Listen Up!: Live Music This Independence Day

You won’t have to look hard to find music in the week ahead as Door County rocks out to celebrate Independence Day before, during and after the fourth.

Here are just a few highlights coming your way. Check out our events calendar in print and online at to get a full slate of music, whether you’re looking for a chill afternoon acoustic set or a late-night groove session. 

July 1

Kick things off Saturday under the tent on the shore at the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor with longtime county favorites Big Moth and the Power Tool Horns. This blend of rock, soul and funk never disappoints. Grab a lawn chair and enjoy the view from 5-9 pm. 

If you’re up north, The Third Wheels are a must-listen at Stabbur Beer Garden in Sister Bay. From 7-10 pm they’ll get you dancing and singing along to a wide range of pop and rock covers. 

If you want a show outside the bar scene turn to the Door Community Auditorium for a night with Celebrated American troubadour Martin Sexton and multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist KT Tunstall for an incredible evening of music. 

Masters of Soul. Submitted.

July 2

The holiday energy heats up on Sunday evening when the roots and reggae rockers from Unity take to the stage at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.

If you find yourself in Egg Harbor and want to take in music with a sunset backdrop, you’ll want to head up the hill to the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (it’s more of a stage than a center, but whatever you want to call it, it’s home to a great time!). On this night it will be swinging with Masters of Soul performing a tribute to the great Motown groups starting at 7 pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks for a  great family evening on the lawn.

Modern Day Drifters. File photo by Len Villano.

July 3

As Egg Harbor preps for its fireworks show, the boys from Modern Day Drifters will entertain at Harbor View Park. They’ll bring their mix of country and classic rock to the park at 5 pm. 

Unity is keeping busy this week! They head north to Sister Bay on Monday night for a show at The Garage at Husby’s from 7-10 pm. 

Unity. File photo by Rachel Lukas.

July 4

Baileys Harbor gets the parades rolling at 10 am, and once you’re done reveling in the crowds you can head to Kendall Park to rock with Glas Hamr from 11 am – 4 pm. 

If you roll to the afternoon parade in Egg Harbor, you can head to Casey’s after the last float to listen to live music and a beautiful view of the bay as the rockers from Overburden play away the afternoon from 2-5 pm. 

Those aiming to keep clear of the parading crowd can soak in the soul from Zephyr Ciesar at Peach Barn in Sister Bay from 3-6 pm. 

Finally, you can finish your musical revelry down in Sturgeon Bay as Unity (yes, they’re playing again!) plays their annual show at Sunset Park from 6 pm until the fireworks start exploding in the sky at dusk. 

Pat McKillen. Submitted.

Coming Up

This run of great music won’t stop when the fireworks are over. Later in the week we’re looking forward to the return of flatpicker extraordinaire Eric Lewis as he plays an album release show at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor at 7 pm. Then on Friday, July 7, Pat McKillen returns to Peach Barn where the lead singer of the Dave Mathews tribute band Trippin’ Billies will play a special 2-set solo show in the beer garden from 3-6 pm and 7-10 pm.