Mission Statement
Acoustic 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.

Dan 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.

Acoustic Fest 2006
This 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.

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