By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Dec 13, 2021 at 8:08 AM

Three-time Academy of Country Music “Entertainer of the Year,” Jason Aldean will headline the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on the first day of Summerfest, June 23, 2022. 

But, for some, the real excitement is that the Big Gig is back to its normal season, although it will retain the weekends-only format, as officials announced recently.

The festival will take place over three weekends – Thursdays-Saturdays – June 23-25, June 30-July 2 and July 7-9, 2022.

This year, Summerfest introduced the three-weekends-only format, but was held in September, due to the pandemic.

Gabby Barrett will open the Aldean concert, for which tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. CST at,, as well as at the Summerfest box office.

Tickets include admission to Summerfest the day of the show.

Justin Bieber will headline Summerfest at the Amp on June 24.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.