Category Archives: Summerfest 2016

INTERVIEW: Midnight Mob

Summerfest is home to a great number of  emerging artists of all genres. One of those names this year is Midnight Mob, a New York band comprised of guitarist Mickey Squeeze, drummer Beatz, bassist Carly Quinn, and frontwoman Blackey Deathproof. The band combines alternative rock, metal, blues, and punk to create a hybrid rock sound that is sure to excite

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REVIEW: Elle King at Summerfest

  Frankly, Elle King’s set at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse on Friday night was a bit of a wild card going into the night. On paper, King has two successful radio singles; the recently released “America’s Sweetheart”, and the singalong-worthy hit “Ex’s and Oh’s”. What she delivered, however, was the performance of a star way beyond an artist with only two

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REVIEW: Violent Femmes at Summerfest

On Thursday night, the Violent Femmes received a hero’s welcome from their hometown crowd at Summerfest. The duo of frontman Gordon Gano and bassist Brian Ritchie were joined by percussionist John Sparrow, and within seconds of calmly walking onstage, the band kicked things off with “Blister In The Sun”, arguably their most recognizable songs. This came as a surprise to

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INTERVIEW: Hood Smoke

While headliners draw the most attention at Summerfest, emerging bands and artists make up the majority of the lineup. For many of these bands, it’s a place to gain a lot of exposure from a single set. One of those emerging names this year is Chicago’s Hood Smoke, a soulful indie group that will be appearing at the Miller Lite

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REVIEW: X Ambassadors at Summerfest

The progression of bands at Summerfest is interesting to track from year to year. Last year, rising indie stars X Ambassadors found themselves playing an early 6:45 slot at the US Cellular Connections Stage as part of the Emerging Artists Series. The band played to the first section of bleachers predominantly, in support of recent single “Renegades”, which was starting

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REVIEW: Blink 182 and All Time Low at Summerfest

On Tuesday night, it officially became the Mark, Skiba and Travis show.  Blink 182 brought their new lineup to the Marcus Ampitheater, along with openers All Time Low, and local support Direct Hit!. Although the date was not officially part of the California Tour, the show acted as a precursor of things to come, as well as an ample warm-up

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REVIEW: The Roots at Summerfest

I’ll admit that I am, like most people, a creature of habit. Every year, The Roots return to Summerfest, and every year, for whatever reason, their set always conflicts with another band that I want to see. And every year, routinely, I tell myself “okay, I’ll catch them next year.” This year, the annual favorites and resident Tonight Show band

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INTERVIEW: Epoch Failure

There are a plethora of interesting, talented acts playing this year Summerfest, and it is the perfect time for the city to be new music junkies. One of the newer acts to check out are Epoch Failure, an urban pop duo from New Jersey. We talked to members Billy the Kidd and Nickey Knoxx ahead of their appearance on July

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