Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Avett Brothers Return to Summerfest 2015 | Rick Rubin Helps Brothers' Sound

Avett Brothers Summerfest 2015
The Avett Brothers will be headlining the Marcus Amphitheater on July 4 at 7:30 p.m. Playing along with the Avett Brothers will be Brandi Carlile. Brandi Carlile is a singer-songwriter who performs in the genres of alternative country and folk rock. She has produced five albums in her career- Brandi Carlile, The Story, Give Up The Ghost, Bear Creek, and The Firewatcher's Daughter, which was released on March 3rd of this year.

The main attractions for the evening, The Avett Brothers, were founded 15 years ago in Concord, North Carolina. The group performs under seven different genres- Roots-rock, Bluegrass, Neo-folk, Folk, Indie Folk, Folk Rock, and Indie Rock. They are most known for their work in the Folk Rock genre. Even though the group was founded back in 2000, their career really took off in 2009 when they hooked up with the great producer Rick Rubin. Also known as DJ Double R, Rick Rubin is originally from Lido Beach, New York. Throughout his career, the 52-year-old producer has worked with many different acts, not limited to, but including Johnny Cash, Jazzy Jay, Run DMC, Kayne West, Adele, Aerosmith AC/DC, Eminem, Kid Rock, Metallica, and The Avett Brothers.

Rick Rubin and the Avett Brothers

Working with Rubin, the Avett Brothers have produced three albums. The first was called I and Love and You, which was released in 2009 and climbed as high as number 16 in the U.S. The most popular song off of this album was the hit single, also called “I and Love and You”. The second album, released in 2009, The Carpenter, got as high as number 4 on the U.S. charts. The hit song off of this album was the second track, Live and Die. The third album, released in 2013, was Magpie and the Dandelion, has reached as high as number 5 on the U.S. Billboard charts. The hit songs off of this album are the second and 4th tracks, Morning Song and Another is Waiting.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Carrie Underwood Summerfest Headliner for 2015

Carrie Underwood tickets
Country music fans have four Summerfest headliners to choose from in 2015. The latest, Carrie Underwood, will perform on July 2. Without a doubt, Underwood has sold more albums than any other American Idol winner. Three of her four albums have had hit the top of the charts. Only one other contestant comes close, but that singer had to produce nearly twice as many disks to get within two million in sales.

Underwood has been taking it easy since the birth of her child back in February. Her latest release came back in 2012, and her subsequent tour ran through 2013. Aside from appearances on the TV show Nashville, and the occasional "one off" song at various events, Underwood has yet to perform a full concert for her fans since the baby was born. Milwaukee will be her first full show, but you can find Underwood performing at the CMT awards in June. She happens to be up for five awards that evening.  For Underwood Summerfest tickets, check the link.

Carrie Underwood married NHL player Mike Fisher in 2010. They met just two years prior, at one of her concerts. Underwood has just a few shows scheduled for 2015. She'll be in Arkansas on June 26 for "Thunder on the Mountain," and at the Big Barrel Festival on June 28. She'll hit the Summerfest stage on July 2, then just nine other show dates after that.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Stevie Wonder Comes To Summerfest 2015 | Wonder Will Sing Entire "Songs" Album

Stevie Wonder Summerfest 2015
Stevie Wonder has been booked for June 27, at Summerfest. This show is not part of a multi-city tour for Wonder.  It's a single show listed for Milwaukee, as the "tour" Wonder had booked for 2015 ended in April. He plans to sing the entire album "Songs in the Key of Life" on this occasion.  Stevie Wonder Summerfest tickets have already gone on sale.

Songs in the Key of Life was an album that came out in 1976.  It's a double album, spanning over eighty minutes. It came out on the Motown label, and included songs like Another Star, Sir Duke, I Wish. The album hit number one in the United States, France, Holland, and Canada. It was also a huge hit in England, Australia, Norway, and many more countries.

So many great artists have noted that the "Songs" album is one of the best ever made. Stars such as Elton John, Michael Jackson, George Micheal, and Mary J. Blige have all covered songs from the work. 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Neil Young Plays Summerfest July 5 2015 with Promise of the Real

Neil Young will kick off his summer tour at Summerfest 2015, on July 5. He’s teamed up with Promise of the Real, a much younger group of musicians headed up by Lukas and Micah Nelson (Willie Nelson’s children.) Tickets for the show are available after May 1. Young fans should prepare themselves for a lot of new music on this tour, as Neil isn’t one to rely upon his well worn hit songs to entertain the masses. His new album is titled The Monsanto Years, and one can guess that it’s not a tribute to the chemical company and their practices.

Judging by the song titles on the new album, he’s not just digging on Monsanto. “Rock Starbucks and Too Big to Fail” are just two examples of his current thoughts. Yes, Neil Young came into being during the free-wheeling 1960’s, but he’s never been one to allow himself to be pegged.  The album title “Rust Never Sleeps” was coined during a collaborative effort with the new wave band DEVO. Later in his career, Young took a page from the “Alternative” music scene when he released Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World. There have been times when his fans have walked out of his concerts, seemingly offended by what Neil had to say about one thing or another.  Young was a founding member of Benefit for Farm Aid, and Bridge School.  He’s always fought for the sake of the earth, the land, and children with disabilities.  

Neil Young found success first with Buffalo Springfield, then as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. One must not forget his solo work. He took a long break between the years 2003, and 2012, but came roaring back with the album “Americana.” That disk covered reworked versions of famous American folk songs like “Oh Suzanna.”  Neil turns 70 this year, and his 2015 tour is comprised of just twelve shows. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rolling Stones Summerfest 2015 | Zip Code Tour Stops In Milwaukee

Rolling Stones Tickets
The Rolling Stones will open Summerfest 2015 on June 23. This is one "Big Bang" of a concert announcement. They are adding a day to the ten day festival, so to speak. The Stones will perform at the Marcus Amphitheater, with additional entertainment to grace additional stages, set up just for this event. The entire festival grounds will not be active, that's all going to start the next day.

The Rolling Stones are performing in cities that they missed on their last tour.  You won't see them in Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles. On top of that, the Marcus Amp. will be one of the smallest venues on this tour.  We got lucky.  The band is calling it their "Zip Code" tour. It starts on May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego. The final show on the tour will be in Quebec on July 15.  Stones tickets for the Milwaukee show will be going fast.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Summerfest Side Stage Headliners 2015

Summerfest 2015 Side Stage Headline Shows
For the music fans that love to roam the Summerfest grounds, we have new information on the 2015 headliners. For now, we're not sure which stage they will be on, and on what days, but just getting a sneak peek will fire up fans.  As Summerfest schedules the actual time slots and stages, we will return to this post. For now here is a general list of "Side Stage Headliners" coming to Milwaukee in 2015. 
Summerfest Side Stage Headliners 2015

June 24: Sheryl Crow - Kaskade - Dirty Heads - Magic! - Trombone Shorty - Sloan -
June 25: Willy Porter - Sam Llanas - Gary Clark, Jr. - Public Enemy - Andrew McMahon - Billy Currington - Lindsey Stirling
June 26:  Santigold - The Kooks - Coheed and Cambria - Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo - Blind Boys of Alabama - Punch Brothers - Atlas Genius - Dirty Dozen Band - The Romantics - Pepper - Shakey Graves - Big Smo
June 27: The Flaming Lips - Buddy Guy - Sublime with Rome - Motion City Soundtrack - Walk the Moon - Chase Rice - Sheila E. - Third Eye Blind - Mother Mother - MisterWives
June 28: Paris Hilton - Martina McBride - New Pornographers - Charles Barkley - Mates of State - Dark Star Orchestra - The Mowgli's - Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - Field Report - Saint Model
June 30: LeCrae - Flogging Molly - Gogol Bordello - Kip Moore - Whitsnake - Meg Myers - Tommy Castro - J. Roddy Walston & the Business
July 1:  Aloe Blacc - Halestorm - Brand New - Phil Vassar - Delta Spirit - Leftover Salmon - Keller Williams - Infamous Stringdusters
July 2: Edward Sharp - Timeflies - Vance Joy - Gaelic Storm - PHOX - Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Taylor Dane
July 3: Doobie Brothers - AWOLNATION - The Isley Brothers - Lupe Fiasco - Kellie Pickler - Sylvan Esso - Kristian Bush of Sugarland
July 4: Jane's Addiction - Sammy Hagar and the Circle - Blackberry Smoke - Weird Al Yankovic - Foghat
July 5: Mat Kearney - Andy Montanez - New Politics - Kansas - Toad the Wet Sprocket - Otis Clay - Smash Mouth - Tonic

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kendrick Lamar Headlines Summerfest 2015 on July 1

Kendrick Lamar Summerfest 2015
Kendrick Lamar will play Summerfest 2015 on July 1. Opening for Lamar will be SchoolboyQ.  Tickets for the show are available in early April. Prices include admission to the entire Summerfest grounds.

Kendrick Lamar is one of the hottest rap stars to come of out of Compton California in a very long time. How do we know this? Because Lamar had trouble finding anyone who would challenge him in a competitive nature. Hands down, he was topping them all. So when he started releasing mix tapes, it was just a matter of time before a label would show interest.  KDE records signed the young star, who at the time was going under the name "K-Dot." Lamar spent six years using that name, but it all changed when he came out with "Overly Dedicated."  While opening for Tech N9ne, Lamar started to let loose with tracks from the mixtape titled "Overly Dedicated." A few songs from that release cracked the Billboard top 100 for R&B and Hip-Hop.   "Section 80" was soon to follow, and that effort was subject to positive reviews.

Lamar has since released a full album, titled "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and just this week, his 2015 effort, titled "To Pimp a Butterfly" came out on iTunes. Check all tour dates for Lamar, and see you at Summerfest!