By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Mar 10, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Today Summerfest announced a few big names for the Big Gig '09.

First, legendary bands Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire are reuniting for a co-headlining Marcus Amphitheatre show on Tuesday, June 30.

Then, the festival celebrates the 4th of July with Grammy-nominated The Fray, set to headline the Marcus Amphitheater with special guest Jack's Mannequin.

Tickets for The Fray and Jack's Mannequin go on sale Saturday, March 21 at noon and cost $50.50 (all covered seats in red and yellow sections), $35.50 (bench) and $20.50 (lawn).

Tickets for Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire go on sale Saturday, March 28 at noon and cost $48 (red), $43 (yellow) and $20 (bench).

All prices include Summerfest admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Marcus Amphitheater box office, Ticketmaster ticket centers, online at and by phone at 1 (800) 745-3000.


Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”