Mile of Music Kicks Off in Appleton

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - It's a music lovers dream. Mile 5, the fifth annual Mile of Music presented by Tundraland has kicked off in Appleton.

It's hard to walk down College Avenue in Appleton and not see a Mile of Music sign or banner in a window. That's because more than 200 artists will perform all original music in nearly a thousand sets at 70 venues throughout the course of the weekend.

"There's so much music, it's really hard for me to pinpoint one thing you shouldn't miss, so I think those sets at the Grand Ballroom tonight will be some of the highlights of the festival," says Kim Willems from Mile of Music.

The Grand Ballroom sets were originally supposed to be played outside at Houdini Plaza, but with rain in the forecast all weekend, event organizers are working on multiple contingency plans.

According to Kim Willems, "We hope for four days of sunshine every year, but unfortunately it doesn't always happen that way so stay tuned to social media and our website for those updates and our app as well."

The threat of rain forced Wild Adriatic to play inside the Appleton Police Department this afternoon, instead of outside, but that didn't dampen the band's mood. In fact, it looks forward to playing in Appleton and Mile of Music all year long, even as the threesome travels the world.

Drummer Mateo Vosganian says, "The first year we were here, played four or five shows and no one really knew who we were so by the end of the weekend there was a line down the street to get into the club and just kind of became our second home."

While Mile of Music brings not only artists, but music lovers in from around the world, having this level of talent in town appeals a lot to local as well.

Appleton resident Chad Blohowiak adds, "I worked really long days this week just so I could leave early today and leave work early tomorrow just to enjoy the music, so, it's great music, great artists, great event."

Venues will be rocking through Sunday.