A summer favorite, 311 plays Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s love affair extends far beyond rock and country music. 311’s alternative reggae rock has been a silent center of the city’s Summerfest music festival for many years while also making appearances at various historic venues to familiar faces.

Drawing a fierce crowd in the past and most notably at Summerfest, 311’s Riverside Theater show was a change of pace. The fans dedicated and acquainted with 311, but rather thin. GA tickets allowed fans a little freedom – a must at a 311 show – but it took a bit of time for many to trickle in. The show was well-promoted, though might have suffered from a post-Summerfest break for those die hard music fans. 11 days is a lot of music and only wrapped a week prior.

Hawaii natives The Green served up a rockier roots reggae, covering Bob Marley and sharing their love of Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater. “You guys are fire, this place is beautiful, nothing like this in Hawaii.” The Green and 311 fit well together, but it was an oddity having them in a well-air conditioned theater style venue instead of outdoors in a park or at one of Milwaukee’s street festivals.

A special night was in store for those chanting “grassroots” seconds before 311 took to their set. To the passerby this wouldn’t mean much, but those intimate with 311’s music knew what they were asking for. Following a quick sampler from Soundsystem, From Chaos, Transistor, and 311, 311 took the the meat of their set back to 1994 performing Grassroots in its entirety pulling them away from their radio-hits to their beginnings.

This wasn’t a greatest hits nor a chill show by any definition, but something in between and seemingly far more appreciated.

Setlist: Let the Cards Fall – Freeze Time – Sick Tight – Beautiful Disaster – Homebrew – Lucky – Nutsymtom – 8:16 A.M. – Omaha Stylee – Applied Science – Taiyed – Silver – Grassroots – Salsa – Lose – Six – Offbeat Bare Ass – 1,2,3 – Come Original – Gap – First Dimension – Down – Existential Hero – Livin’ & Rockin’

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