Black Swift, Greg McMonagle featured in first 2017 backyard concert


The Most Amazing Backyard Concert Series returns for the 2017 season with their first concert on September 4, 2017 featuring Black Swift and Greg McMonagle.  The show is free, but guests should all buy some band merch and give a musician donation.  The concert series is held at Greatest Guy in Oshkosh Nate Lehner’s backyard, located among the trees at 1028 Grove St., Oshkosh, Wisconsin (and credit to his lovely wife Christina, who actually runs everything).

Music starts at 5pm and runs through 9pm.  Bring your own liquids and food things. Here is the good word for the show:

Come break in (but don’t break) the newly renovated backyard! Fresh off The Voice Germany, Black Swift and band will make a stop at the backyard on their US tour. We are super excited to have her post punk, art rock band here! Opening is one of the smothest voices and guitar player you’ll find anywhere . . . Greg McMonagle.

Black Swift: After relocating to Germany, Sally Grayson started BlackSwift, named after a bird that nests on high cliff aces.They released their critically acclaimed debut, “The World Howls” in 2014. Grayson’s own nest moved back to the country side to raise her family, surounded by vineyards and with afaint view of the Stutgart TV Tower.

In 2016 her performances on Balcony TV, her TEDx Talk on “Howling for Hope: “The Importance of Catharsis” and The Voice of Germany were beamed out from that tower. When her Voice coaches (Michi & Smudo from German group Die Fantastischen Vier) asked Grayson what her goal was, she said, “I want to help change the world through music.”

We hear this in the songs of “SEE ME HUMAN.” Grayson explains the backdrop: “I believe what this world needs so desperately right now is for us to stop and realy look at each other. To see the other person first as a fellow human being worthy of love and value, the same as us, and to listen to them: what is their story, their history, what motivates them to make the decisions they make?”


Greg McMonagle:
A De Pere, WI native singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. He likes to sing. For you! With song crafting skills as smooth and effortless as his guitar playing, his songs will draw you in as comfortably as a conversation with old friends. He has two bouncing baby albums (2015’s Small As I Am, 2010’s Songs For Girls).


The Most Amazing Backyard Concert Series is a BYO whaever event (chair, drinks, snacks and bring some for the sharing table). We will have a few basics on hand like roasted corn on the cob but feel free to bring anything else to throw on the grill.

There is no cover but 100% of donations go to the musicians. . . please be generous.

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