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Summerfest Preview: June 28, 2017

Jun. 27, 2017
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Here's a preview of what's to come at Summerfest on June 28, 2017. Scroll down for the full lineup.

Red Hot Chili Peppers w/ Deerhoof and Jack Irons

American Family Insurance Amphitheater

7:30 p.m.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ wild, heavy, air-kicking funk-rock sounded like little else when the group debuted it in the early ’80s, and in the three decades since they’ve done their part to make sure it stayed that way. Without ever completely reinventing themselves, they’ve evolved consistently since their earliest albums, refining the nihilistic funk-metal of their George Clinton-produced 1985 album, Freaky Styley , into tighter, more radio-friendly tunes on their commercial breakthrough albums Mother’s Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik —albums that established their long working relationship with producer Rick Rubin.

From there they continued to try on new sounds, embracing the spirit of ’90s modern rock on their 1995 oddity One Hot Minute (their only album with guitarist Dave Navarro) and then scoring a string of hit ballads with the breezier records that followed, including their 1999 commercial apex, Californication . Like any long-running band, they’ve seen their slumps—the group followed their massive 2006 double album Stadium Arcadium with 2011’s completely forgettable I’m With You . But their latest album, The Getaway , does what all of the band’s best albums have done: It makes the group sound fresh again. With producer Danger Mouse behind the boards, replacing Rubin after seven albums, the band pays homage to the lush, grandiose rock records of the late ’60s and early ’70s. (Evan Rytlewski)

The Moody Blues

BMO Harris Pavilion

10 p.m.

Rolling Stone called them ”the Sistine Chapel of popular music,“ a group that almost singlehandedly invented the term ”progressive rock.“ In both cases it’s clear The Moody Blues have made their mark on the music scene and continue to do so decades after the band’s 1964 formation in Birmingham, England.

Founders Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward and John Lodge still carry on the Moodies’ name and musical mission. Bringing the 50th anniversary tour of their landmark album Days of Future Passed to Summerfest this year, the performance will mark a milestone in modern music.

Recorded in 1967, the album evolved from a request by executives at Decca Records that the Moodies record a rock version of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 ( From the New World ) to test the label’s new stereo recording facilities. Liking the idea of a rock-classical blend, the band instead followed its own muse, resulting in a ”song cycle“ concept album that changed the sound of rock music forever.

Expect the lush, dreamy sounds of ”Nights in White Satin,“ ”Tuesday Afternoon“ and other hits both from the disc and from throughout their career. The songs and the sound have become The Moody Blues’ timeless musical legacy. (Michael Muckian)

The Marcus King Band

Uline Warehouse Stage

8 p.m.

The blues will never die as long as groups like The Marcus King Band are here to keep it alive. The 21-year-old South Carolinian and his namesake sextet pick up where Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan leave off, producing a smooth, bluesy, guitar-driven sound. Government Mule’s Warren Haynes, who produced and appears on the band’s latest album, is a longtime champion of the group.

”I write as a form of therapy, to release my emotions into a musical expression,“ King says. ”I want people to know they're not the only ones going through that pain.“ And there is plenty of heart in what King describes as the band’s ”soul-driven, psychedelic Southern rock.“ It’s something the guitarist learned on the road as a pre-teen sideman to his father and fellow bluesman Marvin King.

”He’s very much influenced by the blues, but also by jazz, rock, soul music and any timeless genres of music,“ Haynes says of the younger King. ”He has one of those voices that instantly draws you in, and his guitar playing is an extension of his voice and vice versa.“ Marcus King, youthful though he may be, is a blues force to be reckoned with. (Michael Muckian)

Stage Date Start Time Performer
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 06/28/2017 07:30 PM Deerhoof
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 06/28/2017 07:30 PM Jack Irons
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 06/28/2017 07:30 PM Red Hot Chili Peppers




Miller Lite Oasis Stage 06/28/2017 12:00 PM Platinum
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 06/28/2017 05:00 PM Summerfest Opening Ceremonies and 25,000 Weekday Ticket Giveaway
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 06/28/2017 06:30 PM Voila
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 06/28/2017 07:30 PM Hook N Sling
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 06/28/2017 08:30 PM Touch Sensitive
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 06/28/2017 10:00 PM Flume




BMO Harris Pavilion 06/28/2017 02:00 PM Crank the Radio
BMO Harris Pavilion 06/28/2017 04:00 PM Category X
BMO Harris Pavilion 06/28/2017 06:00 PM Pink Houses
BMO Harris Pavilion 06/28/2017 08:00 PM Joe 2.0
BMO Harris Pavilion 06/28/2017 10:00 PM The Moody Blues




Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 06/28/2017 12:00 PM Jonny T-Bird & the MPs
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 06/28/2017 02:00 PM Andrew Koenig Band
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 06/28/2017 04:00 PM The Bel Airs
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 06/28/2017 06:00 PM Leroy Airmaster with Junior Brantley
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 06/28/2017 08:00 PM Jon Paris
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 06/28/2017 10:00 PM Tesla




Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 06/28/2017 12:00 PM Mojo Perry Band
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 06/28/2017 02:00 PM Dave Fitzpatrick Band
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 06/28/2017 04:00 PM PictureYes
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 06/28/2017 06:00 PM The Wheel Workers
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 06/28/2017 08:00 PM SHAED
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 06/28/2017 10:00 PM Misterwives




U.S. Cellular Connection 06/28/2017 12:00 PM Cowboy Up!
U.S. Cellular Connection 06/28/2017 02:00 PM The Havana Ducks
U.S. Cellular Connection 06/28/2017 04:00 PM Saddlebrook
U.S. Cellular Connection 06/28/2017 06:00 PM Mantz Brothers
U.S. Cellular Connection 06/28/2017 08:00 PM Reckless Remedy
U.S. Cellular Connection 06/28/2017 10:00 PM Frankie Ballard




Uline Warehouse Stage 06/28/2017 01:00 PM Off The Record
Uline Warehouse Stage 06/28/2017 03:00 PM Rocket Cat
Uline Warehouse Stage 06/28/2017 05:00 PM You’re Pretty
Uline Warehouse Stage 06/28/2017 06:30 PM Eagle Trace
Uline Warehouse Stage 06/28/2017 08:00 PM The Marcus King Band
Uline Warehouse Stage 06/28/2017 10:00 PM Spin Doctors




Johnson Control's World Stage 06/28/2017 12:30 PM Gabriel Kelley
Johnson Control's World Stage 06/28/2017 01:45 PM Courtney Yasmineh
Johnson Control's World Stage 06/28/2017 03:00 PM Denim Matriarch
Johnson Control's World Stage 06/28/2017 04:15 PM The Magnettes
Johnson Control's World Stage 06/28/2017 05:30 PM Arum Rae
Johnson Control's World Stage 06/28/2017 06:45 PM Southern Avenue
Johnson Control's World Stage 06/28/2017 08:00 PM Lee Fields & The Expressions
Johnson Control's World Stage 06/28/2017 10:00 PM Black Joe Lewis




JoJo's Martini Bar 06/28/2017 12:00 PM Taped Music
JoJo's Martini Bar 06/28/2017 01:00 PM Eric Diamond
JoJo's Martini Bar 06/28/2017 04:00 PM The Cheap Shots
JoJo's Martini Bar 06/28/2017 08:00 PM The Cougars




Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 06/28/2017 01:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Clinic
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 06/28/2017 03:00 PM Bella Beauties Dance Company
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 06/28/2017 04:30 PM Milwaukee Admirals Hockey
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 06/28/2017 06:00 PM Spire Fitness
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 06/28/2017 07:30 PM Steve Jennings-Frisbee Exhibition
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 06/28/2017 09:00 PM Division BMX Stunt Team




Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 12:00 PM Accompany Of Kids: Song and Dance Troupe
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 12:45 PM Matthew Magic Morgan and Liliana
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 01:30 PM In Capable Hands - Comedy Juggling Duo
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 02:15 PM Matthew Magic Morgan and Liliana
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 03:15 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 04:00 PM Marlavous Marla's Children's Music
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 04:45 PM Accompany Of Kids: Song and Dance Troupe
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 05:30 PM In Capable Hands - Comedy Juggling Duo
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 06:30 PM David Seebach's Wonders of Magic
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 07:30 PM Marlavous Marla's Children's Music
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 06/28/2017 08:30 PM David Seebach's Wonders of Magic




Kohl's Captivation Station 06/28/2017 12:30 AM Milwaukee Community Circus
Kohl's Captivation Station 06/28/2017 01:00 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 06/28/2017 01:45 PM Join In and Dance
Kohl's Captivation Station 06/28/2017 02:45 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 06/28/2017 03:45 PM Music for Aardvarks
Kohl's Captivation Station 06/28/2017 04:45 PM Mad Science
Kohl's Captivation Station 06/28/2017 06:00 PM Comedy Sportz

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