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Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center News

The Heart and Soul of Music in Door County

Promises of a warm, dry summer are on the horizon – perfect weather for enjoying and dancing to the rhythms of Sturgeon Bay’s entertaining music scenes. Whether your toes tap to the sounds of rock or country, classical, reggae, jazz or hip hop, musicians from across the nation and beyond make their way to Sturgeon Bay to perform. Sturgeon Bay hosts festivals, concerts and music series, some free to the public, others ticketed for exclusive access, so be sure to check our community calendar for updates through the summer. Bring your friends, family and dancing shoes and take time to revel in the sights and sounds of Sturgeon Bay’s entertainment experiences!

Harmony by the Bay

Kick back and relax on beautiful summer evenings and enjoy live music in Martin Park at Sturgeon Bay’s weekly free summer concert series – Harmony By the Bay! The stage is 2 blocks from the scenic canal in downtown Sturgeon Bay, making for breathtaking sunset backdrops during the concerts.

The free concerts are Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, June 14 through August 23. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets! Please support local non-profit groups selling food and drinks during the concerts, and don’t carry-in food. If it's rainy, the concert will be held at the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department at 421 Michigan Street (enter from Market Square parking lot). Call the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center for additional information at 800-301-6695 or email vacation@sturgeonbay.net.

June 14— Glas Hamr

Favorite local rockers, Glas Hamr, will kick off the series with some classic rock!

June 21 — Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama

Jimmy Nick’s high energy Blues and Rock-N-Roll, along with his back up band, Don’t Tell Mama, captivates audiences and forges instant fans.

June 28 — Spice

These local crowd favorites hit the stage with all of your favorite hits from the 50’s through the 90’s.

July 5 — Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience

Two time Grammy winner, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful careers.

July 12 — Doozey

Doozey is a four piece rock band from Appleton, WI, finishing in the top 10 in America is the 2012 Summerfest Battle of the Bands competition.

July 19 —Katz Sass

A modern day, high energy Blues band from Milwaukee, WI.

July 26—Chicago Farmer

To call him a folk singer or categorize Chicago Farmer as a singer/songwriter, either wouldn’t be wrong. It might, however, not accentuate his commanding poetic voice and the passion behind his storytelling.

August 2 — Snowbirds

A highly melodic and heartfelt slice of pop-flavored Americana.

August 9 — Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns

Door County favorites since the 90’s, Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns present an eclectic mix of blues and jazz with both original and cover songs.

August 16 — Unity

Award-winning original roots reggae group, Unity, credits the influences of rock, roots, blues, funk, and reggae for the creation of their own unique sound. After releasing five albums, Unity’s Wisconsin fan base continues to grow extensively regionally as well as globally.

August 23— The Jimmy’s

The Jimmys are one hard act to follow at a Blues Festival! They are truly a wall of rhythm and blues sound. They’ve got it all—songs, musicianship, and showmanship! Great guys with great sounds.

Writer’s Night

Musicians, jokesters, and poets unite each Thursday night for an open mic celebration of original work at the Holiday Music Motel. Spectators and performers are welcome, and there’s no cost for admission.

To receive additional information, visit the Holiday Music Motel website or call 920-743-5571.

Burning Cow Music Festival

Enjoy three days of live music, July 27-29, showcasing numerous bands from across the nation and beyond. The first festival of its kind in Door County, Burning Cow is an outdoor, on-site camping, all-ages music festival taking place on 40 privately owned acres located just north of Sturgeon Bay. The focus of the event is to bring emerging and established rock, bluegrass, Alt Country, and jam bands to Door County.

Delectable food will be available including award-winning barbecue by Chef T. Bacon as well as craft beers and non-alcoholic beverage options. The festival will culminate with, as the name suggests, the burning of a 30-ft wooden cow on Saturday, July 29! Tickets and more info are currently available at burningcowfestival.com.

Music Around the City

Bring your dancing shoes when you come to Sturgeon Bay this summer. The city rocks with live music both indoors and outside in the sunshine! Whichever side of town you are on, keep this list of venues close at hand to add a bit of fun to your vacation.

5th and Jefferson Coffeehouse

For music schedule: 5thandjefferson.com or call 920-746-1719

Brick Lot Pub & Grill

For music schedule: bricklotpub.com/events
Or call 920-743-9339

Door Peninsula Winery

For music schedule: dcwine.com
Or call 920-743-7431

Kitty O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

For music schedule: kittyoreillys.com/entertainment
Or call 920-743-7441

Ministry Door County Medical Center

“Celebrate Community” Summer Concert Series
All concerts are free and take place in the hospital green space on 16th Place.
Or call 920-493-5979

Sherwood Point Grill

For music schedule: sherwoodpointgrill.com
Or call 920-743-9814

Sonny’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria

For music schedule: sonnyspizzeria.com/live-music
Or call 920-743-2300

Stone Harbor Restaurant and Pub

For music schedule: stoneharbor-resort.com
Or call 920-746-0700

Waterfront Mary’s Bar and Grill

For music schedule: facebook.com/WaterfrontMarysBarandGrill/events
Or call 920-743-3690