Mile of Music: The First 50

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Mile of Music organizers announced “the First 50” artists who will perform at this year’s festival, occurring August 3-6. The announcement took place April 20 during a special event at OuterEdge Stage in downtown Appleton.

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The original music festival showcases hundreds of artists with musical backgrounds from roots and indie rock to country, soul, R&B, jazz and folk. Mile 5 will offer nearly 1,000 live performances by 225 singer-songwriters, duos and groups in 70 venues throughout Appleton’s downtown and riverfront.

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The First 50 represent artists from 19 states and three countries including Mile of Music veterans such as LOLO (Jackson, TN), Wild Adriatic (Albany, NY) and Swear and Shake (Nashville, TN) as well as many first-timers like San Fermin (Brooklyn, NY), Ron Gallo (Nashville,TN) and Cat Clyde (Ontario, Canada). Another grouping of artists will be announced next week, with artists being added to the lineup until the full schedule release in late June.

The First 50:

Cat Clyde Stratford, Ontario CANADA Blues / Jazz
San Fermin Brooklyn NY Indie Rock
Campdogzz Chicago IL Indie Rock
Terra Lightfoot Hamilton, Ontario CANADA Roots Rock
Octave Lissner Paris FRANCE Blues Rock
Liz Cooper & The Stampede Nashville TN Folk / Psychedelic Rock
Diane Coffee Los Angeles CA Psychedelic Motown
Boy Named Banjo Nashville TN Americana / Roots
Valley Queen Los Angeles CA Folk / Soul / Rock
Dylan LeBlanc Shreveport LA Americana / Folk / Rock
Smooth Hound Smith Nashville TN Blues / Folk / Soul
Ron Gallo Nashville TN Punk / Garage
Christopher the Conquered Des Moines IA Interstellar Soul
Andrew Leahey & the Homestead Nashville TN American Rock & Roll
Molly Bush Nashville TN Folk
Maybe April Nashville TN Country / Americana
Harpooner Nashville TN 70s Pop
The Vegabonds Nashville TN Rock
Beach Tiger Charleston SC Indie-Rock
Wild Fur Durham NC Pop / Rock / Soul
The Kernal Jackson TN Country
The Artisanals Charleston SC Rock
The Still Tide Denver CO Indie-Rock
Frederick The Younger Louisville KY Pop / Rock
High Up Omaha NE Soul
Captain Ivory Nashville TN Rock
The High Divers Charleston SC Americana / Rock
Suck the Honey Cincinnati OH Rock
Slothrust Brooklyn MA Indie-Rock / Blues
Fast Romantics Toronto, Ontario CANADA Pop/Rock
The Kickback Chicago IL Alternative Rock
JC Brooks Chicago IL Post Punk Soul
Desert Noises Provo UT Indie-Rock
Quiet Hollers Louisville KY Indie-Rock
Mo Lowda & The Humble Philadelphia PA Alternative Rock
LOLO Jackson TN Rock / Alternative
The Dove and The Wolf Philadelphia PA Pop / Indie-Rock
Swear and Shake Nashville TN Americana
Wild Adriatic Albany NY Rock
Kristin Diable New Orleans LA Rock / Americana / Soul
Motherfolk Cincinnati OH Indie Rock
Me Like Bees Joplin MO Indie / Alternative
Jamie Kent Nashville TN Americana
Sun Parade Northampton MA Sun-Soaked Rock
Dan Rodriguez Minneapolis MN Americana / Soul
The Noise FM Chicago IL Indie Rock
Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts Rockford IL Rock / Pop
Tenement Appleton WI Punk
Raquel Rodriguez Los Angeles CA Soul / R&B
The Lowest Pair Olympia WA Country

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Mile 5 will creatively utilize several venues to help offset the loss of its largest outdoor location, Jones Park, which is currently undergoing expo center construction. This includes the addition of the large-capacity Fox Communities Stage at the Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, as well as the addition of the Empire Room in the lower-level of the hotel, which will be themed “The Underground” during Thursday and Friday of the festival. There will also be significantly more music and showcases at Lawrence Memorial Chapel, Stansbury Theater and Houdini Plaza.

Festival Co-Founder Cory Chisel and Oshkosh Corporation president and CEO Wilson Jones announced a partnership for a charitable program called “Feed the Body, Feed the Soul.” Chisel’s Refuge Foundation, Oshkosh Corporation and Fox Communities Credit Union are curating a Friday-Saturday-Sunday experience at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center that will be embedded within Mile of Music. Each day will feature musical guests, visual art, and speakers while raising money for “Feed the Body, Feed the Soul.”

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The four-day, multi-venue downtown festival is presented by Tundraland Home Improvements. Updates on the festival can be found on the Mile of Music social media channels and online at

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