Johnson Controls World Sound Stage


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L.A. teenager Billie Eilish speaks to the anxieties and aspirations of her generation and the response has carried her to the top of the charts and into a Summerfest amphitheater headliner. Read more

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Has the first decade of this century already become a time of nostalgic memories? Check out today’s headliners at the amphitheater, The Killers and Death Cab for Cutie, two of the most popular and hippest bands to emerge in the '00s. Read more

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The sons of ’70s rock legends carried on their fathers’ legacy in concert at Summerfest. Read more

Concert Reviews


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The 2019 ROCKONSIN State Finals were held Thursday and Friday at Summerfest, with 12 Wisconsin 7th-12th grade garage bands performing 15-minute sets at the Summerfest Johnson Controls World Sound Stage. Read more



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“I wrote that song when I was fifteen—a couple years ago,” said Raine Stern, early in her set Saturday at Summerfest’s Johnson Controls World Stage. It is not every day you witness a musician in her early 20s leading a nine-piece band. Read more

Concert Reviews


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Minutes after Otis Taylor’s set, throngs gathered at the lakefront to view the Big Bang fireworks show. For the previous 90 minutes Taylor and his seven-piece Psychedelic Banjo Posse lit up the Johnson Controls stage with fireworks of their own. Read more

Concert Reviews

Summerfest shared it's full slate of headliners for the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage during this year's fest, which runs June 26-30 and July 2-7, 2019. Read more


The Chicago rock band shared summer-friendly songs of sadness, uncertainty and hope Saturday at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage. Read more

Concert Reviews

Summerfest kicks into high gear with numerous musical acts this week, while Burnhearts’ annual street party features one of its strongest lineups yet and the Dave Matthews Band performs at Alpine Valley in East Troy. Read more

This Week in Milwaukee

Nigeria’s Fela Kuti became Afrobeat’s controversial star in the ’70s and he willed his legacy to his son. Femi Kuti is determined to make his own way and succeeds in some measure on No Place for My Dream, a tuneful, polyrhythmic Read more

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