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!    

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Zac Brown Band Summerfest 2015 | Brown Tours The USA This Summer!

Zac Brown Band Summerfest Tickets 2015
Zac Brown returns to Summerfest in 2015. The date is set for June 28, 2015. Tickets for the Zac Brown Marcus Amphitheater show are on sale this week.

After a well deserved break, Zac Brown hits the road in 2015, starting with shows in Australia this coming April. U.S. tour dates start with a few stops in Florida and Mississippi.  As spring turns to Summer, Brown will hit the Midwest United States, playing cities like Maryland Heights, Cincinnati and Burgettstown, PA.  This is all part of the "Jekyll and Hyde" tour, as his latest album is named the same.  In other news, Zac Brown was nominated for an American Country Music Award in the category of "Best Vocal Group of the Year." This past February, Brown released a "Greatest Hits" disk, with songs like Chicken Fried, Free, and Cold Weather all on one disk. Additional guests Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson are featured on the album.

See you at Summerfest 2015!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Kings of Leon Play Summerfest 2015 on June 25 | KOL Tour Dates

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Summerfest fans will be lining up for Kings of Leon tickets this Friday. The Nashville based band will be headlining at the Marcus Amphitheater on June 25, 2015. This show is one of just a very few dates set so far. Will the band put together an entire tour for the summer months? At the time of this posting, we just don't know.

Kings of Leon is a very close knit band, made up of two brothers and cousins. Their biggest hit to date is a song titled "Use Somebody." That song came out in 2008, and hit number one, along with another song on that same album. The band has a huge following in Great Britain, Australia, and the United States. Nearing the end of their Mechanical Bull tour this past summer Nathan Followill injured his ribcage in a bus accident.  The band had to cancel more than a handful of dates. When checking the band's website, that's the very last news item one will find.

The band also has two dates set for this month, performing in Chile and Columbia on March 13 and 15th. Check back for more tour dates as we get closer to the Summerfest show.