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In Festival Guide

OneRepublic is the main act of the Marcus Amphitheater's headlining trio on July 1.

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Mayer Hawthorne will join OneRepublic and American Authors on the Marcus Amphitheater stage on July 1.

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American Authors struck it big this year with its hit song "Best Day of My Life."

Final Summerfest Marcus Amphitheater headliners announced


For the past two weeks, Summerfest doled out announcements, all while the last Marcus Amphitheater headliner slot stayed a mystery. Well, speculate and wonder no more, as this morning, Summerfest announced the Big Gig's final major headliner.

Or should we say headliners?

The trio of OneRepublic, Mayer Hawthorne and American Authors will hit the Amphitheater stage on Tuesday, July 1.

OneRepublic and their pop-rock, easygoing Coldplay-light sound first hit it big back in 2007 with the Timbaland-fueled single "Apologize." Since then, OneRepublic and frontman Ryan Tedder have been fairly pop cultural mainstays, storming the charts with hits like "Secrets," "Good Life" and most recently "Counting Stars." The band was also featured in Bud Light's "Up For Whatever" Super Bowl ad campaign. The Amphitheater show marks OneRepublic's first visit to Milwaukee since opening for Rob Thomas at The Riverside in 2010.

Special guest American Authors – who just visited Turner Hall Ballroom barely more than a month ago – will hit Summerfest with a similar setlist of pop-soaked rock tunes. The Brooklyn-based band first joined up back in 2007 but just made it big this past year with its current upbeat hit "Best Day of My Life."

Meanwhile, second special guest Mayer Hawthorne will bring a little Motown groove to the July 1 proceedings. The Ann Arbor native and his band The Country previously toured Europe as an opener with fellow Amphitheater headliner Bruno Mars last fall as a part of the pop star's "Moonshine Jungle World Tour." The show also marks a return to Summerfest for Hawthorne, who lit up the Big Backyard stage in 2012.

Tickets for the July 1 trifecta go on sale Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. As usual, Amphitheater tickets include Summerfest admission and can be purchased at the Summerfest box office, Ticketmaster ticket centers, Walmart stores, online through Ticketmaster's website or by phone through live Ticketmaster agent (800) 745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express automated line (866) 448-7849.

Pre-sale tickets for Summerfest Facebook friends, Twitter followers and email alert subscribers will be available Friday, May 16 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. or until the pre-sale inventory has been exhausted.

Summerfest runs June 25-July 6 with a day off on June 30.


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