Rock USA fires away at 5th year in Oshkosh

Now in its fifth year, Rock USA, the sister festival to the long-running Country USA music festival in Oshkosh, WI, pressed on into 2015 with Alice Cooper and Queensryche beginning a chilly and wet week of classic rock with other headliners Judas Priest, Avenged Sevenfold, and Def Leppard. Read More

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. Read More

Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q a curveball for lacking Summerfest

Summerfest’s lack of the hard rock and metal genres is increasingly apparent year after year, but their growing relationship with hip-hop and rap artists has been on the rise for even longer and takes a new turn with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. Read More

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. Read More

Saturday Summerfest Snapshot, Flaming Lips, 3EB, MisterWives

The weekend is upon Summerfest. Marked with a lineup to please nearly everyone, Friday of week one felt like Milwaukee Summerfest should. Warm weather, killer sunset, and a lakefront setting with bands from all walks of the industry.

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Eric Church roars back to Country USA

With a grin ear to ear and as enthusiastic as ever, Eric Church made his way back to Wisconsin and Country USA for 2015. Growing in popularity alongside similar artists Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, Eric Church was a suitable headliner for the sprawling country festival. Read More

Public Enemy, Gary Clark Jr & more, Summerfest

Night two of Summerfest 2015 proved to be a bit cooler for fans on the lakefront, swapping their sunglasses for jackets. The annual Milwaukee music festival was far tamer than its opening night, even with Kings of Leon main stage and Billy Currington headlining the second largest stage on the grounds. Country music fares very well at Summerfest and is turning itself into a staple that didn’t exist a few years ago as much as it does now. Read More

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