Summerfest picks: Renee Lorenz
I don't understand how people keep finding fault with Summerfest's music lineup every year. My only problem is finding a way to see everything.
Yet again, Summerfest has found a way to book more than half of my "want to see" bands across multiple days on multiple stages – and unfortunately, often in the same time slots. And, yet again, I'm forced to choose between seeing one band from decent seats and seeing two or three from the back of the crowd after a couple of back-and-forth jogs.
It's a pain, but then again, it's not a bad problem to have.
Wednesday, June 27 – It's opening day! Get all of your must-have foods and set up camp at the Tiki Hut Stage for Milwaukee's own Of the North at 4:30 and 9 p.m. Move over to the brand-spankin'-new BMO Harris Pavilion for Steve Miller Band at 10 p.m., or mellow out with The Dirty Heads at 10 on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage and conserve some energy for the next 10 days of festing.
Thursday, June 28 – I feel bad for all the other bands that have to share a time slot anywhere near 7:30 p.m., when Foo Fighters with Silversun Pickups takes the stage at the Marcus Amphitheater. On a budget and not able to pony up the dough? Check out Ben Folds Five at the BMO Harris Pavilion at 9:45.
Friday, June 29 – I'm not much for Kelly Clarkson, but she's sharing a stage with Train, who does put on a pretty good show. Catch the package deal starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Amp with opener Brett Dennen.
In more exciting musical news, Walk Off The Earth hits the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage bright and early (in Summerfest time) at 5:30 p.m. They took YouTube by storm after they covered Gotye's smash "Somebody That You Used To Know," but there's much more to their repertoire than one cover – even if it is better than the original. Don't believe me? Watch it here.
Saturday, June 30 – Nothing jumps out at me today, which means it's time for a little guilty pleasure indulgence. Rock out at the BMO Harris Pavilion with the Scorpions at 9:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 1 – Assuming you didn't rock out too hard at the Scorpions show yesterday, check out some modern metal at the Summerfest Rock Stage. All That Remains plays at 10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3 – Guitar legends are a precious commodity, since so many of them consider dying to be part of the M.O. Joe Walsh, on the other hand, has been jamming for decades with some of the biggest names in rock. Watch him dominate the amps solo tonight at 10 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis.
Wednesday, July 4 – Multi-genre alt rockers and Summerfest regulars 311 return for a 10 p.m. gig at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse. There are a couple "maybe" bands playing here and there, but if I'm picking a headliner, this is it.
Thursday, July 5 – Summerfest likes to mess with me toward the end of the Big Gig. Every year they double- (or triple, or quadruple) book bands I like, probably just to test my devotion and/or cardio skills. Death Cab For Cutie and Young The Giant start the slippery slope with dueling 10 p.m. gigs at the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse and U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, respectively.
Friday, July 6 – It's a two-way stage tie at the U.S. Cellular Connection and Summerfest Rock Stages tonight. AWOLNATION (who I missed last year) plays the former at 10 p.m. Sadly, I'll be missing out yet again, as the latter stage is hosting the rock-heavy two-fer of Art Of Dying at 8 and Adelitas Way at 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 7 – Five bands, four stages, complete indecision. I highly recommend Aerosmith at the Amp at 8 p.m. But, my attention will be focused on the well-stocked side stages tonight. Cake plays at 10 p.m. on the Miller Lite Oasis, as does Chevelle on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage. Red Light Kings and Hollywood Undead are also giving the Summerfest Rock Stage the one-two punch at 8 and 10. I have a feeling this choice will come down to the wire. Or eenie-meenie-miney-mo.
Sunday, July 8 – The end of Summerfest always comes too soon. Give it a smooth send-off with the music of Sublime with Rome tonight at 10 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis. Or, follow my probable lead and send the big Gig out with a bang at Halestorm's 10 p.m. show at the Summerfest Rock Stage. I'm grossly curious to tap into a little embarrassing nostalgia and check out Hanson on the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage at 9:30, but the last day of Summerfest is the wrong place to test my patience with shrill screaming.
I like a lot of your picks I will be hitting up several of them. Steve Miller, Scorpions, All that Remains, Aerosmith, Halestorm. definitely see Halestorm, they are excellent. In addition to those bands I will check out Skillet on July 3rd and The Mighty Iron Maiden on the 4th.
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