Live Performances This Week in Downtown Appleton

Lunchtime Live Concert @ Houdini Plaza Aug. 21, 11:30-1:00pm:

Featuring: Blake Welhouse. Grab takeout, bring your own lunch or buy from onsite vendors. (Inclement weather location = Copper Rock Coffee)

Heid Music Summer Concerts @ Houdini Plaza Aug. 21, 5:30-8:30pm:

Featuring:  Rooftop Jumpers with The Lately opening.  Live music, on site food vendors and your favorite beverages!  (Inclement weather location = MillCreek

Deja Vu Martini Lounge Weekly Specials:

Open Mic Night Mondays at 8pm, Live Band Karaoke Tuesdays at 8pm, and Live Music at 9pm. No cover!  featuring: Travis Schinke on 8/21.

Music on the Spatio @ Spats:

Featuring: Randy Funk (Eclectic Singer Songwriter) 6-9pm on 8/21 and On 2 7-10pm on 8/23

Karaoke @ Rookie’s Sports Bar & Grill Aug 23, 9pm:

Join us for Karaoke with Melodies ‘n Mayhem 9pm-1am. 

Apple Jam Open Mic @ Jack’s Apple Pub every Sunday 9pm:

Appleton’s longest running open mic. There is no cover charge.

Students of Erin Krebs Perform @ Harmony Cafe Aug. 20, 4-5pm:

Students perform for their families and the public in a fun and informal setting. 

Drum Circle at Harmony Cafe Aug. 22, 4-6pm:

This drum circle is open to everyone, of any experience level. Drums are provided but if you have one please bring it.

Open Mind Night @ Harmony Cafe Aug 22, 6-9pm:

Poetry, music of all genres, dance, comedy, etc. All talents, all ages welcome! Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday Music Lounge @ Harmony Cafe Aug. 23, 12-1pm:

Featuring: Jim Anger – a singer-songwriter, guitar picker, banjo-plunker, and harmonica blower who loves most of all to sing for and with kids!

Harmony Live @ Harmony Cafe Aug. 23, 6:30-8:30pm:

Featuring: Kari Arnett – an indie/folk artist and Ben Vanden Boogaard – singer/songwriter playing acoustic pop/folk.

Music @ the Library Aug. 25, 6:30-7:30pm:

Featuring Ben VandenBoogaard performing a blend of acoustic pop with folk influences. Families welcome. Free admission. 

Upcoming Shows at The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center:

Purchase tickets now plus groups of 10 or more save money on most performances!  Reserve your group tickets online or call the group sales dept. at (920) 730-3786.

Downtown Appleton Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Valley Transit Partners with Mile of Music to Offer Mini Concerts on the Bus

fullcolor_connectingValley Transit has partnered with Mile of Music, the handcrafted artisan music festival coming to Appleton August 7- 10, to offer mini concerts on the bus.

The Mile of Music band wagon, a specially-wrapped Valley Transit bus, will operate Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. and feature 40+ free mini concerts. The 15-minute route begins at Heid Music (308 E. College Ave.) and travels along College Avenue from Lawrence Chapel to State Street and connects with regular Valley Transit bus routes at the Transit Center. The main boarding location for musicians and passengers will be at Heid Music but festival goers can hop on the band wagon along the route by waving to the driver to let them know they want to catch a ride.

Mini-concerts have been scheduled at the top of every hour (:00) the bus is operating and festival organizers expect the open concert slots at the bottom of the hour (:30) to fill up quickly in the next few days.

Valley Transit also participated in last year’s Mile of Music festival. “We’re thrilled to be a traveling venue again this year,” stated Valley Transit General Manager, Deborah Wetter. “Last year’s event was a great success and we hear that bands were requesting to get back on the bus this year.” Ms. Wetter added that Valley Transit’s participation in festivals like Mile of Music are another opportunity to expose people to the benefits of public transportation. Musicians seem to like the bus as well. In the past year, Valley Transit buses have been featured in several promotional pieces for local bands including posters for Cool Waters Band and Insight on Business magazine’s July cover story on Mile of Music.

Upcoming Live Performances in Downtown Appleton

521689_10150735689244259_866206057_nHere’s a list of a few of the many live performances happening in our downtown!

Deja Vu Martini Lounge Weekly Specials:

Open Mic Night Mondays at 8pm, Live Band Karaoke Tuesdays at 8pm, and Live Music at 9pm. No cover!  featuring: Jordin Baas on 7/31 and Mr. Tallpants & The Shorts on 8/1.


Music on the Spatio @ Spat’s:

Featuring: Kris Charais and Friends (Jazz) 6-9p on 7/30, Roger Jokela 6-9pm on 7/31, and the Frantzke’s (contemporary mix with some bluegrass) on 8/2.


Apple Jam Open Mic at Jack’s Apple Pub every Sunday 9pm:

Appleton’s longest running open mic. There is no cover charge. 


Lunchtime Live Concert @ Houdini Plaza July 31, 11:30-1:00pm:

Featuring: Tom Winch. Grab takeout, bring your own lunch or buy from onsite vendors. (Inclement weather location = Copper Rock Coffee)

Check out the new Dr. Suess inspired hat on top of the Trout Museum of Art!


Heid Music Summer Concerts @ JONES PARK July 31 5:30-8:30pm:

Featuring:  Cool Waters Band with opener Bad Habitz.  Live music, on site food vendors and your favorite beverages!  (Inclement weather location = MillCreek


Appleton Rock School concert @ Harmony Cafe July 31, 7:30-9pm:

Band students perform real concerts in front of real audiences. For more information about Rock School call: 920-968-9773

The Listening Party with The Lately @ Chadwick’s Bar Aug. 1, 9pm:

4-piece band from Milwaukee celebrating the release of their new CD, ‘Casting Stones’. NO COVER. As a bonus, The Lately, will be making a special appearance!


Drum Circle at Harmony Cafe Aug 1, 4-6pm:

Open to everyone, of any experience level. Drums are provided but if you have one please bring it. Stick around afterwards for open mic!


Open Mind Night @ Harmony Cafe Aug 1, 6-9pm:

Poetry, music of all genres, dance, comedy, etc. All talents, all ages welcome! Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m.   

John Lambert @ Harmony Cafe Aug 2, 6:30-8:30pm:

A blend of diverse influences and flavors grounded between rock and pop.

Karaoke at Rookie’s Sports Bar & Grill Aug 2, 9pm:

Join us for Karaoke with Melodies ‘n Mayhem 9pm-1am.  

Appleton Region Shines in Forbes “Best Places For Business and Careers 2014”

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 9.33.23 AMThe Appleton MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) ranks #50 among Best Places for Business and Careers in a newly-released Forbes study of some 184 small places across the country.  Using data from economic research firm Moody’s Analytics, the U.S. Census and demographer Bert Sperling, Forbes rates areas on a dozen factors related to jobs, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and education of the labor force.

“We are particularly pleased that the report focuses on areas critical to business retention and attraction,” said Larry Burkhardt, Executive Vice President of the Fox Cities Regional Partnership.  “Companies consider several factors when determining where they choose to locate, including the quality of the local workforce, costs of doing business and the overall quality of the place.  Recognizing that we will continue to strive for improvement, this ranking goes a long way toward validating our marketing messaging.”

The Fox Cities Region is trending positively with regard to business growth, with manufacturing leading the way.  Some 22% of the region’s workers are engaged in the manufacturing sector, compared with 9% nationally.  Area high schools boast a 90% graduation rate, and violent crime rates are less than half those of the nation.  The region enjoys the presence of many nationally-known companies, including Kimberly-Clark, Great Northern, Gulfstream Aerospace, Sargento, Nestle, RR Donnelly, Pierce Manufacturing, Thrivent for Lutherans, Plexus and many others.

“While we recognize that the Fox Cities Region of Wisconsin may not be a household name in the national and international marketplaces, the fact that these and other area companies have established a global reach provides us a platform upon which we are increasing awareness of our region as a increasingly desirable business location,” said Burkhardt. 


Shop ’til You Drop Summer Fun in Downtown Appleton

  • The Vintage Garden has unique garden and outdoor decorations
  • Tie dye clothing, belly dance accessories and cool cotton are all available at Vagabond Imports.
  • Try a cool new sundress or scarf from hey, daisy! or Lillians of Appleton.
  • Keep your hair off your face with a fun new headband from Blue Moon.
  • Capri leggings from Adore, Lillians of Appleton or hey, daisy!  take your outfits from hot summer days to cooler evenings
  • Fresh flowers from Charles The Florist are sure to brighten the day for a co-worker, loved one, or yourself!
  • Check out the vintage clothing at Beatnik Betty’s Resale Butik.
  • Looking for Brighton or Yellow Box, J. Hawkinson Clothiers carries both and their friendly, knowledgeable staff is happy to help.
  • Want a change of pace from text & email?  Anderson Pen has over 500 colors of ink and cartridges, stationery, and tools for the DIY enthusiasts.
  • Items of Interest has the unique gift items you’ve been searching for!
  • With just the right vibe, Angels Forever-Windows of Light features gemstones, crystals, books, music and more!
  • Lots of local Appleton and Wisconsin gifts make Blue Moon Emporium the perfect stop.
  • If you are or want to be a cigar aficionado, Appleton Souvenir & Cigar Co. can help you.
  • Get your bike in shape or test a new one at Appleton Bicycle Shop.
  • Candles make a perfect accent year round and Serenity Candle and Eco Candle both have scents and shapes to delight you.
  • Stop at Just Act Natural for your natural bug repellents.
  • Let Fox River Wood Shop craft you the perfect name & address sign  for your home, camper or a gift.


Eating and Drinking Summer Fun in Downtown Appleton

Downtown Appleton is full of delicious places to eat and enjoy drinks with friends. Have you experienced any of these eats and drinks in our downtown?

  • 521689_10150735689244259_866206057_nGet lunch from a food truck/cart.  Great variety so try something new!
  • Enjoy the Beer Garden at Fox River House, with a full bar and live music every weekend.
  • How about spending a Tuesday night at Spat’s on their Spatio?  $10 for a drink of your choice and 10 minute massage.
  • Try a Bloody Mary at The Wooden Nickel or Bazil’s Pub.  (Hint:  both feature Bloody Mary’s on Saturday mornings during Farm Market)
  • Play a game of beanbags or pool on the patio at Anduzzi’s Sports Club while enjoying a beverage.
  • Savor a refreshing lemonade from Anthony’s while at the Farm Market or Heid Music Summer Concerts.
  • Cupcakes from Green Gecko Grocer & Deli or Fat Girlz Bakin’ are just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Enjoy fresh gelato anytime from Copper Rock Coffee or on Saturday mornings from Aspen Coffee & Tea at the Farm Market.
  • Get a brain freeze from cold ice cream from Harmony Café or Acoca Coffee.
  • Challenge yourself to try a different fruit or vegie each week at the Farm Market.  By the end of summer you will have tried many new tastes and hopefully discovered new favorites.
  • Tableside guacamole from Sangria’s is sure to please with a glass of sangria or margarita.
  • Do something after work and enjoy Happy Hour at one of the Downtown bars.
  • A bowl of mussels and a bottle of wine make a great date night at Il Angolo Resto Bar.
  • Stuffed chicken wings are one of those special creations from Mai’s Deli that you have to try.
  • Iced coffee provides your caffeine fix but is perfect on a hot summer day.  Try Copper Rock Coffee’s Iced Americana with white chocolate flavoring for a refreshing treat.
  • Take an ethnic taste tour by eating in a different restaurant each night.  Choose from Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Middle Eastern, Greek, Afghan, German, Mexican or classic American  Soul Food.
  • Deep fried oreos offer a unique taste sensation weekly at the Farm Markets and Heid Music Summer Concerts.
  • While you can get eggrolls anytime inside, hot eggrolls eaten outside seem even better.  Available at the Farm Markets and Heid Music Summer Concerts.
  • Be sure to get your squeak on with fresh cheese curds each week at the Farm Market.
  • Discover what it is about gyros that make them the perfect summer lunch or dinner?  Maybe it is the cucumber sauce at Josef’s Gyros Kabob.
  • Enjoy dining al fresco at one of the many restaurants with outdoor seating.