As the weather gets warmer, all Milwaukee area residents look forward to the staple of their summer: Summerfest. With the event being about one month away, most of the bands playing are already posted and it looks like we’re in for a great 11 days of music and fun.
This year, like every year, Summerfest will be hosting a wide variety of performers. Some main stage acts include Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Bob Dylan and No Doubt, just to name a few. This year we are seeing three different country performances (Keith Urban, George Strait, and Kenny Chesney) which are a big staple of the Marcus Amphitheater Shows. This influx of country should add a unique feel to the festival this year and bring out some people that may not have been as interested in the fest previously. Another big name coming to Summerfest this year is KISS, a rock band that has been around since the 1970s. Their performance will bring out some hard rocking fans looking for a sensational and stimulating show. Along with their exciting live performance, we will probably see a lot of great KISS merchandise, such as clothing, action figures and other novelty items. Though the Marcus Amphitheater is a great venue on the Summerfest grounds to see popular big name acts, my favorite stage is the Cascio Interstate Music Groove Garage. This stage is my favorite because it provides a great opportunity to local musicians. The stage is sponsored by Cascio Interstate Music, which is one of the state’s largest music stores and also a large competitor nationally in the independent music company circuit. The stage offers live, local and original music all 11 days of the fest. Some bands I am excited to see there are a jam band called The Toad King and an alternative mellow band called hitide.lotide. This year the Cascio Stage is moving to a better location between the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse and the Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard stages which is a higher traffic area than the previous location, allowing more people to become prospective fans.
After seeing some great bands and hopefully enjoying some beautiful weather, Summerfest offer a great variety of places to chow down. Whether you are interested in a sweet ice cream treat from Cold Stone Creamery or some spicy hot wings from Buffalo Wild Wings, Summerfest has it all. My favorite place to grab a bite to eat between performances is Greek Village on the north end of the grounds near other ethnic eateries. The Greek Village has awesome gyros, hot and fresh spinach cheese pies and to finish your meal, delicious honey puffs. If you don't like rock and roll, Miller Park tickets are always a great deal. Check out the Brewers if you can.