Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Tonight @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, Summerfest, 10 p.m.
If you owned a radio during the mid-1990s, chances are you heard Nebraska-based 311 on a fairly regular basis. And that was a good thing: Mega-hits such as “Down” and “All Mixed Up,” both from the group's 1995 breakthrough self-titled album, were incessantly catchy, mixing rock, rap and reggae into a smooth blend well before such an aural combination became overdone. Two years later the band released Transistor; this follow-up debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts and went on to achieve platinum-selling status. A live record followed in 1998 and the group released another studio record (Soundsystem) the following year. For this Summerfest performance, expect an energetic performance that draws from this newer material without overlooking the band's greatest hits.