjaded. The JetBeats are: Morgan May Moallemian (vocals, guitar), Ben Erhart (vocals, guitar), Mark O’Conner (vocals, bass) and DJ McCoy (drums, percussion).

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The JetBeats

July 25, 2019 (past concert)

 

Rock & Roll

Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish is a simple Rock & Roll band. This band will take full advantage of Elvis-style vocals, splitting harmonica, and a drummer that won’t allow your hips to stop moving. As iron sharpens iron, Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish have refined themselves with every performance. Their inspiration is drawn from those around them, and their energy is a reflection of those who support their craft. The band includes: Jesse Ray (vox, harmonica, guitar) and Dingo "Brando" Hopp (percussion).

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Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish

August 1, 2019 (past concert)

 

Americana

It is not only heart, but blood that unites the core of Roosevelt Diggs. At its base: two brothers, Levi and Logan Duddles, who have spent a lifetime creating and writing music together. With the addition of the musical backbone of Jon Shears on the upright bass and John Ellsworth on percussion, they transformed from two brothers picking on stringed instruments to a band with a fire inside. Musically, Roosevelt Diggs finds itself in the long standing Michigan tradition of acoustic based music. Blending Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Rockabilly and Rock & Roll into a melting pot of true Americana, Roosevelt Diggs proudly carries on this tradition and brings a genuine approach to acoustic music. In November 2018, Roosevelt Diggs released their third album, "Better Days” that was awarded the 2019 WYCE Jammie for "Listener's Choice Album of the Year." The band includes: Jon Shears (upright bass), John Ellsworth (percussion), Logan Duddles (guitar, vocals), and Levi Duddles (guitar, vocals).

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Roosevelt Diggs

August 15, 2019 (past concert)

 

Rock / Funk / Jazz Fusion

Desmond Jones is a five-piece rock/funk/jazz fusion band from Grand Rapids. With original music written to complement the group’s sound as a whole, the music is centered on melodic guitar riffs, groovy basslines, funky drumbeats, and smooth saxophone. The group takes influence from Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Miles Davis, The Band, and Led Zeppelin to name a few. Desmond Jones puts on exciting and high-energy shows with a high level of musicianship and skillful improvisation. Desmond Jones is John Nowak, Isaac Berkowitz, Chris Bota, George Falk, and John Loria.

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Desmond Jones

August 22, 2019 (past concert)

 

Vintage Blues / Jazz / Country

The B-Side Growlers are an acoustic trio from Grand Rapids who focus on what’s become their tagline: “Tradition inspired, toe-tappin’ fired, vintage acoustic blues, jazz, and country”.  This allows them to create a musical experience with a rich history, festive atmosphere, and a wide variety of song styles. Tradition inspired music is alive and well… and the B-Side Growlers enjoy being a part of it! B-Side Growlers are Mary Lewandoski (vocals, percussion, guitar, harmonica), Matt Porter (bass, vocals) and Pete Lewandoski (guitar, banjo, fiddle, vocals).

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This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

B-Side Growlers

August 29, 2019 (past concert)

 

Classic Rock / 50's / 60's / 70's

The Adams Family takes you on a nostalgic journey through popular music eras, with a crowd-pleasing repertoire that includes everything from folk and Doo-wop to classic rock hits from 50's and 60's. theadamsfamilyband.com

 

Natchez Trace is the acoustic classic rock band that was known and loved all the way back to the 70’s. Enjoy covers of favorite songs from the Beatles, Badfinger, Mamas and Papas, Fleetwood Mac and Crosby Stills Nash and so many more. thetrace.us

The Adams Family & Natchez Trace

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Lowell, MI 49331

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info@lowellartsmi.org

 

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Saturday 10am-5pm

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LowellArts is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.