Category: Live Music

Door County summers are made for live music! Check out a show in a bar, a sunset concert in the park in almost any village, a professional performance venue, or a concert in a rustic barn. Door County’s live music scene features every genre, local favorites and nationally touring artists.

  • Janet Planet Orbits into Fishstock

    What is Janet’s planet like, you may ask? Well, it involves constellations of finger-snapping jazz numbers and orbits stars such as Nancy Sinatra and Bob Dylan. A voice smoother than the Milky Way and stronger than a supernova permeates the atmosphere. And recently, her orbit intersected with the barnyard stage at Fishstock outside Fish Creek. […]

  • Big Night of Music at Peg Egan PAC Aug. 29

    Get ready to hear some of Door County’s finest touring musicians Aug. 29, 7 pm, during a free concert at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC), 7840 Church Street in Egg Harbor. Singer, songwriter and pianist Eli Mattson catapulted onto the national stage when he appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2008. Drawing inspiration […]

  • Eric Lewis Closes Fishstock’s 2021 Season

    Door County musician Eric Lewis will return to the Fishstock concert series for the first time since 2019 on Sept. 5, 7 pm, and his performance will close out the Fishstock season. Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and records with some of Memphis’ top artists, including Tommy Burroughs, Earl the Pearl and Hi Rhythm. […]

  • Joel Ryan: Musician, Police Officer, Board-Game Designer

    Joel Ryan couldn’t be a more perfect fit for the final music performance outside the Gnoshery board-game cafe as Sturgeon’s Bay’s Under the Stars night-market series comes to an end this summer.  “I’m an avid gamer and aspiring board-game designer,” he said, so an invitation to play by the new game store “was a nerdy […]

  • Blues on the Bay Returns Aug. 28

    Singin’ the Blues Get your slide ready, and open tune your guitar because Blues on the Bay is returning to the Ellison Bay Community Park, 11953 Hwy 42, this Saturday, Aug. 28, 4-8 pm.  This year’s lineup features Door County favorites Mighty Mouth (Pete Thelen, Jay Whitney, Rich Schelk, Paul Sowinski, Pat Judy and Bryan […]

  • Toast the End of Summer at Gibraltar Grill

    Gibraltar Grill ( will host an End of Summer Party on Sept. 5, 4-10 pm. Enjoy picnic-style food service, 4-8 pm, for barbecue ribs, brats, wraps, salads, beer, wine and soda; plus live music by Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns, 6-10 pm. No carry-ins are allowed on the grounds at 3993 Main St. […]

  • Paper Birds Deluxe Debuts at Gould Theater

    On Aug. 29, 2 pm, the folk supergroup Paper Birds will take the stage at Northern Sky’s Gould Theater in Fish Creek. Led by songwriters Katie Dahl and Claudia Russell, Paper Birds also includes Dahl and Russell’s partners, Rich Higdon and Bruce Kaplan. The group will be joined by Memphis multi-instrumentalist Eric Lewis, a first-time-ever […]

  • Groove with Stephen Cooper at Peg Egan

    Stephen Cooper & the Nobody Famous will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Art Center Aug. 22, 7 pm. Sizzling horns, a rhythm section that hits like a jackhammer and guitar that’s as seductive as it is destructive, and at the forefront, Stephen Cooper. Combining rock, R&B, soul, jazz, blues and funk like […]

  • Dead Horses Returns to DCA

    On Aug. 28, 8 pm, indie folk duo Dead Horses will return to the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) main stage. Dead Horses is an intimate, folk duo made up of two close friends: guitarist/singer Sarah Vos and bassist Daniel Wolff. This Milwaukee-based pair weaves together a vibrant patchwork of classic and contemporary influences that connect […]

  • Belgian Musician Performs at Belgian Heritage Center

    The Belgian Heritage Center (BHC) will host Belgian-born singer and cellist Helen Gillet, Aug. 28. Gillet sings in English, French and Walloon. A free meet-and-greet conversation will be held at 4 pm with the concert starting at 6:30 pm. Gillet is known for an eclectic palette that includes avant-garde jazz, French chansons, funk, alternative rock […]

  • Take in the Music on the Water

    Rock the Boat Nothing says summer like live music and a float on the bay. Put these two elements together and you’ve got the perfect way to enjoy an August afternoon. On Aug. 28, 12-2 pm, kayakers and paddleboard enthusiasts are invited to take to the waters of Sturgeon Bay for a floating concert. Feed […]

  • Cat Plan Is The Cat’s Meow

    Acoustic street jazz group will perform at Sturgeon Bay’s Under the Stars Night Market  The Green Bay music group, Cat Plan, calls themselves a “gypsy jazz collective”, and features instrumental jazz tunes both old and new. The street jazz group has planned the purrfect performance between The Gnoshery and Door County Candy on Third Avenue. […]

  • The Creative Friendship of John Hiatt and The Jerry Douglas Band

    Legends Come Together at DCA In the fifth decade of an illustrious career, you might think John Hiatt had already done it all. An acclaimed Nashville recording artist in his own right, Hiatt’s songwriting credits include hits by Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, and many more. His lyrics and melodies […]

  • John Ford Coley Returns to Fishstock Aug. 15

    John Ford Coley is best known as half of the Grammy-nominated duo England Dan & John Ford Coley. Active throughout the 1970s, they released 11 albums and nine singles during their career and stormed the charts with their 1976 single, “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” a No. 2 pop hit and a No. […]

  • Floating Concert at Crossroads Aug. 28

    Kayakers and paddleboard enthusiasts won’t want to miss a floating concert Aug. 28, 12-2 pm, on the waters of Sturgeon Bay when the Appleton-based band Feed the Dog – a high-energy, jam-rock-grass group – performs live from a pontoon boat. The event will begin at the Crossroads at Big Creek kayak launch at The Cove Preserve, […]

  • Cellist Natalie Haas Is Guest Artist at Nordic Fiddlefest

    This summer, Door County will welcome Boston-based Natalie Haas, one of the most sought-after cellists playing traditional music today. She’ll perform as the guest artist for Fiddlefest – alongside regular contributor Vidar Skrede of Norway on Hardanger fiddle and guitar – on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilion. Haas and her long time musical partner, […]

  • Hear the Emotion-Invoking Songwriting of Genevieve Heyward

    Genevieve Heyward is a multi-talented musician whose jazz and opera vocal training was clearly on display during a recent performance in Algoma. That’s a bit of a trek from Washington Island, where she spent a lot of time while growing up and sang with a three-piece jazz band. She also competed in high school jazz […]

  • Pat McCurdy Back for One Night Only

    Do you want to party? Do you love the green and gold? Do you know all the lyrics and dance moves to “Sex and Beer”? Well, you’re in luck because Pat McCurdy will return to the county for one night – Sunday, Aug. 8, 6 pm – to perform at the Cherry Hut, 8813 Hwy 42 […]

  • Stuart Sutter Returns as a Soloist

    All Things Oboe Music permeated the courtyard at The Ginger House during its weekly Thursday concert, but for this performance, there was no guitar amp or sound system, no vocalist, no microphone in sight – just Stuart Sutter playing his oboe, sitting with a music stand among the trees.  Sutter filled the space with timeless […]

  • The Danberrys bring Timeless Americana to Peninsula

    You would be forgiven for thinking this music writer’s opinion of the Nashville-based band The Danberrys is heavily biased. I met the band’s members not long after I moved to Tennessee, and we became fast friends. I have toured as its bass player and backing vocalist all around the United States and New Zealand. Although […]