The Electric City Experience once again presents a big problem that no one seems to complain about.
There are too many great acts over a few short days. There’s no way to see them all.
“We really try to have a diversity of music and styles in our lineup,” said Jason Lipsky, an organizer of the festival. “We want to have something for everyone to enjoy.”
The Electric City Experience runs from June 8-11 in downtown Kaukauna and will feature more than 50 acts across five stages. It’s free to attend.
The festival is centered at Hydro Park and the Kaukauna Farmers Market lot. Festivities begin with the Live from Hydro Park kickoff party on Wednesday, June 8. Bobby Evans and the Dairyland Kings – an act that features some of the best guitarists in the Fox Valley – headlines the opening show.
Thursday brings Kids Carnival Day with $1 rides and a hip hop/R&B performance from Ill Genesi.
On Friday and Saturday, music fans would be wise to bring a game plan.
Jazz fans, for instance, have a few big time slots to work around.
Two of Wisconsin’s jazz greats will offer an early evening performance that promises to deliver big on beauty, precision and intricacy. Janet Planet and Tom Theabo will perform at the smaller, more intimate Pavilion Stage at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 11. The Erin Krebs Quintet – featuring the 2019 WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year – will follow with a Saturday main stage performance at 8 p.m.
Pegasis will make their Electric City Experience debut on Friday, June 10.
Based out of Green Bay, the group performs original music with tight harmonies that blends pop funk, latin and jazz. They consist of Dominican sisters Marvelis, Rissel and Yaina Peguero and are joined by jazz guitarist Matt Hillman.
Pegasis is performing as part of the WIJAM Showcase along with Ifdakar and Disconapse.
Hometown favorites Kyle Megna and the Monsoons will headline the main stage on Friday.
Are you looking for some bluegrass? Catch a light version of Biscuit Creek at 5 p.m. on Friday and stick around for Homemade Brew at 6:30 p.m.
Are you in the mood for acoustic guitars, great voices and all your favorites? A-Town Unplugged perform Friday at 10 p.m. at the St. Paul Elder Services Park Stage.
Maybe you’re looking for an Irish party. You could do far worse than a night of drinking songs with Sheamus Fitzpatrick & the McNally Boys. They perform at 10 p.m. on Saturday at the park stage.
Fans of rock and hard rock would do well to catch sets from Leading the Blind, Bad Haji, The Lately
The festival’s Cafe Stage has some nice surprises.
Walt Hamburger will make his return to the festival at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The hometown show follows his recent tours of both Canada and Europe.
Singer-songwriter Amelia Ford – a 2018 Nash-Next finalist – will make her debut at Electric City Experience on Saturday at 9 p.m.
Reggae fans will want to be on hand on Saturday night.
Luma Knotty, a funk, rock and reggae act based in Green Bay, will perform at 5 p.m. Unity the Band, the 2021 WAMI Artist of the Year, will bring their reggae sounds to the Saturday night headline slot. They perform on the main stage at 9:30 p.m.
Electric City Experience also does well to showcase young and up-and-coming artists. Make a point to catch some songs from artists including Amelia Grace, Elizabeth Lamine, Hailey Jacobson, Parker Collar, Lilie and Callisto Verhalen.
Everyone has their favorites.
But make no mistake: there are no bad choices to be made. It’s also a great strategy to simply walk around, listen and discover.