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11.06.2014 | 83 days ago | Posted at 06:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
And the first Marcus Amphitheater headliner of 2015 is… a country act. Florida Georgia Line will anchor the amphitheater on Summerfest’s opening day Wednesday, June 24, as part of their Anything Goes Tour with supporting acts Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard. Last month the country duo released their second album, Anything Goes, which the website Saving Country Music memorably chastised as “...
11.11.2014 | 78 days ago | Posted at 08:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Like Christmas, Summerfest's Marcus Amphitheater headliner announcements seem to arrive earlier and earlier each year. Following last week's news that the country-bro act Florida Georgia Line will open next year's festival, today the Big Gig announced its latest headliner: Linkin Park, who will share the stage with opener A Day to Remember on Tuesday, June 30. Linkin Park have wrestled with their ...
07.10.2014 | | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Summerfest attendance was up somewhat this year, to 851,8979 patrons, an increase of 1.4% over last year. That's not a huge leap, but it likely comes as a relief to festival organizers, who contended with erratic weather (including unusual cold spells and off-putting fog) during the event's 11-day run.Revenue and food and beverage sales were also up this year, the festival announced in its annual ...
07.03.2014 | | Posted at 04:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's homegrown answer to "The McLaughlin Group" with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we lend our sympathies to local Bucks fans, whose backs are feeling pretty sore right now from having being stabbed. On the heels of some good press and some choice draft picks, the new owners flushed much of their good will down the toilet by instating new coach Jason Kidd in one ...
07.02.2014 | | Posted at 12:57 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
If you combed Summerfest’s schedule with anything less than an eagle eye, you likely missed a familiar name hidden in Tuesday’s lineup: former Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk. You could be forgiven for overlooking him. Kowalczyk’s set at the Miller Lite Oasis was slotted in Summerfest's official schedule at the ignominiously early hour of 3 p.m., between a TBA booking at noon and another TBA book...
06.26.2014 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly half hour of judgement with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, we parse Summerfest's recent claims that it has taken steps to avoid the kind of crowd-crush situation it saw last year on the night of the great Imagine Dragons/Pretty Lights attendance surge. We can't find much evidence that the festival has actually changed much of anything, but just the fac...
06.26.2014 | | Posted at 11:00 AM

From chicken in a waffle cone to lobster BLTs, we hunted for the Big Gig's true bargains

By Lacey Muszynski
No one goes to Summerfest just to eat. That's what State Fair is for. But after eight hours of rockin' out, you're going to need a little something to get you through those 10 p.m. headliners. Here's our rundown of this year's hits and misses.
06.25.2014 | | Posted at 11:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
With a miserable, Stephen King-esque fog still hanging over the city after forcing the cancellation of both days of the Air and Water Show this weekend, Summerfest has rescheduled its opening night Big Bang Fireworks Show. The fireworks will now take place tomorrow night, on Thursday, June 26 at 9:30 p.m."The best available forecast data indicates there will be limited visibility late today at Mil...