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Milwaukee Summerfest Heats up June 29th – July9th

Summerfest11 days, 11 stages over 700 bands.  That is just a brief summary of the Milwaukee Summerfest, the “Big Gig”. Every summer, usually around July 4th, droves of fans travel to Henry Maier Festival Park on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to take part in the annual “World’s Largest Music Festival” as dubbed by Guinness World Records in 1999.  Summerfest usually has crowds of about 800,000 – 1,000,000 people over the 11 days to see amazing, headlining acts.  This has been an annual tradition since 1968.  The line-up is a who’s who of popular and familiar bands.  The bands range from Pop to Country to Hip Hop to Rap and everything in between.  There is absolutely something at Summerfest for everyone. What’s even better is that shows are “free” with purchase of admission of $8 – 15.  The headlining acts at the Marcus Amphitheatre are an additional cost however. There are also comedy shows and extreme sports exhibitions.  All in all, it’s a pretty outstanding deal.  If you’ve never heard, for been to Summerfest for that matter, you really should.

This year the opening headliner is Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra.

The exceptionally remarkable line-up is as follows, but please keep in mind that this is a very small sampling of the bands performing at the event.  The headlining act of the day is bolded.

Wednesday, June 29th

Matisyahu

Buddy Guy

Jack’s Mannequin

Meat Loaf

Saving Abel

Max Weinberg Experience

The Right Now

David Seebach’s Wonders of Magic

Hot Sauce

Thursday, June 30th

Kanye West with special Guest Kid Cudi

Better than Ezra

Owl City

Panic! At the Disco

Neon Trees

George Clinton

REO Speedwagon

Blackberry Smoke

Wanda Jackson

Jeanna Salzer Band

Friday, July 1st

Toby Keith with special guest Eric Church

Girl Talk

Los Lonely Boys

Los Lobos

Anberlin

Third Eye Blind

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Taj Mahal

I’m Not a Pilot

Friday, July 2nd

Jason Mraz with special guest Guster

Maroon 5

Stephen Marley

The Airborne Toxic Event

Loretta Lynn

Phil Vasser

Hinder

Cowboy Mouth

The Invaders

Saturday July 3rd

Kid Rock with special guests Sheryl Crow, Leroy Powell and the Messengers

Rise Against

Ben Harper

Taking Back Sunday

Blue Oyster Cult

Jayhawks

Fuel

Urge Overkill

Tuesday, July 5th

Def Leppard with special guest Heart

Paul Rodgers

Wiz Khalifa

Young the Giant

Switchfoot

Cinderella

The Wailers

My Darkest Days

Wednesday, July 5th

The Black Keys with special guests Florence + the Machine and Cage the Elephant

O.A.R.

Morris Day and Time

Tonic

Peter Frampton

Danny Gokey (from American Idol Season 9!)

Sick Puppies

Thursday, July 7th

Katy Perry with Marina and the Diamonds

Here Come the Mummies

Michael Franti

G. Love & the Special Sauce

Edwards Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Kansas

Finger Eleven

Yoder Mountain String Band

Friday, July 8th

Jason Aldean with special guests Chris young and Thompson Square

Goo Goo Dolls

Dropkick Murphy’s

Crash Kings

Leon Russell

Parachute

Michelle Branch

Sevendust

Saturday, July 9th

Britney Spears with special guests Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo

Dashboard Confessional

The Flaming Lips

Meat Puppets

Alkaline Trio

America

The BoDeans

Buckcherry

De La Soul

Sunday, July 10th

Sugarland with special guest Sara Bareilles

311

The Bravery

Amos Lee

Hollywood Undead