Just How Fresh is Summerfest's 2014 Grounds Stage Lineup?
The Big Gig announces a mix of usual suspects and first-time performers
Mar. 26, 2014
Really, Matisyahu again?
Summerfest revealed more than 75 of its 2014 grounds stage headliners this morning, and even casual festival goers will recognize quite a few familiar names among the bunch. Keeping the lineup of an 11-day, 11-stage festival fresh is always going to be a challenge, so a bit of overlap between years is inevitable, but some of these acts are nonetheless reaching Pat McCurdy levels of over saturation—how is it possible that people love O.A.R. this much?
We’ve broken down some of the most notable of Summerfest's just-announced headliners into two pertinent categories: relatively fresh additions (acts playing the festival for the first time or that haven’t played it in years), and returning acts that somehow seem to play the Big Gig three times a year. We’ve also included a third category of usual suspects that are either sitting out Summerfest this year or, perhaps just as likely, that haven’t been announced yet.
New Order, Nas, Ludacris, Bombino, B.o.B., DJ Pauly D, Melissa Ethridge, The Crystal Method, Tegan and Sara, San Fermin, Ray LaMontagne, Best Coast
Oh, Them Again:
Neon Trees, O.A.R. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Ziggy Marley, The Wailers, Girl Talk, ZZ Ward, Matisyahu, Los Lonely Boys, Rusted Root, Yonder Mountain String Band, Kool and the Gang, Kansas, Umphrey’s McGee, Switchfoot, Cowboy Mouth, Robert DeLonge, Ben Harper, .38 Special
Unlikely Omissions (For Now):
311, Common, Talib Kweli, Lewis Black, The Gufs, The BoDeans, The Roots, Willy Porter, Buddy Guy, Phil Vassar, The Love Monkeys, Danny Gokey
Today's complete list of grounds stage headliners is posted below. Performance dates, times and stage locations will be announced in the coming weeks, along with additional performers.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Fitz And The Tantrums
The Head and the Heart
Yonder Mountain String Band
DJ Pauly D
Saints of Valory
Kool and the Gang
Los Lonely Boys
The Hold Steady
Five Finger Death Punch
The Airborne Toxic Event
A Great Big World
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The Crystal Method
Kopecky Family Band
James Hunter Six
Tegan and Sara
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Walk Off The Earth
George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx
Taj Mahal Trio