Steel Bridge


Inland Sea Productions is a nonprofit, creative collaboration of some of Northeastern Wisconsin’s premier digital video production artists and craftspeople. These Producers, Writers, Editors, Audio Production, Lighting and staging Specialists average over 30 years of award productions between them. They come together on a project by project basic to create outstanding locally produced projects to the the highest creative and technical standards


Inland Sea Productions of Green Bay is seeking funding to complete STEEL BRIDGE SONG a captivating and entertaining documentary on exploring the past, present and future of the Steel Bridge Songfest and its campaign to save an old bridge become a large-scale musical event, inspiring artists and revitalizing a small community in the process.

The Bridge-with-a-capital-B has long been a potent metaphor in popular song. The Steel Bridge is a great symbol of strength and of joining together, the melding of diverse cultures, divergent views, the old and the new, the words and the music, the tangible and the intangible… The word “bridge” doesn’t need to be used in expressing thoughts and emotions inspired by the presence of a steel span. The connection need not be conscious. It just happens.

The iconic Michigan Street Memorial Bridge, dedicated on July 4 1931 is nationally significant not only for its design but also for the unique upper bascule section, one of only two examples existing in the United States. In the late 1990s, a grassroots group calling themselves "SOB" (Save Our Bridge) formed with the intention of saving Sturgeon Bay's historic Michigan Street Bridge from the scheduled wrecking ball.

In spring 2005, musician/songwriter Pat MacDonald and his sister, historic preservationist Christie Weber, decided to throw an outdoor concert for the bridge's 75th birthday. MacDonald's friend, Jackson Browne, offered to play for free. Thirty other musical acts fell in line, and the first Steel Bridge Songfest was born.

The following year The Construction Zone, a week-long collaborative of intensive songwriting and recording was added.  The Steel Bridge Songfest become an annual collaborative songwriting and performance festival, the only event of its kind in the world. It was such a resounding success among participants and patrons alike that two additional collaborations were soon added, Dark Songs in October and Love on Holiday in February.  Writing takes place in motel rooms, coffee shops around town, by the waterside, any place writers want to go for focus, stimulation, or solitude. Recording studios are manned almost 24/7 by professional engineers. Every night at dusk, attendees listen to mixes of the songs that were written and recorded the previous day.

Note: Sturgeon Bay’s Michigan Street) was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places January 2008 as is recognized for its substantial engineering and design. It is also the most prominent, nationally significant Veterans War Memorial in Door County, dedicated July 4 1931, as a thank you to all in Door County who served in times of need.


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