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Summerfest Preview: July 5, 2017

Jun. 27, 2017
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Here are the featured acts at Summerfest on July 5, 2017. Scroll down for the full lineup.

 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers w/ Chris Stapleton
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7:30 p.m.

2017 marks 40 years since Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ debut LP, and the band is celebrating with (what else?) a nationwide tour. In the decades since the release of that self-titled record, Petty has issued 13 albums with The Heartbreakers plus three solo discs and a pair of albums with The Traveling Wilburys—an unlikely supergroup featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

Petty epitomizes a certain strain of what came to be called classic rock, although his music was always more solidly rooted in mid-’60s rock trailblazers than many of his ’70s contemporaries. Petty remains committed to tightly written songs and memorable choruses. His best tracks can fill an arena with decibels yet also speak intimately to his listeners.

Petty and The Heartbreakers hit their stride with their second album, You’re Gonna Get It! (1978), with its singles “I Need to Know” and “Listen to Her Heart.” Their third, Damn the Torpedoes (1979), went platinum on the strength of “Refugee,” “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Here Comes My Girl.” (For much of the ’80s through his death in 1994, Milwaukee’s Howie Epstein was The Heartbreakers’ bassist.) Petty has no lack of hits to choose from for his 40th-anniversary tour, including “American Girl,” “Free Fallin’” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” (David Luhrssen)

 

T-Pain
Uline Warehouse
10 p.m.

It’s easy to forget how passionately people hated Auto-Tune when the effect first began to proliferate pop radio in the mid-’00s. These days, most listeners seem to accept it for what it is: a harmless aesthetic trapping. But there was a time when it was far and away the most divisive sound in music, and during that era no artist was more associated with it than T-Pain. The self-proclaimed “rappa ternt sanga” didn’t just popularize the sound, he spread it everywhere—like some kind of robotic Johnny Appleseed. In a five-year span, he appeared on more than 50 charting singles, making Auto-Tune virtually ubiquitous.

Though he never disappeared from the public eye, the hits began to dry up for T-Pain following his pretty crappy 2011 album, Revolver, which is a shame. During his peak, on hits like “I’m Sprung” and “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” nobody was making singles so effortlessly smooth and good-humored. There’s still plenty of time for a comeback, though. He’s only 31 years old and a beloved personality with plenty of good will—as his viral 2015 performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series demonstrated. And just in case anybody doubted him, that concert proved once and for all that, yes, the guy really can sing, even without Auto-Tune. (Evan Rytlewski)


Girl Talk
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse
10 p.m.

If bedroom mash-up artists appear like a forgotten dance music trend now, it’s simply because Greg Gillis hasn’t released a proper Girl Talk album in seven years. No contemporary producer can construct the wild, genre-spanning collages with the same emotional pull and precise technical skill as the overtly meticulous DJ—and no one even attempts it much these days. Girl Talk cavalierly merged together hip-hop, pop music and indie rock in short, spastic bursts that built slowly into huge sonic climaxes. Listening to his albums felt like traveling through the architect’s expansive and eclectic record collection, but it was also something that could take a late-night party up an extra notch, too.

With current online music-listening norms still resembling the Wild West, the pseudo-controversy the DJ faced on potential copyright infringement issues for distributing his Girl Talk albums without clearing the samples seems quaint now—Gillis claimed he was safe under the Fair Use law and that turned out a good bet as no label ever sought legal action against him. But that legal-shirking certainly helped cultivate the renegade appeal of the guerrilla-style music, turning the long-haired, hippie-looking white dude from Pittsburgh into an unlikely rebel and much-respected DJ. (Kevin Mueller)


Stage Date Start Time Performer
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/05/2017 07:30 PM Chris Stapleton
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/05/2017 07:30 PM Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers




Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/05/2017 12:00 PM Bad Habitz
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/05/2017 02:30 PM Kyle Megna & The Monsoons
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/05/2017 05:00 PM Fringe Character
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/05/2017 06:00 PM DJ Mando
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/05/2017 06:30 PM N2une
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/05/2017 07:15 PM Felly
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/05/2017 08:30 PM PnB Rock
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/05/2017 10:00 PM Kyle




BMO Harris Pavilion 07/05/2017 02:00 PM Charles Love
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/05/2017 04:00 PM Georgia Overdrive
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/05/2017 06:00 PM Uprising
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/05/2017 08:00 PM Eric Lindell
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/05/2017 09:45 PM Phillip Phillips




Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/05/2017 12:00 PM Eric Look Band
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/05/2017 02:00 PM Velveetatones
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/05/2017 04:00 PM Pat McCurdy
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/05/2017 06:30 PM DJ Strategy
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/05/2017 07:30 PM RCKT PWR
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/05/2017 08:30 PM Bad Royale
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/05/2017 10:00 PM Girl Talk




Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/05/2017 12:00 PM Dance Academy of Mexico
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/05/2017 01:15 PM Black Star Drum Line
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/05/2017 02:00 PM Spoof Fest
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/05/2017 04:00 PM Spoof Fest
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/05/2017 06:00 PM Spoof Fest
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/05/2017 08:00 PM Ethan Keller Group
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/05/2017 09:30 PM NEEDTOBREATHE




U.S. Cellular Connection 07/05/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock - Shorewood
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/05/2017 02:00 PM Roxi Copland
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/05/2017 04:00 PM Cathy Grier
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/05/2017 06:00 PM Almighty Vinyl
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/05/2017 08:00 PM Gnash
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/05/2017 10:00 PM James Arthur




Uline Warehouse Stage 07/05/2017 01:00 PM WAMI Youth Showcase
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/05/2017 03:00 PM Derrick Procell & The Redeemers
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/05/2017 05:00 PM Failure to Launch
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/05/2017 06:00 PM Dr. B
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/05/2017 06:30 PM Shonn Hinton & Shotgun
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/05/2017 08:00 PM Adi Amour
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/05/2017 10:00 PM T-Pain




Johnson Control's World Stage 07/05/2017 12:30 PM Danielle Juhre
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/05/2017 01:45 PM Madison Malone
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/05/2017 03:00 PM Abby Jeanne
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/05/2017 04:15 PM Kim Logan + The Hydramatic
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/05/2017 05:30 PM Andrew Leahey & The Homestead
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/05/2017 06:45 PM Commonheart, The
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/05/2017 08:00 PM Welshly Arms
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/05/2017 09:45 PM JJ Grey & Mofro




JoJo's Martini Bar 07/05/2017 12:00 PM Taped Music
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/05/2017 01:00 PM Downtown Harrison
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/05/2017 04:00 PM Element  13
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/05/2017 08:00 PM Boogie Men




Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/05/2017 12:00 PM Milwaukee Bucks Dancers
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/05/2017 01:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Clinic
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/05/2017 03:00 PM Milwaukee Bucks Rimrockers
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/05/2017 04:30 PM Milwaukee Admirals Hockey
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/05/2017 06:00 PM Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/05/2017 07:30 PM Wheelchair / Adaptive Sports
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/05/2017 09:00 PM Division BMX Stunt Team




Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/05/2017 12:00 PM Milwaukee Public Theater - Tell Me Story - Cuentame un Cuenta
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/05/2017 12:45 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/05/2017 01:30 PM Milwaukee Community Circus
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/05/2017 02:15 PM Milwaukee Community Circus
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/05/2017 03:15 PM Aspire Dance and Music
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/05/2017 04:00 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/05/2017 04:45 PM Aspire Dance and Music
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/05/2017 05:30 PM Shandini
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/05/2017 06:30 PM David Seebach's Wonders of Magic




Kohl's Captivation Station 07/05/2017 12:30 PM Milwaukee Community Circus
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/05/2017 01:00 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/05/2017 01:45 PM Join In and Dance
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/05/2017 02:30 PM Kohl's Building Block Storytime
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/05/2017 03:00 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/05/2017 04:00 PM Mad Science
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/05/2017 05:00 PM JerOne of the Figureheads
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/05/2017 06:00 PM Comedy Sportz
Wednesday, Jun 28
Henry Maier Festival Park

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