Fishstock Music Series Concert Schedule
Weekly for the Summer Season
Tickets may be Purchased at the Door for $15 General Admission or $20 Reserved Seating.
Buy Tickets for Reserved Seating below on the ticket link for each artist.
All Donations gratefully accepted.
Will Kruger, 7 p.m. Our traditional Environmental Awareness concert features Will Kruger. A nationally known premier John Denver tribute artist, Guitarist, singer/songwriter and entertainer. Will has been “pickin” and singing since age 14. His musical roots go back to the folk era where influence from the likes of Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor have shaped his musical style. Will has performed extensively at festivals, concert halls, and auditoriums throughout the US. As a songwriter, Will has had four of his songs featured in the Lazarus Film works production of “God Where are You”. Come join Will for his tribute to the music of John Denver.
JULY 12, Joe Jencks, 7 p.m. Joe is a 20 year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, he delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart sou., groove and grit. Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks is also co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun. From Festivals like Falcon Ridge Kerrville, Mariposa, and Old Songs to venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Jencks has enthralled diverse audience with his approachable style. Joe is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble
JULY 19, Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, 7 p.m. Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is a world traveling instrumental acoustic azz group based in Madison, WI. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Roma Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from American jazz, European Folk Music, traditional Latin, Parisian waltz and other vintage Jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the “Hot Swing” repertoire, originals, and standards done in uniquely arranged styles and a level of guitar proficiency seldom seen today.
Stas Venglevski & Misha Litvin
JULY 26, Stas Venglevski and Misha Litvin, 7 p.m. Stas Vanlevski and Misha Litvin are both musically stunning and have a wonderful stage presence and incredible rapport with the audience. Their music ranges from classical, to folk, to traditional. Stas plays the Bayan, a Russion version of the accordion. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen, and with Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion show. Additionally, Stas has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the US. Misha is a master mandolinist and a master of the Domra (a Russian mandolin). He has soloed with chamber orchestras in Russa, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, France, and the US. Misha is a professor of mandolin at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is originally from Minsk, Belarus and holds a masters degree in orchestra conducting and music education.
AUG 2, Handpicked Bluegrass, 7 p.m. Handpicked Bluegrass Band is a high energy band playing contemporary and traditional bluegrass. Besides top- notch instrumental work, the band prides itself on tight vocal harmonies spearheaded by lead vocalist Sue Cronick. Their latest project Moonshine Lonesome Man features 10 original tunes. The band has won numerous awards and have appeared in multiple prestigious festivals throughout the US. You will leave this show with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.
Michael P. Smith
AUG 9, Michael P. Smith, 7 p.m. Michael Smith has been singing, writing and touring in North America for over five decades. Though a Chicagoan, he makes frequent trips to Wisconsin as a solo artist performing his own celebrated songs (e.g. The Dutchman). This self-taught musician is an award-winning composer and contributes original scores to the finest theaters in the U.S. He has been highlighted at music festivals from Kerrville Tx. to Shawano, WI, Toronto had recently performed outside Paris France. An avid reader, Smith’s work often incorporates the finest authors and poets: Lorca, Steinbeck, Wilde, Brecht, Jackson and many more. “His songs are so resonant with layers of myth and magic and so perfectly enhanced by the genuine beauty of his melodies and instrumental arrangement that you can listen a single song over and over and feel happy”’
AUG 16, John Ford-Coley, 7 p.m. There are songs you hear in your life that transport you to a certain time period or give you a special feeling. Songs like “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight”, “Love is the Answer”, “Nights Are Forever Without You”, and many more. These songs and numerous others have made John Ford Coley a singing legend. John is most revered as half of the Grammy Nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. He has performed with a myriad of famous musicians, written music for several movies, and has acted in several movies. Classically trained on piano and an avid guitarist, John loves the craft and enjoys every audience he encounters.
AUG 23, Janet Planet, 7 p.m. The blend of Janet’s voice and her band create a wonderful version of jazz and standards. Janet is such an exemplary vocal artiste that anything she graces with her vocal chords benefits… She can sing sweet and pretty– but she can also come on strong with a big voice that never wavers out of control. She is a six time WAMI winner and inducted into the WAMI hall of fame in 2014. Her international performances include; Japan, Europe, South Africa and Russia. In 2017 she was nominated for a Grammy. Janet is a Performer, producer, teacher, recording artist, voice over talent and part of Lawrence University’s jazz faculty
AUG 30, Jimmy Davis, 7 p.m. With a career that has spanned four decades and traversed more than a million miles and several continents, singer-songwriter Jimmy Davis is the literal embodiment of the much too often used term “Troubadour”. Jimmy’s songs have been recorded by multiple recording artists. He has also recorded with numerous major recording artists. It’s Jimmy’s warmth, charisma and talent as a writer – performer that endear him to his well- known peers. This Memphis, Tennessee native, who first graced local stages at age 9, brings an infectious enthusiasm to every performance. He was named “Premier male Vocalist” by the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Eric Lewis & Friends
SEPT 6, Eric Lewis & Friends, 7 p.m. Eric Lewis and friends return to Fishstock for the final Gala event of the season. Eric is from Memphis and has won the Best String Player award multiple times. He is originally from East Tennessee, where he grew up listening to his Grandpa playing the banjo and his mother playing the guitar. He is a lover of multiple musical genres and is proficient in many. You will be richly rewarded by his performance and the extremely talented musicians that surround him.
All Donations gratefully accepted.