BLOG: Enjoying the Live, Outdoor Music of Door County
While Door County is one of my favorite places year round, summertime on the peninsula is its own brand of magical. The outdoor spaces truly come to life and there’s no shortage of enticing events and activities. One of theses unique offerings is the easy access to live outdoor music. I’m talking about live, outdoor music six to seven days a week. And, not to mention, for free! Could it get any better for an outdoors and music lover like myself? I think not.
Several weekends ago my beau and our dog took advantage of the perfect weather on a Sunday evening and attended Egg Harbor’s Sunset Concert Series at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center. We had heard great things about the band set to kick off the series, WIFEE and the HUZz Band, and had to see what all the buzz was about.
The series takes place in an outdoor performance center just off the main street in Egg Harbor. A lush green lawn covers a gently sloping hill that faces the beautifully constructed stage. The concert was set to begin at 7:00 PM and we arrived around 6:30 to an already half full lawn. Luckily for our dog Harvey, well-behaved pets were welcome as long as they were leashed. So the three of us headed in with our folding chairs and a picnic basket full of snacks.
We settled into a spot along the fence line and watched the crowd filter in. While we waited, we sipped on chilled white wine, munched on a cheese plate and chatted with surrounding concertgoers. There was beer, wine and popcorn for sale if we hadn’t brought in our own basket. The event sponsors welcomed everyone warmly and got the music started.
The music was old school, with a fresh, funky groove. The husband and wife duo, Ruby James and Stephan Cooper, fronted the stage with their expressive vocals and were backed up by eight other band members – allowing them to boast a full horns section. Once they started to play, the whole audience started to move something – tapping feet, nodding heads – the songs and energy were infectious! By the midway point, the front of the lawn had turned into a dance floor and people of all ages were swinging and grooving.
Once the sun began to set, the temperature really dropped and I was glad I had brought along a blanket. The lights began to glow and, although we couldn’t see the water, the sky was turning brilliant colors providing a gorgeous backdrop. This event really showcased how special Door County’s communities are by bringing neighbors and visitors together for a fun, free experience all ages can enjoy. See the full summer schedule of the Sunset Concert Series here, or the full offering of outdoor music opportunities here.