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.

The country fanbase does bring its own set of problems to Summerfest though, their culture often not mixing well with an urban setting and Currington making it to the stage a little late. However, Currington’s show moved away from the mess and chaos of other country oriented festivals in the Wisconsin area.

Other ground stages around Summerfest are where you’ll find the real gems though. Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., long-tim rap powerhouse Public Enemy, violinist-dancer Lindsey Stirling and more are all fair game for any general admission fan and do just as well as an amphitheater headliner.

From the Harley Davidson stage, a pleasant blues emanated from Gary Clark Jr to a visibly immersed crowd. Veiled behind a fog dim and spontaneous light Gary Clark Jr’s performance was as mysterious as it was hard to turn away from.

Only one stage and a couple hundred feet away, Public Enemy tore up the Miller Lite Oasis. Frontman Chuck D emerged with most of Public Enemy, introducing them one by one, with the exception of a key member which had fans worried for a second or two. After that little scare, Flavor Flav flew out from backstage and dove right into the show.

Public Enemy was easily a highlight of night two, but fans just strolling around Summerfest could be causally pulled into a performance that was headliner worthy.

Public Enemy

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Gary Clark Jr

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