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Summerfest Preview: July 2, 2017

Jun. 27, 2017
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Here's a quick look at some of the highlights in the Summerfest lineup for July 2, 2017. Scroll down for the full lineup.

 

P!nk
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7:30 p.m.


The knock against pop radio in the early ’00s was that it all sounded so prepackaged—it was dominated by Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson and S Club 7: acts that carried an air of artifice, real or imagined. P!nk emerged as a pushback to all that, standing out with her loud personality: With her wild hair, skater fashion sensibilities and fondness for casual profanity, she offered an alternative to the more cookie-cutter pop singers of the day, even if her music wasn’t really all that different from theirs (like many stars from her era, she got her start singing in a teen-pop group).

Starting with her blockbuster sophomore album Missundazstood, which sold a head-spinning 15 million copies and yielded her breakthrough single “Get The Party Started,” P!nk has insisted on creative control over her career, and it’s paid off well for her: The four albums that followed have all been blockbusters, including 2012’s The Truth About Love, which included guest spots from Eminem and, more memorably, fun.’s Nate Ruess on the hit ballad “Just Give Me a Reason.” She hasn’t released a record since then—understandably, perhaps, given she’s raising a family now—but in 2014 she released a low-profile folk album as part of the duo Rose Ave., with You+Me’s Dallas Green. (Evan Rytlewski)


Car Seat Headrest
Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
10 p.m.


Last year was an unusually strong year for indie-rock. The genre seems to be embracing the “rock” part of the label once again, and fans couldn’t be happier about it. Of all the buzzed-about 2016 indie records, though, one in particular seemed to emerge as a consensus favorite: Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial, a 70-minute romp of feisty guitars and snappy songwriting, all tied together by frontman Will Toledo’s incongruously sleepy voice.

Toledo had been kicking songs around for the project since 2010, some of which he re-recorded for his 2015 debut for Matador Records, Teens of Style, but Denial marked the moment where everything seemed to click: His songwriting was so witty and tuneful it made the inevitable comparisons to ’90s indie-rock touchstones irrelevant. The release wasn’t without its hiccups: An unauthorized interpolation of lyrics from The Cars’ hit “Just What I Needed” led to a recall of the entire initial run of CD and vinyl copies of the album, delaying its physical release by months. But even that incident may have worked out in Toledo’s favor. It only called more attention to a record that everybody already seemed to be talking about. (Evan Rytlewski)


Big Thief
Johnson Controls World Stage
6:45 p.m.


On paper, nothing about Big Thief’s Masterpiece seems all that unique. The group’s Saddle Creek debut is another rootsy indie-rock record in a world filled with them, complete with the same lopsided, oddly tuned guitars that have been a staple of the genre since the Pavement days. But paper doesn’t account for singer Adrianne Lenker’s twisty, unconstrained songwriting, which has a habit of wandering and digressing, yet never fails to tug at the heartstrings. The sloppier her songs are, the more they seem to connect.

Masterpiece was one of those records so loaded and so passionate, and so seemingly exhausting to create, that it felt like a culmination of nearly a lifetime of songwriting. It’s a bit surprising, then, that the band is releasing another one so soon: This month the band will release its sophomore album, Capacity, a work that early buzz suggests is every bit as massive and immersive as its predecessor. It was preceded by the single “Mythological Beauty,” a lovely, lilting ode to motherhood that further testifies to Lenker’s unparalleled ability to mine beauty and anguish out of any subject. (Evan Rytlewski)


Stage Date Start Time Performer
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/02/2017 07:30 PM Pink




Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/02/2017 12:00 PM 33 RPM
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/02/2017 02:30 PM Miller Rhythm & Brews Revue
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/02/2017 05:00 PM Mirage III
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/02/2017 06:00 PM DJ Devast8
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/02/2017 06:30 PM Melo Makes Music
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/02/2017 07:15 PM Yo Dot
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/02/2017 08:30 PM Ray Nitti
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/02/2017 10:15 PM Ludacris




BMO Harris Pavilion 07/02/2017 02:00 PM Lovin Kind
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/02/2017 04:00 PM Liam Ford Band, The
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/02/2017 06:00 PM Bad Medicine
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/02/2017 08:00 PM Bad Boy
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/02/2017 09:45 PM Steve Miller Band




Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/02/2017 12:00 PM USAF - Roots in Blue
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/02/2017 02:00 PM US Navy Great Lakes Horizon Band
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/02/2017 04:00 PM Painted Caves
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/02/2017 06:00 PM King Solomon
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/02/2017 08:00 PM Nikhil Korula Band
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/02/2017 09:30 PM Ziggy Marley




Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/02/2017 12:00 PM Spare Change Trio
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/02/2017 02:00 PM Ken Saydak Band
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/02/2017 04:00 PM U2Zoo
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/02/2017 06:00 PM Danny Gokey
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/02/2017 08:00 PM Jonny P
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/02/2017 10:00 PM Andy Grammer




U.S. Cellular Connection 07/02/2017 12:00 PM Guitars For Vets
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/02/2017 02:00 PM Rebecca and the Grey Notes
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/02/2017 04:00 PM Whiskeybelles, The
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/02/2017 06:00 PM Elizabeth Lyons
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/02/2017 08:00 PM Dylan Scott
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/02/2017 10:00 PM Lauren Alaina




Uline Warehouse Stage 07/02/2017 01:00 PM Panic Station
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/02/2017 03:00 PM Nicholas Barron
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/02/2017 05:00 PM Ryan McGrath Band, The
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/02/2017 06:30 PM Maple Road Blues Band
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/02/2017 08:00 PM No Quarter (Led Zeppelin Tribute)
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/02/2017 09:30 PM Peter Frampton




Johnson Control's World Stage 07/02/2017 12:30 PM  
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/02/2017 01:45 PM Twain
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/02/2017 03:00 PM Ruby & The Reckless
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/02/2017 04:15 PM The Kickback
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/02/2017 05:30 PM Atomics, The
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/02/2017 06:45 PM Big Thief
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/02/2017 08:00 PM Bright Light Social Hour, The
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/02/2017 10:00 PM Car Seat Headrest




JoJo's Martini Bar 07/02/2017 12:00 PM Taped Music
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/02/2017 01:00 PM Eric Diamond
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/02/2017 04:00 PM Marcell Of The Rhythm Kings
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/02/2017 08:00 PM Rhythm Kings




Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/02/2017 12:00 PM Marquette Basketball
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/02/2017 01:30 PM Marquette Basketball
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/02/2017 03:00 PM Academy of Dance Arts Performing Group, The
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/02/2017 05:00 PM Brew City Wrestling
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/02/2017 09:00 PM Division BMX Stunt Team




Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/02/2017 12:00 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/02/2017 12:45 PM Marlavous Marla's Children's Music
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/02/2017 01:30 PM Spoon Man - Musical Interactive Comedy
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/02/2017 02:15 PM Marlavous Marla's Children's Music
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/02/2017 03:15 PM Dancers in Motion
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/02/2017 04:00 PM Shandini
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/02/2017 04:45 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/02/2017 05:30 PM Dancers in Motion
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/02/2017 06:30 PM Spoon Man - Musical Interactive Comedy




Kohl's Captivation Station 07/02/2017 12:30 PM Milwaukee Community Circus
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/02/2017 01:00 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/02/2017 01:45 PM Kohl's Building Block Storytime
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/02/2017 02:15 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/02/2017 03:00 PM Join In and Dance
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/02/2017 04:00 PM Music for Aardvarks
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/02/2017 05:00 PM Mad Science
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/02/2017 06:00 PM Comedy Sportz
Wednesday, Jun 28
Henry Maier Festival Park

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