A Fall Fest Music Preview!

A Fall Fest Music Preview!

Summer is one of the busiest times in Door County – and for good reason. The gorgeous views and plenty of water activities during warmer months make for a dream getaway. But, I have a little secret – my favorite time to be in Door County is just after the summer season concludes and fall has begun. The landscapes somehow become more beautiful as the colors begin to change and the sunny days are still plentiful.

One of my favorite Door County traditions also happens during the fall – Sister Bay’s Fall Fest! It’s a celebration of the changing of seasons and a return to the slower pace of life for many Door County locals. It’s known to attract several thousand visitors to the village of Sister Bay and has also earned the title of “The Granddaddy” of all Door County festivals.

I have a feeling that this year will be the best fest yet. With many recent renovations to the Sister Bay tourism areas, visitors will have ample opportunities to partake in the activities. There is something for everyone – from a Classic Auto or an Arts & Crafts show to a chainsaw carving demo or pumpkin bowling, you will have plenty of options. Not to mention my favorite feature, the live music.

Husby’s and Sister Bay Bowl host the main stage that is located in center Highway 42 which is shut down for the event. In addition to this stage, there will be performances at the Door County Creamery, Al Johnson’s beer garden, BierZot, Grasse’s Grill and then inside both Husby’s and Sister Bay bowl in the evenings. Amidst the performances you’ll find food stands, drink tents and many colorful attendees with their traditional goofy hats or headwear.

 

Here’s a rundown of the performers and where to find them on Fall Fest weekend!

FRIDAY

Husby’s:

Scotty Meyer from 1 – 3:30 PM

This five-time nominated guitarist of the year will impress with his large list of songs he’s able to master on his six-string. Focusing primarily on rock hits, but also incorporating some of the crowd favorites with reggae and soul influence.

Modern Day Drifters from 4 – 7 PM

A local Door County band that is known for covering class country brands as well as more modern day country pop. If you are a country music fan, these are the guys to see!

Muddy Udders from 10 PM – close

This three-person band just celebrated their 10-year anniversary and they are still going strong, and if you’ve been in the audience, you know why they are so successful. These guys throw all they have into their seemingly never-ending sets featuring classic covers as well as some floor-shaking originals. Get ready to go hard and dance the night away.

SATURDAY

Door County Creamery:

Whiskey Ditch with Special Guest from 11AM – 5 PM

These guys are your Green Bay rock N’ roll party band. From classic grooves to punk to 90’s grunge, they will cover all the bases of your favorite rock songs.

Next to Al Johnson’s:

Modern Day Drifters from 12 – 4 PM

A local Door County band that is known for covering class country brands as well as more modern day country pop. If you are a country music fan, these are the guys to see!

BierZot:

Right Now from 12 – 2:30 PM

A soul and pop group from Chicago will woo you with their emotionally-charge vocals, smooth tenor sax, lively bass and guitar and even some keyboard and trumpet. You’ll be grooving and grabbing a partner to boogie with in no time.

Radio Free Honduras from 3 – 5 PM

A Latin band from the Chicago area featuring a diverse group of some of Chicago’s most talented musicians. Energetic percussion, electiric instrumentation and rich harmonies provide a backdrop for Charlie Baran to shine in the stoplight with stunning guitar work.

Grasse’s Grill:

Big Mouth from 12 – 3 PM

A Door County band that features a group of horns, guitarists and vocalists that takes influences from blues and jazz.

Husby’s:

Happy Schnapps from 4 – 7 PM

One of the bands that I most look forward to seeing is this one. It’s a band like no other – and appropriately nicknamed Wisconsin’s Favorite Drinking Band. Not only do they play rousing polka renditions, but they also pick on any non-Packers fans and encourage lots of glass raising and beer drinking. Also be prepared to sing along to their call and response songs that get the whole crowd involved.

Hoi Polloi from 10 PM – close

This “reggae rock band with funk and soul influence” also headlined the fest last year and, I must say, they have a lot of talent and can cover some of my favorite songs that I have never heard covered previously. Spanning from Bob Marley favorites to Metallica and Van Morrison and even into some punk rock, this band knows how to get the party started. And party we will.

Sister Bay Bowl:

Glas Hamr from 10 PM - close

Another band that will have you dancing and singing along. This classic Door County band cover party rock songs from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s to keep all generations toe tapping. And most importantly, they love the Packers.

Main Stage:

Hoi Polloi from 12:30 – 3:45 PM

This “reggae rock band with funk and soul influence” also headlined the fest last year and, I must say, they have a lot of talent and can cover some of my favorite songs that I have never heard covered previously. Spanning from Bob Marley favorites to Metallica and Van Morrison and even into some punk rock, this band knows how to get the party started. And party we will.

 See the full weekend schedule here.