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2012 Milwaukee Summerfest Lineup and Preview

SummerFest 2012Springtime means it’s officially the start of spring and summer outdoor music festival season.  As such, it’s appropriate that we take a look at “The World’s Largest Music Festival” otherwise known as the Milwaukee Summerfest.  In 2012, Milwaukee will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Summerfest will another killer lineup of concerts from over 700 bands on 10 stages, over 11 days.  Summerfest will take place from June 27th through July 8th at Henry Maier Festival Park along the Lake Michigan shoreline near downtown Milwaukee.  In this post we will provide you with a schedule of performers for each day of Summerfest for the 5 main stages.  Feel free to print this out as your guide to all the festivities!

SummerFest Wednesday June 27th, 2012

SummerFest Thursday June 28th, 2012

  • Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, and Josh Thompson (Miller Lite Oasis)
  • Ben Folds Five (BMO Harris Pavilion)
  • Eric Benet (Briggs & Strattion Big Backyard)
  • The Promise Ring (Harley-Davidson Roadhouse)

SummerFest Friday June 29th, 2012

  • Train and Kelly Clarkson (Marcus Amphitheater)
  • Jimmy Cliff (Miller Lite Oasis)
  • Kellie Pickler (BMO Harris Pavilion)
  • Cowboy Mouth (Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage)

SummerFest Saturday June 30th, 2012

SummerFest Sunday July 1st, 2012

  • The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary (Marcus Amphitheater)
  • Robyn (Miller Lite Oasis)
  • Chicago (BMO Harris Pavilion)
  • The Head and the Heart, Mayer Hawthorne (Briggs & Strattion Big Backyard)
  • Brantley Gilbert (Harley-Davidson Roadhouse)
  • Trampled By Turtles (Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage)

SummerFest Tuesday July 3rd, 2012

SummerFest Wednesday July 4th, 2012

  • Iron Maiden with Alice Cooper (Marcus Amphitheater)
  • Ziggy Marley (Miller Lite Oasis)
  • David Gray (BMO Harris Pavilion)
  • 311 (Harley-Davidson Roadhouse)
  • The BoDeans (Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage)
  • Fountains of Wayne (Rock Stage)

SummerFest Thursday July 5th, 2012

  • Zac Brown Band (Marcus Amphitheater)
  • The Avett Brothers (BMO Harris Pavilion)
  • Young the Giant (US Cellular Connection Stage)
  • Death Cab for Cutie (Harley-Davidson Roadhouse)
  • Burton Cummings (Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage)
  • Motion City Soundtrack (Rock Stage)

SummerFest Friday July 6th, 2012

  • Big Time Rush, Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow (Marcus Amphitheater)
  • Paul Oakenfold (Miller Lite Oasis)
  • Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx (BMO Harris Pavilion)
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard)
  • O.A.R. (Harley-Davidson Roadhouse)

SummerFest Saturday July 7th, 2012

  • Aerosmith with Cheap Trick (Marcus Amphitheater)
  • Cake (Miller Lite Oasis)
  • Anthony Hamilton (BMO Harris Pavilion)
  • Common (Harley-Davidson Roadhouse)
  • Phil Vassar (Briggs & Strattion Big Backyard)
  • Chevelle (US Cellular Connection Stage)
  • Hollywood Undead (Rock Stage)

SummerFest Sunday July 8th, 2012

  • Neil Diamond (Marcus Amphitheater)
  • Sublime with Rome (Miller Lite Oasis)
  • B-52s (BMO Harris Pavilion)
  • Squeeze (Briggs & Strattion Big Backyard)
  • La India and Tito Rojas (Harley-Davidson Roadhouse)
  • Halestorm (Rock Stage)
  • Hanson (Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage)

2012 Houston Rodeo Lineup Revealed

jason aldean at the houston RodeoThe 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (better known as the Houston Rodeo) will take place from February 28th through March 18th at Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas.  The Houston Rodeo is the world’s largest rodeo and every year millions of people attend the one of the many concerts, livestock shows, horse shows, and even eating contests.  Last year, the Rodeo drew nearly 2.3 million people- 244,184 alone came to check out the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.

The biggest draw each year are the concerts.  The Houston Rodeo draws some big names from pop, hip hop, latin, rock, and of course, country music.  This year is no different as the 2012 Houston Rodeo Lineup is chock-full of headlining acts.

The Houston Rodeo will kickoff with opening act Alabama on Tuesday night February 28th.  Other highlights include the genre busting Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, John Legend,  Luke Bryan, Enrique Iglesias, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Train, and Brad Paisley.  The Rodeo will conclude on Sunday March 18th with a very special performance by country music legend Alan Jackson.

Houston Rodeo 2012 Schedule

February 28, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Alabama
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
February 29, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Kid Rock
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 01, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Lady Antebellum
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 02, 2012
Houston Rodeo – John Legend
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 03, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Luke Bryan
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 04, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Big Time Rush
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 05, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Eli Young
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 06, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Enrique Iglesias
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 07, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Blake Shelton
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 08, 2012
Houston Rodeo – ZZ Top
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 09, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Reba McEntire
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 10, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Chris Young
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 11, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Duelo
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 12, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Zac Brown Band
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 13, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Miranda Lambert
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 14, 2012
Houston Rodeo – The Band Perry
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 15, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Jason Aldean
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 16, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Train
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 17, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Brad Paisley
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
March 18, 2012
Houston Rodeo – Alan Jackson
Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX

Tickets officially go on sale on Saturday January 14th, 2012. However, tickets are already available at our Texas Concert Ticket Classifieds.

Top Weekend Events August 19-21

Hello Wednesday!

First and foremost, I’d like to extend my condolences to the families affected by the collapsed stage at the Sugarland show at the Indiana State Fair.  You’re in our thoughts!

Not to be totally glossed over, but there do seem to be a few other state fair concerts on the list for this week.  While last week’s concert was surely a tragedy, it was a sad, but extremely rare occurrence.  Train and Lady Antebellum will both be performing at the Iowa and Indiana State Fairs respectively.

Other county music stars will be hitting the stage this weekend with huge fan interest.  Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band are high again on the list with their summery sound.  Ms. Taylor Swift is once again on the list as well with her Speak Now tour which continues and will continue to draw a lot of interest.  Rascal Flatts, while always popular, seems to be getting even more popular these days.

Justin Beiber’s better half, Selena Gomez, takes the top spot for the weekend.   Selena Gomez and The Scene (the rest of her band) recently took home accolades from the RIAA for their song “Who Says” which went platinum.  The girl can sing!  Her days on Disney’s the Wizards of Wavery Place, dating the Bieb as well as her throngs of pre-tween fans can’t hurt either.

Old rivals the Chicago Cubs vs. the St. Louis Cardinals face off again this weekend.  Both teams have die-hard loyal fans, but sadly, the Cardinals have more World Series wins over the Cubbies.

And finally, once again the MLS has made another appearance on the top weekend events list.  The Houston Dynamo Soccer team will take on the Real Salt Lake.  Keep your eye out for MLS games!

Top Weekend Events August 19th – 21st

1.)    Selena Gomez, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ – Saturday, August 20th

2.)    St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – Friday, August 19th

3.)    Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, Ford Field, Detroit, MI – Saturday, August 20th

4.)    Train, Iowa State Fair Grandstand, Des Moines, IA – Friday, August 19th

5.)    Houston Dynamo, Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX – Saturday, August 20th

6.)    Lady Antebellum, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN – Friday, August 19th

7.)    St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – Sunday, August 21st

8.)    Sade, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA – Friday, August 19th

9.)    Taylor Swift, Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB – Friday, August 19th

10.) Rascal Flatts, 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL – Friday, August 19th

Chicagoans Flock to Ravinia for Top Concert Events

2010 Ravinia Festival Tickets

The 2010 Ravinia Festival will feature some of the hottest musician in the world including Carrie Underwood, Counting Crows, Beach Boys, Nelly Furtado, Crosby Stills Nash, Train, Sting, Cheap Trick, Moody Blues, Buddy Guy, and many many more.

The Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States, is a popular summer destination for hundreds of thousands of concert goers from the Chicago Area each year.  Founded in 1904, this historic venue has hosted such luminaries as  the Ballet Russe, Luciano Berio, George Gershwin, José Greco, Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein, Lucrezia Bori, Dave Brubeck, Pablo Casals, Van Cliburn, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, John Houseman, Janis Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Yo-Yo Ma, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Oscar Peterson, Stephen Sondheim, Isaac Stern and Frank Zappa.

Ravinia, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to connecting music to thousands of families around Chicago, boasts a 3,200 seat amphitheater (The Pavillion) that is the summer home to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and a host of other musical acts each year.  This unique Pavilion is one of the nicest open-air theaters  with a state of the art sound system and lighting.  However, what is great about seeing a concert at Ravinia is the picnic area.  In the picnic area partrons can bring there own food, beverages (yes, alcohol too!), lawn chairs, blankets, and whatever else they can carry in.  While this makes the experience all that much more affordable they do have a restaurant available to those that do not plan ahead.  Talk about a great place to take a date….

While Ravinia has had a reputation for catering to the wine and cheese crowd of Highland Park and the Northern suburbs of Chicago, this festival hosts a eclectic mix of music including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock, Country, and even rap and hip-hop that will please music fans young and old.   The 2010 Ravinia lineup is no exception and is sure to have something for everyone.

2010 Ravinia Festival Lineup

  • June 17 Backstreet Boys
  • June 19 Buddy Guy
  • June 20 Jethro Tull with guest Procol Harum
  • June 23 Golden Dragon Acrobats from China (kids concert)
  • June 25 The Moody Blues
  • June 26 Ralph’s World (kids concert)
  • June 26 Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo
  • June 27 “Vocabularies” with Bobby McFerrin/Chicago Children’s Choir
  • July 1 John Hiatt & The Combo/The Levon Helm Band
  • July 3 A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (live national broadcast)
  • July 6 The Cat Empire/Soulive/Raul Midon
  • July 10 Cheap Trick with Squeeze
  • July 14 The Swell Season
  • July 17 Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
  • July 18 Sting with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
  • July 21 The B-52s
  • July 30 The Music of ABBA as performed by Arrival from Sweden
  • August 7 The BoDeans/Big Head Todd & the Monsters
  • August 8 The Temptations/The Four Tops
  • August 20 Yo-Yo Ma/Silk Road Ensemble
  • August 21 Counting Crows
  • August 22 Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • August 24 Counting Crows
  • August 27 Poi Dog Pondering
  • August 28 Rodrigo y Gabriela
  • August 29 Carrie Underwood
  • September 1 An Evening with the Beach Boys
  • September 3 Nelly Furtado
  • September 4 Train
  • September 5 Tom Chapin & Friends (kids concert)
  • September 6 “Labor Day Spectacular Tribute to Erich Kunzel” Illinois Symphony Orchestra/Karen Lynne Deal, music director/Alexander Kobrin, piano. All Tchaikovsky program.

For full lineup check out Ravinia.org

While tickets to concerts at Ravinia this summer are largely sold out, you can find tickets to all these shows and more at Cheap Ravinia Festival Tickets.  If you still can’t find what you are looking for you can find many tickets to Ravinia show in our Illinois Concert Classifieds.