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Appleton's Mile of Music goes a long way for great music

Appleton's Mile of Music goes a long way for great music

Appleton's Mile of Music gets ready to roll. No tickets? No Problem. They want you to hear their tunes, all original. It's Wisconsin's South by Southwest. I am strolling down the street on a warm midsummer's night, my steps falling into the shuffling rhythm of a blues band for a moment, then slowing to some cool jazz a few storefronts down, until I finally stop at a lone folk singer in a colorfully lit tavern. Across the street must be something good as the line spills out the door. Mile of Music, they call it: a stretch of College Avenue — the main drag in Appleton, Wis. — that becomes a corridor of song as more than 200 artists play 800 live performances...

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