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Steel Bridge Songfest is the “Greatest Original Songwriters’ Festival in the Midwest.” Songwriters of national, regional, and local acclaim come together to write songs inspired by Sturgeon Bay’s Historic Steel Bridge. It consists of a four-day songwriting collaborative called the Construction Zone, followed by three evenings of pub crawls and two days of outdoor concerts at the Holiday Music Motel. Their slogan is “Music so fresh it hasn’t been written yet!”
Over 200 musicians perform at Steel Bridge Songfest each year. Live performances take place across several venues around Sturgeon Bay, showcasing all of the newly written music as well as past favorites. A list of performers can be found on the festival website.
Founded in 2005 by musician Pat MacDonald (of Timbuk3 fame) and his sister, Steel Bridge Songfest began as part of a grass-roots campaign to restore the historic “Steel Bridge” – the original route of Highways 42 and 57 as they crossed Sturgeon Bay.
These “Construction Zone” participants write songs inspired by the bridge (or whatever), and then the songs are recorded on-site at the Holiday Music Motel and released as compilation albums. You can listen to Steel Bridge Radio here or by clicking on the icon.
Steel Bridge Songfest runs from Thursday, June 14th through Sunday, June 17th in venues across Sturgeon Bay. Highways 42 and 57 bring you there. The city will be buzzing with creative artists working on making music throughout the town. While there, check out everything both Sturgeon Bay and the Door Peninsula has to offer, from the beautiful sights, museums like the Door County Maritime Museum, tour a shipbuilding yard, rent a boat, or explore Potawatomi State Park and other natural attractions in this uniquely beautiful area.
Here’s a taste of the festival last year: