Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Linkin Park Summerfest 2015 | A Day To Remember Opens The Show

Linkin Park Summerfest
Linkin Park is coming to Summerfest! The American “Rap Rockers” from California are supporting their latest album, titled The Hunting Party. The disk is a throwback to their days of harder rock, but takes a bit from their earlier works, such as Meteora. With over 60 million albums sold, you can be sure that the Marcus Amphitheater tickets for this show will be moving fast over this long winter. The show date is set for June 30, 2015.

Is Linkin Park “Nu Metal” or “Rap Rock?” They are a bit of both. The band takes from many established musical styles, and yet they retain a massive audience. One diversion did take place, when they released “Minutes to Midnight.” There are hints of “alternative” music in that effort, as the band toned down the rap, just for one try. That album left Mike Shinoda with little to do, as he’s the designated “rapper” for the band.

Still, the band has a massive following. Consider the fact that they have over one billion page views on Youtube. Chester Bennington came on board three years into the life of the band, but he’s certainly considered to be a member of the family. Mark Wakefield, their former singer left the band before the group made it big.  The band spent years trying to get the attention of Warner Brothers, finally landing a record deal in 1999. They released “Hybrid Theory” in 2000, and that disc managed to sell nearly five million copies in the first year. Three of the songs of that album were also on major Hollywood movies, which certainly helped the cause.

See the band live at the Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest. Opening for Linkin Park will be A Day To Remember.  Check your local Wisconsin ticket broker for the best Linkin Park seats.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Florida Georgia Line To Perform at Summerfest 2015 on June 24

The "Bro Country" balladeers of Florida Georgia Line will hit the Marcus Amphitheater stage at Summerfest 2015 on June 24. This is the first of many Summerfest concert announcements. Riding that rocket of popularity, after their song "Cruise" hit the top of the charts, the band hopes to fill the venue to the rafters. Opening for the group will be Thomas Rhett, and Frankie Ballard.  Tickets to the event are available after 11/6/14.

Florida Georgia Line penned just six songs before getting picked up by Big Mountain Music. The group released a five song EP on Big Mountain, and that's where people found the song Cruise. The pair met during college, and hit it off right off the bat. Four years back the band used the talents of Wesley Walker to get the ball rolling.

Republic Nashville decided to take a shot on the guys, and released "Here's To Good Times." That was just two short years ago. "Cruise" has hit number one, and also been remixed by none other than Nelly. For six months, the song got tons of airplay. The accompanying video features all the right things for fans of "Bro Country." It makes reference to trucks, water, booze, and women. It seems that the formula for that type of music isn't hard to follow. All they want is for you to have a good time. It's working for Florida Georgia Line.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Jason Aldean Summerfest Headline Act June 29 | Summerfest 2013

Jason Aldean Summerfest 2013
Country star Jason Aldean will headline the Summerfest Amphitheater on June 29th. The Georgia native returns to the event for the first time since 2011, when he debuted on the amphitheater circuit to wide acclaim. Now, two years later, Aldean has become one of the most touted talents in country music, winning nearly 20 individual awards since his first solo-album release in 2005.

Self-titled, his album that year earned him a Best New Male Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music and went certified platinum. Another two albums over the following four years also managed platinum status, a third went double-platinum, and his most recent venture, Night Train, is on-pace to sell a comparable number of copies.

Aldean’s Summerfest act precedes a performance at Wrigley Field on July 20th. Both shows will be part of his 2013 Night Train Tour, his 10th tour as a solo-artist. Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett will be featured at the Summerfest performance, joining Aldean in playing a selection of hit-titles.

The show is also part of the extensive line-up of country acts coming to Milwaukee this year. Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney were both in the city in May, Underwood playing the BMO Harris Bradley Center while Chesney was at Miller Park. Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan will also headline the Amphitheater at Summerfest in 2013, and Blake Shelton will be at the Bradley Center in September.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summerfest Free Stage Headline Shows 2014

Summerfest 2014 Side Stage Shows
For many fans of Summerfest, the focus is on the headline acts at the Marcus Amphitheater. That's understandable, seeing that they are usually the biggest names.  This year is possibly the biggest of the big.
Of the ten day festival, some of the headliners are sold out. Bruno Mars, Zac Brown, and Dave Matthews. By the time mid June rolls around, Lady Gaga might also sell out. What's a person to do when the Marcus Amp. is not an option? The side stage headliners are the cure to what ails you!  Here are some of the biggest "free stage" acts coming to Summerfest this year.

BMO Harris Pavilion Headline Show Highlights

  • Cheap Trick
  • Ray Lamontagne
  • .38 Special
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Kook and the Gang
  • Thompson Square

Briggs and Stratton Stage

  • Buddy Rich Band
  • Tegan and Sara
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Crowder
Miller Light Oasis Stage

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Ludacris
  • The Fray
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Timeflies
  • Girl Talk
We'll post more of the side stage shows next week.  Keep in mind that parking and traffic heading out of Summerfest can be a nightmare.  Consider using the Freeway Flyer for transportation, and don't drink and drive.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dave Matthews Band Plays Summerfest 2014

Dave Matthews Band Summerfest 2014
First debuting at Summerfest as the event’s opening day headliner in 1997, Dave Matthews Band will return again this year to play at the Marcus Amphitheater. On July 2, the legendary act will make their first appearance in Milwaukee since 2010, featuring special guests, acoustic and electronic selections, and the group’s famous jam sessions.  Tickets for Dave Matthews at Summerfest have gone on sale already. 

Over 23,000 fans are expected to pack the Marcus Amphitheater for the show, which claims the most ticket sales of any touring act in America during the first decade of the 2000s.

Though a somewhat rare sight at Summerfest, the DaveMatthews Band is no strangers to Wisconsin music festivals. The group has become a favorite annual booking at East Troy’s Alpine Valley, where they sellout the 37,000 person venue every summer. Dave Matthews himself, front-man for the band, has called Alpine Valley one of his top places to play, noting that he had met many fans who had traveled from other states just to see him there. Promoters at Summerfest have already warned that tickets will likely go quick, especially for this headline performance.

As for specifics about the July 2nd show at the Big Gig, the band is keeping quiet. Only former lead guitarist Tim Reynolds is confirmed as a special guest, though fans can probably expect a few surprises yet to be announced.

Dave Matthews Band is one of eight headliners revealed for the 2014 Summerfest so far. Hip-hop duo Outkast became the latest confirmation just last month, joining Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Mötley Crüe, and Fallout Boy & Paramore as the others already confirmed. Just two acts remain unannounced, including the closing night slot on July 6.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Motley Crue Summerfest 2014 With Alice Cooper

Two bands that cover a major portion of the rock world are coming to Summerfest 2014. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on July 4.  Motley Crue has been part of the music scene since 1981. The band has had major hits, like Looks That Kill, Home Sweet Home, and Girls, Girls, Girls.  75 million albums later, and the band has decided that this will be their last tour. It rolls through 2015, and then it's over.

Alice Cooper needs no introduction. His stage show is not to be missed. The band has pretty much evolved into Alice and support players, but they do put on one heck of a performance.  The band has made 26 albums spanning forty years. Alice has made appearances in Wayne's World, Dark Shadow, and Skum Rocks. Check out the crazy stage show this summer.    

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Brad Paisley Comes To Summerfest 2014 | Tickets On Sale Now

Country-rock superstar Brad Paisley will headline the Summerfest Marcus Amphitheater on June 27. Paisley is the sixth headliner announced for the event’s main stage so far, with Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, the Dave Matthews Band, the Zac Brown Band, and Mötley Crüe already confirmed to perform. Classic rock legend Alice Cooper will feature as a special guest at Mötley Crüe’s show on July 4.
Paisley’s June 27th show will be opened by multi-genre music veteran Darius Rucker and fellow country signer Joel Crouse. Rucker is best-known as the founding member of rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, though, since 2001, he has received acclaim for a number of solo R&B and country albums. In December, Rucker became only the third African-American in history to win a Grammy Award in a country-music category, earning the nomination for his collaboration with the famed Lady Antebellum on his billboard topping single “Wagon Wheel”.
The 21-year-old Crouse has yet to release his debut full-length album, though his two singles, 2013’s “If You Want Some” and 2014’s “Why God Made Love Songs”, have both impressed on the charts. Crouse has toured with established acts Toby Keith and The Band Perry since 2011.
Paisley’s career in the genre has been in high-gear since his 1999 debut album “Who Needs Pictures” scored a pair of chart-topping singles and was certified platinum within a year of its release. He has released 9 more studio albums since then, garnering over 30 top-10 Billboard singles and 18 number ones. Paisley has won over 50 awards for his work in country-music, including best new vocalist in 2000, and, most recently, entertainer of the year at the 44th annual Country Music Awards.
Summerfest runs from June 25th to July 6th at Maier Festival Grounds on Lake Michigan. A one-day hiatus will take place on Monday, June 30th.