Holiday Motel Hosts Annual “Dark Songs”

Sturgeon Bay’s famed Holiday Motel will once again host its annual “Dark Songs,” a week of collaborative songwriting, recording, and performances. Over 20 musicians will converge at the Holiday Motel to write music that will be debuted in two live performances over the Halloween weekend.

A mixture of local and worldwide talent will fuel the event, including Door County’s Purgatory Hill, Abnormal Cattle, Dirty Deuce, Corey Carlson, and Jeanne Kuhns, along with imports James Hall, Geri X, Kim Manning, and Johnny Lowebow.

As in Steel Bridge Songfest’s “Construction Zone,” songwriters are challenged to write around a theme. For this event, the theme is “Dark Songs for Halloween.”

The participating musicians will form teams to collaboratively write new songs at the Holiday Motel during “Dark Songs” week. The songs will be recorded in the motel’s in-house studio by world-class engineers Billy Triplett and Steve Hamilton, who will produce Dark Songs For Halloween Vol.2 on-site. The event will culminate in the live debut of the music on Friday, Oct.29 at The Ladder House at 9 pm and Saturday, Oct. 30 at Cherry Lanes at 9 pm.

Each show costs $5. Members of the community will also be invited to contribute a short performance or other art piece to the event. If interested, contact pat mAcdonald or melaniejane via email at [email protected].

The Holiday Motel & Recording Studio is located at 30 N 1st Ave in downtown Sturgeon Bay. For more information and/or reservations, call 920.743.5571 or visit For more information about “Dark Songs” visit