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Summerfest Preview: July 9, 2017

Jun. 26, 2017
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Here's your guide to the acts playing at Summerfest on July 9, 2017. Scroll down for the full lineup.

Outlaw Music Festival
Featuring Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
2 p.m.

Quite possibly the biggest spectacle of all of Summerfest’s American Family Insurance Amphitheater shows, the festival’s closing night concert is one of those “if you’ve never seen them before, now’s your chance” kind of bills. Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and their respective bands will lead a show billed as the “Outlaw Music Festival,” joined by a wealth of younger talent including Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. At least one of those artists has new music to promote: Nelson released his latest album, God’s Problem Child, in April.

Nelson is something of a mainstay at Summerfest—he performed at the festival’s BMO Harris Pavilion just last year—while Dylan will be returning after an eight-year absence. His last performance at the Big Gig was in 2009, when he was once again joined by Nelson. Sheryl Crow has also played the festival before, and while she might seem like kind of an odd man out on the lineup (it’s doubtful that anybody has ever called the “Soak Up the Sun” singer an “outlaw”), she’s a pretty sensational live performer whose rootsier material doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. She can give her older peers on the bill a run for their money. (Evan Rytlewski)


The Shins
BMO Harris Pavilion
9:45 p.m.

Of all the bands that brought the previously underground sounds of indie-rock into the mainstream in the ’00s, few did it better or more distinctively than The Shins. While the band’s hooky pop songs won’t actually change anybody’s life—as Natalie Portman famously promised in the greatest eye-roll moment of many in Zach Braff’s Garden State—it’s always been a treasure to listen to, as comforting in its own way as a warm blanket and a cup of soup. Singer-songwriter James Mercer has a rare knack for converting anxious thoughts into moments of wonder.

Since Mercer gutted the core of the band’s lineup following 2007’s Wincing the Night Away, the band has been a solo project in all but name only, but he’s continued to make some fantastic records. 2012’s Port of Morrow was filled with light, purposeful rock songs, and this year’s Heartworms is even better, a collection of rich, luxurious psychedelic pop that consciously nods to the group’s beloved 2001 debut album Oh, Inverted World—which, not coincidentally, was the last time Mercer attempted to self-record an album. Heartworms may not be the must-own masterpiece that those first couple of Shins albums were, but any record this assured, this inventive and this effortlessly tuneful is worth celebrating. (Evan Rytlewski)


Blackberry Smoke
Briggs & Stratton
Big Backyard
9:45 p.m.

Blackberry Smoke might be more accustomed to playing rowdy clubs than larger venues such as the U.K.’s O2 Academy and Summerfest, but after 17 years and five full-length studio albums—including last year’s critically acclaimed Like An Arrow—this authentic Southern rock band from Atlanta is finally bringing its robust blend of outlaw country and rock to the masses. For starters, think Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Black Crowes, the Marshall Tucker Band and the Zac Brown Band.

Listen for set highlight “Sunrise in Texas,” a song on the new album that’s been part of the band’s live repertoire for a decade. As further evidence of Blackberry Smoke’s mainstream status, the band recently attached its name to Asheville Brewing Company’s Like an Arrow “blackberry infused” wheat ale. A portion of all sales benefit the SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center in Atlanta to raise resources and awareness for injured post-9/11 war veterans undergoing treatment for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. “We do not take care of our veterans,” Blackberry Smoke drummer Brit Turner said when the beer debuted. “It is our duty as citizens and humans to fix this, no matter what.” (Michael Popke)


Stage Date Start Time Performer
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/09/2017 02:00 PM Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/09/2017 02:50 PM Margo Price
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/09/2017 03:55 PM Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/09/2017 05:00 PM Jason Isbell
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/09/2017 06:30 PM Sheryl Crow
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/09/2017 08:00 PM Bob Dylan
American Family Insurance Amphitheater 07/09/2017 09:45 PM Willie Nelson




Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/09/2017 12:00 PM Jackie Brown Band
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/09/2017 02:00 PM Slo-Fi
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/09/2017 04:00 PM Mt. Olive
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/09/2017 06:00 PM Bella Cain
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/09/2017 08:00 PM Nora Collins
Miller Lite Oasis Stage 07/09/2017 10:00 PM Lee Brice




BMO Harris Pavilion 07/09/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/09/2017 04:00 PM School of Rock
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/09/2017 07:30 PM The Social Animals
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/09/2017 08:30 PM Mondo Cozmo
BMO Harris Pavilion 07/09/2017 09:45 PM The Shins




Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/09/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/09/2017 04:00 PM Ecuador Manta
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/09/2017 06:00 PM Orquesta Nabori
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/09/2017 08:00 PM Domenic Marte
Harley-Davidson Roadhouse 07/09/2017 09:30 PM Gilbert Santa Rosa




Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/09/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/09/2017 04:00 PM Rockonsin
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/09/2017 06:00 PM Automobile Giveaway
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/09/2017 06:15 PM Consult The Briefcase
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/09/2017 08:00 PM The Steepwater Band
Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard 07/09/2017 09:45 PM Blackberry Smoke




U.S. Cellular Connection 07/09/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/09/2017 04:00 PM Mascot Theory
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/09/2017 06:00 PM Gabe Burdulis
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/09/2017 08:00 PM Lauv
U.S. Cellular Connection 07/09/2017 10:00 PM Walk Off The Earth




Uline Warehouse Stage 07/09/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/09/2017 03:30 PM Live at Nine Band
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/09/2017 05:00 PM Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/09/2017 06:30 PM AhVantSoul with Jon Pierre Gee & Kat Webb
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/09/2017 08:00 PM Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds
Uline Warehouse Stage 07/09/2017 09:30 PM The Spinners




Johnson Control's World Stage 07/09/2017 12:00 PM School of Rock
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/09/2017 03:00 PM Bad Bad Hats
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/09/2017 04:15 PM This Wild Life
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/09/2017 05:30 PM The War on Peace
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/09/2017 06:45 PM Zeshan B & The Transistors
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/09/2017 08:00 PM The Weeks
Johnson Control's World Stage 07/09/2017 10:00 PM Chicano Batman




JoJo's Martini Bar 07/09/2017 12:00 PM Taped Music
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/09/2017 01:00 PM Downtown Harrison
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/09/2017 04:00 PM Dirty Boogie
JoJo's Martini Bar 07/09/2017 08:00 PM Cold Sweat & The Brew City Horns




Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/09/2017 12:00 PM USTA/Wisconsin Tennis Assoc.
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/09/2017 04:30 PM Milwaukee Admirals Hockey
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/09/2017 06:00 PM Zumba Demonstrations
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/09/2017 07:30 PM Wheelchair / Adaptive Sports
Gruber Law Offices Sportszone 07/09/2017 09:00 PM Division BMX Stunt Team




Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/09/2017 12:00 PM Marc The Zani
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/09/2017 12:45 PM Mike and Woody
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/09/2017 01:30 PM Ron Fable and Kathie Magic Show
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/09/2017 02:15 PM Pint Size Polkas
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/09/2017 03:15 PM Ron Fable and Kathie Magic Show
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/09/2017 04:00 PM Pint Size Polkas
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/09/2017 04:45 PM Mark Hayward: Cool Yo-Yo Guy
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/09/2017 05:30 PM Marc The Zani
Northwestern Mutual Children's Stage 07/09/2017 06:30 PM Mark Hayward: Cool Yo-Yo Guy




Kohl's Captivation Station 07/09/2017 12:30 PM Milwaukee Community Circus
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/09/2017 01:00 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/09/2017 01:45 PM Join In and Dance
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/09/2017 02:45 PM Kohl's Wild Theater
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/09/2017 03:45 PM Mad Science
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/09/2017 04:45 PM JerOne of the Figureheads
Kohl's Captivation Station 07/09/2017 06:00 PM Comedy Sportz

Wednesday, Jun 28
Henry Maier Festival Park

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