APPLETON – We’re about three weeks from the sixth takeover of downtown by Mile of Music.
As go-time nears, festival organizers have settled in on what’s likely to be the final 200-plus acts that’ll play to thousands Aug. 2-5 for Mile 6 (give or take a few last-minute add-ons and fall-offs).
After a few additions and subtractions, the lineup of all original artists stands at 209. If you throw in the Mile of Music education team, the number is 237.
The last batch of additions to the festival lineup are Julia Haltigan, Paul Childers, Matt Blake, B. Lilly, Tae, Tarl Knight, Maggie Thorn, Jackie Rae Daniels, Asumaya, Jack T. Russell, Ben Vanden Boogaard, Horace Greene, More Then Merry, Michael Grabner, Strange Americans and Desert Noises.
Pulling out of the festival for various reasons are FEATherWOLF, the Travel Guide, KATEBLOOD and AJ Ghent [ j-ent ].
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Late last week the festival also saw the release of its preliminary performance schedule. It includes more than 900 performances over the festival’s Thursday through Sunday run, including 40 interactive events put on by the music education team.
The big opening night shows in Houdini Plaza — which are put on in conjunction with the Heid Music Summer Concert Series — will feature performances by Zane Carney (5 p.m.), Bishop Gunn (6:15 p.m.), the Sea the Sea (7:30 p.m.), LOLO (8:45 p.m.) and Wilderado (10 p.m.).
Festival co-founder Cory Chisel has two slots on the schedule. One is 6 p.m. Aug. 4 and the other is 5 p.m. Aug. 5. The second show is the roundtable-style farewell he’s hosted each year.
For the full Mile 6 schedule, head to mileofmusic.com. It’ll continue to be adjusted through the festival.
For those unable to wait the full three weeks before the start of the festival, Mile of Music will put on a free show in Houdini Plaza on July 20. The Mile of Music Rocks the Plaza show features Los Colognes and Boy Named Banjo and begins at 6:30 p.m.