A second grouping of artists – led by the return of Blackfoot Gypsies from Nashville –
has signed on to play at Mile 4 this August, according to Mile of Music organizers.
Following the official announcement of the four-day original music festival on April 15, including the
unveiling of the Festival’s First Fifty artists who’ve been confirmed, the second group from music curator
Cory Chisel and talent coordinator Kurt Kempen includes 9 acts from Wisconsin, 13 artists new to the
festival and 12 returning. The 25 artists announced brings the total for the festival to 75 confirmed. They
represent 26 states and 4 countries.
Heading up the list of new artists in the second group is actually an icon artist, rock and roller Pat Vegas.
Vegas is the front-man for Redbone, which had a No. 1 hit in the early 1970s with their smash single,
“Come and Get Your Love.” Vegas will be a guest of the fest for Mile 4 but also will perform two full sets
of his original music with up-and-coming local band, J-Council, in support.
The other artists announced as part of the second batch include:
1. Pat Vegas of Redbone (Fresno, CA)
2. Zach Vinson (Nashville, TN / Sheboygan, WI)
3. Peter Wolf Crier (Minneapolis, MN)
4. DUSK (Appleton, WI)
5. Lowland Hum (Greensboro, NC)
6. J-Council (Fox Cities)
7. Von Strantz (South Bend, IN)
8. Bonnie Whitmore (Denton, TX)
9. Dogs of Oz (Nashville, TN)
10. Max Garcia Conover (Portland, ME)
11. Carter Hulsey (Joplin, MO)
12. Good Night Gold Dust (Mankato, MN)
13. The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers (Viroqua, WI)
1. Blackfoot Gypsies (Nashville, TN)
2. Brother O’Brother (Indianapolis, IN)
3. Peridot (Boston, MA)
4. Faux Fawn (Madison, WI)
5. The Heart Pills (Eau Claire, WI)
6. The Lately (Appleton, WI)
7. Matthew Szlachetka (Los Angeles, CA)
8. Jeff Campbell (San Francisco, CA)
9. Megan Slankard (San Francisco, CA)
10. Kyle Megna and the Monsoons (Fox Cities)
11. Trapper Schoepp (Milwaukee, WI)
12. Anna Vogelzang (Madison, WI)
Organizers anticipate about 200 acts in all to perform at Mile 4, a similar number to last year’s festival.
The number of live music sets is expected to top 800 for the first time, about a 10 percent increase over
last year’s 735 sets.
Kempen said he’s been amazed by the awareness of Mile of Music amongst performers and their
agents, and said the growing reputation of the event is helping not only lift the level of artists interested
in coming but also the amount of time they want to stay in Appleton to be part of the Festival.
“Our goal and hope all along was to build an event where these talented and colorful artists wanted to
become immersed in our community,” Kempen said. “A majority of these will be playing between two
and five or six sets over two to three days, which is very exciting.”
Blackfoot Gypsies is the Americana and southern rock band that drew rave reviews at Mile 3, including a
Sunday afternoon set at Spats that filled their makeshift parking lot venue. The group of artists also
features singer-songwriter Carter Hulsey from Joplin, Missouri and Bonnie Whitmore, an indie-rocker
from Denton, Texas. Of the Mile 4 artists announced to this point, 31 are returnees to the festival
and 44 are new.
Photos and videos of the artists can be viewed at postcrescent.com, mileofmusic.com or the festival
app, which has been updated for this year’s festival and can be downloaded from the Mile of Music
The festival website also is home to information about the Music-Makers badges, which support the
festival and offer a number of special or exclusive showcases to purchasers both during Mile Week and
throughout the year. Overall, the festival’s 800 live music sets at 70 downtown and riverfront venues are
free to attendees.
“We are working on some really neat shows for the Music-Makers,” said festival co-founder and
marketing executive Dave Willems. “Most have commented that they’ve already received great value,
but there is a lot more coming.”
The full lineup of artists is expected by early June with the schedule to follow very soon after.