For the week of June 28-July 4…
Summerfest, June 29-July 3 and July 5-10, Maier Festival Park (summerfest.com)
What began as an idea by Milwaukee mayor Henry Maier to replicate the Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich in 1968 in the wake of Milwaukee’s racial riots the previous summer, has become in its 49th year the “World’s Largest Music Festival”, a claim few would dispute. For 10 solid days (with a break for the 4th of July), Milwaukee’s lakefront explodes with music, food, and other libations. And while the big star attractions like Paul McCartney are already well-known, Summerfest also provides big time exposure for many of the area’s most talented acts. For many of them, their Summerfest gig will be their greatest highlight. With that in mind, I am listing some of those acts along the dates they’ll be performing. They are all deserving of your support!
June 29: Leroy Airmaster with Junior Brantley
June 30: GGOOLLDD, Evan Christian, Jon Paris, Bad Boy
July 1: Sammy Llanas, Trapper Schoepp, Consult the Briefcase, Willy Porter
July 2: Peter Mac, Naima Adedapo, Clyde Subblefield All-Stars
July 3: Mrs Fun, Bodeans, Streetlife
July 5: Tallan Noble Latz, Tritonics, Doghouse Flowers, The Cavewives
July 6: 52nd Street-A Billy Joel Tribute, Southbound, Nora Collins, Jaill
July 7: Violent Femmes, Tweed Funk, Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds, Colin O’Brien, Greg Koch
July 8: Dr Woo, Joe 2.0, 5 Card Studs, Litmus Vinyl, Katie Mack and the Moan
July 9: Reyna, Sigmund Snopek, Mike Benign Compulsion, Failure to Launch, Gabriel Sanchez and the Prince Experience, De La Buena
July 10: Jesus on the Mainline, Whiskeybelles, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
For full festival and schedule information, check the link listed above!
Here’s Doc!, July 1-3, Marcus Center, 929 N Water St (mso.org)
While most of the musical action is taking place at Summerfest this week, downtown’s Marcus Center will be hosting a very special concert this weekend as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra winds up its season by welcoming back former Principal Pops Conductor (and music legend) Doc Severinsen, celebrating 60 years in show business! Doc will lead the orchestra along with showcasing his always impeccable trumpet! As usual, the program is a secret with Doc, but rest assured there will be the usual surprises for the audience! So be a cool cat (figuratively and literally!) and head over for some musical fireworks from Doc and the MSO!
Have a Safe and Happy Fourth, Everybody!