Mile of Music organizers, in concert with the new community non-profit Appleton Community Music, announced a return to a full festival vibe for its “milestone” 10th festival August 3 – 6 in Downtown Appleton. Organizers of the acclaimed original music celebration also revealed the “First 50” artists set to perform over its four days, with another 150 acts ready to be announced in the immediate weeks ahead.
As with past years, fans are expected to travel from all 50 states and several countries to see the original music artists, most of whom are, as Thomson notes, “not household names but certainly could be based on their singing talents, musicianship and songwriting capabilities.” As for the First 50 artists announced, they hail from 18 different states, four countries and, of course, from right around the corner as well. Nigel Wearne is the first Australian artist making their way over from down under. Last year saw the first UK artists and this year’s First 50 includes rising UK band, The Heavy Heavy, as well as Canada’s Ken Yates. Two other “firsts”: Alisa Amador is the first winner of NPR’s massive Tiny Desk Concert Contest to appear at The Mile (she is the 2022 winner); and Fantastic Cat will be the first band to perform where all four band members will also appear as solo performers during the four days of music.
Thirty-one of the first grouping will be appearing at The Mile for the first time and 19 are returning acts. Part of the focus for The Mile Team in what it is calling its milestone year is to bring artists back from throughout the first nine years who have developed loyal followings locally, with examples from the first announcement being Mo Lowda and the Humble, Girl Blue, Remember Jones, JD Eicher, Flagship Romance and several others. Thomson said there will are many more past festival favorites on tap with the subsequent lineup announcements.
The slate of 50 artists announced Tuesday is only the start of a continual Mile 10 unveiling over the next 6-8 weeks of what will be more than 200 bands, combos and solo acts who will make up the impressive 2023 lineup. In all, more than 600 musicians will descend upon Appleton for the event. Within the First 50 alone, the artists boast more than 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify.
Here’s the “First 50” grouping of original music artists set to play, along with their communities of origin:
New Artists/First 50
Returning Artists/First 50