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.

  • This Weekend in Door County: Harvest Festivals and Very Stinky Cheese

    Harvest Fest in Sturgeon Bay Usher in the spirit of autumn with a bountiful day on Third Avenue. Features include a classic car show, craft show, food booths, in-store specials, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Visit here for the full schedule. Chalk the Bay will take place during the festival as well. Three professional chalk […]

  • Making the World a Better Place

    Shemekia Copeland’s son changed the direction of her music Shemekia Copeland – who will bring her band to the Door Community Auditorium Sept. 21 – joked that she became a beauty pageant contestant upon the birth of her son two and a half years ago. “I was 38 years old when I had him. You […]

  • Swingin’ Door Big Band Debuts!

    The Swingin’ Door Big Band – part of the Peninsula Symphonic Band program – will debut Oct. 24 at Maxwelton Braes in Baileys Harbor. During the ’90s, the Peninsula Jazz Band performed for various functions, and now that music has returned. “It is extremely exciting to work with this group of exceptional musicians in recreating that unique […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Begins Second Season

    The acclaimed Griffon String Quartet will open its second full season as Midsummer’s Music’s resident ensemble with a free performance at Green Bay’s igNight Market on Sept. 21, 7:30 pm, performing previews of pieces it will perform during the upcoming season, which runs through May 2020. The Griffon String Quartet was formed in the fall […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Kicks Off Autumn Festivities with Harvest Fest

    Friday, Sept. 20 6 pm: Second annual Classic Car Parade, sponsored by the Old Bolts Car Club. The parade will start at Tractor Supply on Egg Harbor Road and end at the Lodge at Leathem Smith.  Dusk: The City of Sturgeon Bay and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will screen Disney’s Hocus Pocus in Martin […]

  • Eli Mattson Celebrates Solo CD with Intimate Concerts

    Singer and pianist Eli Mattson, who stepped into the national limelight with his meteoric rise on America’s Got Talent a decade ago, will play concerts on Oct. 11 and 12, both at 7 pm, at Studio 330, 330 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. They will celebrate his new solo CD, which Hans Christian at […]

  • World-Class Native Americana Music Coming to DCA

    Don’t miss Wade Fernandez and Bill Miller – two internationally known leaders in the world of contemporary Native Americana music – on Sept. 28, 7 pm, at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA). The performance by these two Wisconsin musical legends in a one-of-a-kind double bill is part of DCA’s fall Blues, Roots, and American Stories series. Fernandez […]

  • Last Man Standing at Lautenbach’s Sept. 21

    Northern Door has hosted many acoustic jam sessions, out of which emerged the bluegrass band Last Man Standing ( During the past six years, the band has evolved into its current membership of five seasoned musicians playing fiddle, guitar(s), mandolin and banjo(s). Last Man Standing will perform at Lautenbach’s Orchard Fall Festival on Sept. 21, […]

  • You Can Still Watch and Hear Sold-Out Farm Aid

    For only the second time in its 34-year history, the Farm Aid Festival is being held in Wisconsin – at Alpine Valley on Sept. 21. The fest’s 25th anniversary was held at Miller Park in 2010. It’s returning to the state this year because of the dairy crisis that has caused Wisconsin farmers to lead the […]

  • Cathy Grier Headlines First DCA Show

    When blues artist Cathy Grier moved to Wisconsin three years ago, she hit the ground running. Though she arrived with a 40-year music career behind her – busking in New York City subways, writing hit songs in Paris and starting a record company (to name just a few experiences) – she wasn’t ready to slow down. […]

  • Culture Club: A New Residency: The Griffon String Quartet

    by Allyson Fleck, Executive Director and Assistant Artistic Director, Midsummer’s Music  Please join me in celebrating the first anniversary of the Griffon String Quartet, the resident string quartet of Midsummer’s Music. Hopefully you – or your children – have already met its members at one of the 80 events they’ve already played in area schools, […]

  • Katie Dahl Releases New ‘Wildwood’ Album

    Door County creatives are often inspired by the deep, familial roots that brought them there, and Katie Dahl found hers in her grandmother’s 80-page, self-published autobiography. Wildwood, released today, is heavily inspired by those type-written family tales. The fifth song on the album, “Good Northern Ground,” was the one that really kicked off this journey […]

  • Steven Wente to Perform Organ Concert at Shepherd of the Bay

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church will present – and Steven Wente will perform – the church’s last organ concert of the summer Sept. 21, 7 pm. The program will include works by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Joel Martinson, Felix Mendelssohn and more. A reception will follow the concert. Steven Wente is a distinguished professor of […]

  • American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition at UW-Green Bay

    The American International Czech and Slovak Voice Competition will return to UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center Oct. 11-13, with free, public performances beginning at 10 am each day in Fort Howard Hall.  The international competition is hosted every two years with the support of Sarah Meredith, among others. The UW-GB professor is the event’s founder and […]

  • Shemekia Copeland and Ranky Tanky at DCA

    The Door Community Auditorium will present a one-of-a-kind double bill as part of its Blues, Roots and American Stories series Sept. 21, 7 pm, when powerhouse singer Shemekia Copeland will take the stage with South Carolina quintet Ranky Tanky, which performs American Gullah music with a twist. Copeland sings like no one else, whether she’s […]

  • Song Writing and Live Music with Christa Wells

    Christa Wells will share an evening of live music Sept. 20, 7 pm, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. She will also lead a song-writing workshop for children and youth, 4-5 pm. Space is limited for the workshop, so call ahead. A free-will donation will support […]

  • Ben Harold Brings Rock, Folk and Soul during Two Shows

    Milwaukee-based singer/songwriter Ben Harold ( and his band will be playing two shows in Door County: Sept. 13, 8-11 pm, at Cherry Lanes Arcade Bar in Sturgeon Bay; and Sept. 14, 6-9 pm, at Mojo Rosa’s in Egg Harbor. Both shows are free.The rock, folk and soul five-piece band is touring in support of its […]

  • This Weekend in Door: Fall Challenge, AleFest & Wet Whistle Wine Fest

    Peninsula Century Fall Challenge The annual cycling event will take 700 riders along rustic roads and scenic vistas in Northern Door. Riders begin at Waterfront Park in Sister Bay where they will embark on a 25, 50, 62 or 100 mile. Riders return to a meal from Thyme Catering, a beer from One Barrel or […]

  • Sister Bay Fall Festival 2019 (Oct. 18 – 20)

    Celebrate the 70th Sister Bay Fall Festival Oct. 14 – 16, 2016 with live music, children’s activities, great food and drink, parade, and much more!

  • Heyward and Trana Create a Transatlantic Music Adventure

    Two notable names in Door County’s music scene have joined forces to bring a new project to fruition. On June 1, percussionist and producer Marcus Trana of Painted Recordings and Americana artist Genevieve Heyward released a new single and music video (by Cody LaCrosse of Tandem Photography). An EP is planned for a couple of […]