Florida Georgia Line accompany Big Bang, kick of Summerfest

The unofficial start of The Big Gig kicked off Tuesday the 23rd with a sold-out performance from the Rolling Stones, but Summerfest went full steam on their opening night with the annual Big Bang fireworks display, ground headliners Magic!, The Dirty Heads, Bastille, Sheryl Crow, and festival amphitheater headliner Florida Georgia Line.

Primed for their first weekend, Summerfest got by without rain and without record temperatures keeping opening-day fans home. Pushing a successful first day, the hip-hopish infused country powerhouse Florida Georgia Line performed for a near-capacity Marcus Amphitheater main stage with Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard. All three emanated a feel-good country vibe and turned a little slice of Milwaukee into backwoods Wisconsin. Frankie Ballard put a tasteful rock twist on his version of country, often serving up impressive guitar solos. Thomas Rhett sided more with the FGL genre, his popular “Get Me Some of That” fitting in nicely before Florida Georgia Line took the stage.

The Miller Lite Oasis featured Bastille, who most recently made their way back to Wisconsin for a Milwaukee Theater performance. Summerfest seemed to be a better setting for the explosive and unpredictable English indie titans of “Pompeii”, “Flaws”, and “Of The Night”.

Timed before the 10:00 ground stage headline set times, Summerfest’s annual Big Bang fireworks show fired off at 9:30 with enough force to wake up even the most weathered of fans. The yearly fireworks display is well-known to Milwaukee residents and is the “official” start to the lengthy 11-day music festival.¬†Sheryl Crow topped off the country headliner bill, performing for the second largest stage on the festival grounds, the BMO Harris Pavilion.

Florida Georgia Line

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Thomas Rhett

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Frankie Ballard

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Bastille

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Sheryl Crow

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