presented by Lannon Stone
Saturday, October 7 2023
12 pm – 6 pm
The Forest is calling
Sway to the sounds of indie rock, folk, blues, and singer-songwriter tunes just as the leaves begin to turn color. With seven diverse acts on two stages–one in the heart of a maple forest and the other framed by the reflections of a tranquil pond–you’ll be transported by music at this family-friendly celebration of fall.
Autumn Acoustics is an all-ages music festival including food trucks, interactive art experiences for kids, tables from local art vendors, concessions, and a beer & wine bar. Not to mention incredible views along the trails of our natural sanctuary.
Autumn Acoustics is proudly presented by Lannon Stone.
general parking & Registration at FiremAn’s Park in Newburg. Our free shuttle will take you to the festival!
Reserved parking for VIPs, guests with ADA/mobility needs, and those with children ages 4 and under is reserved at the Riveredge Visitor Center main lot. Check-in for these folks will be inside the Visitor Center.
The Stephen Hull Experience
Bear in the Forest
Bear in the Forest Sugarbush House at 12:00 PM
Bear in the Forest is a singer-songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The songs of his powerful self-titled album Bear In The Forest “howl with spiritualism, built around folk music in the oldest, barest sense: joy and pain and a guitar coming together to produce sounds that resonate with ancestral memory.” Hear Bear in the Forest’s stunning set at the Sugarbush House against an open air woodland backdrop.
Ben Mulwana Main Yard at 12:30 PM
Ben Mulwana is a Ugandan-born and raised artist residing in Wisconsin. With soulful lyrics and a diverse range of musical inspiration, Ben’s music has a storytelling quality that is both unique and familiar. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called his debut album, Mr. Mulwana, “magnificent” and “goosebump-inducing.” Hear Ben Mulwana as he opens the Main Yard stage.
BJ Fisher Sugarbush House at 1:30 PM
BJ Fisher is a Wisconsin singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who often plays among the natural inspiration of Riveredge. He calls his first album, Night Reminder, a “wild and beautiful road.” BJ’s intimate set will happen at the Sugarbush House.
Long Mama Main Yard at 2:00 PM
Long Mama’s debut album Poor Pretender, released October 2022, is described as such: “embracing a rich spectrum of light and shadow, heat and cold. The palette of country, folk, indie rock, and punk reflects its makers’ coming-of-age in the rustbelt crossroads of north, south, east, and west.” Country Music People Magazine heralds the collection as “A winner all the way.” Find your way to misfit country at our Main Yard stage.
Shell Bells Sugarbush House at 3:00 PM
Shell Bells is a dynamic musical artist who is inspired by fantasy themes. Her style is described as “an amalgamation of indie folk, classic rock, neo soul, and sound healing psychedelia” with “an intuitive imagination and tender heart.” Get to the Sugarbush House at 3pm to share in the journeys of this “ever-evolving, wholesome vibe maker.”
The Stephen Hull Experience Main Yard at 3:30 PM
Called a “blues dynamo” by Blues Blast Magazine, The Stephen Hull Experience “brings the blues to the people.” As a twice semifinalist at the Wilson Center Guitar Competition by the age of 16, frontman Stephen Hull has garnered national acclaim for his attention to detail and guitar solo style that evokes that of Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Head to the Main Yard to see The Stephen Hull Experience set the stage ablaze with the blues.
Trapper Schoepp Main Yard at 5:00 PM
Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter Trapper Schoepp has been lauded as “One of the greatest Americana talents in a long time.” Known for his storytelling and ability to incorporate the deeply personal into his music, Schoepp recorded his newest album Siren Songs at Johnny Cash’s Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN. NPR Music calls Schoepp’s music “rootsy, cinematic rock that charms as it soars.” We are honored to have this celebrated artist as our final act of the festival at our Main Yard Stage.
Hands-on Art Stations
Kids of all ages can try out hands-on art at stations like pond watercolor, tree ornament stamping, face painting, and other crafts based on natural materials.
Delicious food truck fare will be available throughout the day of the festival! Yummy delicacies will keep you fueled to dance along to the music. Look for food trucks nearby both stages to enjoy the eclectic and vibrant flavors of fall.
We’re all about supporting our local makers! Browse art vendors and check out what’s for sale, including unique jewelry, décor, prints, craft kits, and other treasures. Meet the artists and learn about their sources of inspiration.
Additional concessions available include light snacks, water, soda, beer, and wine! We use environmentally friendly glasses and packaging whenever possible. ID is required for any adult beverages order (21+ only).
Want to get special perks at the event? Become a Riveredge member! Click here for more information on Riveredge Membership.
Frequently asked questions
Where should I park?
As for most of our large events, ample parking will be available at Firemen’s Park in Newburg. A shuttle will then take you to the festival fun and back throughout the day!
There will be limited parking available in the Visitor Center lots for VIPs, those with accessibility needs, and those with young children. Parking attendants will be able to direct you to a space if you need to park at the Visitor Center.
If you’re interested in reserving one of the Access Ability Wisconsin outdoor wheelchairs that we host on site for the event, please click here.
What should I bring?
A chair or blanket in case provided seating is full.
Cash for some of the art vendors and food trucks who may not take a card.
Outdoor clothing suitable for the (fingers crossed for beautiful!) weather.
Do I have to stay at one stage the whole time?
Not at all! We encourage you to enjoy the short, beautiful woodland hike between our two stages. The start times for all acts are staggered so that you can catch a portion of every single set if you so choose!
What time and which stage is my favorite band playing?
All that information can be found by clicking here!
I’m in a band! How do I inquire about playing next year’s festival?
We’d love to get in touch! Please contact our Director of Development, Sharon Cross, at firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
GREATER MILWAUKEE FOUNDATION: Thomas and Debora jansen fund
Richmond investment services
Ryan Gray, CFP®
YOUR support makes it possible
Is your company or group interested in supporting the community, the arts, and conservation? Please click the button below to explore Autumn Acoustics sponsorship.