A strong close for Summerfest’s first week

Week one of Summerfest had its highs and its lows. Struggling for traction with many of its artists and pairing of performances from stage to stage, Summerfest had issues early on with headliners and ground stage acts. The 2015 summer months were not buzzing with as much touring activity as the last few years according to some, and even as the ground stages saw a few new names who’d never been to the Big Gig before or hadn’t been around in some years, the first week seemed a little moot with exception of a few notable shows.

Sundays are the recoup nights for most weekend Summerfest attendees and even the Summerfest lineups mirror that need to slow up. Zac Brown Band closed the Marcus Amphitheater in week one as the festival headliner drawing a more dialed down middle-aged crowd which fit well with Martina McBride performing a 9:30 slot at the Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard. Fans leaving Zac Brown could be seen catching a peak at the female country singer.

Field Report took up the Miller Lite Oasis, opening for The New Pornographers. Both showed an enthusiastic presence, however their genre and relaxed songs bode much better in the intimate settings of the Pabst and Riverside theaters. Nonetheless, their loyal following sought them out, even if Paris Hilton was making too much noise on the next stage over.

The big attraction on the grounds though, Paris Hilton. The newcomer to DJing and EDM, Paris left readers of the Summerfest lineups scratching their heads. Could this be? Yes indeed it was her, and by far the largest attraction on the ground stages for the closing night of week one of Summerfest. Her playlist was done well, but the young crowd was more attracted to dancing around and partying with Paris than they were into Paris turning DJ. Summerfest DJ frequent Kid Cut Up might’ve done a little better with a headliner status, much of the crowd burning their energy during his set. Paris was into it, she played the role well, but beyond the reach of sub-twenty year olds and the curious concertgoer, you’re not going to find someone dying to see her a second time.

Summerfest continues Tuesday with Linkin Park headlining the Marcus Amphitheater with A Day To Remember.

Paris Hilton

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Martina McBride

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Field Report

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