APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) Mile of Music, presented by Tundraland, is rocking Downtown Appleton right. Event organizers are hoping to capitalize on its success by helping to feed the hungry in Northeast Wisconsin.
The Fox Cities PAC is Mile of Music headquarters, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday the venue will be filled with the sounds of The Temptations, Cat Power, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Wallflowers.
"Artists get a lot of applause, but many of them have bigger hearts than egos. All of these people coming together saying they want to do their part to help a problem that's here in our community, it's really beautiful and touching to see," says Cory Chisel co-found of Mile of Music.
The problem they're tackling is hunger. With one in five children in Northeast Wisconsin suffering from hunger, putting on the "Feed the Body Feed the Soul" shows is a way to capitalize on the interest in music while helping the community at the same time.
According to Chisel, "Music is the food of my life and I love that we're sharing that together, but this concept of these shows at the performing arts center and one of the shows this year is the chance for people who are really ready to hear music but also give back to have that opportunity to."
Ticket prices for the concerts start at $29 and all money raised from the three nights of shows will go to Feeding America, and stay locally. The hope is that the feed the body, feed the soul shows can provide 35,000 meals to the hungry.
Casey Renn from Feeding America adds, "This concert is going to help us get rice for a year. When you think healthy meal options, easy quick things to make for our families in need, rice is one of those staple products."
An impact that will be felt long after the last note is played.