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      This page has information about, and links for, 129 annual Wisconsin Music Festivals held everywhere in the state for all musical genres. Like other festival link sites, this page lists festivals in date order. Unlike other sites, the entire list is completely cross-referenced by city, by county, by genre (type of music), and by Festival Name. The information about past festivals listed on this page is also saved as a permanent part of the musical history of Wisconsin.
      Unless otherwise specified, all listed festivals support local music by always including at least one Wisconsin based musical act. Events not specifically called "Music Festivals" may be listed if they have a minimum of four musical acts performing on at least one day, and the acts are listed by name in their publicity. As defined on this Web site, any musical event that has three or fewer named acts on any given day is called a "concert". Please write if you know details about any unlisted music festival held in any Wisconsin city, or if you know where bands marked by "(?)" are from.

| Wisconsin Music Festivals by Date / by City / by County / by Genre / by Festival Name | Past Festivals | Information Wanted |
| Wisconsin Live Music Clearinghouse, the organization (someday) |
| Festival links for other states, provinces and countries |
| 2005: - 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 |
| 2006: - 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |
| Discontinued Festivals |


Information Wanted: dates?, Web sites?
      I have found no information that any of these festivals ever took place in 2004 or later.
      UW-Madison ChoirFest (?th annual) - date? - Madison
      UW-Stevens Point Choral Festival (?th annual) - date? - Stevens Point
      June Jam date? (6/01-03/2001, 1st annual) - Racine ( OnMilwaukee.com) ( www.thejunejam.com Web site deleted)
         [successor to Angel Fest which ran for 13 years]
      Washington House Bluegrass Festival - date? (5/17/2003) (2nd annual) - Two Rivers
      Heidi Folk Festival - date? (6/14-15/2003) (?th annual) - New Glarus
      Farmapalooza - date? (7/24-27/2003) (7th annual) - Nelson
All performers are from Wisconsin unless noted otherwise or marked as state unknown "(?)".

    July 2005  

  1. 7/09-16/2005 - Madison Early Music Festival (6th Annual) - UW-Madison, Madison (2004)
  2. 7/14-17/2005 (7/08-11/2004) - Riverfest (?th Annual) - venue?, Beloit (2004)
  3. 7/14-17/2005 - Chippewa Valley Rock Fest (12th Annual) - 24447 County Highway S, Cadott (2004) - more future dates / history
  4. 7/14-17/2005 - Salmon-A-Rama (?th Annual) - venue?, Racine
       7/14: Country Storm, Five Nickel High (?)
       7/15: Rhythm Dogs, 76 Juliet
       7/16: Mean Jake, Bascom Hill, Fat Sandwich, Barry's Truckers
       7/17: Fun Factory (?)
  5. 7/15-17/2005 - Paperfest (17th Annual) - Sunset Park, Kimberly (2004)
  6. 7/??/2005 (7/16-18/2004) - Amery Gospel Music Festival (?th Annual) - Michaels Park, Amery (2004)
  7. 7/??/2005 (7/16-18/2004) - St. Croix Music & Art Festival (12th Annual) - Lakefront Park, Hudson (2004)
  8. 7/16/2005 - Port Fish Day (41st Annual) - venue?, Port Washington (2004)
  9. 7/17/2005 - Acoustic Fest (10th Annual) - Metro Stage, Washington Park, Manitowoc (2004)
          Festival pictures by Sugar Magnolia's Photography
          11:30 am - 9 pm Cookee, Local Artists: Dan Hildebrand, Jennifer Layman, Dennis Krall (Manitowoc), Stephen Lee Rich, The Janet Macklin Quartet, Dave Steffen, Dave Steffen, Home Brew, Poor Mans Labour, Two Way Street with Dana Erlandson & Don Berg (?), Unwound (?)
  10. 7/17,25-31/2005 - Washington County Fair (147th Annual) - Washington County Fair Park, West Bend (2004)
  11. 7/20-24/2005 - Country Thunder, WI (?th Annual) - venue? (2305 Lance Dr.) Twin Lakes (2004)
       7/24: Madison County
          The only known Wisconsin based performer.
  12. 7/21-23/2004 - Backwoods Bluegrass Bash (1st Annual) - venue?, Medford
       7/21: Hand Picked (?), Cornmeal (?)
       7/22: Hand Picked (?), Denny and the Boys (?), Down from the Hills, Cornmeal (?), Spare Time, Frogwater, Chasin' Steel (MI)
       7/23: Spare Time, Denny and the Boys (?), Pickin' Up Steam (?), Down from the Hills, The Mighty Lumberhorn (?), Hackensaw Boys (?)
  13. 7/21-24/2005 - Pulaski Polka Days (27th Annual) - Pulaski Polka Grounds, Pulaski (2004)
  14. 7/21-23/2006 - Badgerland Bluegrass Classic (4th Annual) - Washington County Fair Park, West Bend - 2005 / 2004
  15. 7/23/2005 - Dodgeville Blues Fest (?th Annual) - Downtown Dodgeville, Dodgeville (2004)
          John Resch and the Detroit Blues (IA/IL), Professor John and His Band (LA), Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames (IL), Sharrie Williams and the Wiseguys (?), The Jackie Payne / Steve Edmonson Band (CA)
  16. 7/31/2005 - Art in the Park (45th Annual) - City Park (500 E. Franklin St.) MAP, Appleton (2004)
  17. 7/25-31/2005 - Midsummer in the Northwoods Bluegrass Festival (16th Annual) - Cozy Cove Tavern & Restaurant, Manitowish Waters (Jerry Florian) (2004)
  18. 7/29-30/2005 - Prairie Dog Blues Festival (?th Annual) - St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien (2004)
  19. 7/29-8/01/2005 - Grateful Garcia Gathering (?th Annual) - venue?, Black River Falls (2004)
  20. 7/??/2005 (7/30-8/01/2004) - African World Festival (?th Annual) - Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee (2004)
  21. 7/29-31/2005 - Buffalo River Valley Bluegrass Gospel Festival (7th Annual) - Slaughterhouse Cafe, Mondovi (2004)
  22. 7/29-31/2005 - Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival (2nd Annual) - Lake Farm County Park, Madison (2004)

    August 2005  

  23. 8/02-20/2005 - Peninsula Music Festival (52nd Annual) - Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek (2004)
  24. 8/04-07/2005 (8/05-08/2004) - Great River Jazz Fest (20th Annual) - Riverside Park and the La Crosse Center, La Crosse (2004)
          Sponsored by the La Crosse Area Jazz Society
  25. 8/04-07/2005 - Riverfest (19th Annual) - Riverside Park, Watertown (2004)
       8/04 music 6pm-10:30pm: Kerry McConaway & The Element, TBA
       8/05 music 11:30am-1pm, 3pm-10:30pm: Copper Box, Boxkar, The Sociables, Foghat (U.K.)
       8/06 music 11:30am-1pm, 2:30pm-10pm: In The Mood, Shattered (Stones Tribute), The Van Eske Band, The Love Monkeys
       8/07 music 6pm-10:30pm: Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill, The Gomers, Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone
  26. 8/05-06/2005 - Third Ward Jazz Festival: Summer Sizzle (?th Annual) - 100 & 200 blocks of N. Broadway, Milwaukee (2004)
  27. 8/??/2005 (8/06-08/2004) - Polish Fest (3rd Annual) - Merryland Ballroom, 2405 Highway 66, (715) 592-4266, Rosholt (2004)
  28. 8/06/2005 - Sona Music Festival - Celebrating Women in Music (3rd Annual) - UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace (4 pm - Midnight), Madison (2004)
  29. 8/??/2005 (8/07/2004) - Rockin'-On-The-River (?th Annual) - venue? [Adults only], Chippewa Falls (2004)
  30. 8/??/2005 (8/12/2004) - Blues in the Park (?th Annual) - venue?, Green Bay (2004)
  31. 8/10-13/2005 - Bluegrass Bash (?th Annual) - venue?, Cecil (2004)
       8/10: Sloppy Joe
       8/11: .357 String Band (?), Insomniac Gypsy (?), Mudd Creek, Cornmeal (?), Jug Band (?)
       8/12: Down from the Hills, Cornmeal (?), Sloppy Joe, Spare Time, Chicago Bluegrass Band (IL)
       8/13: Spare Time, Insomniac Gypsy (?), Down from the Hills, Sloppy Joe, IIIrd Generation Bluegrass Band (OK), .357 String Band (?)
  32. 8/12-14/2005 - Old Time Music & Craft Festival (27th Annual) - Mielke Park, Shawano (2004)
          - Past Performers Index (1979-date)
  33. 8/??/2005 (8/14/2004) - Watermelon Polka Fest (?th Annual) - Community Park, (715) 535-3136 or (715) 535-2041 Tigerton (2004)
  34. 8/06/2005 - WJJO Ozzfest (?th Annual in Madison) - Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy
          This is a touring national festival. (2004)
  35. 8/18-21/2005 - Irish Fest (25th Annual) - Summerfest grounds on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee (2004)
    8/17-20/2006 - Irish Fest (26th Annual)
    8/16-19/2007 - Irish Fest (27th Annual)
    8/14-17/2008 - Irish Fest (28th Annual)
    8/13-16/2009 - Irish Fest (29th Annual)
    8/19-22/2010 - Irish Fest (30th Annual)
    8/18-21/2011 - Irish Fest (31st Annual)
          Irish Fest: Past Performers Index (1981-date)
  36. 8/??/2005 (8/20-21/2004) - Ripon Jazz Festival (13th Annual) - Downtown Ripon, Ripon (2004)
  37. 8/19-20/2005 - Big Bull Falls Blues Festival (14th Annual) - Fern Island Park, Wausau (2004)
  38. 8/19-20/2005 - Larryfest (8th Annual) - venue?, La Farge (2004)
  39. 8/19-21/2005 - Chippewa Valley Gospel Bluegrass Festival (16th Annual) - Living Waters Church and Campground, Bruce (2004)
  40. 8/26-27/2005 - Northland Bluegrass Festival (6th Annual) - Northland Ballroom, Rosholt (2004)
  41. 8/26-28/2005 - Great River Folk Festival (30th Annual) - UW-La Crosse, La Crosse (2004)
  42. 8/26-28/2005 - Artstreet (23rd Annual) - Downtown Green Bay, Green Bay (2004)
  43. 8/??/2005 (8/28-29/2004) - Madison Blues Festival (8th Annual) - venue?, Madison (2004)

    September 2005  

  44. 9/02-04/2005 - W.C.C. Concertina Jamboree Festival (16th Annual) - venue?, New Prague, MN (2005 only) (2004)
          The Allenton 2005 Festival has been cancelled and the flyer handed out for it to everyone at the 2004 Festival is null and void. It will be held in Minnesota instead in 2005. It will be back in Allenton on 9/01-03/2006.
          9/03/2004 (5 pm - 11 pm), 9/04/2004 (11 pm - 11 pm), 9/05/2004 (11 pm - 9 pm) [Whether the Minnesota hours will remain the same as Allenton is unknown at this time.]
          No announced performers. Concertina players and bands sign up when they get there for half hour sets on three Open Stages. A rotating list of drummers, with sometimes a tuba, accompany solo Concertina players. For more information, please contact Lloyd Konrath, W202 N11860 Merkel Dr., Germantown, WI 53022.
          Unfortunately, for historical purposes, like most other Open Stages, no permanent record is kept of who performs.
          The Minnesota Festival contact is unknown at this time.
  45. 9/??/2005 (9/03-05/2004) - Lake Superior Music Festival (10th Annual) - Isle Vista Casino under tent, Red Cliff (Bayfield?) (2004)
  46. 9/02-04/2005 - Wisconsin Highland Games and Celtic Fling (4th Annual) - Waukesha County Expo Grounds, Waukesha (2004)
  47. 9/??/2005 (9/04-05/2004) - The 11th Annual Neenah Jazz Festival for 2004 was initially canceled due to Neenah Riverwalk Shattuck Park construction, however, with only 2-1/2 months notice, the canceled festival was re-organized, re-named and expanded into the Fox Jazz Fest, and moved to Menasha for 2004. (2003)
          Neenah Jazz Festival 2003 was the last one. It has been replaced by the Fox Jazz Fest.
  48. 9/01-04/2005 - Fox Jazz Fest (aka Fox Cities Jazz Fest) (2nd Annual) - 9/01-02 Opera Square Park and the Leach Amphitheatre, Oshkosh, - 9/03-04 Jefferson Park, Menasha
          Successor to the Neenah Jazz Festival (2004)
          Actually it is unknown at the time which event will happen in 2005: the 11th "Neenah Jazz Festival" or the 2nd "Fox Jazz Fest".
  49. 9/03-04/2005 - Taste of Madison (23rd Annual) - Capitol Square, Madison (2004)
  50. 9/09-11/2005 - Indian Summer (?th Annual) - Summerfest grounds on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
          - Entertainment Schedule - For browsers who have "popups" permanently disabled, this page is inaccessible. Most public terminals, especially, have "popups" permanently disabled. (2004)
  51. 9/09-11/2005 - 9th Street Bluegrass Gospel Festival (?th Annual) - N5701 9th St., Spooner (2004)
  52. 9/09-11/2005 - Polish Fest (19th Annual) - Riverview Park, Wisconsin Dells (2004)
  53. 9/09-11/2005 - Volksfest (aka Volksfest German Festival) (12th Annual) - Downtown Waupun, Waupun
  54. 9/09-10/2005 - Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival (8th Annual) - Riverside Park, West Bend (2004)
          [ WAMI Nominee] (2002 Web site) - JavaScript Restricted!)
  55. 9/??/2005 (9/11-12/2004) - East Troy Bluegrass Festival (?th Annual) - Village Square, East Troy (2004)
  56. 9/10-11/2005 - Wausau Festival of Arts (41st Annual) - Downtown Wausau, 3rd Street Pedestrian Mall, Wausau (2004)
  57. 9/??/2005 (9/17-19/2004) - Ragtime Festival (?th Annual) - Barker's Island Inn and Conference Center, 300 Marina Dr., Superior (2004)
          Sponsored by the Lake Superior Ragtime Society
  58. 9/16-18/2005 - Gemuetlichkeit Days (35th Annual) - Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson (2004)
  59. 9/17/2005 - Berghoff & Blues (?th Annual) - Joseph Huber Brewing Co., 1208 14th Ave., Monroe (2004)
  60. 9/23-24/2005 - Octoberfest (24th Annual) - Downtown Appleton on College Avenue, Appleton (2004)

    October 2005  

  61. 10/??/2005 (10/02-03/2004) - Wisconsin Polka Days (?th Annual) - Romy's Nitingale, Black Creek (2004)
  62. 10/??/2005 (10/09-10/2004) - Acoustic Harvest Music Festival (1st Annual) - Heritage Farms, Kewaunee (2004)

    November 2005  

  63. 11/12/2005 - Power Of One (?th Annual) - Resch Center, Green Bay (2004)
  64. 11/??/2005 (11/26-27/2004) - Thanksgiving Weekend Polka Fest (?th Annual) - Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 4747 S. Howell Ave. (near Milwaukee airport), Milwaukee (2004)

    December 2005   No known festivals this month.


    January 2006  
  65. 1/??/2006 (1/14-16/2005) - Heatwave Polka Fest (?th Annual) - Amerahn Ballroom, Kewaskum (2005)
  66. 1/??/2006 (1/??/2005) - Polka Palooza (?th Annual) - Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee (2005)
  67. 1/??/2006 (1/25/2005) - Women's Choir Festival (?th Annual) - Lawrence University, Appleton (2005)

    February 2006  

  68. 2/04/2006 - Fondy Acoustic Music Fest (4th Annual) (FAMA) - UW-Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac (2005)
          Evening Concert by: ?, with the winner of the "Steve Rosenberg Songwriting Competition" as the opening act
  69. 3/03-05/2006 - Folk Ball (18th Annual) - UW-Madison Memorial Union and other venues, Madison (2005)
  70. 2/??/2006 (2/07/2005) - Young Men's Chorus Festival (10th Annual) - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton (2005)
  71. 2/??/2006 (2/10-12/2005) - Swamp N Grass (12th Annual) - Victorian Village Resort, Elkhart Lake (2005)
  72. 2/12/2006 - The International Festival (25th Annual) - Overture Center for the Arts, Overture Lobby, Rotunda Stage, Wisconsin Studio, Madison (2005)
  73. 2/??/2006 (2/26/2005) - Viking Choral Festival (21st Annual) - Memorial Chapel, Lawrence University, Appleton (2005)

    March 2006  

  74. 3/??/2006 (3/05-06/2005) - Indian Summer Festival Winter Pow Wow (15th Annual) - Wisconsin State Fair Park (Wisconsin Products Pavilion), Milwaukee (2005)
  75. 3/??/2006 (3/13/2005) - St. Pat's Eve Festival (11th Annual) - Park Ponderosa, McFarland (2005)
  76. 3/??/2006 (3/19-20/2005) - WTKM Concertina Fest Weekend [aka Concertina Jamboree Festival] (4th Annual) - Chandelier Ballroom, Hartford (2005)
  77. 3/??/2006 (3/21/2004) - Hawthorne Park Benefit Folk Festival (?th Annual) - The Harmony Bar 2 pm - 6 pm, Madison (2005)
  78. 3/??/2006 (3/26/2005) - MAMA (Madison Area Music Awards) Show (3rd Annual) - Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison (2005)

    April 2006  

  79. 4/??/2006 (4/02/2005) - Jumpin' Jambalaya Jamfest (6th Annual) - Cedar Lake Resort, Kiel (2005)
  80. 4/??/2006 (4/08-09/2005) - Blues Fest (?th Annual) - Victorian Village Resort, Elkhart Lake (2005)
          (920) 876-3323, toll free (877) 860-9988
  81. 4/??/2006 (4/08-09/2005) - Fond du Lac Jazz Festival (24th Annual) - FDL County Fairgrounds, Recreation Center, Fond du Lac (2005)
  82. 4/??/2006 (4/09/2005) - MABMA Fundraiser Bluegrass Festival (13th Annual) (MABMA) - Unitarian Church North, Mequon (2005)
  83. 4/??/2006 (4/15-17/2005) - Spring Polka Fest #1 / #2 (?th Annual) - Howard Johnson Hotel and Conference Center / Antiqua Bay Waterpark Resort, Wisconsin Dells (2005)
  84. 4/??/2006 (4/22-24/2005) - Capital City Jazz Festival (18th Annual) - Marriott Madison West, Madison (2005)
          Sponsored by the Madison Jazz Society
  85. 4/??/2006 (4/??/2005, 4/24/2004) - Blues Bash V (6th Annual) - Studio Hall?, Oshkosh (2005)
  86. 4/??/2006 (4/25/2005) - WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award Show (26th Annual) - Northern Lights Theater, Milwaukee - other WAMI links (2005)

    May 2006  

  87. 05/??/2006 (05/06-08/2005) - Gays Mills Folk Festival of Music and Dance (14th Annual) - Log Cabin Village, Gays Mills
          (always held on Mother's Day weekend)
  88. 5/??/2006 (5/13-15/2005) - Wisconsin State Polka Festival (28th Annual) - Concord House (262) 542-0645, Concord (2005)
          [aka Wisconsin Polka Boosters Festival]
  89. 5/??/2006 (5/13-15/2005) - Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee (32nd Annual) - Fox Lake American Legion, Fox Lake Community Center and Hayes Haus Resort, Fox Lake, [Information, (920) 928-3223] (2005)
          See the Past Festivals page for individual page links for festivals since 1996.
  90. 5/??/2006 (5/13-15/2005) - Wisconsin State Polka Festival (28th Annual) - Concord House (262) 542-0645, Concord (2005)
          [aka Wisconsin Polka Boosters Festival]
  91. 5/??/2006 (5/21-23/2004) - Jazz on the Vine Festival (4th Annual) - Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake (2005)
  92. 5/??/2006 (5/20-22/2005) - Fitchburg Days (?th Annual) - McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg (2005)
  93. 5/??/2006 (5/22/2004) - Mayfest (?th Annual) - The Dugout, Omro (2005)
  94. 5/??/2006 (5/27-30/2005) - Memorial Weekend Field Jam (6th Annual) - N7909 Kenny Dr., Crivitz (2005)

    June 2006  
    Fisherman's Festival - Discontinued (2004)

  95. 6/??/2006 (6/03-04/2005) - Isthmus Jazz Festival (?th Annual) - Overture Center, Madison (2005)
  96. 6/??/2006 (6/06/2004) - Wisconsin Accordion Festival (5th Annual) - The Fox Ballroom, 206 N. Lemke St., 1-5 pm, $5.00, Cecil (2005)
          Contact: (715) 745-2150, The Fox Ballroom, P.O. Box 218, Cecil, WI 54111
  97. 6/??/2006 (6/09-12/2005) - Bayfest (?th Annual) - UW-Green Bay, Green Bay (2005)
  98. 6/??/2006 (6/10-12/2005) - 9th Street Bluegrass Gospel Festival (?th Annual) - N5701 9th St., Spooner (2005)
  99. 6/??/2006 (6/10-12/2005) - Heritage Farms Bluegrass Festival (?th Annual) [Hosted by Bill Jorgenson] - Heritage Farms, Kewaunee (2005)
          [previously known as the Bill Jorgenson Bluegrass Festival, or the Bill Jorgenson Invitational Bluegrass Festival]
  100. 6/??/2006 (6/11-12/2005) - Log Cabin Days Bluegrass & Folk Festival (3rd Annual) - Clay Pit Heritage Park, Edgerton (2005)
  101. 6/??/2006 (6/12/2004) - Great Lakes Music Festival (?th Annual) - The Rave at the Eagles Club, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee (2005)
  102. 6/??/2006 (6/15-18/2005) - Flatrock Music's Bluegrass Jamboree (6th Annual) - Wildlife Music Park, Birnamwood (2005)
  103. 6/??/2006 (6/16-19/2005) - Porterfield Country Music Festival (24th Annual) - The Green's Green Acres, Porterfield (2005)
  104. 6/??/2006 (6/17-19/2005) - Asian Moon Festival (?th Annual) - Henry W. Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee (2005)
  105. 6/??/2006 (6/17-19/2005) - Harbor Fest (?th Annual) - Lake Festival Park, Racine (2005)
  106. 6/??/2006 (6/17-19/2005) - Lakefront Festival of Arts (44th Annual) - in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee (2005)
  107. 6/??/2006 (6/17-18/2005) - Metro Jam (28th Annual) - Washington Park, Manitowoc (2005)
  108. 6/??/2006 (6/18-20/2004) - Czech-Slovak Festival / Czechoslovakian Community Festival (23rd Annual) - Phillips High School, Phillips (2005)
  109. 6/??/2006 (6/24-26/2005) - Polish Fest (?th Annual) - Henry W. Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee (2005)
  110. 6/??/2006 (6/24-26/2005) - Grand River Fest (?th Annual) - Veterans Memorial Park, Wisconsin Rapids (2005)
  111. 6/??/2006 (6/22-26/2005) - Country USA (11th Annual) - Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Oshkosh (2005)
  112. 6/??/2006 (6/23-25/2005) - Star Spangled Celebration (13th Annual) - venue?, Richland Center (2005)
  113. 6/??/2006 (6/23-26/2005) - Chippewa Valley Country Fest (20th Annual) - 24447 County Highway S, Cadott (2005) - more future dates / history
  114. 6/29-7/09/2006 (6/30-7/10/2004) - Summerfest (?th Annual) - Summerfest grounds on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee (2005)
  115. 6/??/2006 (6/30-7/04/2005) - Sawdust Days (34th Annual) - Menominee Park, Oshkosh (2004)
  116. 6/30-7/04/2005 - Sabor A Mexico Festival (?th Annual) - Menominee Park [held in conjunction with Sawdust Days], Oshkosh (2005)

    July 2006  
    Fox Valley Blues Festival - Discontinued (2004)
    Waukesha RiverFest (Discontinued)

  117. 7/??/2006 (7/01-04/2005) - Scandinavian Midsummer Festival (?th Annual) / Canceled - Folklore Village, Dodgeville (2005)
  118. 7/??/2006 (7/01-03/2005) - Polkafest (15th Annual) - Romy's Nitingale, Black Creek (2005)
  119. 7/??/2006 (7/03/2005?) - Cedarburg Music Festival (DCI) (7th annual) - Cedarburg High School Athletic Field, 6:30 pm, Cedarburg (2005)
          (in case of rain, it will be moved into the Gymnasium)
  120. 7/??/2006 (7/07-10/2005) - Hodag Country Festival (29th Annual) - 5476 River Rd., Rhinelander (2004)
  121. 7/??/2006 (7/07-10/2005) - Lifest (?th Annual) - Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Oshkosh (2004)
          Their Web site does not state where any of the performers are from. Only Wisconsin acts known to me are listed here.
          ?
  122. 7/??/2006 (7/07-10/2005) - Polka Fest (31st Annual) - venue?, Ellsworth (2005)
  123. 7/??/2006 (7/08-10/2005) - Bluegrass and Gospel Festival (4th Annual) - Viroqua Fairgrounds, Viroqua - 2005 / 2004
  124. 7/08/2006 - Black Hawk Folk Festival (BHFS) (19th Annual) - Town Park, Mount Morris - 2005
          - Past Performers Index (1988-date)
          Bill Kehl: Emcee, Josh Calhoun & the Eclectics, Tom Pease, (non-Wisconsin or unknown) Singleton Street (?), Bill Isles (?), The Krause Family Band (?), Singleton Street (?)
  125. 7/??/2006 (7/09/2005) - Woodland Dunes Folk Festival (3rd Annual) - Woodland Dunes Nature Center, Two Rivers - 2005
  126. 7/08/2006 - Midwest Acoustic Music Fest (2nd Annual) (Pop/Rock, Adults only) - The Lake Street Cafe, Elkhart Lake - 2005  

Discontinued Festivals
  1. Fisherman's Festival - Discontinued after 18 years, 2004 was the last one, Milwaukee - 2004
  2. Fondy Acoustic Music Fest - Discontinued after 3 years, 2005 was the last one, Fond du Lac - 2005 / 2004 / 2003
  3. Fox Valley Blues Festival - Discontinued after 4 years, 2004 was the last one, Kaukauna - 2004 / 2003 / 2002 / 2001
  4. Neenah Jazz Festival - Discontinued after 9 years, the 2004 10th Annual Festival was canceled, 2003 was the last one. In 2004 it was succeeded by the Fox Jazz Fest - 2004 / 2003
  5. Northern Aire Jazz Festival - Discontinued, 2003 and 2004 were canceled. Finally in 2005 the festival was declared defunct. 2002 was the 1st and only one held, Nekoosa - 2002
  6. Overture Center for the Arts Grand Opening Festival (1st and only one held), Madison - 2004
  7. SESQUI-FEST (1st and only one held), Oshkosh - 2003
  8. Waukesha RiverFest - Discontinued after 10 years, 2004 was the last one, Waukesha - 2004

 
The Wisconsin Live Music Clearinghouse

      Someday an organization will exist with a title the same or similar to "The Wisconsin Live Music Clearinghouse". It will serve in a real "musical event information clearinghouse" capacity, with the following tentative goals:

  1. Solicit information about all concerts statewide, not just festivals, from all Wisconsin music societies and organizations, music venues, and musicians.
  2. Resolve to the satisfaction of all parties concerned, similar, or conflicting events, primarily festivals, held on the same day, at the same time, and which either feature the same type of music, or are held within say 100 miles of each other. The Clearinghouse would also determine what constitutes a conflict and what does not. Maybe two Polka festivals 100 miles apart would not compete with each other, but two Bluegrass festivals that close to each other would compete. Festivals which directly compete for the same finite pool of possible attendees, do a disservice to the good name of their festival, to the fans who can attend one or the other, but not both, and especially! to the musicians who are denied the opportunity of booking another possible paying gig.
          This conflict determination might be a very difficult task, and all conflicts may not be resolved, but it will not be for lack of trying to do so. The most important aspect of such a clearinghouse, is that unlike the current situation where many festival producers have no knowledge of what other producers are doing, the clearinghouse would provide the knowledge that each producer needs in order to start dialogs with others that would be of mutual benefit to all the festivals, fans and musicians.
          Even if it proves impossible to resolve even one conflict, just having a central source for every musical event in the state should be reason enough for the existence of this organization.
  3. To publicize all concerts and festivals in every way possible, and in whatever manner is appropriate for the music being performed: Web sites, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, etc.
  4. To achieve the previous goal, develop regular two-way communication with as many local Wisconsin newspapers, music tabloids and magazines, and radio/TV stations as possible. Similar sources in neighboring states who might already promote in one way or another one or more Wisconsin events and musicians should also be contacted regularly.
  5. Develop a publicly available on-line informational database of all concerts, all festivals, all venues, and all Wisconsin resident musicians. This database needs to be completely accessible by date, by city/county/area, by musician, and by musical genre.
  6. And lastly, solicit funding and/or donations from wherever it can be found: individuals, corporations, foundations, endowments, bequests, and even sponsor benefit concerts whenever and wherever appropriate. All the above cannot be done as completely and efficiently as is needed with just all volunteers. At least some paid staff are needed for the continuing viability of the organization.
This is my dream.
Doug Henkle
Please send me your comments on this new (01-28-2004) idea.

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