Water Street Hot Shots at Wickman House

Old-time blues band Michael Lee Ammons and the Water Street Hot Shots will perform at Wickman House in Ellison Bay on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, from 9 pm until midnight.

The Sheboygan-based Hot Shots are a hard-working traditional blues string band. Drawing from acoustic musical styles of the 1920s and 30s, The Hot Shots’ repertoire includes old-time blues, ragtime, novelty, and “hokum” party music featuring slide guitar in the style of masters like Son House and Tampa Red, jug band tunes, and string band blues.

The Hot Shots play regularly in Door County and across Wisconsin and have developed a passionate and devoted fan following over the years. In recent years, their acclaim has spread beyond Wisconsin. As winners of the 2009 Grafton Blues Challenge, the Hot Shots traveled to Memphis in 2010 to compete in the International Blues Challenge.

In addition to Tim Dekker (fiddle) and Alan “Doc” Mock (mandolin), the Hot Shots feature two names especially familiar to Door County residents: Michael Lee Ammons on lead vocals and slide guitar and Rich Higdon on washboard bass, and other assorted instruments.

Wickman House will feature sushi, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight in addition to their list of house cocktails, beer and wine. For more information call 920.854.3305 or visit

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