BOXKAR Album Release Concert in Jones Park August 20th – Heid Music Summer Concert


Wisconsin’s own BOXKAR will release their long awaited 5th full length album Boxcar FIVE at 12 am August 20th. FIVE (hard copy) will be available at Exclusive Company, Amazon and CD Baby and digitally on iTunes, Google Play and over 300 platforms worldwide. This album is an independent release recorded at Studio H in Appleton, WI with Tony Anders producing and Engineering. You may know Tony Anders for winning the WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award for “Producer of the Year”. Their last album took them all the way to finalists for the worldwide Hard Rock Rising competition (over 12,000 bands). This album will prove to be their best effort bringing the most honest, most diverse rock/pop sound yet along with a big label-type quality. “I’m Over You” has already been played on radio stations (WAPL, KISSFM, WIXX, 102.9 THE HOG…) with singles “Everafter” and “Live For Today” to follow.

To celebrate, the boys will be putting on a big concert in their hometown of Appleton at the beautiful JONES PARK the day of the release Thursday August 20th with release shows in Milwaukee and Dubuque to follow. Any inquiries/interview opportunities please contact Christopher Szebeni (singer/songwriter) 920-203-2546 /

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.


Summer Fun in Downtown Appleton – Great Outdoors!

Want to enjoy summer outdoors in our great downtown?  Here is a list of fun activities you can do outside in Downtown Appleton.

Great Outdoors:

  • Ride the Downtown Trolley!  – It’s free and the brochure includes historic information on sites you pass Downtown and along the Riverfront!
  • Play a round of golf at the newly renovated Reid Municipal Golf Course
  • Volunteer at a downtown event. Volunteers are needed at the Heid Music Summer Concerts, Midweek and Saturday Farm Market, Art On The Town and Mile of Music.
  • Meander through the Downtown Appleton Farm Market every Saturday 8am-12:30pm. You’re sure to run into a few friends as well as satisfying your fresh, local food cravings!
  • Check out the new Midweek Washington Square Farm Market behind City Center every Wednesday 3:30-7:30pm. A smaller more intimate experience that still offers all your favorite categories!
  • Watch the river flow from Fratello’s Waterfront, Atlas Coffee Mill or Pullman’s at Trolley Square.
  • Find the sidewalk poem recently stamped in the cement at City Park.
  • Enjoy the flowers in the planters along College Avenue.They seem especially beautiful this year.

Boxkar Performs Live June 21 at Heid Music Summer Concert

Boxkar is a band from Appleton who continues to spread their original music around the country. They have two albums out and are getting ready to release their much anticipated third with songs like AMERICAN GAME (the official Timber Rattlers theme song) and THE MESSAGE. They are played on radio stations in pockets around the midwest. This 5 piece rock/pop band has won WAMI Awards for BAND OF THE YEAR, ALBUM OF THE YEAR and VOCALIST OF THE YEAR. They have also been featured in the world wide distributed legendary magazine CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE with a full page article opposite that of JASON MRAZ. They have been selected to play on the mainstage at ROCK USA with MOTLEY CRUE this summer along with a full summer tour schedule supporting their new album!

On june 21 in Houdini Plaza they will be featuring songs from their new album along with their previous two. They will also be paying tribute to artists that have influenced and moved the band forming a high energy, moving experience. Perhaps this sums this Wisconsin band up the best:

Boxkar celebrates the release that rock and roll is supposed to give from every day life and they do so in addicting fashion! -Jim Martyka, ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE, L.A.

Doo Wop Daddies Perform June 14th at the Heid Summer Concert

June 14th Doo-Wop Daddies take the stage from 5:30 – 8:30  in Houdini Plaza.  Brought to you by 1150 AM WHBY.

The Doo-Wop Daddies, based in Milwaukee, WI, capture the demanding vocal style of Doo-Wop music with unsurpassed excellence. That’s only the beginning.

The Daddies don’t merely recreate this classic genre, but have redefined it and made it their own — 21st Century Doo-Wop. The Doo-Wop Daddies’ live shows attain that ideal unity of masterful performance and entertainment. Combining elements of vintage and cutting edge musical technologies, The Doo-Wop Daddies produce an exciting theatrical show that remains faithful to the Doo-Wop style. For the music of the 50’s and 60’s in a new light that’s as fresh as tomorrow, won’t you please welcome The Doo-Wop Daddies!

See the full summer concert schedule here.

Hot Summer Events are Downtown Cool

Summer Concert Series
Enjoy 3 options for FREE outdoor live music this summer!

NEW! Lunchtime Live Concerts sponsored by West Business Services – Thursdays 11:30am-1pm.

Enjoy live music over your lunch hour in Houdini Plaza in Downtown Appleton (the corner of College Avenue and Appleton Street)! Bring a bag lunch, enjoy take-out from one of the many Downtown restaurants or purchase lunch from one of the on-site vendors.  Plus West Business Services will be holding weekly on-site mini hiring fairs!

The 2012 Lunchtime Live artists include: Walter Kukla & Danielle Delorey, Sly Joe, Dr. Dobbe and Russ Reiser!

Heid Music Summer Concert Series presented by Bud Light Lime, Mill Creek, Octoberfest and Fox Cities Sign & Lighting Services – Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm.

Move and groove to the music of the summer on center stage at Houdini Plaza in Downtown Appleton (the corner of College Avenue and Appleton Street). Your favorite adult malt beverages, soda and water will all be available, along with food from your favorite Downtown bars, restaurants and vendors in the park. While you are here, stop in at the Downtown Businesses, many of whom stay open later on Thursdays to serve you!

Riverbeat Music Along the Fox – Saturdays, 12:30-2:30pm.
FREE Summer Music Series on the Riverfront following the Downtown Farm Market! Enjoy a variety of beats to beat the heat: pop, jazz, folk, rock, country & more at multiple venues along the Riverfront!

Read more about the Appleton Downtown Summer Concerts

Art on the Town

3rd Friday of the Month, June – September
6:00 – 9:00pm (June 15, July 20, Aug 17 & Sept 21)

Stroll The Avenue or catch a free ride on the Johnson Bank Downtown Cool Trolley to explore and enjoy rhythm & music, performing arts, visual arts and even the art of food & beverage!

Read more information about Art on the Town

Downtown Appleton Farm Market

College Avenue from Appleton Street to Durkee Street plus Houdini Plaza!  Rain or Shine!

Saturdays, June 16-Oct. 27 , 8am-12:30pm

Read more about the Downtown Appleton Farm Market