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Summerfest Preview: July 4, 2017

Jun. 27, 2017
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Check out what's happening at Summerfest on July 4, 2017. Scroll down for the full lineup.


The Chainsmokers
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7:30 p.m.

The ascent of The Chainsmokers to global pop star status represents the conquest of electronic dance music DJ culture to a heretofore unheard height. The duo of Andrew Taggert and Alex Pall have built their brand from their 2014 novelty hit, “#Selfie,” to a string of multi-million selling and streaming singles that have made them nigh omnipresent in certain cultural circles.

Easily accessible melodies and vocals shared or led by mostly female guest singers have merited the twosome more time in the top ten of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart than any act in a long while. They have accomplished this with hits such as “Closer” and “Roses” by marrying the sonic signifiers of EDM subgenres such as techno and dubstep to ear-worming melodies serving lyrics that often speak to the relational and sexual realities and options of many Millennials. The combination hasn’t always sat well with critics of The Chainsmokers’ music and media imaging, but that shouldn’t stop the group’s many fans from enjoying the twosome's mixture of hooks, hedonism and, every so often, sensitivity when they headline at Summerfest this year. (Jamie Lee Rake)


Death From Above 1979
Uline Warehouse
10 p.m.

It’s fitting that the high-octane, dance-metal duo Death from Above 1979 experienced such a wild lifespan. Their debut album, 2004’s You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, is a battering ram of brash, noisy dance music that’s visceral, intense and carnal, like a Kesha cover of a Cro-Mags song. The record launched the two-man team of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler as indie rock’s next big thing—thanks to a “Best New Music” billing from Pitchfork Media, back when one favorable review could ostensibly make a band’s career. The same, sadly, remained true for the inverse. And shortly after receiving a brutal pan on the following year’s remix album—scoring a rare 0.5—the band broke up.

The two went on to pursue separate musical projects (Grainger went solo and Keeler formed MSTRKRFT), but when the insatiable appetite of summer festivals for reunions came calling in 2011, Death From Above 1979 picked up the phone. At a surprise reunion show during South By Southwest, fans literally stormed the venue, breaking down chain-link fences and clashing with police. The band’s second act, however, has failed to capture that same energy from the previous decade. The post-reunion album, 2014’s The Physical World, reaches for bigger pop moments than the muscle that defined its supercharged sound. (Kevin Mueller)


Jamila Woods
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
5 p.m.

What a wonderful thing Chicago has going for it right now. The rise of Chance the Rapper from cult favorite into legitimate superstar over the last couple of years has been a boon for his entire circle of Windy City collaborators, including Jamila Woods, the soul singer whose crystalline voice has adorned a couple of his most joyous songs, including “Sunday Candy” and “Blessings.” If those tracks showed that Woods could sing her heart out, it was her 2016 album, HEAVN, which proved her as a stand-alone artist with her own distinct vision.

HEAVN features contributions from a host of Chicagoans, including Saba, Kweku Collins, Peter Cottontale, Noname and, of course, Chance, but they all work in the service of Woods’ politicized songs, which frequently touch on the themes related to the Black Lives Matter movement. On “Blk Grl Soldier,” she highlights the hypocrisy of a society that tells black women to keep their mouths closed. “They want us in the kitchen,” she sings, “Kill our sons with lynchin’s / We get loud about it / Oh, now we’re the bitches.” This spring, the label Jagjaguwar announced that it’s partnered with Woods’ Chicago label Closed Sessions to give the record an even wider release, which could further help it find the audience it deserves. (Evan Rytlewski)


Stage Date Start Time Performer
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/04/2017 07:30 PM Vice
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/04/2017 07:30 PM Captain Cuts
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/04/2017 07:30 PM The Chainsmokers




Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/04/2017 12:00 PM The Tons 'O Fun Band
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/04/2017 02:00 PM Oques Grasses
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/04/2017 04:00 PM Cade
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/04/2017 06:00 PM Lost Kings
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/04/2017 08:00 PM R.LUM.R
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/04/2017 10:00 PM Alessia Cara




BMO Harris Pavilion 07/04/2017 02:00 PM Boomer Nation
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/04/2017 04:00 PM Speaker of the House
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/04/2017 06:00 PM DallasK
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/04/2017 08:00 PM Common Deer
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/04/2017 09:45 PM Third Eye Blind




Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/04/2017 12:00 PM The Disparrows
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/04/2017 02:00 PM Bryan Cherry 
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/04/2017 04:00 PM Justin Caruso
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/04/2017 06:00 PM Shaun Frank
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/04/2017 08:00 PM Klangstof
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/04/2017 10:00 PM Miike Snow




Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 12:00 PM SACRED
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 02:00 PM Loosid
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 03:30 PM Grandtheft
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 04:45 PM KidCutUp
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 05:00 PM Jamila Woods
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 06:00 PM WebsterX
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 07:00 PM oddCouple
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 08:00 PM Saba
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 09:00 PM Joey Purp
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/04/2017 10:00 PM IshDARR




U.S. Cellular Connection 07/04/2017 12:00 PM Derek Sallmann
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/04/2017 02:00 PM Rocky Mountain Oyster Band
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/04/2017 04:00 PM Saving Savannah
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/04/2017 06:00 PM Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/04/2017 08:00 PM Lanco
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/04/2017 10:00 PM High Valley




Uline Warehouse Stage 07/04/2017 01:00 PM Revel In Romance
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/04/2017 02:30 PM The Unlikely Candidates
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/04/2017 04:30 PM CVBZ
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/04/2017 05:30 PM Elephante
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/04/2017 07:15 PM Dreamers
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/04/2017 08:30 PM PVRIS
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/04/2017 10:00 PM Death From Above 1979




Johnson Control's World Stage 07/04/2017 12:30 PM The Alex Guthrie Band
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/04/2017 01:45 PM Band of Silver
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/04/2017 03:00 PM Bad Culture
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/04/2017 04:15 PM Middle Ground, The
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/04/2017 05:30 PM Krantz
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/04/2017 06:45 PM New Sound Underground
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/04/2017 08:00 PM Headphone Disco




JoJo's Martini Bar 07/04/2017 12:00 PM Taped Music
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/04/2017 01:00 PM Eric Diamond
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/04/2017 04:00 PM Katie Mack and the Moan
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/04/2017 08:00 PM Big Shoes




Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/04/2017 01:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Clinic
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/04/2017 03:00 PM City Kids Wrestling Club
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/04/2017 04:30 PM City Kids Wrestling Club
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/04/2017 06:00 PM City Kids Wrestling Club
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/04/2017 07:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Rimrockers
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/04/2017 09:00 PM Division BMX Stunt Team




Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 12:00 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 12:45 PM Ron Fable and Kathie Magic Show
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 01:30 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 02:15 PM Marc The Zani
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 03:15 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 04:00 PM Bob Bohm
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 04:45 PM Spoon Man - Musical Interactive Comedy
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 05:30 PM Ron Fable and Kathie Magic Show
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 06:30 PM Bob Bohm
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/04/2017 07:30 PM Spoon Man - Musical Interactive Comedy




Kohl's Captivation Station 07/04/2017 12:30 PM Milwaukee Community Circus
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/04/2017 01:00 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/04/2017 01:45 PM Duke Otherwise
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/04/2017 02:30 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/04/2017 03:15 PM Duke Otherwise
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/04/2017 04:00 PM JerOne of the Figureheads
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/04/2017 05:00 PM Duke Otherwise
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/04/2017 06:00 PM Comedy Sportz
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Henry Maier Festival Park

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