Sweet Water Sea Concerts: Music from the shore of Lake Michigan

Come by boat, bike, car, bus, or on foot for a fun and inspiring experience that’s easy on your pocket book. Music and great community - what could be better!

Join us in an intimate and comfortable setting, for a small donation at the door – help support live music in our community, make new friends, and have fun!


Moxie Chicks: Saturday, September 24, at 7 pm

The Moxie Chicks are all long-time members of Milwaukee’s acoustic music scene, having met each other at coffeehouses, music parties, and providing back-up work on various recording projects. Their musical motto is “Sweet harmony with an attitude!” and their swinging three-part harmony vocals liven up a wide variety of original, traditional, classic, and contemporary songs. In addition to their own compositions, the Moxie Chicks perform songs by the likes of Hank Williams, Gillian Welch, the Beatles, Paul Simon, Carole King, John Gorka, and Crosby Stills Nash & Young, as well as songs from other Milwaukee area songwriters.

David HB Drake: Saturday, October 8, at 7 pm

David has been called "a gentle troubadour" and "elemental folksinger". His music is inspired by his voyages across Midwestern prairies and the waters of the Great Lakes. He has performed for more than twenty-five years in a wide variety of art forms for all ages.

Drew Nelson: Saturday, November 5, at 7 pm

Drew Nelson has the ability to write with conviction about the struggles of working people, the miner, the farmer, the steel plant worker, just trying to get by. Songs touch on his participation in Native American life and culture (“Grandmother Moon,” “Raindance”). The production is smart, and Drew's voice is warm and weathered. His songs move like the river under ice. Drew grew up in Michigan, but escaped the narrow confines of a small-town upbringing by joining the Navy and traveling the world. He came home with fresh eyes to appreciate the realities of life in America. These experiences provided insight and understanding that find an outlet in songs filled with discovery, revelation, and hope. Drew has just finished making his first guitar, and hopes to start a tradition of building and signing one a year to auction off for charity. In addition to giving back through his music, he is involved in many community-based efforts to educate the next generation; to make our world a better place to live. Drew Nelson is an authentic voice of community and renewal - join us!

Larry Penn, with special guests, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins: Saturday, November 11, at 7 pm

Larry Penn is a masterful songwriter – entertaining folks with his music, poetry, and art for over three decades. His acute sense of imagery comes through in his music and stories of people and hard work, trains, trucks, love, and life on the road. A native of Milwaukee, Larry is famous among folk singers and has a longtime following in the U.S. He has toured with Utah Phillips and The Rose Tattoo, a group of amazing hobos, anarchists, and musicians - singing and telling stories which celebrate the ongoing influence of the railroads in American folk culture.


For more information about our concerts, please contact: Jill Iverson: jill@sweetwaterseaconcerts.org

Special thanks to our friends, who have volunteered their time and talents to make these concerts possible:

John Thompson - co-creator/on going; photography...plus more!

Mary Gordon - Logo, Posters, & Website design/FB set-up - Mary's Portfolio

James Iverson - Photography

Erica & Bill - greeting, set up, concessions, promotion

Sharon - concessions, fb page help, writes reviews

Dan - assistant greeter

Vince - set up & clean up

Ginny - set up & clean up

Jim & Evie - aesthetics, concessions, & set up/tear down

LUUF fellowship for providing our venue

Suzanne Weiss at Herald Times

Best Western Lakeshore

Bakery on State

Larry's Piggly Wiggly

Many others who help hang posters and make suggestions

Thanks to our regular fans!

To learn more about our talented performers, follow the links listed below:

2011 Season–

The Hollands! – thehollands.org

Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen – pattycraig.com

Honey Dew Drops – thehoneydewdrops.com

Pickin’ Up Speed – pickinupspeed.com

Moxie Chicks – mootownproductions.com

David HB Drake & The Hunter's Moon – davidhbdrake.com

Drew Nelson – drewnelson.net

2010 Season–

Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins – mootownproductions.com

Pickin’ Up Speed – pickinupspeed.com

The Spirals – spiralsmusic.com

Tom Kastle – tomkastle.com

Beth Kille – bethkille.com

Rebecca Markvart – myspace.com/rebeccamarkvart

Daniel Boling – danielboling.com

Colin O’Brien – colingobrien.com

David Rovics – davidrovics.com

Beth Kille – bethkille.com

Jesse Lynn – jessilynn.com

Dan Walkner – myspace.com/danwalkner


Click to View and Save Sweet Water Sea Concert Posters

Drew Nelson, November 5 Hunters Moon, October 8 Moxie Chicks, September 24 Pickin Up Speed, May 7 Honey Dew Drops, April 2 Patty Stevenson & Craig Siemsen, March 26 The Hollands!, February 12 Dan Walkner & Friends, November 27 Pete Honzik, November 13 Beth Kille & Jessi Lynn, October 16 David Rovics, October 2 Daniel Boling, August 21 Colin O'Brien, Sept 18 Beth Kille, Jun 12 Tom Kastle, May 15 The Spirals, Mar 20 Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins, Feb 13

620 Park Street –Manitowoc, Wisconsin

One block east of Rahr West Art Museum; In the Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manitowoc.


All currently scheduled concerts begin at 7 pm – check our concert listing periodically, as times may change.


Suggested donation: $7


Pickin' Up Speed -
Saturday, May 7, 2011

Honey Dew Drops -
Saturday, April 2, 2011

Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen -
Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Hollands! -
Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dan Walkner, Derek Pritzl, & Bill Walkner -
Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pete Honzik with Emily Slaughter Thompson -
Saturday, November 13, 2010

Beth Kille & Jessi Lynn -
Saturday, October 16, 2010

David Rovics -
Saturday, October 2, 2010

Colin O’Brien -
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Daniel Boling -
Saturday, August 21, 2010

Beth Kille -

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tom Kastle -

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Spirals -

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pickin’ Up Speed -

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins -

Saturday, February 13, 2010