I’ll never forget driving up hesitantly to a large field with a sign pointing towards it saying “Fishstock.” At the entrance were two (hippie-looking) girls collecting money. As my friend and I told them we did not know what Fishstock was and were not sure if we wanted to enter, the girls ENTHUSED about the awesomeness of this event and how it would be one of the most memorable events of the summer. We paid the 10 bucks and drove on.
They were right about it being memorable. It turns out, Fishstock is a concert summer concert series that takes place in a 100-year-old Door County Dairy Barn in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Throughout the summer, there is a variety of different music that is played in this barn, from reggae to bluegrass and all genres in between.
The band I ended up seeing that night was called Unity, a reggae band. Now, I tend to like country and classic rock, and I had never listened to reggae very much before. But Unity blew me away. The musicians were all very talented, and the band had some wonderful original songs. They also sang many Bob Marley classics as well. I would see Unity again in the future if given the chance, and I truly hope they come back to Fishstock next year!
The atmosphere definitely was not an atmosphere I was used to, but I very much enjoyed it. I felt like I was back in the 60’s or 70’s. There were lots of dreads and long skirts. The barn was open with seating both inside and outside, so people could come and go as they pleased. People were allowed to bring drinks and snacks and whatever they wanted inside, so it was extremely comfy. But the weirdest thing was that there were young, college-aged people there. Before Fishstock, we had rarely seen any college students in Door County and the ones we did see were at work.
Fishstock definitely was a memorable experience that I would recommend to anyone desiring to try something new. The Fishstock music series runs throughout summer with concerts almost every weekend. Next time you’re in Door County, be sure to check it out!
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