Express Milwaukee - 2011 Summerfest Guide Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 Summerfest Daily Highlights: Wednesday, June 29 - Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Buddy Guy Peter Gabriel's musical journey began with the progressive rock band Genesis. Unlike many of his peers, he understood progressive as an ongoing concept, not a self-satisfied genre. After pushing theatricality to extremes of elaborate staging, Gabriel left Genesis to become a solo artist, human-rights activist...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Tuesday, July 5 - Def Leppard, Switchfoot and Wiz Khalifa Eighties refugees Def Leppard are not just surviving but thriving midway through their fourth decade. While many of the band's peers have been reduced to playing clubs and state fairs, Def Leppard, having amassed album sales of 65 million, still headlines arenas and amphitheaters. In...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Thursday, June 30 - Kanye West, Owl City and Wanda Jackson Nobody has a higher opinion of Kanye West than Kanye West. For a guy with such a big ego, though, West also has very thin skin. On 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the rapper internalized the blowback from his Taylor Swift “Video Music...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Friday, July 1 - Toby Keith, Girl Talk and Third Eye Blind It's hard to think of Toby Keith as the granddaddy of country music, but at 49, with 13 studio albums, 19 No. 1 country singles and countless awards (and a grandchild in real life), Keith has earned that title and then some. Whether it's the patriotic fervor of “Courtesy of the Red, White...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Saturday, July 2 - Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 and Loretta Lynn Singer Jason Mraz has attracted an international following thanks to an engaging, upbeat sound that comes, in part, from an “idyllic” childhood in Mechanicsville, Va., a white-picket-fence town he once described as “a good place to grow up.” His sound has attracted a multi-...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Sunday, July 3 - Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Rise Against How does screaming, rapping cowboy Kid Rock grow old respectably? For starters, by screaming and rapping a whole lot less. Over the last decade Kid Rock has gradually tamed his brasher impulses to broaden his appeal to country-music audiences. His latest record, last...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Wednesday, July 6 - The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine and Danny Gokey The Black Keys recorded 2010's Brothers after a period of inner-band turmoil that threatened to permanently send singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney their separate ways. It's a good thing they regrouped: Brothers turned out to be the blues-rock duo's most...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Thursday, July 7 - Katy Perry, Michael Franti and Yonder Mountain String Band Katy Perry is contemporary pop music's most cynical success story. The daughter of Christian pastors, she launched her music career with a religious-rock record in 2001 under her birth name Katy Hudson. After the record tanked, she gave up on Christian music and reinvented...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Friday, July 8 - Jason Aldean, Goo Goo Dolls and Leon Russell It's been some kinda year for Jason Aldean, who emerged as contemporary country's latest success story with the 2010 release Some Kinda Party. The Macon, Ga. native kicks off the next leg of his tour at Summerfest with a string of hits already under his...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Saturday, July 9 - Britney Spears, The Flaming Lips and De La Soul It was only several years ago that Britney Spears was locked in a tailspin of drug abuse and personal problems that threatened to cost her not only her career but also custody of her children. Following a pair of involuntary institutionalizations in early 2008, though, Spears...]]> Summerfest Daily Highlights: Sunday, July 10 - Sugarland, 311 and Todd Rundgren The Incredible Machine is the aptly named latest release for the duo of lead vocalist Jennifer Nettles and guitarist Kristian Bush. Founded in 2002 as a trio, Sugarland took off when Nettles assumed lead vocals in 2005. Since then, it's been a straight shot to the top with four studio...]]>