The Eaux Claires Festival Experience – Why You Can Expect Much More than Music

Start looking into plans for the first-ever Eaux Claires Festival and you’ll soon get the feeling that something special is coming to Western Wisconsin this summer. Bon Iver front-man and Wisconsin native, Justin Vernon, has teamed up with Aaron Dessner of The National to bring in a wide range of musical acts. That includes everyone […]

Fill the Stage – How Hosting In-Home Concerts Makes You Way Cooler Than Your Neighbors

Want to throw the best party – the kind that makes you the envy of everyone in your neighborhood? What if you could have some of the most sought-after local musicians perform live in your living room or backyard? That’s exactly the opportunity a new effort called Fill the Stage is offering people in the […]

Fast-Rising Wisconsin Band PHOX Reflects on a Big Year with More to Come in 2015

Six friends from Baraboo, Wisconsin are making waves in the independent music scene playing a fresh sound that’s made them a sought after band. Since releasing their self-titled debut with Partisan Records last summer, PHOX has shown up all over the place. That includes performances at South by Southwest, on Conan, VH1 and a European tour. […]

Green Bay Singer-Songwriter Kurt Gunn Isn’t Giving Up on Original Music

Can I let you in on a little secret? If you haven’t seen Kurt Gunn perform (and you probably haven’t) you’re missing out. Although he’s a respected veteran of the local music scene, for this performer, many nights the crowd is thin. Well, ‘crowd’ might not be the right word. Chuckling, Kurt tells me “When I […]

See Dozens of Amazing Shots from the 2014 Mile of Music Festival in Appleton

If you drove down College Avenue in downtown Appleton during the second Mile of Music, you heard original songs pouring out of buildings and encountered musicians around every street corner. But the music we heard at Mile of Music was only part of the festival. An extremely important part – to be sure – but there […]

11 Hidden Gems at Mile of Music in 2014 [Videos]

No matter how much you think you know about independent music – there’s just no way you’ve heard of every single band coming to Mile of Music in Appleton. With more than 200 different acts scheduled to perform at Mile 2 – you can’t see every one. So how do you choose? Thankfully, Bill Grasley […]

Mile of Music 2014 Preview – The Big Acts and More

It’s almost time for what has already become Northeast Wisconsin’s most anticipated music event. Mile of Music kicks off it’s second year on August 7th.  Downtown Appleton will transform into an eclectic collage of singer-songwriters and independent bands. So what can you expect at Mile 2?

Meet Christopher Gold – Renaissance Man in a Growing Local Music Scene

If you frequent the live music scene in the Fox Cities and Green Bay, there’s a good chance you’ve already run into musician Christopher Gold. You may have caught him performing solo at a coffee shop with his acoustic guitar and harmonica, in front of a rowdy crowd at a packed rock venue, or joining […]

Why Every Music-Lover in Wisconsin Needs to Know About The Great Unknown Radio

When we first wrote about 22 bands playing original music in Northeast Wisconsin – we figured we probably forgot a few that should have been on the list. But the comments we received from fans of dozens of other local bands told us otherwise. Many were missed. It turns out the talent pool of area […]

Why The Traveling Suitcase Could be the Next Big Rock Band from Wisconsin

Music, like any art form, seems to follow a sort of pattern. Movements and genres ebb and flow. The most groundbreaking art is a reaction. Sometimes artists react to something by moving against it – bucking trends and standing for what they believe in. Or they might choose to take what inspires them – and […]