311 welcomed back, Milwaukee

There seemed to be a fair amount of bitterness as this year’s Summerfest lineup was announced. Frequent attendees of the fest were complaining about the┬ánoticeably┬árepetitive┬álineup compared to previous years and also the lack of some acts that other festivals of the caliber were booking. Sure, to an extent there was some overlap, but with bands like 311, OAR, Hollywood Undead, Fun. pulling in massive weekend and weekday crowds yet again, it’s no wonder Summerfest sends them an annual invite.

We’ve said it before, but it’s hard to miss the joy in each band as they approach the massive Summerfest crowd waiting for them. 311 had one of the larger audiences, some waiting since ten hours prior gripping the barrier in fear of losing their spot.

There’s simply nothing like the aggressive reggae rock that 311 brings around the country almost every summer. Sometimes teaming up with friends Sublime, G. Love, Cypress Hill, and Slightly Stoopid, 311 tours can get pretty big, but even with friends they bring a dynamic that few other reggae inspired groups have to offer.

Vocalist Nick Hexum, brandishing his flashy fire red Flying V paced out to the front of the stage taking in the roar of one of the more impressive Summerfest turnouts. A simple nod and “Hello Milwaukee” lead to the heavy licks of “Jackpot”.

“Jackpot” furthers their reach in the genre world, infusing the rock styled riff with some hip hop structured lyrics though retaining a level of reservation while heading into lighter number “Sunset In July”. “When the sun goes down in July, 311 go on!”

Prospective festival goers can complain about returning artists, but as long as there are smooth sailing and entertaining artists that host a full house then there’s not much of a problem.


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