Har-di-Har performs at the Radisson Courtyard during the Mile of Music. The band is based out of St. Paul.

The fifth Mile of Music is rolling in downtown Appleton, featuring upwards of 220 acts performing about 900 shows over four days. It continues through Sunday. During each day of the festival’s run, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin journalists are taking to the streets to fill you in on what’s happening.

Weather threat

A storm that threatened downtown Appleton failed to materialize early Saturday evening, and most of Mile of Music pushed on uninterrupted.

Houdini Plaza was the lone venue that put things on pause for about 90 minutes, cutting short Cory Chisel’s set and canceling that of Warbly Jets.

Hopes of a full day at Mile 5 unimpeded by weather were dashed just after 5 p.m., when Cory Chisel announced before his Houdini Plaza set that he’d only be allowed to play one song before the stage was to be taken down due to severe weather on the way.

Under a still-blue sky, Chisel did deliver one song. Then a second, despite cool winds beginning to suggest a storm was indeed on the way.

Chisel’s one bit of good news was that those who hoped to see his show could catch him again later in the night at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

The first two days of Mile of Music ran into troubles with rain, forcing several outdoor shows to be relocated.

Spread the joy

Heading into Mile 5, one of the biggest obstacles for the festival organizers was the unavailability of Jones Park. In past years, Jones Park had been the largest available venue. Due to the construction of the neighboring Fox Cities Exhibition Center, it’s out of commission for this year and the next. 

To make up for the loss, a new stage was created in Washington Square behind City Center Plaza….