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2022 Sounds at Sandy Knoll Park

Sounds at Sandy Knoll Series

Live Music in West Bend

Our neighbors in West Bend and in Washington County are welcome to enjoy free live music at Sandy Knoll Park on Thursday nights. 

Here’s a look at the June lineup for the Sounds at Sandy Knoll Concert Series.

June Sounds at Sandy Knoll

Thursday, June 30

happy schnapps combo, west bend

The Happy Schnapps Combo
6:30-9:00

In 1988, the late Jim “Bruiser” Krueger, known internationally for his masterpiece, “We Just Disagree”, had become fed up with the LA lifestyle. He decided to move back to his hometown, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Jim soon realized that Manitowoc, with its Polish; Czech; German and Bohemian ancestry needed a sound all its own. Something that was unique to its people. Something that went great with beer! The answer? POLKA!… So it was… the Happy Schnapps Combo was born!

polka fusion, west bend

Polka Joe of Polka Fusion
5:30-6:15

A high energy polka band with Polish & honky style attitude. Instruments include trumpet, concertina, keyboard, fiddle, accordion, bass guitar, & drums.

July Sounds at Sandy Knoll

Thursday, July 14

Gin Mill Hollow, West Bend

Gin Mill Hollow
7:00-9:00

Nearing eight years and five-hundred shows together, the ever-evolving Americana outfit Gin Mill Hollow has been showcasing their unique approach to string-band music throughout the midwest and beyond.  

Pay the Devil, West Bend

Pay the Devil
5:30-6:40

Forged in the middle of a cold Wisconsin winter Pay The Devil plays an eclectic mix of original, bluegrass, folk, Irish, Americana, obscure, and outlaw country tunes.  Foot-stomping, thigh-slapping music, and enough hollering to go around. 

Thursday, July 28

sam ness, west bend

Sam Ness
7:00-9:00

Mixing Traditional Folk/Americana roots with a New-Age Alternative Singer/Songwriter feel, Sam Ness finds inspiration in the ancient cobblestone streets across the globe. Sometimes wild and dance oriented, other moments raw, emotional, and filled with moments of silence, Sam’s show changes every night. His percussive playing paired with an assortment of special effects including a loop system, have built a sound larger than most full bands.

andrew david weber, west bend

Andrew David Weber
5:30-6:40

Andrew David Weber is a multi-instrumentalist living in South-Eastern Wisconsin. Though most of his works feature him on all instruments and lead vocals, he is a known collaborator, as is seen on his brand new release: “Sound of Dwelling.”  Weber is also known for his work with award winning Celtic rockers, Whiskey of the Damned

August Sounds at Sandy Knoll

Thursday, August 4

jonny t-bird, west bend

Jonny T-Bird
5:30-6:40

Some say you have to be born with the blues to play the blues.  That was the case when Jon was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at an early age.  Known as the mild form of the autism spectrum.  But that didn’t stop Jon from picking up the guitar at the age of thirteen. Back then, Jon studied under two of Milwaukee’s guitar legends, Jeff Dagenhardt and Greg Koch.

Jon was given the name JONNY T-BIRD while he was a student at Wauwatosa West High School and one of his teachers.

maple road blues band, west bend

Maple Road Blues Band
7:00-9:00

Maple Road is a high energy, four-piece band based out of the Washington County, Wisconsin area that delivers. 

By presenting an eclectic blend of blues, rock, and folk jams, maple road is a band that does not fall short of keeping an audience entertained and intrigued. While honoring musical heroes and legends, the group also strives to craft original and memorable tunes that allow each band member and the audience to interpret the music.

Thursday, August 18

HoneyFingers
5:30-6:40

Honey fingers, formed in 2022 in south central Wisconsin. a 4 piece jam band, with heavy ties to funk, reggae, blues and electronic dance grooves. These fellas are also no strangers to throwing down some sludgy rock riffs or crisp country vibes as well. influenced by bands like talking heads, dopapod, Grateful Dead, spafford, Pink Floyd, black Sabbath, deep purple, the meters.

there is no sound or style these guys won’t take on. their shows become a musical journey. you can rest assured, no two sets will ever be the same.

Spare Change Trio
7:00-9:00

Spare Change Trio is known largely for their eclectic live performances that incorporate the Australian Yidaki (didgeridoo) into flowing soundscapes of reggae, funk, and jazz-fusion. Deeply rooted in the positive message of reggae music, the band has grown to realize their calling: to spread peace, love, and harmony… while laying down an infectious groove.

The band has been fortunate to open for their idols Mike Love, Dirt Wire, Satsang and The Wailers. As well as playing some of their favorite iconic venues, 7th St Entry in Minneapolis, Schubas in Chicago, Shank Hall in Milwaukee, along with a coveted set at the Eagles Ballroom in the Rave opening for 311. Their recent festival appearances include Summerfest, Peacetree Music Festival, People’s Fest, Vibe HIgh, Galactic Get Down, and Shangri-la Music Festival.

Thursday, September 1

Grassrats
5:30-6:40

Grassrats is a 6 piece band that is described as “folk met bluegrass and had a baby named Grassrats.”

They’ve played shows across southeastern Wisconsin and we’re looking forward to having them on the HomeTown Foundation stage to put a cap on our summer concert season!

The Honeygoats
7:00-9:00

This bluegrass band, made up of 5 guys and their mutual love for diverse music, will perform in the great outdoors—right in front of the Waelderhaus. Bring chairs and blankets to sit on if you want to kick back and enjoy the show!

The Honeygoats came together in 2016 over their mutual love for the inspiring aspect of radically different styles of music. Be it carefully crafted songwriting, blinding solos, belting vocals, an infectious groove or just raw energy; these are the things that matter to The Honeygoats. Audience members may recognize music from Bill Monroe to Waylon Jennings to Led Zeppelin; a diverse range and energy are what the Honeygoats strive to share with their audiences. A concert for all audiences. ‘Goat on!

The Playlist

Sounds at Sandy Knoll, Volume I

Curated playlist featuring the artists and bands playing at Sounds at Sandy Knoll Park in West Bend. Hosted by the HomeTown Foundation.

Free Admission

Free Live Music in West Bend, Wisconsin

Any event held in outdoor and public spaces is free to attend.  We’re looking to create awesome experiences for our neighbors to enjoy.  And we’re also looking to help others along the way.  There’s power in numbers, right?

Sounds at Sandy Knoll is presented by the HomeTown Foundation and our partners.  We are a non-profit organization that distributes funds to other non-profit organizations and good causes in Washington County.

Our 2022 event partners are The West Bend Moose Lodge and Chix 4 a Cause

They’re firing up the grill and serving cold beverages.

Donate to The HomeTown Foundation

A donation helps us to pay for park and facility rentals, pay the artists, purchase food and beverage for events and running the HomeTown Foundation.

Donate safely and securely to the HomeTown Foundation via PayPal.

Sounds at Sandy Knoll

Sandy Knoll Park in West Bend

Sounds at Sandy Knoll is held at Sandy Knoll Park County Park in West Bend.  Park admission is free during our events!

Our live music is near Hartford, Kewaskum, Milwaukee, Port Washington and Random Lake.

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