RedHawks and Redshift Headlights team up at Racket Fest 2018


The Appleton band RedHawks are teaming up with Oshkosh’s Redshift Headlights yet again, this time for back to back sets on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Water City Racket Fest.  The RedHawks, who are younger and  better looking than Redshift, put on a solid rock n roll show that blends folk, alt country flavor, and colorful psychedelic hymn progressions.   As we said in our RedHawks Download Days last month, “their live sound is sharp, cohesive and full of Fox Valley rock goodness.”

Redshift Headlights is a six-piece Oshkosh indie rock band centered on large atmosphere, drone-inflicted guitar progressions, and impassioned vocals, with hints of keys, brass, bells, synth, and gear.  The band released their debut album INSIDE VOICES early 2017 and is working on their next album, of which their Racket Fest set will largely feature.

Freddie of the RedHawks

The RedHawks are Freddie Haas on rhythm guitar/vocals, Renée Millard on trumpet/vocals, Tate Sampson on lead guitar, Adam Bohnsack on bass guitar, and Thomas Bishop on drums.

Redshift Headlights are Stephen McCabe on lead vocals and guitar, Dean Hoffman on bass guitar/vocals, Jay Spanbauer on guitar/percussion, Todd Farber on drums, Paul van Auken on vibes/guitar/vocals/trumpet/probably other stuff, and Justin Mitchell on keyboards/synth/trumpet.

Water City Racket Fest will take place in downtown Oshkosh at 103 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh on Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, 2018.  The event will feature all original music from Wisconsin bands.  Tickets for the full event are just $6.00.  More information is available at

Water City Racket Fest is being promoted by The Oshkosh Independent.  The Fifth Ward Brewing Company is the Festival Sponsor, and will have their craft beers available throughout the event.

The RedHawks are sponsored by Westshore Acupuncture an integrated health center located at 404 N Main Street Suite 801. Westshore Acupuncture specializes in pain management combining traditional chinese medicine and modern medicine.

Redshift Headlights is sponsored by Rhapsodies Gourmet Frozen Custard & Sandwiches.  Located at 1226 Oregon St in Oshkosh, Rhapsodies, wants their customers to experience a fresh new taste in old fashioned frozen custard; the way it was meant to be – fresh, smooth, rich and creamy.

Here are a few ways to get a listen to the the bands before February 24, 2018:

First, tune into Oshkosh’s fabulous 101.9fm radio — local community-based radio covering important local stuff, from council meetings to local rock n roll.  Racket Fest radio will be airing Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. The show is hosted by Oshkosh radio legend Anthony Montalvo (another UW grad), and features nearly 25 minutes of straight music paired with a small dose of band info.  The Haunted Heads show will begin airing the week of October 16.

Second, here are a few videos from the bands.

  • RedHawks Live at Rock Garden Studio in 2016 (video brought to you by Rock Garden Studio)


Oshkosh’s Fifth Ward Brewing Co:  Oshkosh’s newest craft brewery, located at 1009 South Main Street in Oshkosh’s south side, the Fifth Ward Brewing’s goal is to explore the boundaries of style and tradition, as an expression of they we are, where they’re from, their past experience, and their vision for the future. But mostly, they want to bring you the best possible beer.


Rhapsodies Gourmet Frozen Custard – sponsoring Redshift Headlights: wants to provide you with more than just a great taste sensation. That is why they have incorporated another one of their passions: music. So the next time you stop in, don”t forget to request one or two of your favorite songs along with your order.


Westshore Acupuncture LLC – sponsoring RedHawks: is an Integrative Health Center in downtown Oshkosh providing an experienced practitioner, warm atmosphere and effective care, and a belief that good medicine combines the best that Chinese and Western medicine has to offer. Their practice is rooted in the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but adapted to the needs of a modern world.



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