Reside music, different leisure returns to The Amp in Greenfield

The Dave Matthews Band is coming to Milwaukee in September, but DMB fans can find their way around Greenfield a few months before that.

No, the Dave Matthews Band will not be performing at Konkel Park, but Ants Marching, a tribute to Dave Matthews, will play DMB music when they perform at Konkel Park Amphitheater, commonly known as The Amp, on July 20th.

It’s part of the Brews and Bites Concert Series, which features live bands, craft beers, and grocery vendors on Tuesday nights from June 22 to August 17.

The Britins, a Beatles tribute band, will start the series on Tuesday June 22nd.

It’s one of several events to return to The Amp as part of the 2021 entertainment schedule after the venue went mostly dark in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re excited to be able to do these things again because it’s something we still hold dear and people have asked for and are happy to have it again,” said Scott , Director of Greenfield Parks & Recreation said Jaquish.

There were a few quiz nights happening in 2020, as was the City of Greenfield Car Show, but there was no live music at Konkel Park last year, he said.

Many of the bands that were supposed to play last year agreed to return in 2021, he said.

Jaquish said that since the events are being held outdoors, no masks are required, but COVID protocols are followed, including social distancing, additional hand sanitizing stations and instructions to stay home if you are sick.

The messages are communicated through on-site signage and social media.

The amp is in a large, open area so that helps, Jaquish said.

“One of the things we would do is expand that, allow even more social distancing, allow more tables in the farmers market area, and spread things out a bit more,” he said.

Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke said it has been a long year and he is looking forward to the return of live music.

“In a month and a half, our most vulnerable people will be essentially fully vaccinated and those who want to will have the opportunity,” he said. “Healthcare capacity is way below the flattened curve. At some point, responsible social interaction will return, and outdoor events are a good place to start.”

In addition to the Brews and Bites Concert Series, live music will be played on three Friday evenings during the summer.

Living! Support act as well as headliners will be featured at AMP on July 16, July 30 and August 13.

The 2021 timetable will also include:

  • Picnic in the park on selected Thursdays
  • Films in the park on four Saturdays and the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend
  • Brews and Bites Trivia Night June 24th, July 8th, July 22nd, August 5th and August 19th
  • Ethan’s Run Against Addiction August 7th
  • City of Greenfield Car Show September 11th

The full schedule can be found at www.greenfieldamp.com.

Neitzke said the summer entertainment at The Amp was a step towards normalcy.

“Personally, I am looking forward to responsibly seeing live music again,” he said. “It’s been a long year and the clouds are lifting.”

Contact Bob Dohr at 262-361-9140 or bob.dohr@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ BobDohr1.