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Mile of Music will be homecoming for some bands

More bands announced for August festival

Jul. 5, 2013
 
Count This Penny has been added to the music lineup for Mile of Music, a four-day music festival set for Aug. 8-11 in downtown Appleton.
Count This Penny has been added to the music lineup for Mile of Music, a four-day music festival set for Aug. 8-11 in downtown Appleton. / Contributed

The Mile of Music festival lineup keeps getting more robust.

Organizers have named another two dozen artists to perform at the inaugural Mile of Music fest next month in downtown Appleton, including a pair of California bands in the midst of a national tour.

The additional artists bring the announced lineup for the first-ever multi-venue songfest to 96. Dave Willems, festival co-founder with musician Cory Chisel, said in a released statement that a handful more will be announced this week to bring the roster to more than 100.

“We’re excited about the mix of solo and duo performers and the variety of bands we’ve been able to attract, with each bringing their songs and stories to our appreciative music-lovers here in the Fox Cities,” Willems said. “The Artist Recruitment Team, led by Kurt Kempen and Jean Detjen, has really done a great job in a very short amount of time to help make this a reality for the community.”

Two Santa Cruz, Calif., bands are among the latest to commit. The Wild Ones is a female quartet playing what one reviewer described as a “sultry mix of garage, punk and good old-fashioned, foot-tapping rock and roll.” Bummer City, on tour with The Wild Ones, adds a similar beach-bum sound that’s entirely danceable. The two bands will perform at free shows on Thursday and Friday, playing two sets each.

The two West Coast bands, according to Chisel, are perfect examples of what a festival like Mile of Music can bring to the table.

“We said from the start that we’re going to offer the Americana main dish, but complement it with some sassy sides of great music that take us quite a ways beyond,” he said. “I know Appleton’s ready and will have its game-face on to enjoy the variety.”

Chisel said one of the goals of the festival was to bring a number of performers and bands back to Appleton — in some cases for reunion performances — as a way of allowing them to join in on the celebration of music, song and story. In addition to the previously announced Mel Flannery Trucking Co. and the Hillary Reynolds Band, as well as a number of artists with Lawrence University ties, Fox Cities-connected acts newly announced include:

• Jordan Meredith

• Tanya Winch & The Dirty Mercy

• Sam Winch the Lullabadeer

• The Relics

• Wilson

• Baba Ghanooj

Meredith, from Kimberly, is the former “Duets” television show contestant who will return from Nashville to participate. Wilson will stage two reunion performances specifically for Mile of Music. All four members will join in — David Rause, Christopher Bergstrom, Todd Schimmers and Dan Kearny, who will return from his business responsibilities in Hong Kong to participate. Tanya Winch returns from her Austin base and will make appearances with her band as well as with her brother, Sam, during the fest.

In addition, three artists will appear in Appleton Downtown Inc. productions on Aug. 8 to help kick off the festival. Patchouli, a duo from Chicago, will appear in Houdini Plaza as part of the Lunchtime Live! series. That evening, the Heid Summer Concert Series will present Greg Waters & The Broad Street Boogie, along with opener, Fat Brass, out of Green Bay. Chisel will join Waters for part of his concert in helping officially launch Mile of Music for the weekend.

Other artists announced include:

• Lucas Cates

• Count This Penny

• Neon

• The Family Business

• The Tyme Machines

• Jonathan Sunde

• Dead Horses

• The Form

• Bron Sage

• Blue, Seriously

• Kory Murphy

• Brandon Beebe

• Ricky Graniere

• Myles Coyne & The Rusty Nickel Band

Chisel said the number of artist performances during the four-day Festival will exceed 140 at nearly 40 venues. He said the more than 100 free performances at venues along the College Avenue mile will be Showcase performances, running 50-60 minutes each.

VIP Ticket holders receive first access to many of the shows, with the public then filling in remaining seats at the venues. VIP Tickets along with Headline and Feature tickets are available at www.mileofmusic.com.

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