Fest was established to preserve and promote acoustic music.
It is a free concert designed to offer members of the community,
and visitors to the Lakeshore area, a wholesome, family oriented
afternoon of entertainment. Acoustic Fest achieves this by
showcasing diverse and accomplished acoustic musicians, including
local artists. All proceeds in excess of organizational expenses
are dispersed in the form of scholarships and donations made
to area organizations or projects which benefit the community.
Hildebrand, Pete Honzik and Dennis Krall founded Acoustic
Fest in 1996. They kicked off the first Acoustic Fest with
the hopes of creating an annual event. They enlisted the support
of Rogers Street Fishing Village Museum, who provided licenses,
permits and insurance, and then donated a portion of their
proceeds. These proceeds along with other sponsor donations
were donated to the Washington Park Band Shell Fund, which
was used to build what is now known as the "Metro Stage."
Each year the attendance of the event grows, as does the support
of the community. Acoustic Fest has attracted a wide range
of acoustic artists to participate and donate their time and
considerable talent to making this a fun and enjoyable event
for the community.
year our proceeds will go to Acoustic Fest's "Jim
Krueger Memorial Music Scholarship" and to the Manitowoc
Recreation Department for special projects. There will be
a raffle to benefit the Jim Krueger Memorial Music Scholarship.
Raffle prizes consist of items, services and gift certificates
which are donated by area business's and individuals. Food
and beverages will be available at the Manitowoc Jaycees concessions.