Summerfest is a Milwaukee-based music festival spanning eleven days with eleven stages. Guinness-certified as the largest festival in the world (attracting nearly 100,000 people yearly), Summerfest has been set at Milwaukee's lakefront since 1970, and promises to be an unforgettable experience. From bro-y jam bands (Guster, Dispatch, Umphrey's McGee, O.A.R.) to electronic music (Diplo, Pretty Lights, Alex Clare, Empire of the Sun) to whatever Pitbull is, Summerfest offers music of all genres. Here are ten acts you won't want to miss.
It's no secret that we love Alex and the gang. With the band's third album set for release next month, the psychedelic-folk rockers seem to be leaning towards a more 1950s vibe with their newsingles. Head to the Marcus Amphitheater to see them perform along with The Violent Femmes, The Avett Brothers, and Ivan and Alyosha.
After filming the world's first video set atop the Empire State Building, Karen O and the boys are ready to take the stage tomorrow night. Touring around their most recent album, Mosquito, be sure to check out Brian Chase's perfectly precise percussion.
3. Matt and Kim June 28: U.S. Cellular Connection Stage (10:00 PM)
After going absolutely berserk at Bonnaroo, who knows what Matt and Kim are capable of? Very few bands can match their energy level, and at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if Kim Schifino threw her entire drumset into the crowd.
4. Yeasayer June 29: Harley-Davidson Roadhouse (5:00 PM)
Following an amazing performance at Governors Ball, Yeasayer have moved into can't-miss festival territory. Head to the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse to see the experimental dance-rockers, as this Brooklyn band will not disappoint.
5. Meat Puppets June 29: U.S. Cellular Connection Stage (8:00 PM)
With the release of their 14th album back in April, the Kirkwood brothers and co. are now 30-year rock veterans still creating their original, punk sound. The Meat Puppets' loyal fanbase will flock to the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage on Saturday night.
6. Cold War Kids June 30: U.S. Cellular Connection Stage (10:00 PM)
Fresh off the release of an outstanding fourth album, the Cold War Kids bring their smart, riff-y rock to Milwaukee. Their upbeat tunes translate well to the stage, and they are just one of three great options for the 10:00 PM Sunday time slot.
A-Trak has been in the news a lot recently for his anti-drug stance and for his wacky music videos, but there is still a reason he has won five World DJ Championships: he's damn good. He'll be spinning at the Uline Warehouse on Sunday night.
After putting out an excellent album last year produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Dr. John has proven he still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Joined by his backing band, the Nite Rippers, the New-Orleans legend will be sure to bring a lot of life to the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage.
9. MGMT July 3: Harley-Davidson Roadhouse (10:00 PM)
Synth-psych duo MGMT have just announced their third album will be out in September. Crowd-pleasing classics like "Kids" and "Electric Feel" will surely be played, as well 12-minute epic "Siberian Breaks". Here is a clip of them performing a song from the upcoming album, "Mystery Disease".
10. ZZ Ward July 4: Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard (8:00 PM)
Listening to ZZ Ward's blend of blues, rock, soul and hip-hop is a great way to be reminded of all the amazing types of music America has to offer. Take in the Fourth of July with this Oregon via Pennsylvania product before the fireworks start to go off.