Madison’s Flannel Fest expands to Appleton with local and National Americana music and aims to help the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund.
Promoter Mark Hulbert joined Local 5’s Brittany Falkers and Nate Stewart on Local 5 This Morning Friday ahead of the festival.
The founders of the festival in Madison, Beth Kille of the Beth Kille Band and Erik Kjelland of The Mascot Theory, started Flannel Fest as a way to raise funds and awareness for the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund, according to Hulbert.
“I can say, that every year I’ve attended I’ve been very impressed with the talent they were able to gather,” Hulbert said.
Now, the festival is adding a second series in Appleton called Flannel Fest North Friday, November 3 at Gibson Music Hall.
“Beth and Erik have always felt a special tie to the Fox Valley area. Over the years Flannel Fest has featured artists like Miles Nielsen, Hillary Reynolds, and lots of other Mile of Music alumni. Last December they were approached by Dave Willems to partner up with Mile of Music Productions to bring Flannel Fest to the Appleton area and it seemed like a natural fit,” Hulbert said.
Flannel Fest features a unique lineup of local and national acts. The music meets an Americana vibe, but Hulbert says there is something for everyone.
“I always get a kick out of it when people ask about the genre because many times I just don’t know what to say. I would call it Americana, which can be a really broad genre that includes folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, blues, R&B,” Hulebert said.
Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund is the non-profit benefactor of Flannel Fest. The program is a statewide non-profit charitable effort that steps in and keeps the heat and power on for
thousands of elderly, people with disabilities, veterans and working families with young children in crisis.
Flannel Fest North, November 3
Gibson Music Hall, Appleton, WI
Doors: 5:00 p.m.
Show: 6:00 p.m.
Lillie Mae (headliner, from Nashville, fiddle player for Jack White of The White Stripes. Third Man Records artist)
The Mascot Theory (Mile of Music alumni, from Madison)
Beth Kille Band (Mile of Music alumni, from Madison)
Queen Hilma (Alex and Andi from The Voice TV show, from Green Bay)
Lost Lakes (Mile of Music alumni, from Madison)
Christopher Gold (Mile of Music alumni, from Appleton)