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05.14.2014 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Expect less classic rock going forward. Milwaukee's signature festival has stopped bending over to appease boomer tastes and sensitivities above all else.
09.09.2013 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Summerfest spared no expense on its new BMO Harris Pavilion, a $13.5 million, lakefront amphitheater that, in addition to hosting festival performances, was also touted as a state-of-the-art stand-alone venue. With its covered stage, the pavilion promised to extend Milwaukee's outdoor concert season deeper into the fall, and Summerfest displayed its eagerness to put the venue to use with a full li...
07.11.2013 | | Posted at 11:00 AM

Revenues were up, too

By Evan Rytlewski
As you might have guessed from the opening-weekend gate situation and the near-ideal weather the event enjoyed, attendance was up this year at Summerfest. The festival drew 840,356 patrons this year, it revealed this morning in a press release, an increase of 4.3% over last year's attendance. It's unclear whether that tally includes the crowds who entered the festival for free after storming the g...
08.13.2012 | | Posted at 11:20 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Some concertgoers had expected a bigger turnout for Saturday's My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses show at the BMO Harris Pavilion, but compared to recent concerts at the venue, the roughly half-capacity audience was downright impressive. Last month Counting Crows played to a disconcertingly small crowd at the Pavilion; a last-minute $5 ticket fire sale did little to juice attendance. Tickets weren't...