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Summerfest Preview: July 8, 2017

Jun. 26, 2017
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Here are some of the featured performers that are set to play at Summerfest on July 8, 2017. Scroll down for the full lineup.

 

Future, Big Sean and Migos
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7 p.m.

Now here’s a bill to remember: Not one, not two, but three monolithic rap acts, all of them at the peak of their commercial and critical popularity. One of those artists just made history this year, too: This winter, Future became the first artist ever to debut albums at number one on the Billboard albums chart in consecutive weeks, first with his cold-blooded, self-titled album, and then the following week with his much brighter HNDRXX. That second one might be his best record yet—a beautifully crafted slab of soulful rap that plays to his strengths as a singer, a rapper and an icon. No other artist in rap seems quite so driven right now.

Big Sean, while never nearly the critical phenom that Future is, is riding high off of his biggest single yet, the rally anthem “Bounce Back.” Thanks in good part to that smash, his latest album, I Decided, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. That album features a guest spot from this bill’s other big act: Migos, the cultishly adored Southern rap trio who have helped popularize not only a specific kind of flow (a distinctive, syncopated triplet pattern) but also a dance, the Dab. This winter the trio scored the first number one hit of their career with their inescapable Lil Uzi Vert collaboration “Bad and Boujee.” (Evan Rytlewski)


Whitney
Johnson Controls World Sound Stage
8 p.m.

The Chicago garage-pop group Smith Westerns burned fast and bright, leaving behind a small discography of catchy albums just begging to be rediscovered by future generations, especially their glammy 2011 record for Fat Possum Records, Dye it Blonde. That band may be done, but its members have continued to make some fantastic music. While frontman Cullen Omori set off on a solo career after the breakup of the Chicago power-pop ensemble Smith Westerns, his former bandmates Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich started a new group called Whitney.

The unassuming band name really doesn’t do justice to what a joy their debut album is. An exuberant, relentlessly hooky blend of pop, soul and psychedelia, with periodic traces of folk and country, last year’s Light Upon the Lake raked in rave reviews from publications like Paste and Pitchfork, and earned the band a vocal fan in Elton John (yes, the Elton John), who was so enthusiastic about the record that he interviewed the group for a New York Times magazine feature last fall. “I just fell in love with the music,” John beamed of the group. “I went on the website and I saw the video for ‘No Woman.’ It was fantastic. I thought it was so wistful and so plaintive and no one else sounded like that.” (Evan Rytlewski)


Chevelle
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse
9:45 p.m.

In response to the ironic detachment of the ’90s and that era’s tongue-firmly-in-cheek attitudes, alt-metal band Chevelle unapologetically pounding out heavy music with sincerity seemed quite refreshing. “They don’t have an ironic take on what they are doing,” renowned Electrical Audio producer Steve Albini told MTV about recording the Grayslake, Ill., group’s 1999 debut, Point #1, after its release. “You only get the opportunity to be genuine once.” It’s perhaps why so many listeners jumped on the bandwagon for the band’s major label follow-up, Wonder What’s Next, buoyed by the alt-radio hits “The Red” and “Send the Pain Below” which eventually earned platinum status.

That earnestness helped the band retain a loyal fanbase, which stayed on through unsatisfying follow-ups and in-band fighting—comprised of three brothers, the youngest was publically forced out in 2005. Four of the six subsequent albums landed higher on the Billboard charts than Wonder What’s Next. While Chevelle is no longer the over-the-airwaves mainstay they were a decade ago, their latest album is louder and faster than anything before it. The North Corridor cranks up the volume, doubles down on the Tool and Helmet reference points and makes no apologies along the way. (Kevin Mueller)


Stage Date Start Time Performer
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/08/2017 07:30 PM Big Sean
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/08/2017 07:30 PM Migos
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/08/2017 07:30 PM Future




Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/08/2017 12:00 PM Detour
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/08/2017 02:30 PM Bobby Friss
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/08/2017 05:00 PM Major and The Monbacks
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/08/2017 06:30 PM Brett Newski
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/08/2017 08:00 PM Juice
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/08/2017 10:15 PM DNCE




BMO Harris Pavilion 07/08/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/08/2017 04:00 PM Lukyn Skywyrd
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/08/2017 06:00 PM KB & The Dungarees
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/08/2017 08:00 PM Naima Adedapo
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/08/2017 09:45 PM The Band Perry




Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/08/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/08/2017 04:00 PM Dellacoma
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/08/2017 05:15 PM Highly Suspect
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/08/2017 07:00 PM The Last Vegas
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/08/2017 08:30 PM Royal Tusk
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/08/2017 09:45 PM Chevelle




Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/08/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/08/2017 04:00 PM h2-oh
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/08/2017 05:30 PM HOTEL CALIFORNIA / A Salute to the Eagles
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/08/2017 07:30 PM UnXpected, The
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/08/2017 10:00 PM Dennis De Young: The Music Of Styx




U.S. Cellular Connection 07/08/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/08/2017 04:00 PM Hannah Anders
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/08/2017 06:00 PM Rebel Grace
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/08/2017 08:00 PM Michael Tyler
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/08/2017 10:00 PM LOCASH




Uline Warehouse Stage 07/08/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/08/2017 03:30 PM Substitute: Tales From The Who
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/08/2017 05:00 PM Friday Pilots Club
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/08/2017 06:30 PM Tall Heights
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/08/2017 08:00 PM Trapper Schoepp
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/08/2017 10:00 PM Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness




Johnson Control's World Stage 07/08/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/08/2017 03:00 PM Queen Hilma
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/08/2017 04:15 PM Gabriel Royal
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/08/2017 05:30 PM David Myles
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/08/2017 06:45 PM Bassel & The Supernaturals
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/08/2017 08:00 PM Whitney
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/08/2017 10:00 PM San Fermin




JoJo's Martini Bar 07/08/2017 12:00 PM Taped Music
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/08/2017 01:00 PM John Van Thiel, The Voice of Elvis
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/08/2017 04:00 PM The Clique
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/08/2017 08:00 PM Love Monkeys




Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/08/2017 12:00 PM USTA/Wisconsin Tennis Assoc.
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/08/2017 04:30 PM 537 Charger Robotics
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/08/2017 07:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Rimrockers
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/08/2017 09:00 PM Division BMX Stunt Team




Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 12:00 PM Julie Sobanski: Princess Of Magic
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 12:45 PM Pint Size Polkas
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 01:30 PM Mark Hayward: Cool Yo-Yo Guy
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 02:15 PM Pint Size Polkas
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 03:15 PM Julie Sobanski: Princess Of Magic
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 04:00 PM Mark Hayward: Cool Yo-Yo Guy
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 04:45 PM Gypsy Geoff - Fire Circus Show
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 05:30 PM Mr Billy - Original and Classic Rock for Kids
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 06:30 PM Gypsy Geoff - Fire Circus Show
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/08/2017 07:30 PM Mr Billy - Original and Classic Rock for Kids




Kohl's Captivation Station 07/08/2017 12:30 PM Milwaukee Community Circus
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/08/2017 01:00 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/08/2017 01:30 PM Chris Vogt
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/08/2017 01:45 PM Kohl's Building Block Storytime
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/08/2017 02:15 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/08/2017 03:00 PM Join In and Dance
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/08/2017 03:45 PM JerOne of the Figureheads
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/08/2017 5:00 PM Mad Science
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/08/2017 06:00 PM Comedy Sportz
Wednesday, Jun 28
Henry Maier Festival Park

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