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Electric City Experience releases show schedule


Fox Valley music fans will get 48 sets of live music in two short days. 

After a long winter and a full year with few opportunities, the festival lineup almost sounds daunting. Yet Electric City Experience will do its part to help its crowds make up for all of that lost time.

The Kaukauna music festival just released its 2021 show schedule, and like always, those who love live music have plenty of reasons for anticipation. With top talent across five stages, fans will also have some tough choices to make. 

Electric City Experience will take place from June 9-12 in Downtown Kaukauna. 

The first choice is easy: Make plans to hit the Wednesday kickoff concert, part of the Live from Hydro Park concert series. Bobby Evans and the Dairyland Kings will move the needle early with some incredible guitar work and masterful musicianship from some of the Fox Valley’s top performers.

Thursday is set up for family fun during Kids Carnival Day. 

Thursday and Friday will bring the nonstop music that so many of us have missed.

From acoustic sets to metal and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. Fans will hear jazz, soul, reggae, blues and more.

Friday’s schedule includes a preview of August’s Moon Dance Music Festival in Gleason, Wis. Three acts slated for the festival will give Kaukauna a taste of what’s to come. Billy Bronsted will open at 5:30 p.m. with Burnt Toast & Jam and Ifdakar to follow.

Friday is also tailormade for jazz fans.

Janet Planet and Tom Theabo will perform together at 6 p.m. At 10 p.m., Erin Krebs and the Swinging Johnsons will take the second end of the doubleheader.

The festival features some of the favorites of the Fox Valley, whether its A-Town Unplugged, Unity the Band or Sly Joe & the Smooth Operators. Some of the best from across Wisconsin are slated to perform, such as Milwaukee’s Black Belt Theatre.

Music starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. There’s plenty of food available on both days. Saturday features a food truck rally. 

Plenty of cold beer will also be available, including selections from Appleton’s Stone Arch Brewpub.

The Wednesday kickoff event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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