APPLETON-People are still picking up the pieces after Wednesday's storms, but in Appleton the Mile of Music is proving the show must go on. The city’s new four-day music festival centered on College Avenue started Thursday.
The festival got off without a hitch despite hiccups from the storms and bands are performing at venues large and small up and down College Avenue.
Downtown Appleton is full of music. It’s a change of pace from chainsaws and generators. This is the Mile of Music, which got off the ground Thursday despite power outages Wednesday.
“The other night when it happened I thought, ‘oh my god, power outage,’ but I think we may have dodged a bullet with the timing," said organizer Dave Willems.
Visitors told FOX 11 they’re happy for a positive distraction.
“I think a lot of people who had damage done to their houses can come and take a nice break here," said Jacob Shoberjg of Appleton.
More than 100 bands both local and from across the country are in town.
“Not too many towns I love like my hometown and to see it teeming with art and people smiling is like pretty great," said hometown boy, organizer and recording artist Cory Chisel who, himself, couldn’t even get through the door at Cleo’s for Lucas Cates.
“’No, you can’t come in,’ and I was like, ‘I booked this band!’ But that’s a great problem to have.," said Chisel.
Organizers told us original music is the emphasis of this festival. Cover songs are discouraged.
"The idea is to come and learn and explore and find out who the best bands are from thee different parts of the country that you’ve never heard of because they haven’t made it big yet,' said Willems.
Performers told us it’s refreshing.
“This is really great to be a part of an event that’s so centered around musicians and what they’re bringing as artists," said Trevor Jarvis of the Hillary Reynolds Band.
So far, visitors told us they’re enjoying it.
“It’s really great to see all the bands here. I haven’t heard all the music before so it’s nice to get some new music coming in here," said Schoberjg.
Most of the performances are free over the next few days. However, there are some features at Lawrence University which cost around 15 dollars.
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