Second group of Water City Racket Fest 2019 performing artists announced


With just under 60 days until the annual Water City Racket Fest, organizers have announced the second set of musicians to perform at the annual original music festival.   The event will take place throughout downtown Oshkosh February 14-16, 2019.

Lead SponsorThe Fifth Ward Brewing will again be supporting the festival as lead sponsor, while serving their celebrated craft beers at many of the venues.  The Fifth Ward opened their doors November 2017, set along South Main Street near the Menominee Nation Arena. The Brewery sponsored year one of the fest, and along with a partnership with the Oshkosh Main Street Music Fest, has established itself as a strong supporter of the local music scene.

Partnering with the Oshkosh Farmers Market @ the Menominee Nation Arena:  Musical artists from Racket Fest will be playing stripped down sets at the market on Saturday, Feb 16, 2019 held in the Menominee Nation Arena.  Local ukulele strummer Noell Kaylene will kick off the morning at 8:15am.  Ghostly indie-rockers Adelyn Rose (Minneapolis) will be performing at 9am, with Faux Fawn (Madison) playing their beautiful folk sounds at 10am.  All sets are free.

You can see the first announcement of bands here.


Second list of announced bands:

Faux Fawn (Madison): Two 2/16/19 sets, including a full band evening set at the Algoma Club and a pared down AM set at Menominee Nation Arena as part of the Oshkosh Farmers Market.

Midwestern chamber folk band Faux Fawn’s music is like a thoughtful step through an enchanted woods drenched in lush harmonies and a heavy mist of instrumentation.  The Madison band offers a collection of songs that is intense and meaningful and that features beautiful harmonies sang by lead singer/guitarist Paul Otteson and Audre Krull, who’s voice is said to warm the coolest of winter breezes. 


Adelyn Rose (Minneapolis): Two sets including a 6:15pm set on 2/15/19 at Manila Resto and an AM set at the Oshkosh Farmers Market on 2/16/19 at the Menominee Nation Arena.

Minneapolis band Adelyn Rose offers an accomplished chamber rock sound, though often in minimalist fashion, that builds around frontwomen Adelyn Strei’s keyboards and captivating vocals with creative bass lines and guitaring.  The band’s full length 2012 release Mezzanine remains one of the top Wisconsin albums (they were based in Eau Claire at the time) of the last decade.


Horace Greene (Oshkosh): The final featured band at the Algoma Club on Saturday night, 2/16/19.

Co-collaborators in the organizing of Water City Racket Fest, Horace Greene is exceptionally talented, entertaining, and accessible, and they put on one of the best shows in the Fox Valley.  And expect something great from the 2019 Racket Fest set, as some new things are in store for the band. We’d like to send a quick thank you to Tony Oakley for his constant and valuable feedback and guidance as the OI coordinates Racket Fest and Independent Racket Nights.


Pudge (Appleton): Playing opening night 2/14/18 at Fletch’s Tap House

Alt-rock band Pudge has been playing for much of the last decade (or more?) including the release of three albums and recent 4-song EP recorded at Pachyderm Studios (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Andrew Bird) titled Pachyderm Sessions.  This latest release represents the bands best work to date, and their live sets reflect a cohesive energy that places them as one of the best live shows in the Fox Valley.


Spy vs Spy (Oshkosh): Playing Saturday night (2/16/19) at the Algoma Club.

Spy vs Spy is probably the greatest Fox Valley band currently playing you have not heard of.  Catchy songs, tight musicianship, and a stellar 2018 EP release have together positioned the band for a strong 2019.  If you haven’t had a chance to see their debut music video shot by local legend John Pata, do yourself a favor and check it out here.


Present Age (Oshkosh): Playing opening night at Fletch’s on 2/14/19.

Part gaze, part emo, and part straight indie rock, the Present Age has been playing since 2015, though brothers Isaac and Logan Lamers have been playing together for much longer. While their studio work takes a deliberate, relaxing route, their live performances reveal an energy and attachment to the music that is contagious.


Vines & Rushes Winery on 2/16/19:  

Vines & Rushes in Ripon will be hosting a pair of Water City Racket Fest musicians on Saturday, February 16, 2019 between 2pm and 5pm.  Nickel & Rose will be performing at 2pm, while Adelyn Rose will be performing at 3:45pm.  Vines & Rushes is located at 410 County Road E just north of Ripon. The short venture west of Oshkosh is worth the visit for both their award-winning wine and this exceptional afternoon lineup.


banner image of DUSK playing at Racket Fest 2018, by Anthony Montalvo of the Oshkosh Independent


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