FCM staff members share the acts they won’t be missing at Mile 4.
Jill Ziesemer, art director
The Duo – Kyle Megna and Dave LeBlanc
Because: Just great vocals, especially on acoustic numbers. And I like the hometown musicians.
Because: Did you hear that commercial John Wheelock did with Fox Communities Credit Union? He’s from Kaukauna, has played with Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons and Kyle Megna and the Monsoons and now has his own group (J-Council). Plus – that voice!
Because: A) Their sound is chill like a drink in my hand and bare feet. B) They are mixed generation (AKA there’s an old guy with a bunch of young‘ins)
Amelia Compton Wolff, senior editor
New Age Narcissism
As the headliner for MoM’s first-ever hip-hop showcase, my expectations are high for New Age Narcissism. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls them “the biggest musical powerhouse operating in Milwaukee.” The collective of rap and R&B artists has been gaining both local and national attention for their rambunctious, collaborative shows.
Full disclosure: The bassist is my brother. But objectively speaking, Dead Horses is just a damn good band. Singer-songwriter Sarah Vos wears her heart on her sleeve and that vulnerability comes through so sweetly on numerous tracks from their forthcoming album, Cartoon Moon, to be released in September. See them live and you will know this is more than just sisterly pride.
MoM founder Cory Chisel has teamed up with Nashville singer-songwriters Robert Ellis and Johnny Fritz to form Traveller, a highly anticipated supergroup to perform at Mile 4. Check them out on Saturday in Houdini Plaza from 4:20-5:10 p.m. You best get there early – this is one show that is getting lots of hype.
The back garage space at 513 W. College Avenue is being transformed into a legit sideshow complete with glass walking, bar bending and general acts of craziness. With three free performances on Saturday evening, audiences should be prepared for the oddest show around. The location is near Fox River House which is good because a post-performance drink to decompress may be required.
Stop in the Storycatchers recording booth in the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center to share your memories and stories from the Mile and beyond. Participants record their stories live and have the opportunity to walk out with them in their hands. Open Booth hours: Friday and Saturday 2-6pm.
Fox Communities Credit Union’s Bike to the Beat is a collaborative community event that coincides with Mile of Music (Saturday morning). Riders have four different ride-lengths to choose from: 10, 20, 36, or 48 miles, all of which show off the Fox Cities to the fullest. Proceeds benefit myTEAM TRIUMPH-WISCONSIN CHAPTER.