Express Milwaukee - 2014 Summerfest Guide http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-352-1-2014-summerfest-guide.html Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 Luke Bryan w/ Danielle Bradbery - Saturday, June 28 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23490-luke-bryan-w_-danielle-bradbery-saturday-june-28-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

He’s come to be about as known for his lighthouse-bright smile, wagging backside and people in his organization begrudging George Strait on Twitter for winning an award for which their boss was nominated, but Luke Bryan’s notoriety started with his music. Early singles such as “All My Friends 

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Walk Off the Earth - Saturday, June 28 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23491-walk-off-the-earth-saturday-june-28-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-10-pm.html

 The Internet era has introduced us to the concept of the viral video; Canadian outfit Walk Off the Earth may be the first viral band. Since 2006, Walk Off the Earth has taken advantage of such media outlets as YouTube to release their signature takes on a wide variety of pop culture touchstones

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The Yardbirds - Saturday, June 28 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 5 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23492-the-yardbirds-saturday-june-28-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-5-pm.html

 What? The Yardbirds are still around after more than 50 years? Well, not exactly. The British blues band that spawned a holy trinity of guitar gods with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page initially had a five-year run, from 1963 to 1968, with such hits as “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul”

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Outkast w/ Gary Clark Jr. - Sunday, June 29 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23493-outkast-w_-gary-clark-jr-sunday-june-29-a-marcus-amphitheater-7-pm.html

 The South has been the dominate creative force in rap music for so long now that it’s easy to forget that when Outkast first emerged in the ’90s the region had been dismissed—and even shunned—by the greater hip-hop community. On albums like 1998’s rich, funk-drenched Aquemini and 2000’s

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The Head and the Heart - Sunday, June 29 @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23494-the-head-and-the-heart-sunday-june-29-a-briggs-stratton-big-backyard-10-pm.html

 Coming together in Seattle in 2009, The Head and the Heart have taken great advantage of the rising popularity of all things Americana. Like fellow folk rockers The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, The Head and the Heart offer well-crafted songs that have broad appeal. One can imagine both

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Umphrey’s McGree - Sunday, June 29 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 9:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23495-umphrey%25E2%2580%2599s-mcgree-sunday-june-29-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-930-pm.html

 Say the word “improg”—a mashup of “improvisational” and “progressive” used to describe rock music—and South Bend, Ind., isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But that’s where “improg” band Umphrey’s McGee was born, giving the city its own place in the musical landscape

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2014 Summerfest Guide http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23496-2014-summerfest-guide.html

 Rest up, because the 11 busiest days for live music in Milwaukee are upon us. Each summer, Summerfest brings hundreds

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Tegan and Sara - Friday, June 27 @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23489-tegan-and-sara-friday-june-27-a-briggs-stratton-big-backyard-10-pm.html

 Last year Tegan and Sara released a pop album. That shouldn’t be a shocker: The Canadian sister-sister duo has been releasing pop albums—great ones—for more than a decade now. But 2013’s Heartthrob was a pop album in the truest, most commercial sense, an album that was slicker than

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Nas - Tuesday, July 1 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23462-nas-tuesday-july-1-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-10-pm.html

 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

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OneRepublic w/ Mayer Hawthorne and American Authors - Tuesday, July 1 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23463-onerepublic-w_-mayer-hawthorne-and-american-authors-tuesday-july-1-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

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

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Switchfoot - Tuesday, July 1 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23464-switchfoot-tuesday-july-1-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-10-pm.html

 Like Skillet, Flyleaf and P.O.D., Switchfoot initially gained success in the Christian rock marketplace, releasing three albums between 1997 and 2000 before hitting the mainstream with 2004’s The Beautiful Letdown and its Top 10 single, “Dare You to Move.” Since then, the band has released five

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Dave Matthews Band - Wednesday, July 2 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23465-dave-matthews-band-wednesday-july-2-a-marcus-amphitheater-7-pm.html

 Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, singer-songwriter Dave Matthews lived in New York’s Westchester County, then Cambridge, England, and again in Johannesburg before settling in Charlottesville, Va., the city to which he is most closely linked. It’s fair to say that all that experience has colored

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Ludacris - Wednesday, July 2 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23466-ludacris-wednesday-july-2-a-miller-lite-oasis-10-pm.html

 “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

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Maritime - Wednesday, July 2 @ The KNE (K-Nation Entertainment) New Music Stage, 9 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23467-maritime-wednesday-july-2-a-the-kne-%2528k-nation-entertainment%2529-new-music-stage-9-pm.html

 Within the Milwaukee music scene, there are few musicians who have proven to be more influential than Davey von Bohlen. With his work throughout the 1990s in The Promise Ring, von Bohlen helped to define the aesthetics of Midwestern emo, a genre that continues to influence a

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New Order - Thursday, July 3 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23468-new-order-thursday-july-3-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-8-pm.html

 When Joy Division’s Ian Curtis killed himself just before embarking on what would have been their first American tour (1980), the band decided to hang together. Breaking with expectations, they not only replaced Curtis on vocals (guitarist Bernard Sumner stepped up) but also changed their

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Rise Against - Thursday, July 3 @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23469-rise-against-thursday-july-3-a-harley-davidson-roadhouse-10-pm.html

 In February 2011, Rise Against lead singer Tim McIlrath performed acoustic versions of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Ohio” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain” at the labor union protests in Madison. Those songs are a far cry from Rise Against’s serrated punk rock

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Zac Brown Band - Thursday, July 3 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23470-zac-brown-band-thursday-july-3-a-marcus-amphitheater-7-pm.html

 The Zac Brown Band first made a name for themselves at jam-leaning music festivals before infiltrating country radio, and that jamming spirit still resides in their rootsy studio albums. Dueting with traditional country stalwart Alan Jackson and singing about fried chicken and patriotism comes as

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Fitz and the Tantrums - Friday, July 4 @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23471-fitz-and-the-tantrums-friday-july-4-a-briggs-stratton-big-backyard-10-pm.html Credit Michael Fitzpatrick for knowing a winning combination when he hears it. In fact, the lead vocalist for Fitz and the Tantrums booked the Los Angeles-based band’s first gig at Hollywood’s Hotel Café in December 2008 one week after the group’s first rehearsal.]]> Kool & the Gang w/ Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds - Friday, July 4 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23472-kool-the-gang-w_-harvey-scales-and-the-seven-sounds-friday-july-4-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-8-pm.html

 Nothing moves a crowd as quickly as a solid funk beat, music that deemphasizes melody and harmony and brings the rhythm groove of bass and drums to the forefront. No practitioner has met with quite as much success as Kool and the Gang, the Jersey City, N.J., ambassadors of classic funk

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Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper - Friday, July 4 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23473-m%25C3%25B6tley-cr%25C3%25BCe-with-alice-cooper-friday-july-4-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 Self-described as “the world’s most notorious rock band,” Mötley Crüe looms large in its legend, one determined as much by the Los Angeles group’s heavy metal music as by its (formerly) decadent lifestyle. The band’s July 4 Summerfest date is the third stop on their “All Bad Things Must Come to

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Fall Out Boy and Paramore - Saturday, July 5 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23474-fall-out-boy-and-paramore-saturday-july-5-a-marcus-amphitheater-7-pm.html

 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

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Ingrid Michaelson - Saturday, July 5 @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23475-ingrid-michaelson-saturday-july-5-a-briggs-stratton-big-backyard-10-pm.html

 For Ingrid Michaelson, maturing meant getting wilder. The singer-songwriter broke through in 2007 as a mousy coffeehouse act, but grew into something more hair-down, self-assured and adventurous, performing music that audiences could notice from the back of an arena without hiding

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Phantogram - Saturday, July 5 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23476-phantogram-saturday-july-5-a-us-cellular-connection-stage-10-pm.html

 Phantogram nearly crashed the Billboard Top 10 for the first time this year: Pending any second wind, their February release Voices has topped out at a not-too-shabby 11. Given the band’s exposure over the past few years—not to mention a consistent stream of haunting, R&B-influenced

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Cheap Trick w/ No Quarter (Led Zeppelin Tribute) - Sunday, July 6 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23477-cheap-trick-w_-no-quarter-%2528led-zeppelin-tribute%2529-sunday-july-6-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-8-pm.html

 Cheap Trick came out of Rockford, Ill., in the mid ’70s but played so often in Milwaukee clubs that they felt like a local band. They were hometown heroes here and throughout the Upper Midwest from Champaign-Urbana through LaCrosse. Their self-titled debut LP (1977) was greeted with

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Melissa Etheridge - Sunday, July 6 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 9:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23478-melissa-etheridge-sunday-july-6-a-miller-lite-oasis-930-pm.html

 For years, classic rock artists were a Summerfest staple, as dependable as the iconic Sky Glider. Then the winds of change blew in with a slew of indie artists and jam bands. That suggested Summerfest was catching up with the times, which is fine, but the announcement of Melissa Etheridge’s

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Usher w/ Bebe Rexha - Sunday, July 6 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23479-usher-w_-bebe-rexha-sunday-july-6-a-marcus-amphitheater-730-pm.html

 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

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Arctic Monkeys - Wednesday, June 25 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23480-arctic-monkeys-wednesday-june-25-a-miller-lite-oasis-10-pm.html

 With a little help from the Internet, U.K.-based Arctic Monkeys exploded onto the global music scene in 2005, courtesy of “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,” an adrenaline-fueled burst of pure post-punk energy that the influential British music magazine NME ranked at number 7 on their list

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Bruno Mars w/ Aloe Blacc - Wednesday, June 25 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23481-bruno-mars-w_-aloe-blacc-wednesday-june-25-a-marcus-amphitheater-7-pm.html

 “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

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Ray LaMontagne w/ Foy Vance - Wednesday, June 25 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23482-ray-lamontagne-w_-foy-vance-wednesday-june-25-a-bmo-harris-pavilion-8-pm.html

 In 1999, contemporary folk singer Ray LaMontagne was working in a shoe factory in Lewiston, Maine, when he heard Stephen Stills’ 1972 album Manassas. The double-disk solo debut work from the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young members inspired what would become LaMontagne’s Grammy

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B.o.B - Thursday, June 26 @ Miller Lite Oasis, 10 p.m. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23483-bob-thursday-june-26-a-miller-lite-oasis-10-pm.html

 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

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