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Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
Volunteer registration for Mile 7 is open NOW! If you love music and helping the community, this is the perfect opp… https://t.co/XTNo736btH
Jun 24
Eric Hurm @HURM
#MileofMusic jams..... @Captain_Ivory - Live @ Gameday Sports Bar (6/22/19)
Jun 23
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
SUMMER is here! What’s your favorite part of summer? We think you might know our answer... 🎶😜 41 days until… https://t.co/KdPi1CS2Sh
Jun 22
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
SUMMER is here! What’s your favorite part of summer? We think you might know our answer... 🎶😜 41 days until… https://t.co/PhKtbDFcx0
Jun 21
Mile of Music Presents @MoMPresents
We are excited to see the sunshine on this lovely Wednesday! Join us TONIGHT at 5:30pm for Concerts in the Courtyar… https://t.co/cDlsvJl5jc
Jun 19
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
#FoxSongOfTheDay (presented by @foxcu) Day 2: Here's another artist you should know for #MileOfMusic!… https://t.co/GrWN9hAMtn
Jun 18
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
Yesterday, we started a new series called #FoxSongOfTheDay, presented by @foxcu! Every weekday until August 1,… https://t.co/6uDe9vk3mn
Jun 18
Ian Thomson @ithomson74
Volunteer opportunities are now open for @MileOfMusicFest Help make the music happen. #volunteer #mileofmusic… https://t.co/JzDHdCUHfz
Jun 18
C.Cerniglia @fortemente_live
This playlist is how I find my must-see bands at #MileofMusic - It's out, and hoppin', I suggest you give it a list… https://t.co/fhGDbpmdfq
Jun 14
Miron Construction @MironConstruct
We can't wait! RT @MileOfMusicFest: We checked out the new Jones Park yesterday thanks to our friends at… https://t.co/zNew39uRxm
Jun 14
Jay @OldsCoolJay
I was spot on last year with @WILDERADO. They killed it at @MoMPresents. This year my prediction is that… https://t.co/3LV2MWwNWF
Jun 14
Mile of Music Festival @MileOfMusicFest
We checked out the new Jones Park yesterday thanks to our friends at @cityofappleton and @MironConstruct! SO excite… https://t.co/Kbub6nhChZ
Jun 13
Go 920 Appleton @go920Appleton
Here are the latest additions to the #MileofMusic lineup: https://t.co/M16jlqOeAp
Jun 13
Go 920 Appleton @go920Appleton
#MileofMusic lineup now stands at 200. https://t.co/M16jlqOeAp
Jun 12
Shane Nyman @shanenyman
Another change of plans: #MileofMusic Concerts in the Courtyard is moving inside to the Clubhouse today. Show starts at 5:30 p.m.
Jun 12
Miron Construction @MironConstruct
We're so proud of this project! RT @shanenyman: A look at the progress of Jones Park and the new Miron Construction… https://t.co/DrEX6y5oXf
Jun 12
Shane Nyman @shanenyman
A look at the progress of Jones Park and the new Miron Construction Amphitheater, which makes its debut in less tha… https://t.co/ZkpwGc4MXI
Jun 11
Ian Thomson @ithomson74
Dig into our latest round of artists dropped for @MileOfMusicFest #Mile7 #Appleton #MusicFirstExperience… https://t.co/43jOv1Narw
Jun 11
leading the blind @LeadingTBlind
COMING IN HOT! Stoked to be back at @MileOfMusicFest this year! We’ll have the new record in tow. Also!… https://t.co/J9L406F7Jl
Jun 10
Eric Hurm @HURM
#MileofMusic jams..... @nxnmusic - Live @ O'Marros (6/6/19)
Jun 8
Eric Hurm @HURM
#MileofMusic jams..... @quiethollers - Live @ @StoneArchBrews (6/5/19)
Jun 6
Eric W. Krueger @ericwkrueger
Good times are nigh, my friends! @DwtnAppleton will once again be full of songs by artists from near and far!… https://t.co/IJAV6yaDdn
Jun 6
Mile of Music Presents @MoMPresents
TONIGHT: Don't miss two #MileOfMusic alumni, @QuietHollers & @cgoldmusic at Concerts in the Courtyard! FREE music s… https://t.co/evtn6y4sN9
Jun 5
Eric Hurm @HURM
#MileofMusic jams..... @strange_america - Live @ Gibson Music Hall (5/30/19)
Jun 5

Mile of Music 2018 Recap

Posted Sep 6, 2018
Blog

In its return to Wisconsin for the sixth year, Mile of Music, presented by Tundraland, welcomed 200-plus artists and 900 live performances over four days in August. The music festival was attended by a record 85,000 visitors and had an estimated economic impact of up to $3.5 million.

A Wisconsin-based original music festival, Mile of Music returned August 2-5 for its much-anticipated sixth installment – Mile 6. The free festival drew a record 85,000 visitors and organizers estimate it had an economic impact of $3.2-$3.5 million.

Throughout the weekend, more than 200 artists performed 900 live music sets at 70 venues up and down the one-mile stretch of Downtown Appleton at indoor/outdoor stages of all sizes. It was a mix of local and national up-and-coming artists on the line-up, some returning to the festival from years past and others coming to perform for the first time.

“Going into the sixth year, it was exciting to see such a great energy surrounding the festival, with people who are so receptive to what we’re doing here and attendance numbers that continue to climb,” said Dave Willems, whose firm, Willems Marketing & Events, produces Mile of Music. “Because the music is free, we’re seeing a trend toward music-lovers who return for multiple days and spend in support of the artist/festival merchandise, Downtown businesses and other area organizations.”

Mile 6 continued its mission to highlight original music versus cover songs and saw the return of some favorite acts like LOLO (Jackson, TN), Dan Rodriguez (Minneapolis, MN), Cat Clyde (Ontario), and SZLACHETKA (Nashville, TN). It also welcomed the talents of many new artists, including Sarah Potenza (Nashville, TN), The Brothers Footman (Indianapolis, IN), Michigander (Midland, MI), Girl Blue (Albany, NY) and Melodime (Washington, D.C.).

To put on an event of this magnitude, Mile 6 received the support of nearly 60 key sponsors, including Tundraland, the festival’s generous presenting sponsor for the last four years. It was also backed by a number of product sponsors that add flavor, including Klements, Trilliant and Stone Arch Brewpub – the official craft beer partner of the festival, which offered its signature Americana Pale Ale.

The festival continued its Artist Care Program this year as a way to give back to the touring musicians, with complimentary services for things like dental care and massage therapy. Mile 6 also continued its partnership with About Better Care Audiology to provide nearly 100 hearing screens, and it welcomed a new collaboration with the Grammy Foundation’s MusiCares program that provided over 100 sets of custom-made musician earplugs.

While having his ear plugs made, one artist said, “I never had the spare funds to buy them but know what a valuable investment they are and feel I should have to pay.” As Dr. Stephanie Long of About Better Care reminded him, “[His] payment came in the form of performing multiple sets to an appreciative community of music fans.”

Along with the artists, Mile 6 fans were treated to some special perks throughout the weekend as well. There were 50 interactive sessions organized by the Music Education Team (MET) that allowed festival attendees to get in on the music-making, with everything from drum circles and dance demos to  songwriting sessions and instrument workshops. MET members from Lawrence University coordinated these activities and included performing artists in leading some of them. On top of that, the Valley Transit Mile of Music Bus proved to be a hit again as it completed 55 tours of Downtown Appleton throughout the weekend with live performances from the musicians. Lines formed with people hoping to catch a ride, and there was a waiting list full of artists who wanted to perform. Additionally, the weekend’s events started with the traditional “First Songs,” ended with “A Song Before We Go” and featured a variety of surprise, pop-up performances in-between at venues along College Avenue that make up The Mile.

As Alaina Stacey of the group Maybe April said, “This was the perfect way to wrap up our summer tour. Thank you to Mile of Music for reminding us why we love music so much!”

Festival organizers have announced that Mile 7 will return to Appleton, Wisconsin, from August 1-4, 2019.

ABOUT MILE OF MUSIC 
Mile of Music is an original roots music festival that launched in August 2013 as a creative and economic catalyst in Downtown Appleton, Wisconsin. The four-day festival, produced by Willems Marketing & Events, is held in August with the support of more than 60 community sponsors and 400 volunteers. It features 900 live music sets and 200 artists at 70 venues along the one-mile, walkable stretch of College Avenue and the nearby riverfront.

2 Responses to Mile of Music 2018 Recap

  • linda sheridan says:

    Will you consider bringing back Blackfoot Gypsies?

    • Mile of Music says:

      Hi Linda! They are always on our list when we do shows throughout the year and during Mile of Music. We’ll keep them in mind!

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