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Summerfest Preview: July 1, 2017

Jun. 27, 2017
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Take a look at the featured Summerfest acts for July 1, 2017. Scroll down for the full lineup.

 

Zac Brown Band
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7:30 p.m.

Their sound alternates between soulful and infectious, unabashedly country yet not limited by the restraints the label puts on some performers. Some fans enjoy the Zac Brown Band for their songs, but most come for the moveable musical feast the band carries with them wherever it plays.

Zac Brown received his first guitar from his mother at age 8, and he has yet to put it down. He did take two years of guitar lessons, but he found his direction in the bluegrass sounds of his native Georgia and has never looked back. The band met with varying levels of success during the early 2000s, sometimes headlining festivals, and other times sleeping in its tour bus for lack of funds. But a variety of events and opportunities have continued to drive the band forward, eventually earning it the Best New Vocal Group Award from the Academy of Country Music in 2009 and New Artist of the Year from the Country Music Association Awards in 2010.

From the delicate sounds of “Sweet Annie” to beachside bounce of “Jump Right In,” the Zac Brown Band manages to touch its fans in a variety of ways. And all of those touches are positive ones. (Michael Muckian)

 

Collective Soul
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
10 p.m.

Nineties bands thrive at Summerfest, which is why Collective Soul—which bounced onto the 1994 American music scene amid Alice in Chains, The Offspring and Jeff Buckley with a happy ditty about heaven’s light called “Shine”—is perfect for the Big Gig. A string of catchy pop-rock singles (“Gel,” “Precious Declaration,” “December”) carried Collective Soul through the late-’90s, but the band never stopped releasing new music, putting out five records between 2000 and 2015.

The band played 160 shows in eight countries in support of its ninth and latest album, See What You Started by Continuing, a refined update on an unmistakable sound that received positive reviews, and a new album is slated for release later this year. Lead singer and chief songwriter Ed Roland also has a solo album on the way, as well as another disc with The Sweet Tea Project, his collaboration with Georgia musicians playing banjo, mandolin, steel guitar and ukulele. Ed’s little brother and Collective Soul guitarist Dean Roland has a side gig, too, in the alt-rock duo Magnets & Ghosts. Collective Soul’s Summerfest gig will be its first following a short tour with fellow ’90s stalwarts Tonic and Our Lady Peace. Let nostalgia reign! (Michael Popke)

 

The Naked & Famous
Miller Lite Oasis
5 p.m.

A catchy name is one way for a band to attract attention. The Naked & Famous, formed in 2007, already have a decade behind them, and the indie electronic band from Auckland, New Zealand, is attracting a global following. The group’s performances seethe with youthful angst, pulsing to a distinctive rhythm. Combine the lyrics about love’s labors lost with the music’s incessant electronic heartbeat, and you have the perfect recipe for emotional yearning—something at which the band is very good.

The young quintet is fronted by Alisa Xayalith, a 31-year-old daughter of Laotian refugees who was born in Auckland. Introduced to her native music by her father, Xayalith taught herself guitar and her interest in music grew from there. As for the band’s name, it comes from English musician Tricky’s song “Tricky Kid,” an ambivalent ode to the notion of celebrity. Tricky quotes the line, “everyone wants to be naked and famous,” taken from a song of the same name by the now defunct Seattle group The Presidents of the United States of America.

The five-member band had no doubt already mastered the art of being naked. Famous may be just a few more chords away. (Michael Muckian)


Stage Date Start Time Performer
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/01/2017 07:30 PM Zac Brown Band




Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/01/2017 12:00 PM Velocity
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/01/2017 02:30 PM Left on Sunset
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/01/2017 05:00 PM Naked & Famous
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/01/2017 07:00 PM Flint Eastwood
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/01/2017 08:30 PM MUNA
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/01/2017 10:15 PM Bleachers




BMO Harris Pavilion 07/01/2017 02:00 PM Esquires ALJA
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/01/2017 04:00 PM The Davis Family Band
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/01/2017 06:00 PM Christopher's Project
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/01/2017 08:00 PM The Terry Sims Band
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/01/2017 09:45 PM The Isley Brothers




Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/01/2017 12:00 PM Battle for the UP
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/01/2017 02:00 PM USAF - Roots in Blue
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/01/2017 04:00 PM The Last Bandoleros
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/01/2017 06:00 PM CITRA
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/01/2017 07:15 PM Bleeker
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/01/2017 08:30 PM Greta Van Fleet
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/01/2017 10:00 PM Shinedown




Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/01/2017 12:00 PM The Listening Party
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/01/2017 02:00 PM Life in a Tree
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/01/2017 04:00 PM Tonic
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/01/2017 06:00 PM Alter Ego
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/01/2017 08:00 PM Jack Spann
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/01/2017 10:00 PM Collective Soul




U.S. Cellular Connection 07/01/2017 12:00 PM Stephanie Erin Brill
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/01/2017 02:00 PM Mrs. Fun
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/01/2017 04:00 PM Beverly McClellan
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/01/2017 07:30 PM Calum Scott
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/01/2017 08:30 PM Hey Violet
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/01/2017 10:00 PM Bebe Rexha




Uline Warehouse Stage 07/01/2017 01:00 PM Bueller Bueller
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/01/2017 03:00 PM Keith Pulvermacher Band
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/01/2017 05:00 PM John Waite
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/01/2017 06:30 PM Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/01/2017 08:00 PM JC Brooks
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/01/2017 10:00 PM Blues Traveler




Johnson Control's World Stage 07/01/2017 12:30 PM Stonebox
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/01/2017 01:45 PM Total Control
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/01/2017 03:00 PM Humphrey-McKeown Band
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/01/2017 04:15 PM The Zach Pietrini Band
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/01/2017 05:30 PM Michigan Rattlers
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/01/2017 06:45 PM Driveway Thriftdwellers
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/01/2017 08:00 PM Dead Horses
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/01/2017 10:00 PM Horseshoes & Hand Grenades




JoJo's Martini Bar 07/01/2017 12:00 PM Taped Music
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/01/2017 01:00 PM Chris Schmidt
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/01/2017 04:00 PM Grand Union
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/01/2017 08:00 PM Spoiled Rotten




Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/01/2017 12:00 PM Milwaukee Table Tennis Club
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/01/2017 03:00 PM Bella Beauties Dance Company
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/01/2017 05:00 PM Brew City Wrestling
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/01/2017 09:00 PM Division BMX Stunt Team




Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 12:00 PM Rondini
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 12:45 PM Flossy La Tooth
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 01:30 PM Ron Fable and Kathie Magic Show
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 02:15 PM Flossy La Tooth
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 03:15 PM Rondini
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 04:00 PM Ron Fable and Kathie Magic Show
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 04:45 PM Pint Size Polkas
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 05:30 PM David Seebach's Wonders of Magic
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 06:30 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/01/2017 07:30 PM David Seebach's Wonders of Magic




Kohl's Captivation Station 07/01/2017 12:30 PM Milwaukee Community Circus
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/01/2017 01:00 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/01/2017 01:45 PM Join In and Dance
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/01/2017 02:45 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/01/2017 03:45 PM Ms. Jen & the Jellyfish
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/01/2017 05:00 PM Mad Science
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/01/2017 06:00 PM Comedy Sportz
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