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Summerfest Preview: July 6, 2017

Jun. 27, 2017
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Check out what's happening at Summerfest on July 6, 2017. Scroll down for the full lineup.

 

BJ The Chicago Kid
Johnson Controls World Stage
10 p.m.

On his major label debut, 2016’s In My Mind, BJ the Chicago Kid faces a tough dilemma. He’s tempted to stay up past his bedtime to partake in some late-night activities with an attractive woman, but he knows he really should be getting a good night’s sleep for church the next day. Like any seasoned R&B singer, he chooses the seduction, even though he can’t help but pray for salvation (“Hopefully we can go to heaven / Cause I’m staying, I’m staying”). That duality between God and the singer’s sinful choices lies at the heart of the smooth-sounding, contemplative album, and God seems to be on the losing end.

BJ The Chicago Kid spent nearly a decade on the precipice of the limelight—singing back-up on tour with Usher, Stevie Wonder and Mary J. Blige. He eventually released his first mixtape in 2009 and earned himself name guesting on early records of two of the strongest voices in rap music right now, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar. On In My Mind, they return the favor, adding their distinct impressions on the earnest soul of the insatiable crooner. But the leading man emerges from those songs with the most shine, even if he does believe his soul faces an uncertain future. (Kevin Mueller)

 

REO Speedwagon
BMO Harris Pavilion
9:45 p.m.

REO Speedwagon’s last non-holiday studio album was 2007’s Find Your Own Way Home, and the band hasn’t cracked the Billboard Hot 100 for almost two decades. But that doesn’t matter with REO, which, just like Summerfest, is celebrating 50 years in 2017. (Never mind that only one of the five members, keyboardist Neal Doughty, has been around since the beginning.) With a deep catalogue that runs from early-’70s hits “Ridin’ the Storm Out” and “Sophisticated Lady” to MTV-era No. 1 singles like “Keep on Lovin’ You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” there’s no need to play anything post-1987—though 1990’s “Love Is a Rock” is still a cool song.

When not touring with bands like Chicago, Styx and Def Leppard, REO finds other ways to roll with the changes. In 2015, the group collaborated with country singer-songwriter Sara Evans on “Crossroads,” CMT’s flagship music series, and earlier this year, REO was part of the Rock Legends Cruise V with the Pat Benatar, Don Felder, the Marshall Tucker Band and Todd Rundgren. Then in April, 1977’s double live album You Get What You Play For was reissued on blue vinyl—a classic reminder of this band’s solid Midwestern roots and timeless appeal. (Michael Popke)

 

AWOLNATION
Uline Warehouse
10 p.m.

The only thing that tells us more about a band than its name may be the opening of one of its songs. Consider the first line of AWOLNATION’s original version of “Run”: “I am a human being capable of doing terrible things.” Back that with discordant, soaring guitar chords supported by a robotic electronic beat, and you have a pretty clear idea what AWOLNATION is about. That’s if the name wasn’t enough of a clue.

Vocalist Aaron Bruno fronts the Los Angeles-based power quartet that has been categorized as alternative or industrial rock, electro-pop or synth-pop. Despite the performers’ lack of black-and-white makeup, “electro-Goth” might also be a fitting moniker based on Bruno’s sometimes brutal vocals and the music’s often dark, anti-social lyrics.

The band does have an interesting backstory. Bruno, an L.A. music scene veteran, was approached in ’09 by Red Bull Records, which offered free use of its recording facilities. As an enterprising musician, he laid down a few tracks of his own composition, created a band and released a digital debut album, Megalithic Symphony, in 2011. The band’s first single from the album, the equally caustic “Sail,” went platinum, eventually selling 5.5 million copies in the U.S.; such is the continued social disenfranchisement of today’s music fans. (Michael Muckian)


Stage Date Start Time Performer
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/06/2017 07:30 PM Chris Stapleton
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/06/2017 07:30 PM Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers




Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/06/2017 12:00 PM The Dweebs
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/06/2017 02:30 PM Totally Neon
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/06/2017 05:00 PM Boy Band Review
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/06/2017 06:30 PM Scott E. Berendt & The US Project
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/06/2017 08:00 PM King Washington
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/06/2017 10:00 PM Tegan & Sara




BMO Harris Pavilion 07/06/2017 12:00 PM Bryan O'Donnell
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/06/2017 12:30 PM Ukuladies
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/06/2017 02:30 PM The Booze Brothers Show Band
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/06/2017 04:30 PM Animation - A Tribute to Rush
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/06/2017 06:00 PM Animation - A Tribute to Rush
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/06/2017 08:00 PM Johnny Wad
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/06/2017 09:45 PM REO Speedwagon




Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/06/2017 12:00 PM George Stancell and the Wonderful Ones
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/06/2017 02:00 PM Kenneth Brian Band
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/06/2017 03:45 PM Clyde Stubblefield All Stars
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/06/2017 06:00 PM Whips
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/06/2017 07:15 PM Direct Hit!
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/06/2017 08:30 PM Knuckle Puck
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/06/2017 10:00 PM A Day To Remember




Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/06/2017 12:00 PM Rich Trueman & The 22nd St. Horn Band
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/06/2017 03:00 PM The Buckinghams
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/06/2017 05:15 PM Steely Dane
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/06/2017 07:30 PM J Boog
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/06/2017 09:45 PM Slightly Stoopid




U.S. Cellular Connection 07/06/2017 12:00 PM The Benedon Band
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/06/2017 02:00 PM Haley Grace and the Rebels
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/06/2017 04:00 PM Geoff Landon Show
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/06/2017 06:00 PM Madison County
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/06/2017 08:00 PM Tucker Beathard
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/06/2017 09:30 PM William Michael Morgan




Uline Warehouse Stage 07/06/2017 01:00 PM A Tortured Soul
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/06/2017 03:00 PM Sunspot
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/06/2017 05:00 PM Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Bands to Watch
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/06/2017 07:30 PM Stop Light Observations
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/06/2017 08:45 PM IRONTOM
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/06/2017 10:00 PM AWOLNATION




Johnson Control's World Stage 07/06/2017 12:30 PM Digbii
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/06/2017 03:00 PM D'Amato
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/06/2017 04:15 PM Call Me Karizma
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/06/2017 05:30 PM Trapo
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/06/2017 06:45 PM Vincent VanGREAT
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/06/2017 08:00 PM Lex Allen
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/06/2017 10:00 PM BJ The Chicago Kid




JoJo's Martini Bar 07/06/2017 12:00 PM Taped Music
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/06/2017 01:00 PM Julie Ruka
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/06/2017 04:00 PM Shut the Front Door
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/06/2017 08:00 PM Eddie Butts Band




Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/06/2017 12:00 PM Bucks Grand Dancers
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/06/2017 01:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Clinic
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/06/2017 04:30 PM Milwaukee Admirals Hockey
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/06/2017 06:00 PM Cops 4 Kidz Basketball (Police team vs. Youth Team)
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/06/2017 09:00 PM Division BMX Stunt Team




Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/06/2017 12:00 PM MYSO Calypso Steel Drum Band
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/06/2017 12:45 PM Caricatures & Comedy by Bill Begos
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/06/2017 01:30 PM MYSO Calypso Steel Drum Band
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/06/2017 02:15 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/06/2017 03:15 PM MYSO Calypso Steel Drum Band
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/06/2017 04:45 PM Julie Sobanski: Princess Of Magic
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/06/2017 05:30 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/06/2017 06:30 PM Caricatures & Comedy by Bill Begos
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/06/2017 07:30 PM Wayne & Wingnut - Red Hot Chilli Puppets




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

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