Steel Bridge Songfest 2012 is around the corner!

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STURGEON BAY, WI – The eighth annual Steel Bridge Songfest will once again rock the Door County town of Sturgeon Bay from Thursday, June 7th through Sunday, June 10th, with a record number of songwriters and bands performing at twelve indoor and outdoor venues.

Citizens for Our Bridge, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and preserving the historical significance of Sturgeon Bay’s Michigan Street Bridge, hosts the annual volunteer-run event. Central to the festivities is the “Construction Zone,” a weeklong songwriting marathon hosted by theHoliday Music Motel that infuses the festival with a slew of new songs each year. The songs are written and recorded at the motel and performed on stage during the festival by the writers (the “Construction Crew”*), and are later made available for sale at local businesses and through the Steel Bridge and Holiday websites. Fifty-five songwriters in every genre of music (from as far away as New Zealand) are taking part this year. This year’s festival will mark the release of the latest edition of Steel Bridge Songs, Volume 7.

Steel Bridge Songfest 2012 Highlights:

Pub Crawl with Saferide Program June 7th, 8th, & 9th, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.:12 indoor and outdoor venues, 100+ bands, free trolley transportation! Thursday, June 7th is Door County Appreciation Night, and is free to the public (no passes required).

Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) June 8th & 9th, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Two evenings of music at Sturgeon Bay’s premier theater, featuring the Construction Zone songwriters and the songs written at the Holiday Music Motel in the days preceding the festival weekend. Friday’s show includes theYoung Songwriter’s Showcase, hosted by 2012 Door County Idol winner Lena MacDonald.

2-Day Outdoor Festival at The Holiday Music Motel June 9th & 10th, 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Two outdoor stages (parking lot and rooftop), food and beer vendors, FREE to the public!

Steel Bridge Songfest ALL-ACCESS PASSES are JUST $20/$25 and can be purchased online through Ticket Star Online, by phone at (800) 895-0071, or in person at the Holiday Music Motel, Untitled Used and Rare Books, and the Steel Bridge office located at 221 Louisiana St. in Sturgeon Bay.

NOTE: This is a preliminary schedule. Times, venues and performers are all subject to change. Many more artists’ names and specifics will be added in as the festival approaches. Check for the most up to date information.

Thursday June 7th “Door County Appreciation Night”
(All venues are FREE, no passes required)
6pm-10pm Glas Coffeehouse – Construction Zone Songwriter Showcase hosted by Anna Sacks featuring Robin Bienemann, Delaney Davidson, Angelo De Augustine, Ruby James, Eric McFadden, James Hall, Rick Wood, Andrea Wittgens, Matthew Julian Walters, Danielle French, Elliot Goettelman, Tarl Knight, Victoria Vox, Mark Raddatz, Geri X, Chris Aaron, Aaron English
6pm-9pm Nautical Inn Patio Groove Session and Friends
6pm-10pm Kitty O’Riley’s (heated, covered patio) Various artists TBA, hosted by Marybeth Mattson and Seth Raddatz with special guest Jeanne Kuhns.
9pm-Midnight Kimz Galley Cafe (serving food until 12am!!) Open mic, hosted by Meaghan Owens with special guests.
9pm-1am East Side Pub Crawl (Butch’s, Red Room, Poh’s, Cherry Lanes, Nautical Inn, Van’s) More than 40 bands and solos including Delta Routine, Southside Stranglers, Wisconsin Beef Commission, Little Cisco and the Rhythm Dogs, Boom 42, Dead Modern Villains, Liv Meuller, and more TBA. Cigar Box Guitar Madness with Purgatory Hill, John Lowe, Hymn For Her, Voodoo Highway, Stacey Puckett, and Guitar Hero Sheema. Rap/Hip-Hop Party hosted by DJ Nolan Scott, featuring Storitela, Chump Service, MC Swigz, Lumberjack Cash, Landon Capelle, and more TBA. For a more detailed and complete schedule/listing, check

Friday June 8th 
3pm-7pm Glas Coffeehouse Patio (indoors if raining) Various Artists TBA, hosted By Craig Greenberg and Andrea Wittgens
6pm-9pm Nautical Beer Garden (indoors if raining) The Form, Favorite Shape Triangle, Joseph Peterson and the Transparent Seas, and more TBA.
7pm-10pm Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) 7pm-8:30pm: Young Songwriters Showcase, Hosted by Lena MacDonald (2012 Door County Idol) and Tarl Knight, featuring Brittany Hallet (2012 Miss Door County), Caleb Navarro, Liam Hall, Angelo DeAugustine, Anya Kopischke and more. 8:30pm-10pm: Construction Zone Songwriters “In The Round” Hosted by Victoria Vox and Freedy Johnston, featuring the 2012 Construction Crew*
7pm-10pm Kitty O’Riley’s Pub (heated, covered patio) Various Artists TBA, hosted by The Offseason with special guests.
9pm-12am Kimz Galley Cafe Open Mic, hosted by Kory Murphy with special guests.
9pm-2am Pub Crawl (Red Room, Butch’s, Poh’s, Cherry Lanes, Nautical. Kitty O’Riley’s Pub, Beach Harbor) featuring Geri X, Favorite Shape Triangle, The Legendary Sons of Crack Daniels, Delaney Davidson, The Form, Copper Box, Black Market Parts, The Sonnets, Ida Jo, Wamsley, Honey Get The Gun, Thy Dirty Deuce, Farm League, She Said, Copperbox, James Hall, Bear Suit Sucker Punch, Victims of the American Dream, Black Water Lies, Candy Machine Guns, Bloody Crows, Jerry Duginski, Dead Horse, Mr. Tall Pants and The Shorts, Alex White of Elf Lettuce, Little Damn Matthew, Right Rongly, and more! For a more detailed and complete schedule/listing, check

Saturday June 9th 
12:30pm-5:30pm Holiday Music Motel, Two stages–parking lot and rooftop. (In case of rain, music moves to Cherry Lanes.) Victoria Williams, Freedy Johnston, Thy Dirty Deuce, Darcade, Mike Mangione Band, The Raddatz’s (Mark, Seth, and Austin, playing together and with their own bands), The 2012 Construction Crew* and more TBA.
6pm-9pm Nautical Beer Garden (inside if raining) ) Freddie Lee Band, Cody P and Sammy B, and more TBA.
7pm-10pm TAP “2012 Steel Bridge All-Star Revue” featuring the entire 2012 Construction Crew* and special guests, hosted by James Hall.
8pm-12am Kimz Galley Cafe Open Mic, hosted by Tarl Knight with guest artists.
9pm-2am Pub Crawl (Butch’s, Red Room, Poh’s, Cherry Lanes, Nautical. Kitty’s, Beach Harbor) featuring Chris Aaron, Boheme 66, Steve Sullivan and The Factory, Freddy Lee Band, Underground Day 1, Elastik Waste Banned, A Minute Jack Forum, Kim Manning’s Jam Factory, Groove Session, Lantz Lazwell, The People Brothers Band, Fun With Atoms, West Adeline, The Whiskeybelles, Mike Mangione Band, Guitar Hero Sheema, Jacob Green and the River Water Tribe, Ruby James, Victoria Williams, Walter Salas-Humara, Bruce and Jeremy Reaves, Brothers Gun, Early Thomas & The Devil Inside, She Said and more TBA.  For a more detailed and complete schedule/listing, check

Sunday June 10th
12:30pm-5:30pm Holiday Music Motel,  Two stages–parking lot and rooftop (in case of rain, music moves to Cherry Lanes) TOIVO, Crude Humor, Ben There Dan That, The 2012 Construction Crew** and more TBA.

*The 2012 Construction CrewAaron English (Seattle, WA), Adrienne Hatkin (Portland, OR), Andrea Wittgens (New York, NY), Angelo De Augustine (Westlake Village, CA), Anna Sacks (Santa Barbara, CA), Bruce Reaves (South Bend, IN), Caleb Navarro (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Carley Baer(Portland, OR), Charles Boheme (Madison, WI), Charlie Cheney (Fremont, MI), Chris Aaron (Arvada, CO), Craig Greenberg (New York, NY), Dan-o Stoffels (Madison, WI), Dan Smrz (Sister Bay, WI), Danielle French(Calgary, Alberta, Canada), David Cox (Columbus, WI), Delaney Davidson(New Zealand), Ellie Maybe (Chicago, IL), Elliot Goettelman (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Eric McFadden (San Francisco, CA), Geri X (St. Petersburg, FL), Greg Rotiek (Waukesha, WI), Groove Session (Ontario, CA), James Hall (Atlanta, GA), Jamey Clark (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Jeanne Kuhns (Door County, WI), Jim Troglin (Atlanta, GA), Jimm McIver (Seattle, WA), John Hadley (Nashville, TN), Katherine Barnes Kelly (Sarasota, FL), Kim Manning (Los Angeles, CA), Kory Murphy (Rockford, IL), Landon Capelle (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Lantz Lazwell (Los Angeles, CA), Lena MacDonald (Sister Bay, WI), Liv Mueller (Milwaukee, WI), The Legend Lumberjack Cash (Chandler, AZ),Matthew Julian Walters (Melbourne, Australia), Mike Bleck (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Miss Meaghan Owens (Milwaukee, WI), Mojo Perry (St. Paul, MN), Pete Ress (Madison, WI), Richard Whitney (Sturgeon Bay, WI), Rick Wood (Los Angeles, CA),  Rob Atwood (Bailey’s Harbor, WI), Robin Bienemann(Chicago, IL), Ruby James (Los Angeles, CA), Stirling Myles (Portland, OR),Storitela (Washington, DC), Tarl Knight (Green Bay, WI), Troy Therrien(Sturgeon Bay, WI), Vee Sonnets (Chicago, IL), Victoria Vox (Baltimore, MD), Victoria Williams (Shreveport, LA), Vincent Gates (Seattle, WA),Walter Salas-Humara (Flagstaff, AZ)

Visit for a full list of performers and the four-day performance schedule.  


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