Door County home to a rich music scene built on collaboration

The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay continues to promote the Door County music scene through several festivals that promote collaboration between talented musical artists. Collaboration between songwriters has been a calling card of the Door County music scene for several years, with the first Steel Bridge Songfest being held in 2005. For artists, one of the most peculiar and interesting portions of the festival is the collaboration portion of the event, held a week before actual performances are held. Each artist is paired off with two others to work together to write and record a song, with the process repeating each night until the festival. Melaniejane, one of the co-owners of the Holiday Music Motel, said a desire to continue fostering Door County talent led to several artists purchasing the hotel in 2007.



In 2009, another festival was added, Dark Songs, with Love on Holiday to follow on Valentine’s Day of 2012. Several musical acts that perform at these festivals and around Door County have been nominated for prestigious awards, including a couple of Grammy nods.

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