Thousands of people migrated to Appleton this weekend for the 9th annual Mile of Music

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) — Since Thursday, free live music fills the air throughout downtown Appleton for Mile of Music, now in its 9th year.

Mile 9 is officially back at full capacity for the first time since 2019, after being canceled in 2020 and limited in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s so good to be back, it’s like a home away from home,” said Jamie Kent.

Jamie Kent, a musician from Nashville, helped launch Mile of Music at the opening concert on Wednesday night, where he debuted his new Mile-inspired song – “Famous (In Appleton)”.

Just next door in Kent, die-hard Mile of Music fan Gary Barth, nicknamed ‘The Man of Peace’, sponsors the Peace, Love & Nashville Showcase on the Spats outdoor stage.

“I thought I had to do something special for the Mile of Music,” Barth explained.

On Saturday morning, Barth showed his dedication to the festival by getting the Mile of Music logo tattooed on his arm.

“It’s probably one of the best organized festivals I’ve ever been to, and it’s all volunteers. It’s amazing,” Barth said.

Another die-hard fan is Wisconsin native Jason Splinter, who has made it his mission to hit a band every hour since the festival began on Thursday.

“If I can hit one band per hour for the entire Mile of Music, I can get around 25 hours of live music over the four days of the festival. It takes some prep time. It took me hours to research bands and listening to music, finding out who I like,” Splinter said.

The four-day festival features over 700 sets of live music, in 40 different venues, at no cost.

“There’s no place like Appleton, no place like Mile of Music in the world,” Kent said.

If you haven’t been to Mile 9 yet, there are still plenty of shows on the schedule, before it wraps up Sunday night.

Mile of Music is back at full capacity for the first time since 2019!

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