Electric City Experience has always been more than the big kickoff to the Fox Valley’s summer music season.
Its heart lies in community, and organizers look forward to the next big phase of their 2021 success: it’s all about giving back.
The Kaukauna music festival announced $17,500 in nonprofit and community investments as result of its successful 2021 return.
The four-day June music festival drew thousands to Downtown Kaukauna, and for many, served as a homecoming of sorts after pandemic restrictions had been lifted. The event featured five stages of music, carnival rides, and an array of food trucks. It had everything a local music fan could want: cold beer, hot sun and some of the best artists from the Fox Valley and across Wisconsin.
Now, the community will see the fruits of that success.
Donations include $6,500 to the Kaukauna Public Library’s food pantry program. The pantry became the key project of the music festival in 2020 even as the pandemic kept bands off stages.
The festival team has distributed more than 50,000 pounds of food. Pop-up pantry events allowed for residents to pick up fresh produce in addition to packaged goods.
Electric City Experience is donating an additional $2,000 to the Oshkosh Area Community Food Pantry, which worked in tandem to help their neighbors to the north.
The festival aims to contribute to lives through music in yet another way.
Organizers are donating $3,000 to Warrior Songs. Founded by singer-songwriter Jason Moon, the nonprofit uses songwriting and the arts as an avenue of healing for those suffering mentally and emotionally as a result of their military service. “The Last Thing We Ever Do: Warrior Songs, Volume 3” has just been released and shares the testimonies of Vietnam veterans.
Contributions will touch a variety of Kaukauna entities including its fire and police departments, 1000 Islands Environmental Center and Grignon Mansion.
This year’s Electric City Experience was the first festival since 2018.
Organizers took a year off in 2019 to resolve some organizational issues and were unable to resume in 2020 for reasons of public safety.
Crowds at this year’s event showed that no momentum was lost. Musicians saw enthusiastic crowds and no major issues were reported through the event. They anticipate another great experience in 2022.