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06.30.2013 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

How the media failed to report on Summerfest's big fail

By Evan Rytlewski
Consider this another reason Summerfest no longer releases daily attendance numbers. At some point last night, crowds became so congested outside of the festival's entrance that organizers had to open the gates and let people in for free.That's the official story, at least, as reported by the Journal Sentinel and numerous other media outlets. Social media tells a very different story, however. Acc...
06.27.2013 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
In all my years of covering the local music scene, I've never seen anything divide Milwaukee musicians as reliably as the local music stage at Summerfest. As in year's past, this year the stage, now titled the K-Nation/Cascio Interstate Music Stage, will not be paying its performers. Instead, each band will receive a $200 gift card to Cascio. The stage promoters frame this as the best they can do....
Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 26, 2013

The hyperbolic dread with which some Milwaukeeans greet the beginning of Summerfest can at times be as grating as all the traffic and hordes of drunken tourists, but that being said, there’s a lot
Sunday, June 23, 2013

No Place for My Dream (Knitting Factory)

 Nigeria’s Fela Kuti became Afrobeat’s controversial star in the ’70s and he willed his legacy to his son. Femi Kuti is determined to make his own way and succeeds in some measure on No Place for My Dream, a tuneful, polyrhythmic
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
 No one was more surprised than Violent Femmes’ drummer Victor DeLorenzo when the play button was pressed and the band’s six-year pause ended. “Gordon [Gano] called me last October, on John Lennon’s birthday
06.18.2013 | | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
On the latest episode of The Disclaimer, WMSE's near-weekly half hour of truth telling with the station's Ryan Schleicher, A.V. Club Milwaukee's Matt Wild and I, we dedicate the show to Summerfest, sharing our picks, praises and critiques of this year's massive (and arguably front-loaded) 11-day marathon of music. Which headliners are we most excited to see? And which ones would we prefer the fest...
06.18.2013 | | Posted at 09:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Summerfest is no stranger to big ticket giveaways, but this one is particularly aggressive: On opening day, staff throughout the festival grounds will distribute 25,000 free tickets for weekday admission. Here are the details from a festival press release: At 5:30 pm on Opening Day, Summerfest Grounds Crew and Security Staff stationed throughout Henry Maier Festival Park will thank patrons by act...

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