As for what to expect from the performance, Waters jokes, “Well, that would give away the secret.” If one thing is certain, however, there will be new faces on the concert stage this summer who are determined to bring the local fans what they want.
Amy Doty, lead vocalist of Road Trip, also extended her gratitude to supporters and the Heid Summer Concert Series. “If you can imagine the perfect summer day, that is what this show is — relaxed, families, food, drinks, dancing, singing; lots of smiles and great people,” says Doty. Road Trip performs tonight for the fourth time at the concert series, taking the stage in Jones Park at 5:30 p.m.
Many downtown businesses are accommodating concertgoers by keeping their doors open late into Thursday evening. The Corner Shoppe, Joseph’s Shoes, Miativity Room and many more will be open until 8 p.m. or later. This provides multiple options outside of the concert venue and highlights the widespread community initiative that goes into making the event a success.
Additional amenities include food and beverages provided by local bars and restaurants. Vendors also are available during every concert with everything from Muncheez Pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs to smoothies and other desserts.
The series is held in two locations this summer: Houdini Plaza and Jones Park. Houdini Plaza’s central location provides easy access for everyone in downtown Appleton, while Jones Park is utilized for larger concerts. Each concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and concludes by 8:30 p.m. every Thursday night through August. The upcoming lineup is as follows:
July 3 The Traveling Suitcase & Eric Lives Here
July 10 The Glam Band
July 17 The Love Monkeys
July 24 Half Empty
All four performances are held in Houdini Plaza. For the entire lineup of bands this summer, visit appletondowntown.org.
—By Reid Trier