The Year in Music – Door County Pulse

Summer Music Review

We have music in Door County. If anyone doubts this, they can spend a few weeks in our office while we collect the weekly paper and its variety of musical offerings. Week after week there is plenty of music to catch, even in the ‘off season’ winter months.

This year was no exception. Venues across the peninsula have gone all out to provide a summer of rock with over 900+ live music acts. We brought it all together in our Summer Music Preview, the first issue in June, the second in August. The dedicated section contains performance highlights, venue listings, weekly music offerings, full details of our resident orchestra groups, festival information and a downloadable calendar of all live music.

Hans Christian nominated for a Grammy

Hans Christian. File photo by Rachel Lucas.

The latest CD release from Sturgeon Bay musician and producer Hans Christian, Ocean Dreaming Ocean, was nominated for a Grammy in the New Age/Ambient/Chant category in November. His CD, based on raw songs by the late cellist and composer David Darling, was selected along with four other nominees from a field of over 175 entries.

pat live album on mAcdonald Records

Pat McDonald. File photo by Chris Rugowski.

Sturgeon Bay musician Pat MacDonald recorded a live album titled In the hall of the vestibule, during a series of public recording sessions this April. The live sessions, during which mAcdonald played a mix of new songs and reworked versions of originals dating back to the 1980s, were also fundraisers for the non-profit Steel Bridge Creative Foundation.

Zenshin Daiko performs around the door

Zenshin Daiko Artists. File photo.

Zenshin Daiko, a 10-piece children’s taiko group from Maui, Hawaii, performed at Alpine Resort, Birch Creek Music Performance Center and Peg Egan Performing Arts Center this June. The band’s 10-year-old 13- to 15-year-old performers played handmade drums in the revered Taiko style, a rhythmic flow of percussion and dance.

Sierra Ferrell with special guest Cat Clyde cancels the sold-out show

Sierra Ferrell. file photo.

Roots singer Sierra Ferrell sold out her concerts at DCA in July. Then, in early July, came the bad news that she was missing the next six days of her tour schedule — including the one she was supposed to hold in Fish Creek on July 10. “We’ve been working really hard for all of you and we’ve loved every minute of it, but I have to slow down for a bit,” Ferrell said in a statement. “I know you’re disappointed and so am I, but I also know that a little rest would do me good. I will be back on stage soon and I can’t wait to see you.”

Righteous Babes play Peg Egan on first headlining tour

The righteous babies. File photo by Anthony Mulcahy.

Alternative-indie powerhouse Righteous Babes made a stop at Egg Harbor’s Peg Egan Performing Arts Center on their first headlining tour this August.

Eric Lewis and friends celebrate 25 years at Fishstock

Eric Lewis and friends play Fishstock in 2022. File photo.

This September, bluegrass band Eric Lewis and Friends closed out the Fishstock Concert Series and celebrated their 25th year playing the annual Fish Creek event.

Muse Breaks Ground

A drawing of what the finished Muse building will look like. File photo.

Muse, a new music venue and school in Sturgeon Bay, launched in September. The building, which will house the music venue on the first floor and studio apartments on the second floor, is scheduled for completion in May 2024.

Dorothy Scott and the Peacemakers raise funds for DOOR CANcer

Dorothy Scott and the Peacemakers. File photo.

Dorothy Scott and The Peacekeepers, a local band that brings out the best in pop, alternative, folk and blues, played a fundraiser show at Sturgeon Bay’s Door County Fire Company this February. Proceeds benefited DOOR CANcer, a nonprofit organization that helps Door County residents receiving cancer treatment pay non-medical bills.

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