Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Summerfest Milwaukee Upstaged by "Alterna-fest"

Don't get me wrong, I love Summerfest. I try to get down to the festival grounds at least three times every year. Milwaukee World Festival has now thrown down the gauntlet. Introducing, well, we don't have a name yet. The powers that be, say that the new Summer Festival will be a three-stage event, featuring new and established Alternative acts. Modern rock music will also be featured.

Summerfest has certainly moved into a more mature music festival. With three country acts performing at the Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest. last year, one could say that it's moved in a direction that nobody expected. With the announcement of this alternative music festival, it only solidifies what's pretty much known here in Wisconsin.

What will compete with this "Alterna-Fest?" One thing will be the weather. The first week of June is notorious flood weather. Another obstacle for this first season is the Lollapalooza event in Chicago. That event will keep some high profile names from coming 90 miles north.

Pricing is good, at $25 for a single day, and $40 for the weekend. Let's just hope that we don't see the Five Card Studs taking the stage at any time during the weekend. We don't need to see a single cover band during this festival.

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