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Summerfest, dubbed The World's Largest Music Festival, begins in Milwaukee this Thursday and lasts until July 8th. :banana:

While there are many performers at the fest, the headliners are the only ones that get grouped together.

So, the headliners for Summerfest this year are...

Marcus Amphitheater:
6/28 - Steely Dan
6/29 - Def Leppard, Styx and Foreigner
6/30 - The Fray, Mae and OK Go
7/1 - Ludacris, Chris Brown, Ciara and T-Pain
7/2 - Roger Waters
7/3 - John Mayer, Ben Folds and Brett Dennen
7/4 - Tool
7/5 - Bon Jovi
7/6 - DAUGHTRY
7/7 - Panic! At the Disco, Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is... and The Hush Sound
7/8 - Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Flynnville Train

Zippo Rock Stage:
6/28 - Flyleaf (@ 9:00pm)
6/28 - Puddle of Mudd (@ 11:00pm)
6/29 - Fuel (@ 10:00pm)
6/30 - Lifehouse (@ 10:00pm)
7/1 - Saliva (@ 10:00pm)
7/2 - Jackyl (@ 10:00pm)
7/3 - Skillet (@ 8:00pm)
7/3 - Finger Eleven (@ 10:00pm)
7/4 - Local H (@ 10:00pm)
7/5 - Sevendust (@ 10:00pm)
7/6 - HELLYEAH! (@ 10:00pm)
7/7 - Collective Soul (@ 10:00pm)
7/8 - The Gufs (@ 10:00pm)

Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage:
6/28 - Dickey Bettes (@ 11:00pm)
6/29 - Mint Condition (@ 10:00pm)
6/30 - Ryan Shaw (@ 8:00pm)
6/30 - James Hunter (@ 10:00pm)
7/1 - Tye Tribbett & GA (@ 7:30pm)
7/2 - Clay Walker (@ 10:00pm)
7/3 - Randy Travis (@ 10:00pm)
7/4 - Los Lonely Boys (@ 10:00pm)
7/5 - Willy Porter (@ 7:00pm)
7/5 - Keller Williams (@ 9:30pm)
7/6 - Cowboy Mouth (@ 10:00pm)
7/7 - Old 97s (@ 8:00pm)
7/7 - Son Volt (@ 10:00pm)
7/8 - Pat Green (@ 9:30pm)

Miller Lite Oasis:
6/28 - Violent Femmes (@ 11:00pm)
6/29 - O.A.R. (@ 10:00pm)
6/30 - Goo Goo Dolls (@ 10:00pm)
7/1 - Sister Hazel (@ 10:00pm)
7/2 - Heart (@ 10:00pm)
7/3 - Buddy Guy (@ 10:00pm)
7/4 - The Black Crowes (@ 9:30pm)
7/5 - Rusted Root (@ 10:00pm)
7/6 - Augustana (@ 10:00pm)
7/7 - Live (@ 10:00pm)
7/8 - Lupe Fiasco (@ 8:00pm)

U.S. Cellular Connection Stage:
6/28 - Say Anything (@ 9:00pm)
6/28 - Jack's Mannequin (@ 11:00pm)
6/29 - Shiny Toy Guns (@ 8:00pm)
6/29 - Silversun Pickups (@ 10:00pm)
6/30 - Rise Against (@ 10:00pm)
7/1 - Built To Spill (@ 10:00pm)
7/2 - Social Distortion (@ 10:00pm)
7/3 - AFI (@ 10:00pm)
7/4 - Plain White T's (@ 10:00pm)
7/5 - Spoon (@ 10:00pm)
7/6 - Chevelle (@ 10:00pm)
7/7 - Papa Roach (@ 10:00pm)
7/8 - Blue October (@ 10:00pm)

M&I Bank Classic Rock Stage:
6/28 - REO Speedwagon (@ 9:00pm)
6/29 - Blue Öyster Cult (@ 10:00pm)
6/30 - Slaughter (@ 10:00pm)
7/1 - George Thorogood (@ 8:30pm)
7/1 - King Solomon (@ 10:00pm)
7/2 - Family Stone Experience (@ 8:30pm)
7/3 - "Weird Al" Yankovich (@ 10:00pm)
7/4 - All Four Original Members of Asia (@ 8:30pm)
7/5 - B.B. King (@ 8:30pm)
7/6 - Peter Frampton (@ 10:00pm)
7/7 - The New Cars (@ 10:00pm)
7/8 - INXS (@ 7:30pm)

Harley-Davidson Roadhouse:
6/28 - Wolfmother (@ 11:00pm)
6/29 - Sugarland (@ 10:00pm)
6/30 - Sara Evans (@ 10:00pm)
7/1 - Big & Rich (@ 10:00pm)
7/2 - Ne-Yo (@ (9:00pm)
7/3 - Lewis Black (@ 10:00pm)
7/4 - Less Than Jake (@ 8:00pm)
7/4 - Reel Big Fish (@ 10:00pm)
7/5 - Umphrey's McGee (@ 8:30pm)
7/6 - Morris Day & The Time (@ 10:00pm)
7/7 - El Gran Combo (@ 10:00pm)
7/8 - G. Love & Special Sauce (@ 9:30pm)

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard:
6/28 - Phil Vassar (@ 8:30pm)
6/29 - Sum 41 (@ 10:00pm)
6/30 - Lindsey Buckingham (@ 10:00pm)
7/1 - Bowzer's Doo *** Party w/ Ben E. King (@ 8:30)
7/2 - Femi Kuti (@ 8:30pm)
7/2 - The Wailers (@ 10:00pm)
7/3 - War (@ 10:00pm)
7/4 - Talib Kweli (@9:30pm)
7/5 - Bob Weir & RatDog (@ 8:30pm)
7/6 - Dashboard Confessional (@ 10:00pm)
7/7 - Guster (@ 10:00pm)
7/8 - Brian McKnight (@ 9:30pm)

Hopefully more Midwesterners take the journey to Milwaukee to party with us.
 

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Well, summerfest is geared towards attracting all ages and fans of all styles of music. Therefore you get headliners that appeal to baby boomers, country fans, etc.

They have also had a hard time recently because all of those festivals in Europe have gotten just huge, so most of the popular touring acts chose to go there over the States because they pay better.

And keep in mind, those are just the headliners. There are plenty of national bands that play earlier slots in the night.
 

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Well, summerfest is geared towards attracting all ages and fans of all styles of music. Therefore you get headliners that appeal to baby boomers, country fans, etc.

They have also had a hard time recently because all of those festivals in Europe have gotten just huge, so most of the popular touring acts chose to go there over the States because they pay better.

And keep in mind, those are just the headliners. There are plenty of national bands that play earlier slots in the night.
Thank you. I tried mentioning that, but I don't know if that came across. The fest goes from 11-midnight usually, so there's still plenty of other bands playing at the various stages.

Summerfest this year has a lot more variety than last year IMO. At least the Ampitheater is getting better acts.....although I don't know if Steely Dan would qualify for that. But in general, I don't think you're going to land an artist like Madonna or U2 there anytime soon.

I am disappointed that Milwaukee's Summerfest always gets the boot from big events, like Live 8 or this year's Live Earth event. I think Milwaukee needs to promo this better.
 

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The sheer number of bands on the different stages is what is most impressive. I don't think there are any acts that really, really standout as to die for, but they are all decent. I don't even mind the 2 country stages, the classic rock stage, & the Harley Davidson stage. There are bands on all those stages that I would not mind seeing - if the price was right.

Speaking of price, how does it work? Can you pay a single fee and get access everywhere or do you have to pay per act?
 

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The sheer number of bands on the different stages is what is most impressive. I don't think there are any acts that really, really standout as to die for, but they are all decent. I don't even mind the 2 country stages, the classic rock stage, & the Harley Davidson stage. There are bands on all those stages that I would not mind seeing - if the price was right.

Speaking of price, how does it work? Can you pay a single fee and get access everywhere or do you have to pay per act?

General admission is $15 after 4 pm each day. This grants you access to all the stages and all the acts except the headliners at the Marcus Ampitheatre. Although some of those shows are free or have a limited number of grass and bleacher seating that is free on a first come first serve basis.

If you get there before 4 pm admission is $8 and on some days they usually have some sort of discount if say... you bring canned goods for the hungry or things like that. You can also go early, pay the $8, leave, and return by 7:30 pm with a re-entry wristband. Many of my lunch hours will be spent doing just that. :)

So basically you get a WHOLE lot of music for as little as $8!!! You really can't beat that deal...
 

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I hate to be Mr. Negativity here, but I think this is one the Fest's worst lineups in years. Every year I can find at least two or three bands that I really want to see, but this year the lineup is so skewed toward boomers and 1980s hair rock the pickin's are slim indeed.

For instance, I saw Wilco last summer at the Fest and they were great. Wilco is touring again this summer behind their excellent new record, Sky Blue Sky, headlining Bonaroo among other summer festivals. But for some reason Summerfest could not get them to headline a show during the 11 day run, even though there are some openings in their schedule for the last week of June.

I understand that booking a festival as vast and all-encompassing as Summerfest is a tough job, and you rarely get your "wish list" of performers. But I think this year they clearly focused more toward acts whose time has come and gone, acts like Heart (??!!!), rather than newer acts whose star is just beginning to rise. I can understand why they do this, since Heart is probably going to sell a lot more Miller High Life in plastic cups than Wilco is. And that gets to my main problem with Summerfest. It's not a music festival that serves beer. It's a beer festival that serves music.

Having said that, I will be there at least once this year and I'm sure I will have a great time, and there are sure to be some pleasant surprises for the daytime slots.
 

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^^ Oh, its been that way since Smiley took over. Summerfest is a joke these days. It could be so much more, if they'd actually cater to the people living in the city as well. How about ALSO having a decent Indie lineup!? Bands like: The Arcade Fire, Wilco, The Walkmen, !!!, LCD Soundsystem etc. This 80s hair band shit is ridiculous.
 

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Smiley has made a concerted effort to draw more top dollar demographics (read: Baby Boomers). To me, it goes against the grain of Summerfest's history of bringing in top musicians of the day. Bo Black was much better in this regard.

However, when you really look at it, $15 for all that music and atmosphere is a great great deal. Milwaukee has something unlike any other city.
 

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I hate to be Mr. Negativity here, but I think this is one the Fest's worst lineups in years. Every year I can find at least two or three bands that I really want to see, but this year the lineup is so skewed toward boomers and 1980s hair rock the pickin's are slim indeed.

For instance, I saw Wilco last summer at the Fest and they were great. Wilco is touring again this summer behind their excellent new record, Sky Blue Sky, headlining Bonaroo among other summer festivals. But for some reason Summerfest could not get them to headline a show during the 11 day run, even though there are some openings in their schedule for the last week of June.

I understand that booking a festival as vast and all-encompassing as Summerfest is a tough job, and you rarely get your "wish list" of performers. But I think this year they clearly focused more toward acts whose time has come and gone, acts like Heart (??!!!), rather than newer acts whose star is just beginning to rise. I can understand why they do this, since Heart is probably going to sell a lot more Miller High Life in plastic cups than Wilco is. And that gets to my main problem with Summerfest. It's not a music festival that serves beer. It's a beer festival that serves music.

Having said that, I will be there at least once this year and I'm sure I will have a great time, and there are sure to be some pleasant surprises for the daytime slots.
Milwaukeeunseen - I don't understand the negativity as a whole. The lineup this year probably has more common well-known names than any previous year. While I stand to say your point about older bands is correct, it also goes to show that Summerfest is trying to cater to the older individual who grew up with those bands. I honestly don't even know what the band Wilco is....so :bash: me. :lol: Hey, at least the beer festival lures tourists and tons of money to our city, who desperately needs it!

^^ Oh, its been that way since Smiley took over. Summerfest is a joke these days.
Why am I not surprised to hear THAT negative comment?

It could be so much more, if they'd actually cater to the people living in the city as well.
ANOTHER surprise - trying to make this an anti-suburban comment and thread. Ya know city dwellers these days don't listen to Ludacris or Ne-Yo or The Fray or even older bands like Heart. It's just all us damned suburbanites these days! :cheers:

How about ALSO having a decent Indie lineup!? Bands like: The Arcade Fire, Wilco, The Walkmen, !!!, LCD Soundsystem etc. This 80s hair band shit is ridiculous.
LCD Soundsystem wouldn't be bad but isn't that techno?.....and could Indie draw a large crowd?
 

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Why am I not surprised to hear THAT negative comment?
How has Summerfest NOT turned into a joke? $7 Miller Lites filled to an exact line... Jam-packed with drunken buffoons... Caters to 40-somethings stuck in the 80s, and have cleared most decent indie and hiphop music off their list. Sure, Ludacris is coming to the big stage. But there was once a time when hiphop groups performed at the small stages. But certain types of people didn't like the crowds generated by those.

ANOTHER surprise - trying to make this an anti-suburban comment and thread. Ya know city dwellers these days don't listen to Ludacris or Ne-Yo or The Fray or even older bands like Heart. It's just all us damned suburbanites these days! :cheers:
Nobody is turning this into an anti-suburban thread but yourself. Once again, you completely ignore demographics. Do you really think these 40-somethings with kids are all living in the city? Before you knock on me about the whole 40-something thing. Smiley himself said thats the demographic they are aiming for a few years back when they "changed direction".

LCD Soundsystem wouldn't be bad but isn't that techno?.....and could Indie draw a large crowd?
I'd say its more like electronic-pop. Having those bands would draw a HUGE crowd from Indie music lovers. Look at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago every July. It is insanely cool. Excellent lineups. Summerfest doesn't need to become that at all. But a little balance, please?
 

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Well, as a boomer, it looks like a pretty good lineup to me. If I lived in Chicago, I would definitely try to come on up.
 

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However, when you really look at it, $15 for all that music and atmosphere is a great great deal. Milwaukee has something unlike any other city.
That's how I see it. How can you complain at all when it's only $15? $15 to see one group that you like at an outdoor concert is a steal. Besides, I don't think the lineup is that bad.

I see that they are making up for the ticket prices with the $7 beers.

I'd find a way around that though, a flask, a backpack, a cooler back at the car, something.
 

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I'll be there for Bob Weir and Rat Dog on the 5th
 

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Well, as a boomer, it looks like a pretty good lineup to me. If I lived in Chicago, I would definitely try to come on up.
That's how I see it. How can you complain at all when it's only $15? $15 to see one group that you like at an outdoor concert is a steal. Besides, I don't think the lineup is that bad.

I see that they are making up for the ticket prices with the $7 beers.

I'd find a way around that though, a flask, a backpack, a cooler back at the car, something.
Thank you. Something positive from oddly enough - OUTSIDE WISCONSIN.

Some Milwaukeeians I don't think really realize the big potential and the big attraction. They forget that the "big joke" is actually drawing plenty of tourists filling our hotels, buying food from our restaurants, and shopping at our stores when they're not at the Fest. Promoting it would be a good thing, but instead we decide to just mope and groan because a certain group isn't as big as they think it should be at the Fest.

Give me a break! Give the Fest a break!!

Lastly, I think the suburbs and the city both share in enjoying themselves at the Fest. I don't think city residents pass this baby up either. It's a very popular event for Milwaukee as a whole. That's why 40 years later it is still doing its thing.
 

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Milwaukee is a little far from my home in California, but I have sampled some of Milwaukee's "fests" and ethnic festivals along the lakefront and have always found them to be quite enjoyable lively fun. I would recommend them to anyone living close by. I actually have to be in Mankato Minn this August but will drive to Chicago to visit my mother. Anything going on in Milwaukee toward the end of August?
 
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