Category Archives: Nightlife

Live Performances Around Downtown Appleton

University Shot Bar DJ Karaoke Night Wednesdays, 9pm:

With entertainment by Melodies & Mayhem.


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: Kevin Huss on 7/10.


Music on the Spatio @ Spat’s:

Featuring: Aurali (Alternative Folk) 6-9pm on 7/10, Franzke’s (Contemporary mix with some bluegrass) 7-10pm on 7/12, and Good Times Special (Bluegrass) 5-8pm.


Music @ Fox River House Beer Garden

Friday and Saturday evenings. 


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 10, 11:30-1:00pm:

Featuring: James Russell. Inclement weather location = Copper Rock Coffee Co.  Grab takeout, bring your own or buy from an onsite vendor and enjoy! ! 


Heid Music Summer Concerts @ Houdini Plaza July 10, 5:30-8:30pm:

Featuring:  The Glam Band!  Inclement weather location = MillCreek.  Live music, on site food vendors and your favorite beverages!


Zeltsman Marimba Festival @ Lawrence University  June 29-July 12: 

Jean Geoffroy & Join Venture Percussion Duo July 9, 7:30pm Memorial Chapel ($)

Anders Åstrand (Sweden, jazz vibraphone) with Mark Urness, bass & Dane Richeson, drums | various artists @ Harper Hall, Lawrence University July 11, 7:30-9:30pm


Music Row at Harmony Cafe July 10, 6-9pm:

A community of musicians playing all original music with 4-6 featured musicians. 


Open Mind Night @ Harmony Cafe July 11, 5:30-9pm:

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


John Lambert @ Copper Rock Coffee July 11, 9-11pm:

His music is a blend of diverse influences and flavors naturally grounded somewhere between rock and pop.


Harmony Live: @ Harmony Cafe July 12, 6:30-8:30pm:

Free, family-friendly live music featuring Evan Meulemans, with a variety of original folk, reggae, and blues.


Saturday Night Dances @ Thompson Community Center July 12, 7-10pm:

Featuing Music by Vicki. Saturday July 26 featuring The Behms. $5.00 at the door


John Lambert @ Music at the Library July 14, 6:30-7:30pm:

Lower Level Meeting Room or Library Atrium.


Live Shows This Week Downtown Appleton

Downtown Appleton Live Shows  (Click underlined below or here for more info)


Deja Vu Martini Lounge Weekly Specials:

Open Mic Night Mondays at 8pm, Live Band Karaoke Tuesdays at 8pm, and Live Music on the weekends at 9pm. featuring John Lambert on 2/27. No cover!

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

Appleton’s longest running open mic. There is no cover charge so come catch a free live show or jam with some excellent local musicians.

Jazz Jam @ Harmony Cafe Feb. 19, 7-9pm:

Hosted by jazz musicians from Lawrence University. Bring your instrument & your voice and jam with our house band. Free and family-friendly


Family Night on Broadway during Sister Act at Fox Cities P.A.C.:

Adults may purchase one ticket and receive a kid’s (ages 9-18) ticket free, while supplies last for the May 7 performance. This offer is available through the Center’s ticket office and and begins Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.


Group Tickets at Special Prices Still Available for 5 shows at Fox Cities P.A.C:

Get your group together to see Wicked, Ghost The Musical, Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Sister Act and Phantom of the Opera.

Jazz at the Trout at the Trout Museum of Art Feb. 20, 7:30-9pm:

Featuring Tom Gullion & Friends (Tickets $5-12)


LU Theatre Arts at the Stansbury Theatre Feb. 20, 8-10pm, Feb. 22, 3-5pm & 8-10pm:

Elmer Rice’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Street Scene” examines a 1929 New York neighborhood and its diverse inhabitants.  ($5-10)


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

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


4th Annual Heritage Day at Mc Guinness Irish Pub Feb. 22, noon-midnite:

A day of pipers, irish dancers, Trivia, whiskey and cheese samples, traditional Irish music, presentations , giveaways and craic. Headliners Folk-N-Irish


Harmony Live:  Saturdays at Harmony Cafe 7-9pm:

This week features BLOTH, experimental Dream Punk Pop, and DR. LIGHT, experimental electronic music.  Free and family friendly.


StoweGood Concert at Atlas Coffee Mill Feb. 22, 7-9:30pm:

A best selling author/cancer survivor teams up with a Grammy nominated musician/noted keynote speaker for music, laughter & tears. (Tickets $15)


Music @ the Library Feb. 23, 2-3:30pm:

Featuring the Fox Valley Flute Choir performing Irish, folk, classical, and contemporary tunes. Families welcome. Free admission.


LU Symphonic Band Concert at Lawrence Chapel Feb. 23. 3-4:30pm:

The concert, titled “Observances,” features “Suite Française,” “Danses Sacred and Profane,” “Spheres,” and “Universal Judgment.” Free and open to the public


LU New Music Series: Roomful of Teeth at Lawrence Chapel Feb. 26, 8-9:30pm.


Appleton Rock School Concert at Harmony Cafe Feb. 27, 7:30-9pm.

Mile of Music Festival – August 8 – 11th in Downtown Appleton

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In fostering a more creative community, which builds on our quality of life in Appleton and the Fox Cities, the Mile of Music Festival is an amazing new event that will become an annual draw. Why…? Simply because none of us have enough music in our lives.

Americana and Appleton became acquainted with each other a long time ago, and it didn’t take long for the two to become synonymous. Now it’s time to show the world just how perfectly the two belong together. Set for August 8th through 11th in Downtown Appleton, the Mile of Music Festival will serve up original singer-songwriters, combos and multi-piece bands showcasing Americana music at both its most colorful and its very best – from roots and indie rock to country, gospel, soul, r&b, jazz and folk.

Appleton’s Downtown – an amazing mile of safe, walkable and hospitable experiences – is just the right host for such an epic event…an event where all roads will truly lead to College Avenue. We’re talking about more than 100 singer-songwriters converging on Downtown Appleton to make music, build community and send a soulful message through story and song at more than 30 venues, from the Spatio at Spat’s to the harmonious sanctuary known as the Lawrence Memorial Chapel – oh, and just about everywhere in between. And you know what the best part is? Most events will be FREE.

To make this major undertaking a reality and shape the soul of the Festival, local Appletonians have tapped into perhaps the community’s most soulful musical resource – national recording artist and singer-songwriter Cory Chisel. Cory has signed on as musical curator for the Mile of Music Festival, not to mention headliner, performer and all-around host.

There’s a significant community benefit component, too, as proceeds from the Mile of Music Festival will be split into two funds: 1) A newMile of Music Fund through the Appleton Education Foundation that will specifically fund more music opportunities within the Appleton public schools, and 2) A new Creative Downtown Fund, which will be used to provide seed money for projects that help color our creative economy and build on the creative mojo in Downtown Appleton. So, by supporting the Festival through attendance, donations or volunteering, you are supporting a major initiative that keeps our Downtown strong, vibrant and creative!

Join in on the fun as a sponsor, a volunteer, a vendor – or simply kick back and enjoy the Mile of Music Festival as a fan. Everybody’s welcome!


Check Out the Great Media Coverage of the Mile of Music Launch

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Tunes and Tales Encore Benefit Concert Michael Perry and the Long Beds

Join one of Wisconsin’s favorite authors, Michael Perry, and his band, The Long Beds, for an encore evening of music and storytelling as part of the Fox Cities Book Festival. Mike and the band wowed the crowd two years ago at our special fundraiser, so being the very smart people we are … we asked him back! His rousing roots music reaches a whole new level within the wonderful acoustics of the OuterEdge Stage, and his stories seem to take on a whole new meaning. The OuterEdge is an intimate venue, with limited seating so get your tickets soon!

Tunes & Tales is a special fundraiser presented and hosted by Fox Cities Book Festival and Community Events and Concerts, with sponsorship from Octoberfest and

additional support from The Neuroscience Group and many other friends of the Book Festival.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
  8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
OuterEdge Stage
303 N. Oneida Street, Downtown Appleton
Tickets available by clicking link below:  
Click Here for Tickets!

“Night is Young” featuring T.J. Miller filmed in Downtown Appleton

Pop-rock band Eric Lives Here is proud of downtown Appleton.

So much so that the band recently recorded their debut music video for “Night is Young” in two downtown Appleton locations: Mill Creek and Luna Lounge.

“When it came to filming the music video for “Night is Young,” we wanted to keep it local,” said Eric Lives Here lead singer Mike Thiel. “Appleton has plenty of great venues to record something like this, but we wanted to bring it downtown because it just fit the vibe of the song.”

“Night is Young,” which is an upbeat, party-esque rock song, also debuted on 95.9 KISS FM on July 13, the same day the video was officially released. It is the second single Eric Lives Here has landed on local mainstream radio since June.

The “Night is Young” also received a boost from comedian/actor T.J. Miller (“She’s Out of My League,” “Our Idiot Brother,” “Get Him to the Greek”), who made numerous appearances in the music video. Miller’s portion was filmed at Mill Creek.

“We had a lot of help from friends and fans in filming this video,” said Thiel. “We had to do several different shoots and pack a club full of people (Luna Lounge) to make this thing work and we did it, so kudos to everybody who helped. This is your video, too.”

Eric Lives Here is a five-piece pop-rock band based out of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Johnson Bank Downtown Cool Trolley Starts June 7th

Park once and travel the Downtown & Riverfront

This free trolley makes a complete loop of Downtown and the Riverfront every 30 minutes with 13 scheduled stops along the way. Look for the black, green and red trolley stop signs! There is a stop in front of the East Ramp on Washington Street so you can conveniently park in that ramp for just two dollars and then ride the trolley to your favorite restaurant and retailer.  Running Thursday – Saturday, it’s the perfect way to get around Downtown and to our beautiful Riverfront. Take the trolley to enjoy the sights, sounds and delicious smells of our vibrant area.

And a ride on the trolley makes Art On The Town, the Heid Music Summer Concertsand the Downtown Appleton Farm Market even more special!

Thursday and Friday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Dates: The Trolley runs June 7 through September 27.

Enjoy this video from the trolley.

Deja Vu Martini Lounge Video

Deja Vu, Downtown Appleton, over 125 martinis, daily specials, excellent bartenders, live music, events and much more!

HAPPY HOUR Everyday 5pm – 7pm
$6 Martinis, Half off bottles of house wine, and $3 18oz draughts!
Sunday – OPEN at 3pm! Cosa Nostra: Service Industry Night
HALF OFF any bottle of wine!
Buy One Get One FREE On Most Drinks (Service Industry Only)

Monday – Open Mic Night – 8pm
$2 domestic bottles, $5 OFF any bottle of wine, $1 OFF half size martinis
Tuesday – Live Band Karaoke – 8pm
Featured Pinnacle Specials!
Wednesday – Hump Da Funk
Buy any martini get a half size martini FREE
Retro, classic, and current funk and R&B all night!
Thursday – LIVE MUSIC – 9pm
$1 OFF any Martini after 7pm! NO COVER
Friday – Various events and live music (TBA)
Saturday – LIVE MUSIC