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07.10.2014 | 73 days ago | 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 | 80 days ago | 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 | 82 days ago | 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 | 87 days ago | 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 | 87 days ago | 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 | 88 days ago | 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...
06.19.2014 | 94 days ago | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's weekly panel with Ryan Schleicher, Matt Wild and I, it's our annual Summerfest preview show. We offer our day-by-day picks for the Big Gig, throwing out as many recommendations as we can cram into a half hour. Ryan finds some interesting acts on the underrated Johnson Controls World Sound Stage and discovers that the dude from Live is playing the Miller Lite Oas...
06.09.2014 | 104 days ago | Posted at 01:00 PM
By Shepherd Express Staff
Every night during Summerfest's run, thousands of fans spill into the streets of Milwaukee after the festival ends looking for something to do. It’s always a little surprising how few Downtown bars try to capitalize on that opportunity by offering late-night entertainment of their own, but since 2011 Fire On Water has done its part to correct that by opening its doors to the post-Summerfest crow...
06.02.2014 | 111 days ago | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Shepherd Express Staff
The breakout music star of 2013—and a star in the true, global phenomenon sense of the word—New Zealand alternative-pop singer Lorde will make her first appearance in Milwaukee on Friday, Sept. 26 with a show at the Summerfest grounds’ BMO Harris Pavilion. The Pabst Theater Organization, which is co-presenting the show with Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. (the Summerfest people), announced th...

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