Why You’ll Want to Attend the Steel Bridge Songfest

Music lovers, unite! The Steel Bridge Songfest is returning to Door County this summer, and you won’t want to miss it! This annual event not only shows support for the old steel bridge in Sturgeon Bay, it brings up-and-coming songwriters, musicians, and music fans together for a full weekend of music and heart. We invite you to discover this unique and one-of-a-kind event during your summer getaway to Door County!

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History of the Steel Bridge Songfest

In 1996, Sturgeon Bay’s Michigan Street Bridge was on schedule to be demolished. A grassroots band called “The SOBs” (Save Our Bridge) was locally organized to save the bridge from its demise. Their goal was accomplished! In 2005, this small group transformed into Citizens For Our Bridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the bridge through community outreach and education. They do this through several creative musical events and projects, including the Steel Bridge Songfest.

Since the first songfest, musicians from around the world have traveled to Door County to show their support, including Jackson Browne, James McMurtry, and Jane Wiedlin from the Go-Gos. The steel bridge has also been permanently protected and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Although the bridge is officially saved, the celebration continues to honor the bridge as a living symbol of creative collaboration.

What to Expect at the Steel Bridge Songfest 2017

This June 8th-11th, Door County will come alive with “music so fresh, it hasn’t been written yet!” You’ll hear a huge selection of songs written and recorded at Holiday Music Motel while enjoying a variety of live performances. The event takes place at several locations throughout Sturgeon Bay, so be sure to bring a Venue Map along with you!  After the celebration, you’ll even have the opportunity to listen to your favorite songs all over again by purchasing the Steel Bridge Songfest album.

Artists and bands from all over the nation come to play their music just for you, many of which they have yet to release to the public. The performers don’t ask for donations, they simply play their music to show support for the community and their love for music. Although the artists for this year’s Steel Bridge Songfest have yet to be announced, you can browse the 2016 Performer List for an idea of what kind of music to expect!

Enjoy the Steel Bridge Songfest and More Summer Fun During Your Stay With The Ashbrooke

Plan your most memorable summer getaway yet with The Ashbrooke in Door County, WI! Not only is our convenient location near all of your favorite local attractions, but you’ll find plenty of ways to unwind and relax right in our adults-only hotel. Return to your cozy and luxurious guest room after your Door County adventures or enjoy our hotel’s unique features and amenities just as an indoor swimming pool and fire table. Guests will also have the opportunity to take advantage of our exclusive specials that make a vacation in Door County even more affordable! Ready for the vacation of a lifetime? Book your next getaway to The Ashbrooke for our 2017 season today!

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