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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.

  • Local Talent Showcased at Ladder House

    Upper Midwest Music showcased a trio of acoustic artists at the Ladder House in Sturgeon Bay May 7. The lineup included local talent Rick Younglove, Mojo Perry (Appleton), and Eli August (Madison).

  • Reggaebilly Soulgrass

    If it’s later than 5:00 pm and the Door County snow has melted, chances are that somewhere – not too far away – Nick Steingart is making music. Follow the sound of mandolins, violins, banjos, guitars and harmonicas; join the crowd, sit back and enjoy the show. For many locals, the first spotting of Steingart’s […]

  • So That’s Where It Stands On That Front, Anyway

    There’s always a good reason to go to Washington Island:  an afternoon at Schoolhouse Beach, a bike ride on the back roads, the ferry ride itself – travelling through Porte des Morts and crossing that magical buffer between real life and island life. But the best reason I’ve had lately is to enjoy breakfast with […]

  • Door County’s Piano Man

    The week before Eli Mattson decided to audition for America’s Got Talent, he applied for a cashiering job at Family Video. He has always been interested in film, and besides, the advertisement said that they were hiring “friendly and talented people.” He didn’t get the job. “Maybe I should have been discouraged,” he says, but […]

  • Pulse Photo Poll

    “Jerry Volker and the Jolly Gents. They played a polka pajama party in 1995 at the Wagon Trail Resort. It was pretty great.” ~ Paul Wanish

    “That time that Van Halen played the Door Community Auditorium…they rocked it.

  • Steel Bridge Songfest: The Best of the Construction Zone

    For three years, the Construction Zone has accompanied Steel Bridge Songfest. In the zone, festival songwriters hunker down to collaborate on songs using the steel bridge as a metaphor.

  • Preserving, Sustaining, Entertaining: Steel Bridge Songfest 5

    For some it’s a homecoming, for others it’s a new home. They come from all across the country, and beyond. The Steel Bridge Songfest, and the accompanying Construction Zone songwriting project, brings artists from all over to Sturgeon Bay to rock the city for a solid week each June.

  • The Venues of Summer: 2009

    AC Tap
    9322 Highway 57, Baileys Harbor
    920.839.2426

    Steve, the owner of the Tap, has never charged a cover for a show – something he’s actually very proud of.

  • Summer Music Preview 2009

    One of the best things about Door County is the concept of finding something you weren’t expecting and then making it your own – even if you’ve lived here for a long time and foolishly think you’ve seen (and heard) everything.

  • The Bands of Summer: 2009

    Adam Mackintosh and the Last Dancers

    A straight-up four-piece rock band fronted by singer/songwriter Adam Mackintosh, the music of The Last Dancers has been compared to The Kinks, David Bowie, Big Star, and late-period John Lennon.

  • Copperbox at SteelBridge Songfest. Photo by Len Villano

    Gearing up for Steel Bridge: Festival has its issues, but we err when we lose sight of its benefits

    Steel Bridge Songfest doesn’t officially start until Thursday night, but artists have already begun to arrive for the Construction Zone songwriting workshop. While most of the musicians coming to Sturgeon

  • Steel Bridge Songfest ‘09: June 11 – 14

    Confirmed Acts:  Jane Wiedlin of the GO-GOs; Eric McFadden and Kim Manning of P-FUNK; Louise Goffin, daughter of Carole King; Freedy Johnston; James McMurtry

    Steel Bridge Pub Crawl
    June 11 – 13:  From 9 pm – 2 am nightly, artists hit Sturgeon Bay’s bars, coffee houses, and patios.

  • Steel Bridge Songfest ’09: June 11 – 14

    Confirmed Acts:  Jane Wiedlin of the GO-GOs; Eric McFadden and Kim Manning of P-FUNK; Louise Goffin, daughter of Carole King; Freedy Johnston; James McMurtry

    Steel Bridge Pub Crawl
    June 11 – 13:  From 9 pm – 2 am nightly, artists hit Sturgeon Bay’s bars, coffee houses, and patios.

  • Player/Kommander Returns to The Hitching Post

    Birmingham, Alabama’s Player/Kommander make their return to The Hitching Post for a night of superstar stadium rock on Saturday, June 6 at midnight.

  • Songwriter Showcase Friday

    Adam Mackintosh and Anna Sacks, stalwart promoters of Door County’s local music scene, bring their <a style="color: #000000;" href="http://www.

  • Steel Bridge Songfest ‘09

    Steel Bridge Songfest ‘09
    June 11 – 14

    Confirmed Acts:  Jane Wiedlin of the GO-GOs; Eric McFadden and Kim Manning of P-FUNK; Louise Goffin, daughter of Carole King; Freedy Johnston

    June 11:  Artists hit Sturgeon Bay’s bars, coffee houses, and patios in the evening.

  • Steel Bridge Songfest Profile: Delaney Davidson

    Delaney Davidson
    www.myspace.com/delaneyfdavidson

    Hometown:  New Zealand
    Worth Noting:  Davidson toured the U.

  • Taking It to the Bridge: Steel Bridge Songfest

    Door County’s reputation as a haven for the arts is strong and far-reaching; each year, the peninsula lures countless artists and non-artists alike with its vibrant art and music scene. But long before the days of galleries, potteries, and outdoor theaters, visitors were drawn to the peninsula by its vital position in the Great Lakes, […]

  • Songwriter Showcase Rocks Steady at The Outpost

    The Songwriter Showcase has found a new home in Egg Harbor at The Door County Outpost. With two very successful late-winter nights under their belt, hosts Adam Mackintosh and Anna Sacks head into the months of spring very excited.

  • Songwriter Showcase Branches Out

    The Songwriter Showcase, started in Sturgeon Bay at Café Launch in Sept., 2007, has become an innovative leader in the realm of the traditional open-mic.