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Mile of Music organizers announce Mile 8 festival, first 50 musical acts

Published: Jun. 21, 2021 at 5:03 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - The streets of Downtown Appleton will once again be filled with the sound of music this year, after Mile of Music organizers announced Monday afternoon that a music festival will once again be held in the area.

The Mile 8 festival will be held from 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 5 until about 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, and will consist of more than 600 live music sets and music education sessions at more than 40 host venues and festival spaces.

“We hope that we don’t have a lot of venues that will be noses to noggins as I call it, that there’s a little bit of distancing going on and more outside music. We’ll have significantly more outside music,” said Mile of Music Founder Dave Willems.

Organizers add there will be more time between artist sets, and each set will be separated by 35 minutes at all venues so artists are able to transition from one performance to the next in a safer and less hectic manner.

Mile of Music team members say they have asked indoor venues to modify capacities slightly lower for Mile 8 so indoor venues aren’t as crowded. Some of the larger outdoor venues include Jones Park, Washington Square, the parking lot of The Core, as well as mid-sized venues at Fox River House, Emmett’s, The Courtyard Stage at Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, and others.

Willems added, “The indoor venues we asked them if they could come up with some modified capacities, at least a slightly different number than being chalk full of folks so they’ve all been great about that. We also decided with the smaller indoor venues it was probably a year we needed to ask them to take a break.”

Appleton Mayor Jake Woodford says the city’s health department was a part of the planning, and he’s comfortable with the safety protocols in place.

“The good news is we continue to make progress in the city of Appleton when it comes to the pandemic. We had one confirmed case of COVID in the whole city last week, the entire week, so things continue to look good for us,” Woodford said.

In the past, the event has been a big draw for downtown businesses.

“We see folks coming from all over the region as well as all over the United States and they’re coming to hear great original music. We have a great relationship with Nashville. You will see a lot of Nashville artists and folks that follow those bands,” said Jennifer Stephany of Appleton Downtown, INC.

Organizers say a final list of venues will be released soon.

The first 50 artists committed to play at Mile 8 were announced Tuesday afternoon, and can be found below. Organizers say the remainder of artist and music education lineup will be released during the upcoming weeks, and a detailed festival schedule is expected to be released sometime in mid-July. During the next three weeks, another 75-100 acts will be announced.

Of the artists announced Tuesday, officials say 34 acts will be playing at the festival for the first time, and 16 are returning.

In addition, 17 states are represented in the group announced Tuesday.

  1. Jackie Venson – Austin, TX
  2. The Accidentals – Traverse City, MI
  3. Seth Walker – Austin, TX
  4. The Vegabonds – Nashville, TN
  5. Motherfolk – Cincinnati, OH
  6. Quiet Hollers – Louisville, KY
  7. Chestnut Grove – Philadelphia, PA
  8. Kyshona – Nashville, TN
  9. Rachael Davis – Nashville, TN
  10. Alanna Royale – Nashville, TN
  11. Flagship Romance – Truth or Consequences, NM
  12. Buffalo Nichols – Milwaukee, WI
  13. Raye Zaragoza – New York, NY
  14. Wildermiss – Nashville, TN
  15. Heather Maloney – Northampton, MA
  16. Bonelang – Chicago, IL
  17. Candy Ambulance – Glens Falls, NY
  18. Meaghan Farrell – Nashville, TN
  19. Rachael Kilgour – Duluth, MN
  20. Lukr – Nashville, TN
  21. The Arcadian Wild – Nashville, TN
  22. Stay Outside – Indianapolis, IN
  23. Brother Moses – Fayetteville, AR
  24. Yam Haus – Minneapolis, MN
  25. Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers – Michigan
  26. Bassel & The Supernaturals – Chicago, IL
  27. Paul Whitacre – Denver, CO
  28. VOLK – Nashville, TN
  29. Phillip-Michael Scales – Nashville, TN
  30. Angela Perley – Columbus, OH
  31. Ali Holder – Austin, TX
  32. The Travel Guide – Wichita, KS
  33. SIRSY – Albany, NY
  34. Black Note Graffiti – Ann Arbor, MI
  35. Claire Kelly – Nashville, TN
  36. South For Winter – Nashville, TN
  37. Thin Lear – New York, NY
  38. King Margo – Nashville, TN
  39. Sarah Clanton – Nashville, TN
  40. Brother Elsey – Grand Rapids, MI
  41. Stephie James – Nashville, TN
  42. Cruz Contreras – Knoxville, TN
  43. The Contenders – Nashville, TN
  44. Arkansauce – Fayetteville, AR
  45. The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers – Stockdale, PA
  46. Maudlin – Minneapolis, MN
  47. Jon Tyler Wiley & His Virginia Choir – Fredricksburg, VA
  48. Feed The Dog – Appleton, WI
  49. Brett Newski & The No Tomorrow – Milwaukee, WI
  50. Christopher Gold – Appleton, WI

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