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2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Nas

Tuesday, July 1 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m.

 In hip-hop, no achievement is more celebrated than the classic debut, and no album better epitomizes the classic debut than Nas’ masterpiece Illmatic. It was one of the first records The Source ever honored with a perfect five mic review, back when five mics from The Source truly meant
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 1 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

Though he’s not a natural-born public figure like Pharrell or Timbaland, songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder is quietly one of the most successful pop architects of this young millennium. He’s crafted massive singles for Beyoncé (“Halo”), Kelly Clarkson (“Already Gone”) and Leona Lewis
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Wednesday, July 2 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m.

 “Thanks, Summerfest. This is what we really need right now,” conservative talker Mark Belling snarked in a 2007 column chastising the festival for booking—gasp—Ludacris, a rapper Belling insisted posed a public safety threat. “Advice to the rest of us: July 1 might not be the night you want to
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Saturday, July 5 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

 If Fall Out Boy could have predicted the response they received from their 2013 comeback, perhaps they would have reunited earlier. After retiring the group at the end of the ’00s to pursue solo projects that garnered mostly cold reactions from even their biggest fans, Fall Out Boy returned last
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Sunday, July 6 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

 This year marks the tenth anniversary of Usher’s fourth album, Confessions, the kind of certified blockbuster that the music industry hardly ever produces anymore. A collaboration with many of the best songwriters and producers of its era, it spurred hit single after hit single, earned Usher a
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Wednesday, June 25 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

 “Really? Bruno Mars?” That was the Internet’s collective response upon learning that the singer/songwriter/entertainer had been tapped for the Super Bowl halftime show this winter, making him the youngest (and least well-known) headliner to anchor that high-profile gig in eons. But why not Bruno
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Thursday, June 26 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m.

 The Adventures of Bobby Ray, Georgia’s B.o.B proudly introduced himself as not-your-typical rapper, collaborating with outsiders like Lupe Fiasco and Janelle Monáe and alternative rock figures Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Hayley Williams of Paramore. These days, though, B.o.B is perfectly
2014 Summerfest Guide
Monday, June 16, 2014

Thursday, June 26 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

 Artpop will not be remembered as Lady Gaga’s finest hour. Though the pop star’s third album met with decent, if not necessarily glowing, reviews, its creation was reportedly fraught with conflicts that drove a wedge between the singer and her inner circle, and the record underperformed badly—so