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Summerfest 2017 - 1st Sunday


Jul 2, 2017 – All Day

200 North Harbour Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53213 Map

  • Summerfest
  • P!nk
  • Steve Miller Band
  • Peter Frampton
  • Lauren Alaina
  • The Bright Light Social Hour
  • Dreamers
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Danny Gokey
  • Dylan Scott
  • Andy Grammer

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Summerfest: Summerfest is a yearly music festival held at the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The festival lasts for 11 days, and since the mid-1970s has run from late June through early July, always including the 4th of July holiday. Summerfest attracts nearly 900,000 people each year. It promotes itself as "The World's Largest Music Festival," a title certified by the Guinness World Records in 1999. Summerfest is run by the non-profit organization Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.

Summerfest features both local and nationally known music talent from a variety of music genres. The event also provides the opportunity to sample a wide variety of food from many Milwaukee-area restaurants. Other Summerfest attractions include comedy acts, shopping vendors, fireworks (including "The Big Bang" on opening night)and other special attractions, family activities and more.

P!nk: Since her debut in 2000, P!nk has released 7 albums, sold over 40 million albums, 65 million singles, over 1 million DVDs worldwide and has had 14 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart (4 at #1). In addition, 15 of P!nk’s singles have reached #1 in at least 1 or more countries. She is the recipient of 3 Grammy Awards, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 6 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 MTV Europe Awards, 2 People’s Choice Awards, and many more. P!nk’s most recent effort, The Truth About Love debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 as well as in 6 other countries. The album marks P!nk’s first #1 debut in the US and a personal first week sales best. The album is certified platinum in the US and was nominated for a 2013 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. The Truth About Love produced the smash singles “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”, “Try” and “Just Give Me A Reason” ft. Nate Reuss which marks P!nk’s 12th, 13th and 14th Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. “Just Give Me A Reason” has sold over 4.5 million singles, makes P!nk’s fourth #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for 2 2014 Grammy Awards for the coveted Song of The Year category and Best Pop Duo/Group. P!nk recently wrapped her The Truth About Love World tour after playing 140 shows in 13 countries. In December 2013, P!nk received the honor of being named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. She is currently a spokesperson for COVERGIRL, made her acting debut in Lionsgate’s Thanks For Sharing alongside Gwyneth paltrow and Mark Ruffalo and is a huge supporter of various charities including Ronald McDonald’s House, Make A Wish Foundation, PETA, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign, and Save the Children.

Steve Miller Band: Its hard to believe that 45 years have passed since The Steve Miller Band was conceived in San Francisco. During those 45 years, the band has become the archetype for classic rock. Hits like "The Joker," and "Fly Like An Eagle," have kept the band in heavy rotation on classic rock radio for decades now. Steve Miller tour dates are scheduled throughout the 2011 concert season.

After debuting their bluesy sound in Chicago during the late sixties, the band was quickly signed to Capitol Records. They recorded their debut the following year, "Children of the Future," which was released to mediocre sales in 1967. They had more luck with their sophomore album, "Sailor," which reached #24 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and marked the end of Boz Scaggs' contributions to Steve Miller records. The band continued to release material to moderate commercial success that played well to their hard rock oriented audience.

The Steve Miller band reached mainstream success with their 1973 release, "The Joker," which spawned the #1 hit single of the same name. The album marked the band's entrance into a more melodic-blues oriented sound with Steve Miller becoming the self-appointed "Space Cowboy." The rhythms kept on rollin', and in 1976 the band released their most commercially successful studio album to date. The band's ninth album, "Fly Like an Eagle," served up the hit singles, "Rock'n Me," and "Take the Money and Run." The band released subsequent albums including "Book of Dreams," and 1982's "Abracadra," whose title track gave Steve Miller his last #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, the band has focused more on touring than on recording new material. The Steve Miller Band concert schedule during the 1980s and 1990s consisted mostly of national headlining tours that attracted hoards of younger fans just discovering his music.

The band's greatest commercial success is their Greatest Hits (1974-1978) album which has been awarded diamond status and achieved sales of more than thirteen million albums! "Greatest Hits" ranks as one of the top fifty best selling albums of all time and solidified their status as classic rock icons. With over four decades of recording and touring, the Steve Miller Band concert dates have plenty of material to go on.

More recently, the band has recorded, "Bingo!," which is a cover album of R&B classics released in 2010. The album marks the band's first album of new material in seventeen years! Steve Miller has managed to keep himself busy in the meantime with a hectic touring schedule and a stint as Artist in Residence at the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches music. For their contribution to the recording industry, the Steve Miller Band also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Don't miss out on these living legends when they come to your area. Use Eventful for Steve Miller Band tour dates and concert schedule news.

Peter Frampton: With a career spanning forty years and including sold-out tour dates and over a dozen hit albums, Peter Frampton has earned a place as a rock icon. After rising to fame with the groups The Herd and Humble Pie, Frampton became infamous through acclaimed tour dates and his masterful use of the talk box. Arguably his most successful and groundbreaking album was 1976's Frampton Comes Alive!, which is celebrating a 35th anniversary this year. In honor of the album's lasting legacy, Peter Frampton has a number of tour dates in 2011 where he'll play the album in its entirety to the delight of huge audiences.

Peter Frampton's interest in music began at a young age, becoming the lead singer and guitarist for The Herd at the age of 16. The popularity made Frampton a teen idol, but he left the group two years later and formed Humble Pie with Small Faces alum Steve Marriott. Frampton recorded five albums and performed numerous tour dates with Humble Pie before leaving to pursue a solo career in 1971. His first few solo albums were well received, scoring a hit with "Do You Feel Like We Do." It was Frampton in 1975 that brought the artist solo success with "Show Me the Way" and "Baby, I Love Your Way", as well as showcasing his expert guitar work. It wasn't until these hit singles were featured on the double live album, Frampton Comes Alive!, that Peter Frampton was launched into superstardom

Frampton has continued to release great albums, but recognizes his fans' love for Frampton Comes Alive!. Peter Frampton's kindness towards his fans has led to live performances of the album on 2011 tour dates, which began on July 1. The tour will visit the US, Canada, UK, and a few European nations before concluding on November 23. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Frampton Comes Alive on these 35th anniversary tour dates in 2011.

Lauren Alaina: Lauren Alaina once told an interviewer that she wanted to perform at the Grand Ole Opry by the time she was 16. "You've got high hopes," she was told. As it turns out, she hadn't begun to envision all that was in store for her before entering her junior year in high school.

She was the runner-up on Season 10 of American Idol, where her strong vocal performances earned comparisons to the genre's premier vocalists, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. In January, The New York Times called her "the best singer so far this season." A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for Lauren and Idol winner Scotty McCreery. The final show garnered 29.3 million viewers and 38.6 million people tuned in to see the winner's name announced.

Soon after, she made her much-anticipated Opry debut to sing her debut hit, "Like My Mother Does." "I dreamed since I was a kid of being on that stage because my daddy grew up playing the banjo and he's really good at it," she says. "He always wanted me to perform at the Grand Ole Opry because he never got the chance. When I was little, he told me he wanted me to perform there and it would be as good as him getting to, and he was there. I need someone to pinch me because it was just the way it was supposed to be."

But she barely had time to reflect on her accomplishment because the achievements are coming fast and furious. Last summer, she was a cheerleader and pizza parlor employee. This summer, she signed a record deal with Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope, presented at the CMT Music Awards and joined Martina McBride in a duet of "Anyway" at LP Field during CMA Music Fest. She's started recording her debut album and is now on the American Idols Live tour, which travels across the nation through September.

Although the venues and audience sizes have drastically changed in the last year, she's still doing what she's always done--singing for anyone who would listen whenever she got the chance.

She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and raised in nearby Rossville, Ga., by her father, J.J., a chemical technician, and mother, Kristy, a transcriptionist. It was a musical household because her mother and older brother, Tyler, sang and her father is a multi-instrumentalist. Her parents played country and rock music in the house and Lauren found that she favored music – adult songs, not those made for children -- to television and was especially drawn to Shania Twain, Aerosmith and the Dixie Chicks.

When she was 3, her mother was listening to the Dixie Chicks' "When You Were Mine" until she turned the car off, but Lauren kept singing. "I heard this little voice continue to sing the song," Kristy says. "I absolutely marveled that she stayed with the music and knew every word to the song. We bought the karaoke version of the Dixie Chicks and we would sit Lauren up on the bar where we ate breakfast in my mother-in-law's restaurant. She would perform at 3 and never miss a beat."

Her first public performances came with a kids choir as well as an annual vacation spot that offered karaoke. "I would sing out by the pool deck for everybody," says Lauren, whose parents held the microphone that was too heavy for a 3 year old. "By four, she could sing like an 8 year old," Kristy says. "It was unbelievable." Word soon spread about her talent and she began receiving invitations to perform.

"As a mother, it was just cute," Kristy says. "But when she was six, my sister said, 'This kid really has a gift. You need to enter her in contests.'" Beginning in elementary school, she routinely landed the lead roles in school plays. "One of her little friend wanted the Dorothy role in The Wizard of Oz and the teacher wanted Lauren to be Dorothy," Kristy says. "Lauren pretended to be sick so she didn't take the role. She was bothered that she was beating out these other kids."

At age nine, she wrote her first song, "She's a Miracle," after her aunt was in a car wreck. She sang in church, restaurants, family holiday gatherings and anywhere else. Says Lauren, "I would grab up every opportunity I could," Lauren says. "I would go karaoke at any place within a 30-mile radius of where I lived. I would drive an hour just to sing. Any competition I would hear about I would enter."

At age 8, she entered the talent competition of the Southern Stars Pageant at the last minute and won. The next year she was among those selected to perform on the Kids talent stage at Chattanooga's Riverbend festival. She continued to perform on that stage annually until age 12, when she won the competition at age 12 that allowed her to perform on the festival's big stage. She traveled to Orlando when she was 10 to compete in the American Model and Talent Competition. She won the event, beating out 1,500 kids. She later joined the Georgia Country Gospel Music Association's children's group that performed at places such as Six Flags.

"I started coming to Nashville when I was about 12," she says. "I would go into the bars on Broadway before 6 p.m. and walk up to the people on the stage and ask if I could sing and they would let me. Half the time people weren't listening to me, but I thought I was cool." That's where she developed her stage presence and ability to feed off of a crowd. Offstage, she was continuing to develop as a songwriter and completed 10 that were considered worthy to record, so she began working with two producers about the time that the Idol opportunity presented itself at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

"I have always wanted to try out," she says. "When they lowered the minimum audition age to 15, I thought it was a sign I needed to try out. It's funny because I actually sang at Tootsies Orchid Lounge the day I auditioned. I sang with the band and they said, 'You need to run across the street and audition for American Idol. I had already auditioned and made it to the next round, but I couldn't tell anybody. I bought a pair of cowboy boots to celebrate."

It was during Idol that she first heard her debut single and first hit, "Like My Mother Does." "When they started playing it for me, I started crying because I went through this whole crazy journey and the only person who was there for me every step of the way was my mom. She didn't get any praises for it and I got all of the attention. I thought the song would be a great way to say thank you for her for all that she does for me. When she came in and heard it, she cried. It was a sign. Everybody was crying, even the piano player."

She's now recording her debut album with Nashville producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw). "It's definitely going to be country," she says. "I like singing uptempo, but I also like a good ballad every now and then.

"Country music has a way of telling a story that you automatically connect with when you hear it. Country music talks about real-life things that you have really happened, and I love that."

Lauren's debut album will showcase a voice that is mature and powerful beyond its teen years. "She has a very soulful yet country voice and she has tremendous range," Gallimore says. "She is able to cover a lot of ground. I have been really impressed at her 16 years of age that she is able to sing like she does and sell the songs like she does. She sings great and has made these songs her own. They don't sound like anyone else; they sound like Lauren."

She embarks on this next chapter with a newfound confidence and a polished set of performing skills. "I figured out throughout the show that I am who I am and I look the way I look, and the only one who can do anything about it is me," she says. "I learned people actually like my music, which is good to find out, so I am excited about putting the album out. Hopefully people will like it."

The Bright Light Social Hour: The Bright Light Social Hour is defiant. As many in contemporary music seek to continually deconstruct and subvert what it is to be a rock band in the 21st century, The Bright Light Social Hour openly resists going "gentle into that good night." Unapologetic for its titanic sound, The Bright Light Social Hour constructs majestic works of new rock music that proudly assert the endless possibilities of honest electric guitars, acoustic drums, and dynamic songwriting.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, The Bright Light Social Hour was born out of an informal university art-rock collective in 2004, including original members Curtis Roush, Ryan O'Donoghue, and Jack O'Brien. Following many experiments, foreign travels, completed degrees, and line-up changes, the band cemented its current line-up with the addition of drummer Joseph Mirasole in the autumn of 2006.

After a two-year silence from their first release, the revitalized ensemble recorded their new EP, "Touches," in the unusually cold Central Texas February of 2007. The recording was crafted in the cozy bungalow of engineer Tim Dittmar in the quiet university town of Georgetown, TX. Buffered from the winter cold by the warmth of the hulking two-inch tape machine, the album was completed in two days. "Touches" is a five-song record of artfully crafted and boldly expressive compositions full of the wide-eyed kinetic energy of a band pushing its sound into new areas.

In contrast to the snug refinement of the Dittmar house recording session, The Bright Light Social Hour live performance is an explosive affair. Full of thunderous drumming, soaring guitar and organ, deft bass work, and vivacious vocals, the already-staggering aural weight of the record is expanded even further in the live setting. In the tradition of their rock forebears, this is a band founded on dynamics and cinematic grandeur.

Aside from the compositional acumen and live urgency, The Bright Light Social Hour is also spreading love through as many other means as possible. From free homemade organic cookies at their shows to DIY screen-printing and print-making, these young gentlemen are pouring themselves into developing the artistic community around them and doing it in the manner they do it best - by relishing the details. The band will be touring and generating exposure in support of its new record throughout the summer and fall, with plans to record a full-length record next winter.

Ziggy Marley: As the oldest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley has carried on his father's musical legacy while becoming a reggae icon in his own right. From his beginnings with his siblings in the Melody Makers to his hugely successful solo career, Ziggy Marley has won five Grammys and sold out tour dates around the world.

As the oldest child of Bob Marley, David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley often sat in on his father's recording sessions and tour dates, learning much from masterful teacher. His father gave him the nickname "Ziggy" as a child in reference to his son being like "a small joint." Ziggy, along with his siblings Sharon, Cedella, and Stephen, were featured on Bob's song "Children Playing in the Streets" and they soon formed the Melody Makers. The group released their debut album, Play The Game Right, in 1985, but critics were disappointed that the album didn't conform to Bob Marley's style of reggae. From that point on, Ziggy was marketed as the frontman in anticipation for a solo career and the band became Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. The group experienced success with their third album, Conscious Party, and continued their success with their next two albums, One Bright Day and Jahmekya.

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers continued to play tour dates and release records until 2000, when the group disbanded and Ziggy embarked on his solo career. Ziggy Marley's solo career began to take off with his second album, Love Is My Religion, which continued to develop Ziggy's pop infused reggae style and won him his first solo Grammy. In 2009, Ziggy won another Grammy for the children's album, Family Time, which featured not only members of his family, but also music greats like Paul Simon, Toots Hibbert, Jack Johnson, and children's music star Laurie Berkner.

Ziggy Marley's 2011 release, Wild and Free, features contributions from Woody Harrelson, Heavy D, and Ziggy's son, Daniel. Pre-orders of the album contained copies of Ziggy's acclaimed comic book, "Marijuanaman". His next record was a live album, Ziggy Marley: In Concert, which was filmed during his 2012 tour and went on to win the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. So too did his fifth studio album, Fly Rasta, which was released in 2014. Ziggy's next, eponymous album, was released in 2016 and shot to the top of Billboard's Reggae Albums chart, as well as peaking at 99 on the Billboard 200.

Danny Gokey: My Name is Daniel J. Gokey and I am 28 years old and I currently reside in Milwaukee Wisconsin where I was born and raised. I come from a pretty big family with 4 sisters: Angela, Janell, Gina, and Tracey along with my brother Charles. I also have 14 nieces and nephews! Many people can relate with me in saying that 2008 was a rough year. I was married on May 15th, 2004 to the love of my life Sophia Martinez, we had been together since 1997 and decided that it was time to unite our love in marriage forever. My wife was born with a heart condition that she previously had corrective surgeries for as a child. To make a long story short, she had surgery this year again and passed away on July 9th of 2008. I was devastated. We were married for 4 years, and it abruptly came to an end. Since her passing, the journey has not been easy. But I can honestly say that my faith in God has brought me thus far. One thing that has brought much hope to me is the thought of carrying her legacy on, through a non-profit organization for children I founded in her honor, Sophia's Heart Foundation. I ask you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I thank all of my friends and family for your support during this time of my life. With out all the love I have felt, I don't know how I would have made it this far.

Dylan Scott: Born in Bastrop, Louisiana, Dylan Scott first came to the attention of country music fans with his 2013 single, "Makin' This Boy Go Crazy". The song faired well on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, and later appeared on Scott's debut EP of the same name. His self-titled, debut album was released in 2016, which debuted at #5 on the Top Country Albums chart and featured the hit singles "Crazy Over Me" and "My Girl".

Andy Grammer: What's up. I'm Andy- I was just writing this in the 3rd person and it didn't feel right so we are going to do this person to person. I grew up traveling with my father who was in a folk trio called the Limeliters. I have to assume that growing up around these strange and wonderful people has had some impact on my love for music. My dad is the one on the left with the red hair. (picture of the limeliters Photobucket) He later moved on to childrens music and along with being Grammy Nominated for Best Children's Album, he continues to travel the world as one of the countries premiere children's acts. The memories of my young childhood are very intermingled with the music. Songs with titles like "Thats how i remember yesterday" or "South bound passenger train" or "John Henry The Steel Driving Man", these were the foundation for my little ears. I can remember falling asleep to songs being written in the next room. It was just kind of always a part of life. I then proceeded to be a complete jock from around 7th grade until my senior year of highschool. Basketball was life. No pain no gain: sprints, screaming, smacking athletic butts, summer camps, winter camps, the whole deal. When i came to terms that the NBA was not my destiny I headed for the Theater. I scooped up two lead roles in two years at Binghamton University in upstate NY. Enjoyed the theatrical stage but it wasn't my love. I had been messing for quite a while now with a guitar I had been given by my dad and it was really growing on me. There was some cheesy dating event going on at the dorm i was staying in and my RA who knew i had a guitar had asked me to be the entertainment. Not really knowing what to come with I played a cover of "No Such Thing" by John Mayer. I remember destroying that room. I know it sounds funny to say that i destroyed a Valentines event with 75 people max but if you ever could destroy a "Spin The Wheel- Win A Date", that was totally me. Destruction. I think we all have moments in our life where we connect to something bigger. If we think about them to hard we can label them as insignificant but in some strange way they carry weight. So I transfered to Cal State Northridge to Major in Music Business. I had to take one semester of community college to finish up a math class. During this semester i worked as a butcher at the local grocery store, it was the only gig I could find. It was a humbling experience to say the least. Cutting into cows and sloshing up buckets of Italian sausages on a daily basis felt so far from the music industry i had up and moved for. Finally i made it down to Northridge and began my study of music. I quickly hopped into gear running the school record label. We signed an up and coming rap/rock band and got a tv spot on KTLA Morning news to promote them. Outside of class I slipped into a position where i was booking a weekly night at the world famous Viper Room on Sunset Blvd in the heart of West Hollywood. For about two years I studied Mozart and intervals from 10am to 3pm then shuffled off to study crazy rock musicians from 10pm to 3am. I was given the prestigious "Most Outstanding Industry Student Award" and hit the streets to be a musician. This was nearly a year ago- this past year I have been fortunate enough to tour in places like San Fransisco, NY, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Connecticut, Idaho, Arizona, Czech Republic, England, Haifa Isreal, New England, Lousiana, Illinois, Alaska and more. The more music i play the more i love it. If you are reading this cutting meat or something of the like- keep pushing. Your dreams will come. I try to be honest in life and hope that it comes through in my music. Thanks for stopping by my little space here. Drop me a line-


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